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Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar

Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
And things get wickedly complex in small populations.
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Why is it difficult to recall vocabulary and how to fix it?

Why is it difficult to recall vocabulary and how to fix it? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
We all know this terrible "tip of the tongue" phenomenon. But where does it come from? Why is it so difficult to recall vocabulary when you learn foreign languages? Here is a science-based answer and tips on how to improve your recall rate.
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Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar

Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
And things get wickedly complex in small populations.
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The brain systems for language learning predate both language and humans

The brain systems for language learning predate both language and humans | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Word recall and grammar seem to be handled by different areas, too
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fascinating - now we just have to figure out how these insights help us learning languages...
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Foreign Language Learning: Does Your Personality Change?

Foreign Language Learning: Does Your Personality Change? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Within the realm of language-learning, we often find ourselves lost in a flurry of unfamiliar words, sounds, and sophisticated grammatical structures. Thankfully, all of this doesn't drive us crazy (well at least not to the extent that we think).  We face a brief identity crisis which in turn creates a personality we would’ve never thought…
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CHILDREN

CHILDREN | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
CHILDREN There are life-long advantages when children learn additional languages at an early age that extend beyond the gift of language alone. SPANISH CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Interlingua offers “Parent & Me” programs designed for children ages 2.5- 6 years old.
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France Rejects Gender Neutral Words As A “Mortal Danger” To The French Language

France Rejects Gender Neutral Words As A “Mortal Danger” To The French Language | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
We recently discussed how the leading Irish university has barred the use of "freshman" in favor of the gender neutral term "fresh."  The French government came to the opposite conclusion this month after  French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe rejected the demand to make French more "female-friendly" by dropping masculine words.  French, like English, often use…
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Hmm, French is not the only language with this issue. But "mortal danger"?? What do you think? Just wonder how one would pronounce “lecteur.rice.s”, or “agriculteur.rice.s”?
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Can You Learn a Foreign Language in 10 Days?

You may know the answer - but not what is most important to become fluent?
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Seeking a Voice, via a Bilingual M.F.A., in Writing and in Life

Seeking a Voice, via a Bilingual M.F.A., in Writing and in Life | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
In a program at the University of Texas at El Paso, students from both sides of the border write and speak in English, Spanish and Spanglish.
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Update: How to Individualize Your Language Learning?

Update: How to Individualize Your Language Learning? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
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Finland thinks it has designed the perfect school. This is what it looks like

Finland thinks it has designed the perfect school. This is what it looks like | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Finland is removing barriers between subjects, as well as classrooms.
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Not the only idea where Finland is at the leading edge (think national income pilot!)
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Presenters's curator insight, November 2, 2017 5:34 PM
Si digo 'escuela perfecta' posiblemente venga a tu mente alguna utopía educativa. Sin embargo, parece que Finlandia ha encontrado el modelo. ¿Te apetece verlo?
EntreCulturas's comment, November 5, 2017 11:58 AM
A comparación a los Estados Unidos, Finlandia a demostrado que su estructura educativa produce mejores resultados. Y como el articulo menciona, la percepción buena de la educación tiene mucho que ver con los resultados que generan. Lo cual opino que la manera en que la media estructura la imagen de la educación puede generar ciertos cambios en otros países.
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Free Language Learning Resources That Are Not Duolingo

Free Language Learning Resources That Are Not Duolingo | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
News and Information from ArnoldIT.com about Search and Content Processing
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I don't understand the dog picture - and like to add to the free list our gamesforlanguage.com FREE language courses, Quick Language Games and Podcasts!
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Learn French in France

Would you like to learn or improve your French? Why not come to France for a total-immersion experience?
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Immersion in France - a great idea, just avoid anybody who speaks your language!
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Exercising and Language Learning? Really?

Exercising and Language Learning? Really? | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
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yes, exercising and language learning go together!
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The simple trick that could help you memorise anything in five minutes

The simple trick that could help you memorise anything in five minutes | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Memory is a fickle thing. One minute you’re leaving for work in the morning, the next you’re in a frantic panic desperately searching for misplaced keys. With Google at our fingertips, there’s arguably less need for us to learn key facts and figures when we can just turn to the internet for answers. However, adopting a simple memory technique could be a surefire way to help you memorise anything in as little as five minutes, which would definitely come in handy from time to time.
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For language learners flashcards (Anki, Memrise, LearnwithOliver,Lingohut, etc.) are old hat, but with spaced repetition they are clearly effective: Moving information from short term to long term memory is essential!
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The painful origins of many creole languages

The painful origins of many creole languages | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
IN AN airy first-floor study, Eldred Jones, who is 93, takes a break from his Braille Bible to talk about how he first left Sierra Leone to study at Oxford. Later he became principal of west Africa’s oldest university, Fourah Bay College in Freetown.
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Reading Challenge 2018

Reading Challenge 2018 | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Language on the Move is back for another year and we’ll start the excitement with a reading challenge. On
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Seems like a great idea, we are participating!
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Memory & Brain Exercises for Seniors | Enlivant

Memory & Brain Exercises for Seniors | Enlivant | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
The brain deteriorates with age, but you can keep it strong and active by doing brain exercises. Explore brain and memory games for seniors from Enlivant.
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We'd strongly suggest to add "language learning" as a #5 exercise!
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A Writer Shares Her Experience After Moving to Paris

A Writer Shares Her Experience After Moving to Paris | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Paris is not as dreamy as it looks, but two year’s worth of Instagram posts showing picturesque views and poses in vintage treasures tell a different story.
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Some good advice, if you are planning to move to Paris or France in 2018...
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Artificial intelligence goes bilingual—without a dictionary

Artificial intelligence goes bilingual—without a dictionary | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
“Unsupervised” machine learning could help translate between uncommon languages
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Fascinating possibilities - and we are only at the beginning
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Mark Twain Found Inspiration in Germany (Though Not German)

Mark Twain Found Inspiration in Germany (Though Not German) | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Along the Neckar River in Germany, Mark Twain found an unlikely source of inspiration.
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I'm just reading Twain's "The Tramp Abroad" again and have to chuckle often about his observations!
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Three Tips To Make Learning A Second Language Easier

Three Tips To Make Learning A Second Language Easier | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Plus why kids are better at it than adults.
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We can't argue with these three tips: memorizing and speaking are quite obvious - "use stock phrases" less so, but indeed quite useful and effective!
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Stephen Krashen on Language Learning in the Polyglot Community

Stephen Krashen on Language Learning in the Polyglot Community | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
In this interview, Olly chats with Stephen Krashen about language learning in the polyglot community, how to learn a new language and the power of story.
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yes, we are all for interesting stories as well!
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Pronunciator – Language Learning Database

Pronunciator – Language Learning Database | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
Meet Pronunciator, Otis Library’s online language-learning database. Pronunciator offers instruction for 80 languages that can be taken from any of  50 starting languages! This means that a French speaker can learn Korean, a Hindi speaker can learn Ukrainian, a Haitian Creole speaker can learn Afrikaans (among countless other possibilities). ESL courses are included for the 50 non-English languages. Pronunciator…
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7 Language Learning Tips from Langfest 2017

7 Language Learning Tips from Langfest 2017 | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
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Visit the next Langfest if you can! Lot's of fun and many tips!
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Language learning - Eurostat

Language learning - Eurostat | Language Learning Means and Methods | Scoop.it
News releases   What's new?   Release calendars   Themes in the spotlight   Previous                    Foreign language learning  Eurostat publishes below two infographics on foreign language learning in the European Union   Click on the images to download the infographics in PDF Lower secondary...
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Great site for European language statistics!
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