Video: Why learn Portuguese? Brazil’s economy is flourishing and its culture and people are inviting

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When I first began learning Portuguese, it seemed odd to many people because few American schools, if any, offer Portuguese language classes. Brazil’s economy is growing an incredible rate. Foreign investment is flowing in, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Brazil and foreigners want to get a piece of… Read more »

You don’t have to go to Brazil to speak Portuguese or move your hips like a Brazilian!

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I am constantly working on improving my Portuguese by finding Brazilian cultural events to attend to practice the language, dance, sing and enjoy the company of Brazilians and Brazil lovers. A typical excuse I hear for those who aren’t learning a language is that they don’t have the time or money to go to another… Read more »

Defense Language Institute: “We learn foreign languages so you don’t have to”

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Which US government agency is most interested in vocal about foreign language training? a) The Department of Education b) The Department of State 3) The Defense Department The answer is #3. The US has no national foreign language education standards or curriculum. But the Defense Department is adamant in its need for funds to train… Read more »

Multilingual San Francisco: You don’t have to leave your town to learn a new language

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No more excuses about not having the money to go to the country of the language you want to speak. If you live in a metropolitan area, you are likely to find ethnic, cultural and language enclaves where you can find native speakers with whom to practice your target language. Irish eyes are smiling and… Read more »

Why the CIA needs me and other 1st and 2nd generation immigrants for language needs

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I keep getting messages from the CIA on Linked In because they need 1st and 2nd generation immigrants to fill their huge need for foreign language speakers. According to this Reuters article, U.S. spy agencies struggle with post-9/11 languages, by Tabassum Zakaria, “intelligence agencies have had to face the reality that the languages they need… Read more »

Proposed cuts in funding for foreign language programs in US

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Public foreign language programs may now be cut or eliminated because of education budget cuts to the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), the only source of federal funding for K-12 foreign language programs. This is the second blow to our future global competitiveness. Higher education spending for foreign languages (Title VI) has already been reduced… Read more »

Lives lost in wars because GI Joe and GI Jane can’t speak foreign languages

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The Time Magazine blog post: The Pentagon’s Foreign-Language Frustrations shows how poorly US military personnel can actually communicate in Iraq and Afghanistan. The news is appalling, but not surprising. The military’s language schools  have not been training its few soldiers to speak, but to read and understand. Therefore the small amount of people with language… Read more »

Music = learning languages and staying in school

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Another TV interview about the awesome power of music! Songs, TV and other media help us learn foreign languages. Hip-hop music can keep at-risk kids in school and out of trouble. Susanna Zaraysky and Anthony Pineda discuss how they were inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks’ book, Musicophilia, about the power of music. Zaraysky says that… Read more »