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...
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...

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...
"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,...
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.
how to learn a foreign language

Need an alarm clock to remember who you are? Music awakens our brains, “Music...

As I’ve written before, I wouldn’t have realized that there's a link between learning languages and music if it weren’t for Dr. Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks’ books,(Musicophilia, The Mind’s Eye, etc.) have shown me and...

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