Computer programs replace foreign language teachers in N.J. classrooms after budget cuts

For parents whose childrens' schools have cut foreign language education, it's imperative to use foreign language music, movies, TV and radio at home to keep their kids learning. A software program WON'T be enough. See...
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Ladino saved my life in the war

At long last, I am posting the demo to Saved by Language, the documentary I'm co-producing about how the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language saved a boy's life in Bosnia in World War II. Ladino is...

Defense Language Institute: “We learn foreign languages so you don’t have to”

Which US government agency is most interested in vocal about foreign language training? a) The Department of Education b) The Department of State 3) The Defense Department The answer is #3. The US has no national foreign language...
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Brain Power: Repeating sounds

At the gym, I read the Can You Build a Better Brain? article in Newsweek about how to restructure our brains as we take on new things to learn. We need to repeat actions many times ...
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How to learn languages and make them stick

Last week, I did a guest post on Polyglot Dream (Luca Lampariello's popular language learning blog about how to learn languages and attain native-like pronunciation. I internalize the foreign languages that I learn to...
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Listening to (and Saving) the World’s Languages (New York Times)

Mostly through simple bilingual songs that he accompanies with gusto on his guitar, he is teaching his two younger daughters, Jamie, 11, and Jazelle, 7, and their friends.

Why you should care about endangered languages

Endangered species. Endangered whales. Endangered languages? What's an endangered language? About half of the world's 6000 languages will be extinct in 100 years unless we act to preserve them. In this video, I explain why you should...
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Review of Babel No More: what makes people learn many languages?

I highly recommend the book, Babel No More. It's a fun read as it's written like a detective story and you can feel the passion for languages that the hyperglots demonstrate. Why I read Babel No...
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Ladino and the beauty of Sarajevo, Bosnia

"Sarajevo has a soul. It has a heart." My passion for Ladino/Judeo-Spanish is no secret. In this video, Richard Simcott (the hyperpolyglot extraordinnaire) and I speak in Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian (or whatever else you like to call...

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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