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Music therapy effects the brain

Here’s a great show in Portuguese about the healing effects of music. Musicoterapia e a energia que vem dos sons (Music therapy and the energy that comes from sounds) from Caminhos Alternativos from the Brazilian...

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...
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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!

Music and Mandarin

Melody and rhythm are important to learning a tonal language like Mandarin, but learning a tonal language through music is not the same as learning a non-tonal language like French.
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Rosetta Stone or a teacher? Foreign language learning technology

About a week ago, I received an email from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages asking the members if they felt that the ads for the Rosetta Stone foreign language learning...
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Music can bridge the income gap in education

Music can help people bounce back after a stroke or brain trauma. It can also narrow the achievement gap between poor and rich kids.

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