Computer programs replace foreign language teachers in N.J. classrooms after budget cuts

For parents whose childrens' schools have cut foreign language education, it's imperative to use foreign language music, movies, TV and radio at home to keep their kids learning. A software program WON'T be enough. See...
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Polyglots discuss learning languages with music, TV and films

Last month, I was in Poland and was thrilled to speak in various languages with Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello. We recorded various videos about language learning. There are more videos in other languages to...
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Learn Portuguese: The joy of just “being” in Portuguese and not speaking

(Photo is of Lisbon, Portugal.) Feeling like I am in Portugal without leaving the United States I ventured into the Little Portugal area of San Jose, California, where the local immigrant population from the Azores islands...

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....
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The Portuguese language has many homelands

Over two years ago, I wrote about the idea of a language as a homeland as I was starting my journey into the endangered language of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish. The Portuguese writer, Fernando Pessoa, is quoted as...

Polyglot dreaming: In which language do you dream?

I have heard on several occasions that the sign of fluency in a language is when one dreams in the language. That can't be true. Or else I'm fluent in Arabic without being aware...
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How to learn languages and make them stick

Last week, I did a guest post on Polyglot Dream (Luca Lampariello's popular language learning blog about how to learn languages and attain native-like pronunciation. I internalize the foreign languages that I learn to...
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Luca Spaghetti (from Eat, Pray, Love) learned English with American pop songs

The worldwide bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, turned the already comical surname of Luca Spaghetti into an almost household name. Luca Spaghetti In the USA Today article, When (Luca) Spaghetti met (Elizabeth) Gilbert ..., reported that Mr....
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Not learning languages reduced job prospects

The Telegraph article, Foreign languages are 'elitist' subjects, came out earlier this year in the UK showing that state jobs require foreign language knowledge while fewer school offer language classes. This means that more people...

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...

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