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No child left monolingual: Kim Potowski at TEDxUofIChicago

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish heritage languag
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Citizens of the World: The Multilingual Child and Adult: Dr. Edwin Gerard at TEDxCulverCity

Dr. Gerard was born in Los Angeles into a four-generation household who spoke several languages daily. His parents spoke five each, his grandparents an
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TEDx Talks - YouTube

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TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere -- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to
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Wittgenstein: Reality is shaped by the words we use

Wittgenstein: Reality is shaped by the words we use | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Using a triangle, Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein explains how reality is shaped by the words we use.

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Humans may speak a 'universal' language

Humans may speak a 'universal' language | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Even though you’re not fluent in different languages, you may be able to recognise words in others. In German for water is ‘wasser’, in Dutch it's 'water' and in Serbian ‘voda’. Similar sounds and letters are used to form the word across languages.

Looking at this phenomenon, researchers at Cornell’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the US have found we use similar sounds for the words of common objects and ideas, suggesting that humans may speak the same language.

By analysing around 40-100 basic vocabulary words in around 3,700 languages, approximately 62 per cent of the world’s current languages, the researchers came to the conclusion that for basic concepts such as body parts or aspects of the natural natural world, there are common sounds. The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Body parts in particular stood out. The word ‘nose’ was likely to include the sounds ‘neh’ or the ‘oo’ sound, as in ‘ooze’. The words ‘knee’ ‘bone’ and 'breasts’ were also similar across the language spectrum. The word for tongue is likely to have an ‘l’, as in 'langue' in French.

The words 'red' and 'round' were more likely to include the ‘r’ sound. 'Leaf' was found to include the sounds ‘l’, ‘b’ or ‘p’. The words 'bite', 'dog', 'star' and 'water' also stood out as words with strong similar sounds.

Certain words were also found to avoid specific sounds. Words for ‘I’ were found to be unlikely to include sounds involving ‘b’, ‘l’, ‘p’, ‘r’, ‘s’, ‘t’ or ‘u’.

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Developing and assessing approaches to learning in the Mandarin classroom | SharingPYP blog

Developing and assessing approaches to learning in the Mandarin classroom | SharingPYP blog | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
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How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." What makes it famous, other than the author? Neuroscient

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President Lincoln was a master at making his point through simple folksy stories. -Lon

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How computers translate human language - Ioannis Papachimonas

How computers translate human language - Ioannis Papachimonas | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Is a universal translator possible in real life? We already have many
programs that claim to be able to take a word, sentence, or entire book
in one language and translate it into almost any other. The reality,
however, is a bit more complicated. Ioannis Papachimonas shows how these
machine translators work, and explains why they often get a bit mixed
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The Fascinating Whistled Languages of the Canary Islands, Turkey & Mexico (and What They Say About the Human Brain)

The Fascinating Whistled Languages of the Canary Islands, Turkey & Mexico (and What They Say About the Human Brain) | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Brazilian rainforest, mountainous Oaxaca, Mexico, the Canary Islands, and the Black Sea coast of Turkey, we find languages that sound more like the speech of birds than of humans. “Whistled languages,” writes Michelle Nijhuis in a recent New Yorker post, “have been around for centuries.
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What are the impacts of learning in two languages? | IB Community Blog

What are the impacts of learning in two languages? | IB Community Blog | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
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The Tree of Languages Illustrated in a Big, Beautiful Infographic

The Tree of Languages Illustrated in a Big, Beautiful Infographic | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
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Call it counterintuitive clickbait if you must, but Forbes' Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry made an intriguing argument when he granted the title of 'Language of the Future' to French, of all tongues.
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Tell Me How You Talk (French documentary about bilingualism), with English subtitles

In a small village in Alsace, two teachers invite the parents of their pupils to come on Saturday mornings to present their languages and cultures. In th
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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems
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The Multilingual Mind | Alexa Pearce | TEDxNYU

Alexa is a children's book author having written, illustrated, and self-published her first picture book, "Hannah's Hats", when she was a Freshman at NYU
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Humans may speak a 'universal' language

From nose to knee and red to round, the sounds humans use to construct basic words are similar around the world
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What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong?

What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong? | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Why Do We Write? Language merely reflects our way of trying to make sense of the world. - Frank Smith Frank Smith (1982) says 'writing touches every part of our lives'. One of the first reasons we write is because it is a tool for communication in culture. It gives us the ability to share…

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Book

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Don't simply show data, tell a story with it! At storytelling with data,
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic shares practical tips and examples of effective
data visualization and storytelling with data as well as information on her
popular workshops on the same topic.
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Bilingualism as a Life Experience

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What do we know about bilingualism? Much of what we once thought we knew — that speaking two languages is confusing for children, that it poses cognitive challenges best avoided — is now known to be inaccurate. Today, bilingualism is often seen as a brain-sharpening benefit, a condition that can protect and preserve cognitive function well into old age.  Indeed, the very notion of bilingualism is changing; language mastery is no longer seen as an either/or proposition, even though most schools still measure English proficiency as a binary “pass or fail” marker.
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Why Do You Read? — Medium Writing Prompts

Why Do You Read? - Medium Writing Prompts - Medium
The November Writing Prompt

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The best free cultural & educational media on the web - Open Culture

The best free cultural & educational media on the web - Open Culture | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
Your guide to FREE educational media. Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more.
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inklewriter

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Independent developer of narrative games and interactive stories.

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Syrians Open New Arabic and Multilingual Bookshop in Istanbul

Syrians Open New Arabic and Multilingual Bookshop in Istanbul | committedtolanguage | Scoop.it
The displaced owners of Syria's Bright Fingers Publishing House are opening Pages, a new Arabic and multilingual bookstore in Istanbul, this week.
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