english as a second language

Learn Spanish, English & Japanese with songs (chords, Spanish, English & Japanese lyrics included)

Do you want to learn Spanish, English or Japanese using songs but you are too lazy to ind the translation in English, lyrics in Spanish and chord notations? It can be time consuming to dig...

Vote for a language education start-up to get a $100,000 grant

By Tyler Ulrich (guest blogger) Language education is competing against other industries for $100,000 The Loogla language and literacy project may be awarded $100,000 in a grant competition. Watch the video and spread the word! voteliteracy.com No logins, age...
Sherly Sandberg, female polyglot

What Facebook executive’s new book tells about women, success & foreign languages

Sheryl Sandberg, cover of Time Magazine The TIME Magazine "Confidence Woman" cover story on Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and her new book, Lean In, about women, success and careers made me...
how to learn a new language fast

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...
changing brain

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...

Luca Spaghetti (from Eat, Pray, Love) learned English with American pop songs

The worldwide bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, turned the already comical surname of Luca Spaghetti into an almost household name. Luca Spaghetti In the USA Today article, When (Luca) Spaghetti met (Elizabeth) Gilbert ..., reported that Mr....
english as a second language

Learn Portuguese with Brazilian songs

I am not the only one singing the praises of Brazilian music as a way to learn Portuguese! On September 29, 2011, I attended an event of the San Francisco Brazilian Portuguese MeetUp and asked...
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Improving my Portuguese, one (lost) calorie at a time

We've probably heard of people improving their conversation skills in a language over a meal. I'm reversing the trend. Portuguese vocabulary goes up and the inches melt away. (Let me be ambitious and count in...

Susanna quoted in San Jose Mercury News

                        While on the set for the Comunidad del Valle show at NBC in San Jose, California, I gave a short interview about Language is Music and how to use music and media to learn...

Don’t fault innovative musicians!

Instead of criticizing people who are risk takers, we should be applauding their efforts because if we don’t innovate, these languages are going to die.

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