Listen first, learn later! Research proves my thoughts

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New study may revolutionize language learning The teaching of languages could be revolutionised following ground-breaking research by Victoria University, New Zealand, PhD graduate Paul Sulzberger. Dr Sulzberger has found that the best way to learn a language is through frequent exposure to its sound patterns–even if you haven’t a clue what it all means.

Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer

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In his book, “Healthy Aging,” Dr. Andrew Weil recommends learning a foreign language as a way to prevent Alzheimers. From the ABC News story, “Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer“: “Weil believes that by learning a foreign language we can reduce the risks of getting some of the most common age-related symptoms and diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s.” Foreign languages are not only fun, but also a way to prevent memory loss.

Speaking in Tongues

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I haven’t see this movie yet, but it looks excellent. Info below: What would it be like if your parents put you in a school where the teacher spoke a foreign language? Speaking in Tongues uses this scenario to explore the provocative notion that being bilingual can be a national asset. Taking us beyond rote arguments and stereotypes, this intimate film witnesses the joys and challenges of four diverse children on their journey to become global citizens. Enter their world and ask, today is knowing one language enough? You’ll be charmed and challenged by 2009’s San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award winner.

Free foreign language lessons

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Free Foreign Language Lessons Learn languages for free on Open The site features 37 foreign languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download lessons to your computer and mp3 player and you’re good to go. Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

Video on relationship between Language and Music, “Music, Language and the Brain”

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Great video of a lecture by Aniruddh Patel on the relationship between language and music at the Library of Congress. The discussion of how language background can effect classical music from England and France is fascinating. Notes from the You Tube description: In our everyday lives, language and instrumental music are obviously different things. Neuroscientist and musician Ani Patel is the author of a recent, elegantly argued offering from Oxford University Press, “Music, Language and the Brain.” Oliver Sacks calls Patel a “pioneer in the use of new concepts and technology to investigate the neural correlates of music.” In Patel’s presentation, he discusses some of the hidden connections between language and instrumental music that are being uncovered by empirical scientific studies. The Music and the Brain Lecture Series is a cycle of lectures and special presentations that highlight an explosion of new research in the rapidly expanding field of “neuromusic.” Programming is sponsored by the Library’s Music Division and its Science, Technology and Business Division, in cooperation with the Dana Foundation. Aniruddh Patel is the Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute.