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Memorizing vocabulary? Put your whole body into it!

Memorizing vocabulary? Put your whole body into it! {0}

When you learn a language, do you do it sitting down quietly? A study by the Max Planck institute in Germany says that you’ll probably learn better if you add in some full-body gestures to your study practices. Participants in the study were “taught” a made-up language, with one group only reading and listening, another group watching videos(…)

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs {0}

Lingholic complied a list of ten proverbs from different parts of the world about learning languages. Click here to check them out! image from Lingholic.com

Happy Words Dominate Most Languages

Happy Words Dominate Most Languages {0}

According to a new study, the most commonly used words in 10 languages were all ‘skewed’ towards the positive. The research was published on Feb. 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Biased Toward Happiness? (Infographic)]. After analyzing the language data, Danforth and his team went on to develop an interactive(…)

Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Languages and Genes Evolve Together {0}

“As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic lines.” Click here to read more. 

40 idioms that cannot be translated literally

40 idioms that cannot be translated literally {0}

In case you didn’t know, the folks at TED talks have an ongoing volunteer  project to subtitle TED talks into several languages. Obies interested in translation might want to check it out here. Recently the TED folks asked their translators about idioms in their home language that could not be translated into other languages.  There are several(…)

Radio Ambulante: Oberlin

Radio Ambulante: Oberlin {1}

Winter Term at Oberlin is usually a very quiet place, but over at the studios of Oberlin’s own WOBC (91.5 on your FM dial) there are amazing, wonderful, creative radio programs being broadcast over their (now improved!) antenna via the radio airwaves and online While WT programming is only for the next couple of weeks please take a look at their show schedule (click on(…)