The Interpreter in My Pocket: Do Interpreter Apps Work?

The Interpreter in My Pocket: Do Interpreter Apps Work? {0}

Have you ever found yourself wishing that the world just had subtitles? With rapidly advancing smart phone applications, we might just be getting closer to a world where technology can serve as our translators, our phones and iP@ds our guides. BBC News test drives some of these apps in Bilbao, Spain, and finds some mixed(…)

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(…)

Are you a beginner in a new language? Rest assured that there’s one word that anyone can understand

Are you a beginner in a new language? Rest assured that there’s one word that anyone can understand {0}

According to a recent Dutch psycholinguistics study, there’s one word that can be understood in 31 languages. Huh?? Click here to read an article from Business Insider about this really useful word. image credit: news.com.au

What’s so great about bilingualism?

What’s so great about bilingualism? {0}

There has been a lot of good press about bilingualism these days, both from popular science and from some studies that have shown that being bilingual can delay dementia and improve memory function over the course of your life. This article from the New Yorker gives a balanced and well-researched discussion of what bilingualism’s benefits really are,(…)

Gestures and pictures improve language learning {0}

As someone who teaches SITES and spent a semester doing original research into the impact of gestures on language learning, I’m really into this kind of contextualized language teaching. Read more about how movement and visuals can help you learn (or teach!) a language: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/289162.php

Chimpanzees Learn New Language

Chimpanzees Learn New Language {0}

A study was recently conducted on chimpanzee behavior to determine whether or not they can pick up a new language when they move location.