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7 Tips to learn a new language on your own

7 Tips to learn a new language on your own | All about languages | Scoop.it
If you want to learn a new language, but don't have the time or money to join an academy, or prefer to learn it at your own pace, here are a few useful tips that will help you achieve your goal.
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The Netherlands, Holland, and the Dutch: Why some countries have so many different names

The Netherlands, Holland, and the Dutch: Why some countries have so many different names | All about languages | Scoop.it
Chalk it up to the vagaries of time, and a Germanic tribe or two
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5 techniques to speak any language: Sid Efromovich at TEDxUpperEastSide - YouTube

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Are animated GIFs a language? MIT student project aims to find out

Are animated GIFs a language? MIT student project aims to find out | All about languages | Scoop.it
If you're the kind of person who spends a chunk of their day looking at animated GIFs, a pair of students from MIT want to use your skills to create a new universal language. Kevin Hu and Travis...
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Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Telegraph

Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Telegraph | All about languages | Scoop.it
To “get by” in a language it takes a vocabulary of about 120 basic words. Anne Merritt explains how to learn them.
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A Village Invents a Language All Its Own

A Village Invents a Language All Its Own | All about languages | Scoop.it
A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia.
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Although every year many languages become extint, it seems there's still hope for new languages. 

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Could the Basques have been the first settlers of the British Islands? Part 2

2/2 Stephen Oppenheimer: The origins of the British and the relevance for the Basque Country. Gares 2011-5-7an. Euskararen jatorriaren 6. biltzarra. http://w...
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5 Songs from the Eurovision for Endangered Languages, Liet International

5 Songs from the Eurovision for Endangered Languages, Liet International | All about languages | Scoop.it
English has taken over pop music to the point where many bands from other countries will write their songs in English in order to appeal to a wider audience.

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The revival of an ancient whistling language

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On a Spanish island, an ancient whistling language that seemed to be dying out is now undergoing a revival. (Totally fascinating article on whistling languages. May be showing my ignorance but didn't know these even existed!
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Babies Learn Language Basics While Still in Womb

Babies Learn Language Basics While Still in Womb | All about languages | Scoop.it
A new study shows that children begin learning vowels in their native language while still in the womb.

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Endangered languages: Hawaiian, a Polynesian language.

Endangered languages: Hawaiian, a Polynesian language. | All about languages | Scoop.it

The Hawaiian language (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) is a Polynesian language spoken in the Hawaiian Islands and has about 8000 speakers, 1000 of whom are native speakers, mainly on Ni’ihau Island and the Big Island of Hawaii...

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11 Ancient African Writing Systems That Demolish the Myth that Black People were Illiterate - Atlanta Blackstar

11 Ancient African Writing Systems That Demolish the Myth that Black People were Illiterate - Atlanta Blackstar | All about languages | Scoop.it
The importance of oral culture and tradition in Africa and the recent dominance of European languages through colonialism, among other factors, has led to the misconception that the languages of Africa either have no written form or have been put to writing only very recently. However, Africa has the world’s oldest and largest collection of …
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Our brains are hardwired for language

Our brains are hardwired for language | All about languages | Scoop.it
People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil the basis of the uniquely human capacity for language? New research shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain.
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How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLingnanUniversity - YouTube

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Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Telegraph

Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Telegraph | All about languages | Scoop.it
Learning a new foreign language is never easy – but it's a lot harder if you fall into these five common traps, says Anne Merritt.
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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | All about languages | Scoop.it
A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
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Could the Basques have been the first settlers of the British Islands? Stephen Oppenheimer talk about it in this interesting conference.

1/2 Stephen Oppenheimer The origins of the British and the relevance for the Basque Country. Gares 2011-5-7an. Euskararen jatorriaren 6. biltzarra. http://eu...

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CfP: International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe

CfP: International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europewww.cidles.eu/events/conference-ele-2013/Ort: Minde, PortugalBeginn: 17.10.13Ende: 18.10.13Disziplinen: SprachwissenschaftSprachen: SprachenübergreifendFrist: 31.05.13

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS) cordially invites scholars working on endangered languages in Europe and on Language Documentation to join us at the International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe. The 2-day International Conference aims to improve the discussion about linguistic diversity in Europe and to provide an interdisciplinary forum in which scholars from Language Documentation, Language Technology and others working on European endangered languages can exchange ideas and techniques on language documentation, archiving, and revitalization and to reflect on language policy issues. The second day of the Conference will have two special panels: one focussing on the endangered languages in the Iberian Peninsula and another one, a round table, dedicated to the theme "new speakers of minority/endangered languages".

 


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Second Languages Slow Brain Decline : Discovery News

Second Languages Slow Brain Decline : Discovery News | All about languages | Scoop.it
Speaking two or more languages from a young age keeps the brain agile later in life.

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Endangered Languages: Bable the Asturian Language

Endangered Languages: Bable the Asturian Language | All about languages | Scoop.it

Bable, also known as Asturianu, is the name that refers to the Romance language spoken in the Principality of Asturias and its variants spoken in the provinces of Leon and Zamora..

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