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Here are the most interesting articles about languages that I read this last month.
Fluency vs. Mastery: Can you be fluent without being good? – ScottHYoung.com
I really liked this article, because it distinguishes between two concepts, that we, language learners, often consider identical. Through this differentiation, we can understand why some people sound fluent in a short time, despite their small knowledge of the language. Continue reading
Today, we speak with one of the creators of the app Amikumu, Richard Delamore, aka Evildea, who has been interviewed about Esperanto here.
What is Amikumu?
Amikumu is an app (for iOS and Android) that helps you find people nearby who speak the languages you are learning. For example, if you are learning French, use Amikumu to instantly find, contact and meet up with native French speakers nearby. Some potential ways people can use the app is: Continue reading
Writing in a foreign language: how to do it and why – RunAwayDaydreamer
In this article, the Greek Dimitris Polychronopoulos shares his tips on how to write in a foreign language for various proficiency levels.
English-speakers have the great luxury of knowing the most in-demand language in the world. When Europeans are sitting down for business or for recreation, the common language spoken is often English. The same is true in Africa and in Asia. So, if you are a native speaker of a language that many people around the world wish to learn, you might ask yourself – why would I learn a different language? There are dozens of reasons, but let’s focus on four of them.
Work and travel opportunities
Speaking another language opens doors to visit other countries and parts of the world that wouldn’t be open to Continue reading
A little bit late, but here are the articles I enjoyed reading on August!
What ISIS, the CIA, and the Mormons have in common? Languages! – Loving Language
The title of the article asks a question and answer immediately. Read in this article how completely different institutions use languages as a method of recruitment.
Learning a foreign language is like dating: it spurs anxiety – PsychologyToday
#HonorYourself, #HonorOthers, #HonorThePlanet, these principles permeate the works of singer-songwriter and author Haikaa. From Brazil, Japan and the US, Haikaa promotes the celebration of diversity as a catalyst for change through music and writing. You can find her on her website, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
- Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, first of all, it’s great to be here talking to you. I’m a singer-songwriter and author and I write and sing about love in its many forms. I have lived in three different countries – Brazil, Japan, US – and one of my passions is to celebrate diversity. I think that’s one form of love. I’m a language nerd too so combining music and languages is another way in which I express love. And I have many, many songs about love, self-love, romantic love, universal love because I think it’s a wonderful way to share this feeling.
- What languages do you speak and at what level?
Erik Zidowecki is a computer programmer and language lover. He is a co-founder of UniLang and founder of Parleremo, both web communities dedicated to helping people learn languages. He is also the Editor in Chief of Parrot Time magazine, a magazine devoted to language, linguistics, culture and the Parleremo community.
- Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Erik Zidowecki, and I live in the state of Maine in the USA. I have a mixed heritage of Lithuanian on my father’s side and Canadian on my mother’s, along with a few other ethnicities tossed in. I got my bachelor of science degree in Computers and have been using them for over 20 years in developing resources and materials for people to learn languages.
- What languages do you speak and at what level?
Ricardo Rodrigues Coutinho was born on May 15, 1980, in Caracas and lives in the Valleys del Tuy. He studied at the School of History of the Central University of Venezuela. He began his studies in the international language Esperanto at the end of 2000 in the Venezuelan Esperanto Association. He was a member of minutes of the Cultural Esperanto Foundation (Fundaesperanto). He also worked as a member of library, secretary and he is the current president of the Venezuelan Esperanto Association. He coordinates the publication Venezuela Stelo , an official organ of the Association. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
- Tell us a little about yourself and about the teaching role of the Venezuelan Esperanto Association.
The Venezuelan Esperanto Association is the only nonprofit organization in the country, which brings together Esperanto speakers and promoters of the Esperanto language. I have studied the language, since I was 16, I played a role as disseminator, as well as a teacher of the Association.
The range of courses and workshops have varied greatly over the years, since the work is voluntary and the country situation severely limits the possibilities of offering an intensive service. Despite this, we have: introductory workshops, courses by WhatsApp and You Tube. We also have very important achievements, which include; translations of Doña Barbara, Agriculture of the Torrid Zone, Pequeñas obras del Libertador, poems by Eloy Blanco, Otero Silva, among others.
Learning Esperanto is very fast, among other things because it is very regular and flexible, even though the study of any language is a hobby of high level of commitment. Esperanto is known to be an excellent tool to assimilate other languages, since it allows identifying the basic elements of a language, being an exercise to understand every language in the learning process. Continue reading