anti-aging

Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer

In his book, Healthy Aging, Dr. Andrew Weil recommends learning a foreign language as a way to prevent Alzheimers. From the ABC News story, "Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer": "Weil believes that...

Even spies need to read my book!

Having just read this article written by Nikita Khrushchev's great grand-daughter about how one of the Russian spies couldn't hide his Russian accent makes me both laugh and wonder why the Russian government spent...
Spanish cow

Don’t speak like your neighbor’s cow, Why a good accent is important

The French, who are very proud of and particular about the pronunciation and proper use of their language, have a saying about people who speak French poorly and/or with a bad accent: “parler français...
music and the brain

Suzuki method: similar to language learning

I read The Suzuki Method He Imported Keyed a Music Revolution article from the Wall Street Journal about how music learning changed in the US once John Kendall brought the Japanese Suzuki method to...
The Polyglot Project

Free tips on learning languages, Polyglot Project

Claude Cartigenese of the "Polyglot Project" compiled a huge 600 page document with stories from many language learners around the world who explain how they became polyglots. Some of the linguists in the book...
english as a second language

You don’t have to go to Brazil to speak Portuguese or move your hips...

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

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...
English as a second language

Language is Music. Songs help Rep. Gabrielle Giffords regain speech

Language and Music. Language is Music. Music helps you learn language. It's so simple. Yet sometimes it feels like I am talking to the wall when I tell people how lyrical songs can help people...
english as a second language

Video: Simple tips for learning languages

So you're not from a bilingual family and you live in a monolingual area where there's no one who speaks the language you're learning, you can still learn a new language. Aaron Myers and I...

At what price, monolingualism?


Fortunately, a scant few of us will ever be in a life or death situation requiring foreign language knowledge. However, Canetti’s example is not the only example of how a multilingual person in the Balkans used a language to save a life. I’m co-producing the documentary, Saved by Language, with Bryan Kirschen about how Moris Albahari saved his life in the Holocaust by speaking in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) to an Italian Colonel and a US pilot.

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