What Facebook executive’s new book tells about women, success & foreign languages

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Sheryl Sandberg, cover of Time Magazine The TIME Magazine “Confidence Woman” cover story on Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and her new book, Lean In, about women, success and careers made me very angry.  The article reinforced what I was already suspecting was the explanation for why we don’t see more female… Read more »

How deaf people can learn foreign languages with music

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I often hear these excuses: “I have no ear for languages” or “I don’t have any musical talent, so I can’t learn a foreign language”. WRONG! Here is a very short video I did on Spanish language television (with English subtitles) about how my deaf German friend learned English with the help of the flute…. Read more »

The importance of female role models for female language learners

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Last week, for International Women’s Day, I wrote a blog post, How we all benefit when women are multilingual about the scarcity of female language bloggers and You Tube polyglots on the Fluent in Three Months website along with a video of a Skype call I made with two other female polyglots, Fasulye and Jana… Read more »

Bride kidnapping in Central Asia, Is an English speaking woman less likely to be kidnapped?

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Talking about learning English using music and media at the American Corner, Kant, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz flag on wall. In the past year, I’ve been paying more attention to reaching out to girls and women who want to learn foreign languages. While speaking to Benny Lewis at the beginning of the year, we talked about why… Read more »

Could speaking English empower female sex trafficking victims to escape?

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I rarely talk about the practical life-saving applications of speaking another language. But the topics of female sex trafficking and bride kidnapping make me wonder about how speaking another language, particularly English, could liberate women who would otherwise be shackled to brothels or unwanted marriages. Sex trafficking in Eastern Europe When I saw the movie,… Read more »

Why female foreign language students or speakers may not practice or show their languages

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Multilingual women, where are you? In late January, I had a Skype call with Benny Lewis for about two hours to discuss our language learning trajectories and I asked him why there were more male linguists showing their foreign language prowess online than females. I couldn’t find any women on You Tube or elsewhere on… Read more »