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Recent study sheds new light on second language learning in adulthood

Recent study sheds new light on second language learning in adulthood | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that assimilation of L2 vowels to L1 phonemes governs language learning in adulthood; researchers urge development of novel methods of second language teaching.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Interesting study. We observed when staying  in Italy and Spain that the first few weeks we could neither discern words (nor, obviously, any meaning) when watching  TV. But then,  sounds became words we could distinguish and ( due to our studies) after a few more weeks could then increasingly guess their meaning. 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 16, 2014 2:37 AM

Interesting research on L1 to L2 with adult learners. 

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Lingotastic language learning fun

Lingotastic language learning fun | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Lingotastic is a great place for language learning together with your little one.
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Lots of fun stuff for children on this site!

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What is Different in the Bilingual Brain?

What is Different in the Bilingual Brain? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Recent research has shown that the bilingual brain uses the same neural structures and resources as the monolingual brain but in different ways. A specialist explains.
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More fascinating insights into the bilingual brain....

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Brain-Building Hobbies to Improve Cognitive Function

Brain-Building Hobbies to Improve Cognitive Function | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Discover the link between activities such as reading, knitting or making music and mental health.
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There are other hobbies than games and language learning that are good for your brain, but we like those two!

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Learning languages improves mental agility at any age, study suggests

Learning a second language can boost general thinking skills, a study suggests. Tests carried out on 200 students of modern languages and humanities suggest that learning a second language improves a person's mental agility.
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Should polyglots apply for an insurance discount?

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"Language Zen" - Learning Spanish - A Review

"Language Zen" - Learning Spanish - A Review | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
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Learning Spanish with a song lyrics has never been as easy and effective as with Language Zen. A great dashboard to track your progress and you are not only learning practical and useful words but are translating phrases and sentences.

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7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Learning a foreign language will absolutely improve your life; see the top 7 ways how.
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I like this post until the end (when it suggests Rosetta Stone...) There are better and less boring programs on the market.

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Eve-Line Boulle's curator insight, June 8, 9:42 AM
"Learning a foreign language can enhance your life in so many ways. It can help improve things like health, job opportunities, relationships and personal development."
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Language Schools - The Benefits of Bilingualism

Language Schools - The Benefits of Bilingualism | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
RT @mmecarr: Good article about benefits of bilingualism, type of immersion, value of CEFR, myths & facts https://t.co/qQMcuIX1fh https://t…
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Not only about bilingualism, but a good review of language terminology...

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The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education

The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
The education system is changing. Established teaching methodologies are reaching their limits in most developed countries. New requirements are needed.
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Some very good insights!

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Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third?

Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
What role does your second language play in the process of third language learning? Is it an asset that facilitates and speeds up the process or is it an obstacle that interferes and slows it down?
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I always love Prof. Grosjean's insights!

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How Are Gesture and Speech Related?

How Are Gesture and Speech Related? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
People may learn gestures by watching the speakers of their native language. But new research suggests the language itself can shape these gestures.
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Very interesting, especially the last sentence: "However, some researchers have argued that the gestures actually help speakers to produce sentences."

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4 Other Useful italki Features for Language Learning

4 Other Useful italki Features for Language Learning | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it

language learning, online tutors,

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Yes, these features are very helpful as well!

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Could early music training help babies learn language?

Could early music training help babies learn language? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
What effect does music have on the developing brains of babies who haven't even learnt to talk?
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Fascinating idea!

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Lingohut Blog

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Adults have to find their own path to language learning: Nobody can learn a language for you!

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Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?

Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined.
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Fascinating stuff - but don't blame your parents! 

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Rachel Chauvin's curator insight, June 16, 4:29 AM
Les gènes facteur de prédisposition à l'apprentissage des langues ?
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'Mental Gymnastics' Part 1: Advantages of Learning Languages - Education & Schools Resources - Cambridge University Press

'Mental Gymnastics' Part 1: Advantages of Learning Languages - Education & Schools Resources - Cambridge University Press | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Why learn another language? Dr Napoleon Katsos explains https://t.co/aniE8Q21BQ
#5daysofMFL
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A very interesting talk about recent research on bilingualism.

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Why seniors should learn a new language | Samvedna Senior Care

Why seniors should learn a new language | Samvedna Senior Care | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Why seniors should learn a new language https://t.co/mtIzsWNe64 #mentalhealth #seniorcitizens @ShrinkingCouch
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We certainly agree and wrote about Retirement and Foreign Language Learning   and our own experience already a few years ago.

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The NEW Way to Travel Meaningfully: Language & Skills Exchange Prog... | GoAbroad.com

The NEW Way to Travel Meaningfully: Language & Skills Exchange Prog... | GoAbroad.com | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
“That’ll be $87.50 please.” This is typically the point of the transaction where you make your payment choice: cash or card. It is a simple question
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Yes, we arranged for language exchange meetings when we stayed in Sevilla for a month and it helped our Spanish a lot!

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Report: Early childhood education programs key to success of dual language learners

Report: Early childhood education programs key to success of dual language learners | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond.
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Yes, the evidence is quite clear: you'll never learn a second language as easily as an adult as young children can.

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Trilingual actress Yuho Yamashita proves that sheer drive can bring fluency | The Japan Times

Trilingual actress Yuho Yamashita proves that sheer drive can bring fluency | The Japan Times | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Yuho Yamashita, who has acted in Japanese, English and German during her career, talks about her approach to learning languages.
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Fluency certainly does not have to mean that you don't have a (foreign) accent. Just think Henry Kissinger and Arnold Schwarzenegger!

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Musical training helps language processing, studies show

Musical training helps language processing, studies show | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
In what will be music to the ears of arts advocates, researchers for the first time have shown that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language.
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Very Interesting, but I am not surprised!

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Speaking dialects trains the brain in the same way as bilingualism

Speaking dialects trains the brain in the same way as bilingualism | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
People who speak two or more variations on a language get the same cognitive benefits as multilingualists.
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And when we consider dialects - well over half of the world's population is indeed bilingual - bilinguals should be able to learn a third language also more easily...

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Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Babies find it easier to learn words with repetitive syllables rather than mixed sounds, a study suggests.
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Quite interesting - now Mama, Papa, Dada,  etc. make sense even in different languages....

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Quick Language Games for Fun Learning and Practice

Quick Language Games for Fun Learning and Practice | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Quick FREE online Games of German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Inglés for fun language learning and practice.
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"être": together with "avoir", one of the most frequently used French.

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Learn Languages Through Associations and Structure Breakdown

Learn Languages Through Associations and Structure Breakdown | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Just 2 simple tricks can enhance your language skills and help you with learning problematic words, grammar or pronunciation. Are you ready to reveal them?
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Yes, children use these tricks with their native language(s), adults have to be reminded of them!

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Brain patterns can predict how fast you pick up foreign languages

Brain patterns can predict how fast you pick up foreign languages | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Psychologists at the University of Washington found higher levels of electrical activity in key areas of the brain while resting are linked to faster learning of a foreign language.
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Hmm, just need to find out more about "neurofeedback" exercises! Also interesting sidebar about the benefits of a second language : slang!

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