Thank you note: Inspired to use music to teach English in Germany

This is a thank you note that I received from a university student who invited me to give a presentation on language learning using music and the media at Illinois College in October 2016....
deaf and hard of hearing communication

How to communicate if you’re deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH)

I am curious about how deaf people in the US communicate. Anywhere from 37 to 140 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have some kind of hearing loss. Either you or someone you know needs or will need assistive hearing devices.

Living in Italian (Vivere in italiano): A language that taught me to live

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV2d2qcIyvA My relationship to the Italian language was one of wonder and fun until I decided to use it professionally. I took one semester of beginning Italian grammar in college. The class was so...
foreign language learning

What makes the 20 most spoken languages tick?

  What makes the 20 most spoken languages tick? I greatly enjoyed the book Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages. Gaston Dorren explains the histories of the 20 most spoken languages in the world, with...
"New Life" Russian translation of Orhan Pamuk's "Yeni Hayat"

Mixed accent and voices in my head

At the risk of sounding like I am crazy, I hear multilingual voices in my head. To learn native pronunciation, I first hear a native speaking in my head.   When we see things in our heads,...
carrot

Language gaps: Lived vs. learned languages

There's a big difference between a learned and a lived language. It took a carrot to make that difference abundantly clear to me. In California, I sometimes speak Portuguese in the weekly pagode group I...
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Free ebooks in July!

As part of the Smashwords.com ebook retailer's Summer Sale, my ebooks are free during the month of July!
Sostiene Pereira

Portuguese via Spanish, Italian & a little French: different roads to a mellifluous tongue

The strange thing with the Portuguese language is I don't remember why I wanted to learn it, yet I can speak it. The Spanish language and Italian literature and film have been major influences in my learning the Portuguese language and becoming interested in Portugal.

Le mistral gagnant: Rediscovering my inner Francophile in India and Quebec

  One missing digit    One missing digit (not a finger!) almost kept me from going to India. En route to Chennai (Madras), I had a rude awakening at the Frankfurt airport: my passport number in my...

Watch “Saved by Language” online or on DVD

The film, Saved by Language about how Moris Albahari saved his life in World War II in Bosnia by using the Ladino language is now available to the public! You can rent it for $7 to watch online as many times as you like in a three-day period or you can buy the DVD for $25 and watch it whenever you want. You can order the DVD in either the PAL or NTSC format. Both the DVD and the online rental have subtitles in English, Ladino, Spanish, Portuguese and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.

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