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Why learn languages? 10 good reasons to learn a foreign language!

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10 good reasons why you should be learning a foreign language: Learning foreign languages has many rewards!

 

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6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Really Learn Spanish

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We’ve read the arguments for learning French, but let’s be honest: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or any other language with growing global importance would be a better choice.

 

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Spanish may be the best choice of all for a second language, which is why its popularity in schools is soaring worldwide.

Here are some reasons why you should estudiar.

 

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Two languages are better than one

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Boxing rings are actually square, quicksand works slowly and a Guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor a pig. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect on intellectual growth. Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing and structure, which, according to Penn State University, makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structure
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There are definite advantages to learning a second and/or third language. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect on intellectual growth. It enriches and enhances a child’s mental development, leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.

It helps build multitasking skills. Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing and structure, which, according to Penn State University, makes them good multitaskers, because they can easily switch between different structures.

It staves off Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to a recent study by Dr. Thomas Bak in the journal “Neurology,” being bilingual keeps the brain “nimble” and may delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s by up to six years.

Also, knowing another language can increase career choices and job opportunities. Procter & Gamble states that a number of its jobs in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. requires a foreign language, which gives bilingual applicants a huge advantage.

Hospitals, courts, schools, Fortune 500 companies and the State Department are all recruiting employees with language skills. The Department of Labor estimates a 42 percent increase in jobs for interpreters and translators over the next 10 years.

Speaking a second or third language gives us the ability to communicate with people we would otherwise not have the chance to know.

I encourage more Americans to learn a second language. I think it would help expand our understanding of other cultures and of the world, and it might even help us live a little longer. And that’s how I see it.

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From J-Lo to Strictly: why more students are learning Spanish

From J-Lo to Strictly: why more students are learning Spanish | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Spanish is helping to reverse the decade-long decline in the number of students taking language GCSEs, says Emily Wight
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Its popularity is down to a number of a cultural factors, according to Simon Coffey, course tutor of PGCE French and Spanish at King's College London, who points to Spain's popularity as a family holiday destination. The number of Brits travelling there this year increased by 5.8% on 2013: "We're always asking people why, and the same reasons crop up – the perceived importance of Spanish in the world and also the fact that people go on holiday there and we can't underestimate the importance of that as a factor."

 

Memories of a week in Benidorm with mum and dad don't make Spanish cool – that's down to Shakira. Yes, really. Coffey points to the growing mainstream appeal of American Latino culture that has followed in the footsteps of fast food, hip-hop and Hollywood to become an American cultural export to the UK. "Spanish is cool partly because of the holiday factor in the European sense but also because it's got Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, all the famous Latino singers in the States," he said. "French and German don't have that sort of global appeal because they're not present in youth culture in the same way."

 

Kristina Hardy, a Spanish teacher at Helenswood Academy in East Sussex, agrees. She has noticed that students are attracted to the Latino culture they see on TV. "Students are used to hearing Spanish more in music – like Shakira. They go mad listening to her songs," she said. TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, which features traditional Latin American dances such as the paso doble and the tango, have had an influence, she adds.

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Seven reasons why speaking another language is good for you

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IT’S one of life’s truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing.
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IT’S one of life’s truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing.


The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it be your own or another’s; and on the most trivial level, to order off a menu and truly know what you’re ordering.

 

But aside from all these reasons, there is a multitude of research showing how speaking more than one language is also good for your health — particularly, the health of your brain.

 

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Language learning: what motivates us?

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What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science

 

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Both Trenkic and Schumann believe that native English speakers are at a unique disadvantage in trying to learn other languages. The key issue in motivating English-speaking language learners is the prevalence of English as the world's lingua franca, an issue that has been explored and debated by experts for more than a decade.

"We speak natively the language that the world is trying to learn. For us, it's never clear that we need to learn a second language, and if we decide to, it's hard for us to pick which one," Schumann asserts. "It's also very difficult to maintain a conversation with a German if your German isn't good, because they'll quickly switch to English, and they're often more comfortable doing so."

"One of the main reasons there are more successful learners of English than of other languages is that there's more 'material' out there, and it's more socially relevant in the sense that people you know are likely to share your enthusiasm for the material – films and music, for example," Trenkic adds.

Does this mean that all hope is lost for native English speakers learning foreign languages? Not necessarily. Schumann argues that many European states are successful in cultivating bilingual societies because of active societal support and the national-level importance placed on it.

"In countries like Holland and Sweden, the society has realised they have to learn a more international language. They start teaching English very early but with no magic method," Schumann says. "The Dutch put on a lot of television in English with Dutch subtitles. In the entertainment media, they give a preference to English. Nationally, they give their communities a language they can use in the world."

English's role as a global lingua franca might make foreign language acquisition more of an effort, but the motivation – as Schumann puts it – "to get to know, to be with, to interact with and perhaps become like the speakers of [a] target language" remains intact. For English speakers, the focus must be on the cultural and social benefits of learning languages – on the symptoms of integrative motivation, which go beyond employment prospects and good grades

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8 Superhero Qualities For Raising a Bilingual Child

8 Superhero Qualities For Raising a Bilingual Child | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Raising bilingual kids take work and commitment. Tap into these qualities to raise your child with two languages!

 

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If there is one thing being a parent teaches you, it is that you can do more than you ever imagined. You can go on less sleep, remember more details and be more patient than you had dreamed possible. And, if you are raising a bilingual or multilingual child, you do it all thinking continuously about language. You are indeed a super hero! At least in the eyes of that toddler watching you get ready for work.

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The Neurolinguistic Advantages of Being Bilingual

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There are many advantages of being bilingual, and this article touches on several neurolinguistic benefits.
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Benefits of bilingualism in simple words

 

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Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say it’s beneficial.

Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say it’s beneficial. | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Educators once frowned on raising bilingual children. Experts now say it’s good for cognitive development.
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Researchers may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg when assessing the impact of bilingualism, and many questions remain. Chief among them is whether an older, monolingual person could benefit from studying a second language.

 

Bialystok is convinced the answer is yes, even if the performance boost is less pronounced than for those who grew up bilingual. “Learn a language at any age, not to become bilingual, but just to remain mentally stimulated,” she says. “That’s the source of cognitive reserve'"

 

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Learning a language, or other new endeavor, can help maintain brain function

Learning a language, or other new endeavor, can help maintain brain function | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
By Fred W. Wright Jr.Times CorrespondentPeople who are bilingual have a greater resistance to the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from York University in Toronto.
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The report also said being bilingual may be a weapon against the deterioration seen during aging. The study determined that learning a second language, even later in life, delays the decline of important brain function. A set of cognitive processes known as "the executive control system" — which allows people to think in complex ways and controls the allocation of attention — is enhanced in people who are actively bilingual throughout their lives.

 

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13 Cool and Interesting Facts About the Spanish Language

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13 facts about the Spanish language with their sources. Historic and current facts about Spanish language.

 

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Spanish activities. Learn Spanish in Spain, La Herradura: www.spanish-school-herradura.com

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How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language? | Language News

How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language? | Language News | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it

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Does it take a long time to learn a language? It only takes five minutes to learn enough of a language to make a difference.

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Communication doesn’t have to mean a long and intense discussion.  Just knowing how to say “hello” and “thank you” in another person’s language can completely change your relationship with that person.

 

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In this blog, the author explains that in order to get to a Limited Professional Proficiency Level with language where "someone is expected to be able to converse socially and handle most workplace interactions successfully to a limited extent", it should take 750+ hours.  For a more difficult language like Arabic or Chinese with different characters, it could take 1800+ hours.  This proves to me that language games and online language learning are important for developing languages because students need constant practice to obtain their 750+ hours.  Reaching 750+ hours alone via classroom instruction is not feasible for most people.  I think that the more variety of media, games, and lessons available for self-directed learners, the better.

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Language Immersion in Spain

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Budget cuts have left Oregon schools in rough shape. Eugene’s 4J School District is no different. However, despite the financial challenges, many public education alternatives exist in the area.

 

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At one time it was believed speaking two languages created a cognitive disadvantage in a learner, but new studies show otherwise. “Research tells us that students in dual immersion programs are able to transfer literacy skills from one language to another and ultimately earn equal or higher test scores than their single-language counterparts,” Nakaba says. “Students outperform their English-only peers on tasks that require problem solving, meta-cognition or patterning.  Students of all backgrounds learn to appreciate and understand differences in cultures and traditions"

 

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For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

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The cognitive benefits of multilingualism


One theory on why this might be is that there’s increased psychological distance when speaking a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Researchers in the spending study posited that subjects had less of an emotional reaction to things heard in their second (or third, or fourth) language, perhaps allowing for a more levelheaded decision.

More recently and perhaps most importantly, it’s been found that people who learn a second language, even in adulthood, can better avoid cognitive decline in old age. In fact, when everything else is controlled for, bilinguals who come down with dementia and Alzheimer’s do so about four-and-a-half years later than monolinguals.

 

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The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way

The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
This article is by Katharine B. Nielson, the chief education officer at Voxy, a language-learning company based in New York City. The renowned Mexican author Carlos Fuentes once remarked that America’s monolingualism is a great paradox: We’re the dominant world power, yet also the world’s most linguistically isolated one. The numbers [...]
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What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

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Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language
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Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of a growing body of research using brain imaging technologies to better understand the cognitive benefits of language learning. Tools like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiology, among others, can now tell us not only whether we need knee surgery or have irregularities with our heartbeat, but reveal what is happening in our brains when we hear, understand and produce second languages.

 

The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign language has a visible effect on the brain. Young adult military recruits with a flair for languages learned Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively, while a control group of medical and cognitive science students also studied hard, but not at languages. MRI scans showed specific parts of the brains of the language students developed in size whereas the brain structures of the control group remained unchanged. Equally interesting was that learners whose brains grew in the hippocampus and areas of the cerebral cortex related to language learning had better language skills than other learners for whom the motor region of the cerebral cortex developed more.

In other words, the areas of the brain that grew were linked to how easy the learners found languages, and brain development varied according to performance. As the researchers noted, while it is not completely clear what changes after three months of intensive language study mean for the long term, brain growth sounds promising.

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I wish I could know every language in the world! 

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The Science of Learning a New Language (and How to Use It)

The Science of Learning a New Language (and How to Use It) | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Learning new languages is a natural instinct for children, and yet it becomes more difficult as we age. We might be at a disadvantage as adults, but with a few learning methods, you can still give yourself the best chance for learning a new language.

Via Rafael Scapin, Ph.D., Amy Melendez
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13 Cool and Interesting Facts About the Spanish Language

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13 facts about the Spanish language with their sources. Historic and current facts about Spanish language.

 

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We are only a few hours away from El Día E, the big celebration of everyone who speaks Spanish. If you are a native Spanish speaker or made the choice to learn it… CONGRATULATIONS! To close this worldwide celebration, here are 13 cool and interesting facts about the Spanish language.

 

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Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic

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I often hear language learning is much easier when you are younger, and that we must teach our young students another language when they are young so that they can be ‘more competitive’ in an increasingly globalized, connected world. While I don’t argue with that at all, there are many other benefits that come from being bilingual. The handy infographic below takes a look at how the brain benefits from being bilingual. We’ll give you a hint: there’s much more to it than just being able to communicate with more people in their native tongue.

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6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Really Learn Spanish

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We’ve read the arguments for learning French, but let’s be honest: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or any other language with growing global importance would be a better choice.
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Spanish may be the best choice of all for a second language, which is why its popularity in schools is soaring worldwide.

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Learn the Spanish language from the comfort of your own home. If you are looking for a proficient and fun way to learn the language contact us for information, and free level test. With your personal code you can access our platform, so no CD's or download required, and accessable from any computer or Ipad. Our Spanish native teachers in Spain guide and evaluate your progress, through online one-on-one sessions. Personal learning!

 

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Those who don't speak Spanish may be left behind

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¿Entiende Ud. español? If your answer to, "Do you understand Spanish?" is "no," get ready to be left behind. With the surge over the past decade in the Hispanic population in the United States, speaking Spanish is becoming more of a necessity than a choice in many parts of the country.
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Rolling Out an iPad Pilot Program, With Eyes Wide Open - Professional #Online #Spanish

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One of California's poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-K through high school.
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Granada Christmas activities in Andalucia Spain. Spanish in Spain: www.spanish-school-herradura.com

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Granada Christmas activities in Andalucia Spain. Street markets, nativity scenes and festive lights make the special atmosphere in the city.

 

Combine a visit to Granada with a visit to the beautiful coast of this province: the Costa Tropical, where you can follow a Spanish Language course at our school, located right in the beach!

 

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The Spanish Christmas celebrations vary slightly from the festivites in the UK or USA. Celebrations in Spain generally begin around 5th December and continue right through to the end of 6th January.

Here is my guide to what´s happening in Granada this festive season. If you are visting another area of Spain the basic outline will probably be quite similar to this one.

 

At the foot of this post is a quick guide to Spanish Christmas words you´ll hear constantly over the next month.

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New Study Shows Brain Benefits Of Bilingualism

New Study Shows Brain Benefits Of Bilingualism | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Being bilingual opens up new worlds to speakers. It also appears to delay the onset of dementia.
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The largest study so far to ask whether speaking two languages might delay the onset of dementia symptoms in bilingual patients as compared to monolingual patients has reported a robust result. Bilingual patients suffer dementia onset an average of 4.5 years later than those who speak only a single language.

 

While knowledge of a protective effect of bilingualism isn't entirely new, the present study significantly advances scientists' knowledge. Media reports emphasize the size of its cohort: 648 patients from a university hospital's memory clinic, including 391 who were bilingual. It's also touted as the first study to reveal that bilingual people who are illiterate derive the same benefit from speaking two languages as do people who read and write. It also claims to show that the benefit applies not only to Alzheimer's sufferers but also people with frontotemporal and vascular dementia.

 

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Basic Spanish Lessons: Ordering Food. Spanish in Spain www.spanish-school-herradura.com

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In this article of Basic Spanish Lessons you will find a beginner vocabulary to order food in a restaurant. Spanish teacher activity included.

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Talking to the waiter

You don’t have to chat the waiter up, but it would be nice to be able to do more than announce your entree or point at the menu. These phrases will help smooth out your exchange

 

1. Quiero…. (I want….) 2. Me gustaría… (I would like….) 3. ¿Me trae….? (Could you bring me…..) 4. La cuenta, por favor. (The check, please.) 5. ¿Hay algún plato especial hoy? (Is there a special today?)

 

Obviously, pointing to the menu will usually do the trick in most restaurants, but you are then taking the risk of getting a dish you didn’t want, plus you look like a tourist who refuses to learn the local language. Learning just a few phrases will go a long way when it comes to ordering food in a restaurant.

 

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