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10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language

10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language | Language Learning | Scoop.it
Learning another language can promote brain growth, stave off dementia, boost memory, improve attention and more...

Via Dot MacKenzie, Maria Margarida Correia
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As a person who is bilingual, yes I must admit that there are words that I feel like I can only express in one language. On the other hand, I believe that knowing multiple languages helps the brain. This article lists other indirect ways that being bilingual can benefit a human being. The psychological connections that are made in this article are true now that I go back and think about my own experiences with the languages I know and how I act.

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A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages | Language Learning | Scoop.it

"Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around language learning is being tested: the use of avatars to practice speaking."


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When I think of an avatar, I think of people in a game. Thinking that you are playing a game when you are learning to speak a new language at the same time in incredible. People may get bored of the teacher at the front teaching us the language. Learning a new language in a manner that incorporates various ways of intaknig the information is essential to the fast paste changing  America. Being able to switch how you want to practice the language that day is left up the the learner themselves which gives them a choice in their own education.

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Why should I learn a language?

There are many possible reasons to learn a language. This page contains a number of them which might convince you to take the plunge into the wonderful world of languages.
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Different ways to interpret one's own reasons for learning a new language are clearly explained on this page. People learn a new language to be able to communicate, interest, or simply because it is part of their culture. If you only know one language or are doubting about learning a new one then this page will allow you to understand why you are considering the new language.

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Microsoft Working on Live Video Translation

Microsoft Working on Live Video Translation | Language Learning | Scoop.it

Ever wish you could talk to someone in another language without you know learning that language Well Microsoft is working on an app that can do just that. But the new program won’t just stop at translating what you’ve typed into another...


Via Charles Tiayon
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Translation through the Microsoft program does not mean you are learning a new language. It simply means that you will be able to communicate with someone who is native to that language.  yes you will be able to learn what a few words mean in another language, but it is not a manner in which the language should be learned. This app can be useful to determine wheather or not you want to learn particular language. For example, one can use the app to translate and communicate with someone natie to the language foreign to you to get an understanding of their culture and the language itself. 

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Americans suffer from inadequate foreign language education - The Daily Texan

Americans suffer from inadequate foreign language education - The Daily Texan | Language Learning | Scoop.it
The United States is largely monolingual. In fact, only about 15-20 percent of Americans consider themselves bilingual, compared to 56 percent of Europeans surveyed in 2006 by the European Commission.
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I am a fluent bilingual. i do however know another language which is French in which I am fairly fluent in. I have been told that I am already a better person to hire because I am biligual which is also stated in this article. In the DC area many people are bilingual, but that is a result of where we live. People who live in the middle part of the U.S. are not exposed to as much culture variety as those that live closer to a coast and therefore do not have a high interest in engaging to learn a new language. Learning another language gets you a step closer to becoming a well rounded person. 

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WATCH: Romeo Teaches Elmo Some Spanish

WATCH: Romeo Teaches Elmo Some Spanish | Language Learning | Scoop.it
By Michael Lopez (Sesame Street goes bilingual with Romeo Santos (VIDEO) http://t.co/xrZawod1nC)
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Many children can relate to Elmo as an icon or better yet role-model. Children as young as 2, like my son, like to act or say what Elmo does. Learning another language at a young agae also benefits the kids because they will be bilingual which will be essential in the future years. 

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