What did people read here in 2016? Check it here!
10. Review of Pimsleur German – I, II & III
I was very excited to do this review, Pimsleur is a very interesting course, people love it or hate it, no middle term here.
9. Why learning a foreign language can change your life
This is a guest post from Lucia Leite, about the most interesting aspects of learning a language.
8. Duolingo Review
An old review about the most famous language app!
After a long time without publishing a post, here is one with the best articles on November and December about languages!
Having Language Difficulties? It’s Time to Believe in Yourself – TheLinguist
What is the real difficulty people have with language learning? Learning a language is not an easy task, but it is far from impossible, but most of us fail to learn one. Steve’s thesis is that the reason behind is motivation, or rather, the lack of motivation that comes from the belief that learning a language is something very difficult.
The Best Way to Learn Another Language? From Interesting Content – TheLinguist
I believe that it is easier to learn a language with a material that is adapted to our own needs and goals. Steve Kaufmann believes in that too and here he gives 10 reasons why we should learn a language from contents that are interesting for us.
How to expand your vocabulary – Lingholic
A simple post, with a few tips on how to learn vocabulary effectively.
Discovery: to learn a foreign language thanks to hypnosis or online courses – FranceTVInfo.fr
[Article in French] – An interesting news report with two journalists. One tries to learn Japanese with hypnosis, the other tries to learn Russian with an online app. See the result after 20 hours of “study”. Continue reading
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
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
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.
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
I have said several times that I am addicted to series. And, one of my current addictions is the series Game of Thrones. In the first episode of the new season, Daenerys Targaryen surprises Khal Moro and everyone around them when she reveals her knowledge of the Dothraki language. This is one of my favorite scenes from the first episode of the sixth season. And because of this scene I had the idea to make this post about the languages of the series.
Check out the scene I just talked about
George R. R. Martin, creator of the book series “Song of Ice and Fire“, has no background in linguistics as J. R. R. Tolkien; so the languages were not developed in the book, instead there are only few examples of the various fictional languages.
Consequently, HBO hired the linguist David J. Peterson, who created the artificial languages spoken in the series. From the few sentences written in the book, he created a lexicon and grammatical structure for these languages. Continue reading
“Plurality of languages: […] It is crucial 1. that there are many languages and that they differ not only in vocabulary, but also in grammar, and so in mode of thought and 2. that all languages are learnable.”
Languages: English, German, Hebrew, French and Latin
The film tells a part of the biography of the famous Jewish philosopher of German origin Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa). Established in the United States, she is already a respected intellectual when she offers to the New Yorker magazine to cover the trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. She follows the trial in Israel and then publish five articles in the New Yorker. However, by putting the articles that there was collaboration of Jews in Nazi logistics, Arendt is heavily criticized, especially by the Jewish community.