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Tonal Languages Like It Hot and Humid

A new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America links the evolution of tonal languages to climate, specifically to heat and humidity. The report, “Climate, Vocal Folds, and Tonal Languages: Connecting the Physiological and Geographic Dots,” is the collaboration of linguists hailing from the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands,...

How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition?

A new study is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language. Because cues that signal the beginning and ending of words can differ from language to language, a person’s native language can provide misleading information when learning to segment a second language into words. Annie Tremblay, an assistant...

Operation Accent

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Justyna Kozyra-Bober asks if later learners are on an impossible mission to sound like natives After you get over the idea of sweet Felicity spying on the American government, the Cold War intrigues, complicated marriages, and fashion staples of the ‘80s make The Americans a dramatic and entertaining watch. But is it believable? With another season of FX’s political drama...

French Immersion

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Paris Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France Founded in 1883, the Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France is a private higher education school. Its worldwide network serves 550,000 students in 136 countries. Located in the heart of the French capital, it welcomes more than 12,000 students of 160 different nationalities each year. Passionate about French language and culture, their teachers all hold higher education diplomas...

Speaking to le Monde

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Richard Shryock argues that French is the most practical language to learn While any language will be useful for some jobs or for some regions, French is a language that is useful throughout the world as well as in the U.S. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International...

International Summit on Teaching Profession Takes Place in New York

The second International Summit on the Teaching Profession opened today in New York. The summit is a two-day conference with representatives from 23 countries and regions who have high performing education systems. The summit will address issues such as teaching training, professional development, and 21st century skills. The summit is hosted by the OECD, the U.S. Department of Education, and...

About the Turkish Language

About the Turkish language See also: Turkish language History The earliest forms of the Turkish language were written in Orkhon script. During the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turkish was influenced mainly by Arabic and Persian. The primary writing system was based on Arabic and Persian script. Due to the difficulty of learning the script only about 10% of the Ottoman Turkish population were literate. Atatürk...

Europe’s Powerhaus

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Daniel Ward thinks a German immersion program makes more than economic sense More people speak German as their mother tongue than any other language in Europe. Germany alone has 83 million inhabitants and German is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And, it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern...

Europe’s Powerhaus

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Daniel Ward thinks a German immersion program makes more than economic sense More people speak German as their mother tongue than any other language in Europe. Germany alone has 83 million inhabitants and German is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And, it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern...

Chinese in Taiwan or China?

While the obivous place to go to learn Chinese is, well, China, it's sometimes easy to forget that for quite a while after the communist takeover on the mainland, Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) was the only "China" recognized by the Western world. Global politics aside, Chairman Mao's victory has resulted in some lingering after-effects for Mandarin Chinese...
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