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Free Videos to Learn Italian While Cooking

MIT has released a series of free videos to learn Italian while cooking through their Experimental Study Group. According to their website, "The Experimental Study Group (ESG) offers instruction in the core freshman subjects...

Baby Talk Works

The more baby talk (e.g., words that repeat themselves, like choo-choo, or diminutives, like bunny or Mommy) that babies are exposed to, the quicker they grasp language, according to a new study at Scotland’s...

How would you describe your World Cup team? Have your say for charity!

What three words would you use to sum up your country’s World Cup squad? Cambridge University Press (CUP) wants to know as it kicks off a global study into the language of the 2018...

Twitter Recognizes Swahili

Swahili (Kiswahili) has become the first African language to be recognized by Twitter. The network now recognizes Swahili words and offers translation of the widely spoken and written East and southern African language. However,...

Reading, Writing, and Giving Back

Kristal Bivona gets inspired by voluntary literacy projectsNon-governmental organizations have more opportunities to serve and support education than ever today as pressure increases on schools to look beyond public funding. Here are two nonprofits...

Fred Armisen Spanish-Language Comedy to Come to HBO

Actor and writer Fred Armisen, known for T.V. series “Portlandia”, is creating a new Spanish-Language comedy, “Los Espookys,” on HBO.  Armisen will be a co-writer and executive producer for the show, and will also...

Russia Launches French TV

Russian state broadcaster RT is launching a French-language channel, months after being accused of spreading “deceitful propaganda” by French president Emmanuel Macron. RT already has...

Losing Your Language in Prison

Listen to the story by pressing play below.  Your browser does not support the audio element. With languages it’s often said that if you don’t use it you lose it. San Quentin Radio and NPR present...

Music & Language Lead to Efficient Brain

A new study reveals that bilinguals and trained musicians utilize fewer resources in their brains while doing tasks involving memory. This means that it’s easier for them to do so. As their brains use...

Celebrate Mother Language Day!

On International Mother Language Day 2018, celebrated on 21 February every year, UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity and invites its Member States to celebrate the day in as many languages as possible...