Neuroscientists discover the key to language learning?

Neuroscientists discover the key to language learning? {0}

  According to this article from the website Science World Report,  neuroscientists may have just found the origins of language. The discovery of a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be the key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech.   “This is an important brick in the wall saying that the form(…)

What happened to the hammock?

What happened to the hammock? {2}

If you’ve come back to the CILC after the summer and noticed the hammock missing, fear not! It still exists, it’s just temporarily in storage to make room for some group study space in that corner while we wait for a giant bed-sized beanbag chair to arrive. In the meantime we have more space for multiple people to(…)

Untranslatable Words Across Languages {0}

This awesome article identifies words that are untranslatable across different languages. “Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, we’ve illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words. We will definitely be trying to incorporate a few of them into our everyday conversations, and hope that you enjoy recognizing a feeling or two(…)

Looking for Chinese Movies?

Looking for Chinese Movies? {0}

  Hujiang is one of the biggest language learning websites in China. Its Chinese section is edited by Chinese locals so they usually have the most updated news and cultural information.   If you are learning Chinese and wondering what are Chinese people watching these days, here is a list of movies frequently updated with description available both(…)

New Study on the Neurological Effects of Learning a Foreign Language

New Study on the Neurological Effects of Learning a Foreign Language {3}

Check out this article about some newfound data on the neurological effects of learning a second language! According to a study conducted in Sweden, learning a foreign language has a visible effect on brain size, particularly around the hippocampus and language-related areas of the cerebral cortex. “The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign(…)

Language ExCos Fall 2014

Language ExCos Fall 2014 {0}

Are you interested in studying a language that doesn’t have an official home in the Oberlin curriculum? Check out an ExCo!  Contact the instructor of the course for more information. Don’t forget to attend the ExCo Fair tonight, Sept. 3rd, from 6-8pm. You must register on PRESTO by Sept. 11th. This semester’s offerings: The ABCs of ASL: Christal(…)