Video: Why learn Portuguese? Brazil’s economy is flourishing and its culture and people are...

When I first began learning Portuguese, it seemed odd to many people because few American schools, if any, offer Portuguese language classes. Brazil's economy is growing an incredible rate. Foreign investment is flowing in,...

Beyond Gangnam Style: Learning Korean via Korean Music

An Introduction to Korean Indie Music for Korean Language Learners Guest post by Sam Gendreau It’s been 5 years since I started looking for some of the best possible—preferably noncommercial—Korean bands out there, and today is...

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...

Lives lost in wars because GI Joe and GI Jane can’t speak foreign languages

The Time Magazine blog post: The Pentagon's Foreign-Language Frustrations shows how poorly US military personnel can actually communicate in Iraq and Afghanistan. The news is appalling, but not surprising. The military's language schools  have...
Language is Music

Upcoming presentations on language learning via music

Next week will be a bonanza week for me in terms of presentations on learning languages via music and preserving endangered languages with songs and technology.

Ode to imperfection: why trying to be perfect is counter-productive to language learning

A couple weeks ago, I got some criticism for my imperfect Russian in a Russian-language Facebook forum that had linked to my Russian language video about using music and media to learn languages. Here's my...

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