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Seeing Pictures of Home Can Make It Harder To Speak a Foreign Language

Seeing Pictures of Home Can Make It Harder To Speak a Foreign Language | Second Language | Scoop.it
Being exposed to faces or images that you associate with your home country primes you to think in your native tongue, a new study shows
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BBC - Languages - Quick Fix - Essential phrases in 40 languages

BBC - Languages - Quick Fix - Essential phrases in 40 languages | Second Language | Scoop.it
BBC Languages - Learn in your own time and have fun with Quick Fix. Learn useful holiday phrases in 40 languages with audio. Download these essential phrases to take with you on your mp3 player and as a print-out!
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GOOD FOOD IN MEXICO CITY: And the winner is: Queretaro barbacoa named “Best Taco in the World” at London gala

GOOD FOOD IN MEXICO CITY: And the winner is: Queretaro barbacoa named “Best Taco in the World” at London gala | Second Language | Scoop.it

And out of five nominations for best taco in the world (three of them non-Mexican!) the prize went to Barbacoa Santiago in Querétaro. The tacos at Santiago are beyond legendary with folks who make the pilgrimage just for the experience. Wrapped in maguey leaves and pit-cooked overnight over wood, the fragrant meat is served on freshly made corn tortillas augmented with hand-ground roast chile salsa that would bring a tear to the eye of the most hardened charro.

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12 U.S. Place Names You Didn't Know Were Spanish

12 U.S. Place Names You Didn't Know Were Spanish | Second Language | Scoop.it
While many view Hispanic influence in the United States as something that came along with the era of mass immigration of the 1990s and early 2000s, Latino culture has been part of North America for a long time.
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Cultural Understanding & Translation | There are many differences ...

Cultural Understanding & Translation | There are many differences ... | Second Language | Scoop.it
Translation is often described as an art form. It requires more than just an understanding of words and converting them from one language into another. Translation requires a deep understanding of culture ...

Professional translators are experts in their field and their experience is crucial when it comes to helping businesses sell their products and services overseas. However, translation alone is often not enough in creating a truly international business. Companies should embrace local cultures and understand the social norms and customs of the target audience in order to succeed.

 

Every single country has different norms related to doing business which stem from the historical events in those countries and are engrained in their psyche of the population. We're going to look more closely into norms of Chinese culture as their economy has been growing at an amazing rate, whilst most of the western world has been in recession; and, of course, they have very strong cultural values which are quite different from those in the western world.

 

Even such a relatively small thing as a business card can make or break a relationship in China. It's imperative to understand the business card etiquette. We all know that our business cards represent the brands we work for and one can learn a lot from the way the business card is designed and printed. This is even more important in China and attending a meeting without business cards translated into Chinese does almost irreparable damage to the business relationship. Even if the people you're meeting speak and write in perfect English, your cards must be translated.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:31 PM

"Translation is often described as an art form and we certainly agree. It requires more than just an understanding of words and converting them from one language directly into another. Translation requires a deeper understanding of cultures; both of the culture you're translating into and the culture you're translating from ..."

Rodolfo Maslias's curator insight, April 6, 2013 2:26 AM

To make a good translation, you must travel from the one culture to the other...

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The World’s Sexiest Languages – The Language Blog by K International

The World’s Sexiest Languages – The Language Blog by K International | Second Language | Scoop.it
An online language learning company recently commissioned a survey to unearth the world's sexiest languages. Let's take a look at the findings.
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How other languages express emotions – and English lacks the words

How other languages express emotions – and English lacks the words | Second Language | Scoop.it
There are precise terms to describe just about every emotion, sensation and concept. But they might not be in English
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“It was linked to my frustration of being a foreigner in London when my mother tongue is Chinese Mandarin. I had this frustration when expressing myself, especially when it came to emotion. I was wondering how people communicate feeling and how they understand it,” Lin said in an interview from Taiwan.

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More Michigan schools adding Japanese to foreign language curriculum

More Michigan schools adding Japanese to foreign language curriculum | Second Language | Scoop.it
Spanish and French are commonly taught in Michigan schools. Japanese can be heard in classrooms, too.
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Mexican Teachers Adapt to Their American-Raised Students | PRI's The World

Mexican Teachers Adapt to Their American-Raised Students | PRI's The World | Second Language | Scoop.it
It’s Saturday morning in the rural Mexican state of Zacatecas and we are in English class. Antonio Acosta gives basic lessons to 35 teachers. “In! Between! Over! On!” he shouts out during one exercise.
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But for most students, speaking isn’t the hardest part—it’s classroom comprehension.

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InCultureParent | Why Multicultural Music is Important for Children

InCultureParent | Why Multicultural Music is Important for Children | Second Language | Scoop.it

Children from different cultures will always sway, move or clap their hands to the sound of music regardless of its origin. Through children’s natural interest for music, I can spread the joy and appreciation for music and dance from countries around the world.

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Teléfono Rojo: México, país invitado en la Semana Internacional de Valladolid, España

Teléfono Rojo: México, país invitado en la Semana Internacional de Valladolid, España | Second Language | Scoop.it
el cineasta mexicano Jorge Fons presidirá el jurado de la Sección Oficial luego de que el festival destacó que cuenta con una amplia y reconocida trayectoria con títulos como "El callejón de los milagros", Espiga de Plata de Seminci y Goya a la Mejor Película Extranjera de Habla Hispana en 1994.
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Changing a First Language Permanently

Changing a First Language Permanently | Second Language | Scoop.it

...until fairly recently, it was believed that one's first language could not be influenced permanently by one's second language when the latter had been acquired in adulthood.

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Sleeping Cat? Monkey Tail? 11 Things Other Countries Call The '@'

Sleeping Cat? Monkey Tail? 11 Things Other Countries Call The '@' | Second Language | Scoop.it
According to the Museum of Modern Art, linguists believe @ derived from "a unique pen stroke" of the Latin preposition "ad" (meaning "at," "to," or "toward") in the sixth or seventh century -- well before the Internet age. By 1885, the at-sign was inserted onto typewriters and later called the "commercial 'a'" by the American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking.
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Is there a more efficient way to learn vocabulary?

In most grammar classes and textbooks, you might learn about animals on one day and fruits the next. But is this the most efficient way to learn vocabulary?
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Health News - Study Shows How Bilinguals Switch Between Languages

Health News - Study Shows How Bilinguals Switch Between Languages | Second Language | Scoop.it
Study Shows How Bilinguals Switch Between Languages
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What's in an accent? - Language Insight

What's in an accent? - Language Insight | Second Language | Scoop.it
It's time for language learners to give up trying to nail the perfect accent. Instead, it's intelligibility that counts.

To truly speak a language fluently, do you need to have the accent too? It’s certainly something that even experiencedinterpreters can struggle with, particularly as there are so many dialects and regional accents for every language.

 

Anne Merritt, an English as a foreign language lecturer based in South Korea, writes in the Telegraph that the key to speaking a second language well lies in pronunciation, rather than accent. In fact, she says that battling to perfect an accent “sets you up for failure”.

She explains that it is notoriously difficult to learn an accent different from your own and speak it flawlessly. As any actor who has attempted a regional accent knows, it will almost always be criticised by the people who grew up speaking with that accent. Just ask Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway, who attempted a Yorkshire accent in the 2011 movie One Day. The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin said at the time that it was “impossible to tell” how good Hathaway’s performance in the film was, as every line of dialogue she speaks in it is “masked by one of the most honkingly rubbish Yorkshire accents you’ve ever heard”.

It’s what you say, not how you say it

Luckily, Ms Merritt says being able to speak another language complete with the authentic accent is not essential, and instead people should focus on pronouncing the words in the correct way. She gives five tips for this:

1) Listen and repeat

2) Learn the language’s stress patterns

3) Use a mirror to watch how your mouth moves

4) Practice words in sentences, as context can alter the pronunciation

5) Record your practice sessions and listen back to identify areas for improvement

Her advice for getting to grips with speaking a language fluently includes listening to songs and watching movies recorded in that language in order to mimic the way people speak. She also suggests listening to podcasts, as they can be played at a slower speed in order to hear in detail how a particular sound is made.

It has long been thought learning to speak in a perfect foreign accent is an impossible goal in adulthood. However, a study by linguistics professor at Canada’s Simon Fraser University Murray J Munro and linguist at the University of Alberta Tracy Derwing revealed it is possible to nail the pronunciation. The key is making the goal communicating clearly with people, rather than speaking with an authentic accent.

Time reports that the linguists suggested replacing the “nativeness principle” – the idea of mimicking an accent perfectly – with the “intelligibility principle”, where it’s how understood you are that guides your learning. The authors pointed out that with the correct pronunciation it is possible to understand people speaking a foreign language, even if their native accent is heavy.


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Top 5 Languages to Learn for Business | Business 2 Community

Top 5 Languages to Learn for Business | Business 2 Community | Second Language | Scoop.it
If you want to be successful in business, you need to acquire numerous skills. Aside from marketing, management, accounting, or communication skills that are
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OK enters national vernacular — History.com This Day in History — 3/23/1839

OK enters national vernacular — History.com This Day in History — 3/23/1839 | Second Language | Scoop.it

On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

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Being There

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What's the difference between an interpreter and a translator? Most people reading this blog probably already know the answer. Interpreters work with signed and/or spoken language; translators work...
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Lose a language, lose a culture

Lose a language, lose a culture | Second Language | Scoop.it
There are now only seven native speakers of the Nuu language, a clicking language spoken by the Khomani community in South Africa. As increasing numbers of languages disappear, humanity loses cultural heritage but not only...

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Jeremy Dahl's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:18 PM

language = culture = language?

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Raising a Bilingual Child - or Trilingual - Soul Travelers 3

Raising a Bilingual Child - or Trilingual - Soul Travelers 3 | Second Language | Scoop.it
Raising a Bilingual Child - or Trilingual Can monolingual parents find it easy raising a bilingual child or a trilingual or even Can monolingual parents find it easy raising a bilingual child or a trilingual or even more multilingual speaking...
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10 Ideas for Learning a New Language Five Minutes At A Time | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Ideas for Learning a New Language Five Minutes At A Time | The Everyday Language Learner | Second Language | Scoop.it

There is a desire to master another language. We all have our different reasons for this desire, but I I suspect that we all share one thing in common – a lack of time to really focus on learning the language

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Raising My Bilingual Baby

Raising My Bilingual Baby | Second Language | Scoop.it
Is there any point in raising a bilingual baby? As the arrival of our firstborn draws near, I reason that it might not be such a bad thing.

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The Language Resource Centers Daily

The Language Resource Centers Daily | Second Language | Scoop.it

As we all know, studying a language is different from living a language. There is a very directed and purposeful process that occurs when we study a language.

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