Learning Portuguese with rap and Brazilian music, Don Blanquito and Idahosa Ness

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I interviewed (Don Blanquito) and Idahosa Ness about how they, as native English speakers, create rap, funk and hip hop music in Spanish and Portuguese. They also discuss how music helps people get into the flow of their new language. Don Blanquito lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he gives concerts in Portuguese. He also… Read more »

Learn Portuguese, not portunhol/ portuñol, by listening to Brazilian music

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The problem facing anyone going from Spanish to Portuguese is to mistake similar words or sentence structures to be the same. They are not. I am speaking from experience. I also have to catch myself from using Spanish in my Portuguese. Luciana Lage from Street Smart Brazil and I are making a series of videos… Read more »

Foreign language skills = $. How to motivate English speakers to learn languages

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Why is the UK losing 11 to 26 billion dollars a year? Nick Chambers explains that there aren’t enough foreign language speakers to service export markets. Susanna Zaraysky answers why English speakers are not good at foreign languages and how to motivate English speakers to learn new languages. BBC’s Newshour on 30 January 2012.

Making lemonade from lemons, turning the burden of being a polyglot into a skill set to share with others

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I wrote a blog post for my Polyglot Project Podcast interview about why I believe it’s imperative for people to learn foreign languages. It’s based on my family’s history leaving the former USSR. Here it is: Making lemonade from lemons, turning the burden of being a polyglot into a skill set to share with others.

Susanna’s interview on the Polygot Project Podcast

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David Mansaray and Claude Cartaginese are doing a The Polyglot Project Podcast with interviews of language learners. It was an honor to talk to them about how I learned languages. I clarified how I used media to learn languages and how I learn to pronounce well by taking on the music of other languages. http://www.davidmansaray.com/the-polyglot-project-podcast-episode-4-susanna-zaraysky… Read more »

When to start speaking a foreign language, conversation with Steve Kaufmann

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A few weeks ago, Steve Kaufmann and I had a conversation/debate on his podcast about when a student should start speaking a foreign language. I appreciated talking about language learning with Steve because we have different points of view, but we’re both passionate language learners. Steve speaks 11 languages and has founded the online language… Read more »

How languages change the psychology of multilinguals

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Steve Kaufmann, of LingQ, invited Tetsu Yung and I on his podcast to discuss how we change psychologically when we speak in different languages and the politics of learning certain languages. For years, I’ve felt like a linguistic chameleon whose character changes depending on the language I am speaking. It was a pleasure to speak… Read more »