Aprender inglês com música, “For the Longest Time”

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Aprendi português ouvindo a radio portuguesa e cancoes brasileiras. Sei que e posivel aprender uma nova lingua sem viver no pais onde se fala a lingua. Eu nunca morei em um pais que fala a lingua portuguesa mas, eu falo o português. Falo 7 línguas (ruso, francês, espanhol, italiano, serbo croata, português e inglês). Nesse… Read more »

How Russian speakers can sound harsh in English without realizing it

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Jon Stewart of The Daily Show made a funny and correct assessment of why Russian speakers sound “evil” in English, although they may not have any bad intentions. “I wonder if Russia has been our (US) enemy for so many years because everything they say just sounds evil. Maybe it’s all been a misunderstanding of… 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 »

Older Students Learn FAKE Language Rules Faster. What about real languages?

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Although I agree with the premise of the research findings that adults can learn languages, and perhaps even faster than children, I don’t like the way language acquisition is measured by creating an artificial language. If I am presented with a fake language, I probably won’t bother to pay attention to its grammar because I… Read more »

The Power of Music to affect the brain and foreign languages

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Sometimes when I speak about the pedagogical and healing powers of music, it feels like I am talking to a wall as few teachers, doctors and newsmakers take music seriously. Thankfully, National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States broadcast the ‘The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain interview yesterday about the book, The… Read more »

Raising a child in 5 languages

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Despite the financial controversies mentioned at the end of the article, this is fascinating. The Seagram’s heiresses are investing in multilingual education and funding a project to have a 3 year old boy be raised by nannies speaking to him in five different languages. I always knew alcohol could help people loosen their tongues and… Read more »

Support a reality show on learning languages and cultures!

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Support a reality show on learning languages and cultures! Jose Ricardo-Osorio, has submitted a reality show idea to the “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” contest and needs your vote!  The submission is for a show featuring a group of individuals competing to learn the language and culture of a country they don’t know; watch… Read more »