It’s easy to get confused about proper grammar because there’s so many different rules. Some of the rules you’ve probably heard, however, may not necessarily be true, and this video is here to clear those up.
iOS: When you're trying to learn a new language (or any other skill), it's often better to study in small, frequent chunks. Drops limits your learning time to just 5 minutes of vocabulary building gameplay a day.
Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, there's an essay by author and Indiana University at Bloomington professor Michael Adams that investigates how The Simpsons has helped shape the English language over the past 25 years.
iOS: If you're traveling internationally—or want to make simple conversation with a non-English speaker—the Smigin app on iOS lets you build phrases quickly, gives you native pronunciation, and lets you save important phrases as favorites to use...
Both hemispheres are involved in the brains of people interpreting a whistled variant of Turkish, compared with a left hemisphere dominance when listeners hear the spoken language -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...
Korean writing might look very complex and hard to learn, but if you want to learn the language, the comic below by Ryan Estrada makes it easier to remember how to pronounce Korean characters. Read more...
Knowing another language is a valuable skill—one that could boost your salary and your brain . While there are many paths to picking up a foreign language, here are ten of the most tried-and-trued ways to become bilingual or even a polyglot.
A team of researchers in the U.S. and U.K. has developed a statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words' pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolutionary history of related languages.
Chrome/Web: Learning another language can be difficult if you don't immerse yourself in it every day. Mainichi is a Chrome new tab replacement and webapp that teaches you (and reminds you of) everyday Japanese words.
Proper punctuation is key to written communication, but it can be difficult to master. The Punctuation Guide is a webapp that teaches you to use punctuation appropriately. Just click on a punctuation mark to read all about how to use it.
When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian). Lessons on language families are often illustrated with a simple tree diagram that has all the information but lacks imagination.
When you need to translate one language to another, either just to communicate or because you're trying to read something, you have tons of options—they're just not all that great at capturing what the original language really meant without...
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