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
Are you tired of learning a language? Tired of the same advice about language learning?
Don’t worry, I have the solution!
- Study only grammar
Why waste your time talking, listening, reading the language when you can just study grammar? Study only grammar and you will, probably, have more knowledge of the language grammatical structures than any native speaker will! And, who doesn’t want to know more than a native? Continue reading
For me, the month of July brought the best news in the world of language learning. To watch TV series or movies in original version can help in the listening understanding. I already explained how I learned English watching TV and how I use films and series to learn a new language and finally a small research shows evidence that it is possible to use television to help language learning!
Not a myth: to watch series or films in original version helps language learning – ThinkBig
[Article in Spanish] – The best news of July for me! According to the research from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, to watch a series in original version with English subtitles or without subtitles helped students from intermediate level to understand the language better. Continue reading
Today, I will interview the Irish student Laura Fitzgerald. To know more about her, visit shootabluejay.
1) Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Laura, I’m 19 years old, and I’m from Dublin, Ireland. I’m studying Spanish and Japanese full-time in university. I like listening to music/singing and playing video games.
2) What languages do you speak and at what level?
I’m a native English speaker, fluent in Irish and Spanish (non-native speaker of both). I can also speak basic conversational Japanese. Continue reading
I don’t know about the other polyglots, but I can’t keep myself motivated all the time while learning a language.
In June, I had a big problem to keep me motivated to study German. Like everyone else, when I start to learn a language I get very excited, I search for thousands of information about the language, materials and methods.
Learning a language is to know a new world. Despite the difficult task ahead of us, every little step is a big step forward. By learning a word, you have improved 100% in your language. Every word learned is a victory. The feeling of understanding for the first time a word in a sentence and after a sentence in context is indescribable. However, the better you get, the lower the returns.
Suddenly, to understand a phrase is normal, to read an article is no longer difficult. You are not fluent, but manages to get by in the language. The language is no longer a novelty for you. Your curiosity fades, you become fascinated with some other language, focused on some other task, goal or challenge of your life and gradually abandon the language. The result? Days, weeks or even months without studying the language.
Students with different personalities have one thing in common, whether learning a language alone or in a classroom: shame/fear of speaking. The reason for this is always the same: shyness and/or introversion.
Well, I have a confession to make; I am shy and introverted. But, what these words mean and what is the difference between them?
Introversion is closely related to energy. An extrovert feels energized around other people, an introvert feels drained, so often he/she prefers to be alone. Introverts are more sensitive to external stimuli, so when he gets too much of it, he needs to be alone to recover.
Shyness is the fear of being judged negatively, it is a kind of social anxiety. In the head of a shy person, everything is going to be bad. This fear happens not only around strangers; a shy may become anxious even with friends or relatives. Many shy people like to socialize (probably more than introverts), but fear prevents them from doing it. In cases of extreme shyness, treatment for anxiety is necessary, since extreme shyness can have catastrophic consequences in personal and professional relationships.
Everyone has moments of shyness and introversion. Even the most friendly, outgoing and confident people are afraid of being judged and need occasionally a quiet time to recover. Continue reading
Read scientific, funny and interesting articles about languages that were published on the web in the last month.
Language of Terror vs. Loving Language – Loving Language
A simple but interesting article showing how the Somali community in Minneapolis is portrayed by the media and the perception of the author on this same community. A great text showing how one approach and intent result in a different experience. The reporter only sought the affirmation of his own point of view, but the author sought to know the people, their culture and language. Continue reading
Every month I’ll put here interesting articles I read on other websites and newspapers about languages and language learning.
Short-term language learning aids mental agility, study suggests – ScienceDaily
Another study shows us how learning a language can be beneficial to the brain, in just one week.
The languages the world is trying to learn, according to Duolingo – Quartz
Check a map which are the most popular languages of Duolingo application by country and find out why in Sweden the most popular language is Swedish. Continue reading