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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...
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Dr. Oliver Sacks on language and music

My admiration for Dr. Oliver Sacks is no secret. He was just on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night talking about the effects of music on the brain. I am thrilled that he...

Accents matter. Which one to choose?

Learning a language with various regional varieties or dialects means choosing which accent(s) to learn. In this video with Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello, we talk about how we chose which accent to learn...

New year, new books on language learning

January not only brought in a new year, it brought in three new books! First, I updated Language is Music with about 30 new tips on language learning using music, TV, radio, movies and other...
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Language gaps: Lived vs. learned languages

There's a big difference between a learned and a lived language. It took a carrot to make that difference abundantly clear to me. In California, I sometimes speak Portuguese in the weekly pagode group I...
Global people say Hello World as symbols of language translation.

Colleges strive to make foreign languages relevant

USA Today and Higher Ed report in the article, Colleges strive to make foreign languages relevant, that one college is finally getting it right and making foreign language education be more than just grammar and...
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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!
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Learn a language. Change your mind.

My hero in brain work, Dr. Oliver Sacks, shows us in his New York Times Opinion piece how learning can help us grow our brains, at any age. This Year, Change Your Mind: Don’t leave...
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Review of Rosetta Stone (Arabic), $1 tea lesson is better than $500 Rosetta Stone

I learned more Arabic in 10 minutes with a $1 tea than from 1.5 hours of Rosetta Stone ($500).         (This review shows the negative and positive elements of the Rosetta Stone software for Arabic. I...
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Free and inexpensive resources to learn Arabic

Free online resources to learn the Arabic alphabet, phrases and other BBC Arabic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/arabic/guide/videos/learning_arabic.shtml Arabic alphabet: http://arabicreadingcourse.com/ List of Arabic learning resources: http://arabic.desert-sky.net/links.html Explanations of songs, dialects and other resources for students of Arabic,  The Arabic Student,...

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