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Language Affects How We Perceive Motion

The way our native language employs verbs of motion—words like “go,” “run” or “descend”—may have an effect on how we perceive those motions, according to a study published in Neuropsychologia. According to the study, different...
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Connecting the Dots

Whatever the outcome of this month’s U.S. election and however bad the second wave of COVID-19 hits this winter, our world will continue to become more interconnected and more interdependent. Despite the closing of...
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Moldova to Relax Restrictions on Russian

Andrew Warner reports on moves to bolster the status of the Russian language in Moldova Parliament of Moldova in Chisinau. Chisinau, Moldova. The outgoing president of Moldova, Igor Dodon is expected to sign a bill to...

Cambridge Dictionary announces ‘quarantine’ as Word of the Year 2020

Cambridge Dictionary has announced ‘quarantine’ as Word of the Year 2020, after data shows it was one of the most highly searched words on the Cambridge Dictionary this year.  Quarantine was the only word to rank...

Card Game Aims to Revitalize Traditional Mongolian Script

The traditional Mongolian writing system—a vertical top-to-bottom, left-to-right alphabet—dates all the way back to the early days of the Mongol Empire. However, in the script’s homeland, official and day-to-day communications have been written in...

Risk-taking

Rumi in the Language Classroom Series Vol 3 See Vol 1 of the series here. See Vol 2 of the series here. One of the poems of ‘Masnavi-e-Manavi’ of Rumi depicts how risk-taking can lead to...

Transcending Monolingualism

Research shows that multilingual skills correlate with higher scores on assessments (Vogel and Garcia, 2017), and studies indicate that when those results are present, there has been a conscious and systematic use of diverse...

What Language Does Pain Speak?

A new study suggests that the language a bilingual person speaks may affect their physical sensations, including pain. Researchers at the University of Miami tried to discover if the ways we express feelings, such as...

Multinational Call to Invest in Language Education

“Clear and precise communication is more crucial than ever before to the health and security of every nation.” For the first time in their histories, five international academies have joined together to ask for increased...
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Challenge to Spanish Causes Outcry

Last month, Spain’s eighth education law in democratic history was passed by congress while creating a storm of anger and protest. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the elimination of...
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