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A language with too many armies and navies?

A language with too many armies and navies? | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
JOHNSON has touched on Arabic and its variety quite a few times over the years, but we have never really addressed a critical question directly: what is "Arabic"...
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You think what you talk, ctd.

You think what you talk, ctd. | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
A COMMENT on my colleague's posting yesterday. There's a popular belief that speaking language X might make you think differently than speaking language Y because of...
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Person's language may influence how he or she thinks about other people

Person's language may influence how he or she thinks about other people | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
The language a person speaks may influence his or her thoughts, according to a new study on Israeli Arabs who speak both Arabic and Hebrew fluently.
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Literary Arabic Is Expressed In Brain Of Arabic Speakers As A Second Language

Literary Arabic Is Expressed In Brain Of Arabic Speakers As A Second Language | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
Literary Arabic is expressed in the brain of an Arabic speaker as a second language and not as a mother tongue, according to a new study.
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Research supporting the fact that learning to read and write a language at the same time you are learning to understand and speak it is the same as learning two different languages at the same time!

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(TOOL) (PDF) - Translation and language learning: The role of translation in the teaching of languages in the European Union | europa.eu

"The active promotion of a Europe that is multilingual and multicultural largely requires that individual citizens be plurilingual or polyglot. This requires the learning of languages, but not only that. The European Council, meeting in Barcelona in March 2002, called for ‘action to improve the mastery of basic skills, in particular by teaching at least two foreign languages from a very early age’. This ‘Barcelona objective’ was then the basis for the 2003 Action Plan Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity, where the improvement of language teaching was recognised as a major element in achieving that aim. This was followed in 2006 by a report on The main pedagogical principles underlying the teaching of languages to very young learners, which offered a review of current research on language learning. In 2007 the European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning mentioned ‘mediation’ in passing but conceptualised language proficiency in terms of the four traditional basic language skills. Also in 2007 there was a more general report on The diversity of language teaching in the European Union.

Meanwhile, data on progress in language learning have been collected in the Eurydice reports on Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe (2005, 2008, 2012), in the Eurobarometer reports Europeans and their Languages (2006, 2012), which include information on the most common and effective ways of learning a language, and in ..."


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Shrug like a Frenchman and frown like a Russian

Shrug like a Frenchman and frown like a Russian | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
TIMOTHY DONER looks like an ordinary American teenager. Medium-height and slight, he arrives in a grey T-shirt and jeans. As he is being miked for his interview, our...
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You think what you talk

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IF YOU speak two or more languages fluently, you may be familiar with the feeling that you act differently in them. I tend to be more excitable in Spanish and ruder...
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Learning another languaculture changes you!

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Do Bilingual Persons Have Distinct Language Areas In The Brain?

Do Bilingual Persons Have Distinct Language Areas In The Brain? | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
A unique single case study suggests that first and second languages of bilingual people are represented in different places in the brain.
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Duolingo 'Incubator' to Crowdsource New Language Courses

Duolingo 'Incubator' to Crowdsource New Language Courses | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
With the Language Incubator, users can collaborate on courses for languages not currently available on Duolingo.

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Free Language Learning App Duolingo Adopts New Design Language For iOS 7 -- AppAdvice

Free Language Learning App Duolingo Adopts New Design Language For iOS 7 -- AppAdvice | Language Aquisition | Scoop.it
Duolingo, which is arguably the best free language learning app on iOS (or on any platform, for that matter), has just been updated to version 3.0.

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But it is better than finding someone who speaks your target language and learning from them? You get immediate feedback and correction, plus the subtle cultural undertones when it's with a person.

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