Language Proficiency Tests: HSK (Chinese) and JLPT (Japanese)

Language Proficiency Tests: HSK (Chinese) and JLPT (Japanese) {0}

Just as there are tests like TOEFL and TOEIC for non-native English speakers to test proficiency, those looking for a quantitative measure of their language ability to put on their resume / graduate school application, or even just want to challenge themselves for fun, also have options! I myself am getting ready to take the(…)

Babbel vs. Rosetta Stone Review

Babbel vs. Rosetta Stone Review {1}

For those of you thinking of investing in a language-learning software, here is a general review of two of the biggest companies in the industry.

How are learning languages and music linked?

How are learning languages and music linked? {0}

“In a recent study, American researcher Reyna Gordon and her collaborators found that children’s perception of rhythm also has a significant influence on their use of different morphological and syntactic features, such as the use of verbs in the past tense.” Read more here.

Bilingualism: A Solution to Ignoring Distractions

Bilingualism: A Solution to Ignoring Distractions {0}

Speaking of brain bodybuilding, researchers from Anglia Ruskin University have found evidence that bilingual individuals (and bilingual in this case has a strong emphasis on knowing both languages, as opposed to barely being able to speak the second language) are better able to answer tricky questions with a noisy background. Contributing to the literature investigating(…)

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says”

“An Infant’s Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says” {0}

This recent Time article written by Melissa Locker reports the results of a language-related study and then suggests possible implications. The study described compared three groups of girls in Montreal: one group spoke only French fluently, one group spoke French and Chinese fluently, and the other was composed of girls born in China but raised(…)

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences {0}

We pick up on pronunciation differences between U.S. regions all the time. For example, how do you pronounce the liquid you pour over your pancakes? What do you call a sweet, carbonated beverage? Find out if you identify with your state’s patterns as shown by these interesting maps.   http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1