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Exposure To Two Languages Carries Far-reaching Benefits

Exposure To Two Languages Carries Far-reaching Benefits | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
People who can speak two languages are more adept at learning a new foreign language than their monolingual counterparts, according to researchers.
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19 Confounding Discrepancies Between American English and British English - Mental Floss

19 Confounding Discrepancies Between American English and British English - Mental Floss | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
19 Confounding Discrepancies Between American and British EnglishNext time you’re in London, keep these translations to hand—or as the Yanks would say, nearby—and you’ll be just fine.
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Is language unique to humans?

Is language unique to humans? | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Animals communicate with each other, and sometimes with us. But that’s where the similarity between animals and us ends, as Jason Goldman explains.
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The Phrase Finder

An archive of the meanings and origins of thousands of phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions.

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Googlefight

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Type in any two words or phrases and see which gets more hits on Google. A quick way to see if what you THINK is common English, really is. A really basic concordancer, using the entire web as a corpus....

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PHRAS.IN - Say this or say that?

PHRAS.IN - Say this or say that? | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

You can use this tool to count the number of web results for two given phrases or expressions.


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Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)

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425 million word corpus of American English, 1990-2011. Compare to the BNC and ANC. Large, balanced, up-to-date, and freely-available online.

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Vialogues : Meaningful discussions around video

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Vialogues(Video+Dialogues) is an asynchronous Video discussion tool which can be used for leveraging digital videos for learning by adding group interaction as part of the online video experience.
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Practice your English vocabulary with our new Android app | British Council Africa

Practice your English vocabulary with our new Android app | British Council Africa | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
  We are pleased to announce the roll-out of the British Council IELTS Word Power app for Android.
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The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part II)

The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part II) | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

American linguist Benjamin Whorf, suggested that our language determines how we perceive the world. Different cultures with independent histories often end up with the same colors in their vocabulary. Of course, the word that they use for red might be quite different – red, rouge, laal, whatever. Yet the concept of redness, that vivid region of the visual spectrum that we associate with fire, strawberries, blood or ketchup, is something that most cultures share. 

Source: http://goo.gl/y4Ozx

 

Part 1: http://goo.gl/3TghN

 

Articles about COLOR: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=color


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Juggling languages can build better brains

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Once likened to a confusing tower of Babel, speaking more than one language can actually bolster brain function by serving as a mental gymnasium, according to researchers.
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The Living Library Project

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Here at the Living Library, we believe that everyone has a story to tell. That’s why we’re inviting you to pull up a comfortable chair and a hot drink, as you check-out and enjoy our collection of living books.


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ESL & Adult Literacy Listening and Reading - Audiobooks - Drama - Songs

ESL & Adult Literacy Listening and Reading - Audiobooks - Drama - Songs | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
ESL & Adult Literacy Listening and Reading, Audiobooks, Songs, PET exam...
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a good collection of excellent audiobooks and a lot more

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Pain in the English

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There is certainly no shortage of people who claim to be experts of the English language, but this is precisely what can be frustrating for the students of English, because the experts can never agree with one another. One expert could authoritatively tell you one thing, and you would follow it faithfully for years, only to be corrected by another expert.

PainInTheEnglish.com encourages discussions of such gray areas of the English language, for which you would not find answers easily in dictionaries and other reference books.


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My Words Mobile Phone App for Language Learning

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Do you learn a new word in a foreign language and then instantly forget it? Not anymore!

International House language schools' mobile vocabulary book helps you store words that you learn in class or pick up on your travels so that you can refer to them later.

Includes voice recording to aid pronunciation, self-translate into two languages, word search facility and photo reference.

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Learn English with Ricky Gervais - Pilot Episode

This subtitle-free version is for you to create a video subtitled in your own language. You can post the subtitled versions you make back to YouTube.
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Wordnik

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Wordnik is a dictionary, thesaurus, word community, and more.

Dictionary Definitions and Example Sentences from Wordnik.


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Indo-European Languages Originated in Anatolia, Biologists Say

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Evolutionary biologists say the first speakers of what would become the Indo-European languages were probably farmers in what is now Turkey — a conclusion that differs by hundreds of miles and thousands of years from a longstanding linguistic theory.
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7 Words You're Probably Misusing

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The seven commonly misused words that follow are but a smattering of the ways English can go off the rails. Take note. Get them right and you'll keep sticklers from boarding the crazy train.
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ESL: Educate, School, Learn: E.S.L.: Educate, School, Learn

ESL: Educate, School, Learn: E.S.L.: Educate, School, Learn | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

This blog was created for both educators and students alike. Here’s a brief description of each category. For teacher applications in the classroom, please see specific posts. Education is essential, School is the construction site of minds, and Learning is for life.

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Grammarly | Facebook

Grammarly | Facebook | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
www.Grammarly.com instantly checks your writing for grammar, punctuation, style, and much more. "Like" us for fun, grammar tips, and discussions!
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