Sensual Brazilian music —> Learn Portuguese

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Luciana Lage of Street Smart Brazil and I have a video series on how to learn Portuguese via Brazilian songs. Here is the introductory video where we explain the connection between listening, music and learning a new language. The next video is our first using the song Você Não me Ensinou a Te Esquecer by…

Turkish delights: Food in Istanbul

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Instead of just writing about my wonderful four days in Istanbul, I’ve decided to make a small picture gallery of food and cafes in the city. I am not waiting 11 years, like last time, to return to this great city!  

Ladino: The “other” Spanish, is dying but saved a life

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Version en español. With over 20 official Spanish speaking countries, few people know of another Spanish language: Ladino. The language is also known as judeo-español, Djudeo-Espanyol, Djudeo-Kasteyano, Judezmo, Djudezmo, Spaniolit, and גודיאו-איספאנייול‎‎. No, it’s not Latino. It’s not Latin. It’s Ladino, the language of the Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal at the time of… Read more »

Ladino, el otro español, una lengua en extinción salvó una vida.

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For the English version of this article, please click here. Con más de 20 países de habla hispana, pocos conocen el otro idioma español: el ladino. No, no es “latino” ni “latín”. Es el ladino (judeo-español, djudeo-espanyol, djudeo-kasteyano, judezmo, djudezmo o spaniolit), la lengua hablada por los descendientes de los judíos españoles y portugueses (los… Read more »

Teaching language learning in areas marred by ethnic violence

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The odd irony of giving three presentations about language learning in a city that saw 450 people killed last year in ethnic violence was not lost on me. Via the US Embassy, I was in Osh, Kyrgyzstan informing language students and teachers about how to learn and teach various languages using songs, TV, radio, movies… 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 »