Science & Technology

There’s No Sound Like Home

Study shows that babies learn language best from speakers who sound like their caregivers. Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon, and oftentimes it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact....

‘Blowfish Effect’: How Children Learn Words

Even young children know what typical dogs and fish look like, and they apply that knowledge when they hear new words, reports a team from the Princeton Baby Lab, where researchers study how babies...

Google Translate Camera Gets Automatic Upgrade

The Google Translate camera app has long been a source of quick and convenient translation. Simply hold up the camera to text that is in a language that you don’t understand, whether it’s a...

Babies Can Link Language and Ethnicity

A recent study from Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) suggests that eleven-month-old infants can learn to associate the language they hear with ethnicity. The research, published by Developmental Psychobiology, found that 11-month-old infants looked more at...

The Human EdTech for Diversity

LeiLani Cauthen argues for the symbiosis of teacher connection and technological advancement  Technology dominates the education landscape discussion. It can bridge language-learning gaps and increase access with automation so fine that it can literally speak...

AI Detects Psychosis Risk Through Conversational Language

A new study has found that machine-learning artificial intelligence (AI) can successfully detect and predict which individuals would go on to develop psychosis with an accuracy of 93%. The study, which was published in...

Australian Scientists Find Link Between Language Diversity and Climate

Language diversity is closely linked to a region’s climate, rather than being purely incidental, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers have also found that language diversity is more...

$15M Global Learning XPRIZE Shared by Two Winners

Teams Recognized for Developing Effective, Scalable, Open-Source Learning Software for Children around the World. Language Magazine readers urged to show their support and join the Global Learning XPRIZE community Today, XPRIZE, the designer and...

Getting Personal

Nick Gaehde and Liz Brooke discuss Lexia Learning’s solutions for diverse classrooms and tell us what to expect next Daniel Ward: We’ve gone through a period of ten to 15 years where everybody expected certain...

Amazon’s Alexa to Speak Spanish in the U.S.

Amazon has launched a new voice model for Alexa that lets developers build a Spanish-language interface for Spanish-speaking users. The company announced that the model will initially be available to an invite-only preview program...
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