learning a foreign language

Where are the female and non-white polyglots?

Most of the public Internet polyglots are white males. Do race and national origin play a role in the decisions people make about learning languages? What can we do to inspire more non-whites to learn...

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...

Portuguese via Brazilian music

In this lesson, Luciana Lage (of Street Smart Brazil) and I use the song Toda Sexta Feira to teach the days of the week in Portuguese, how to use the words todo/toda, and pronounce...

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...
Arabic tea glass

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...
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...
Arabic Sesame Street

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,...

Free foreign language lessons

Learn languages for free on Open Culture.com. The site features 37 foreign languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download lessons to your computer and mp3 player and you’re good to...
carrot

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...
The Polyglot Project

Susanna’s interview on the Polygot Project Podcast

David Mansaray and Claude Cartaginese are doing a The Polyglot Project Podcast with interviews of language learners. It was an honor to talk to them about how I learned languages. I clarified how I...

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