College senior Dennis Kachintsev has been translating Mikhail Bulgakov‘s The Master and Margarita since the start of his junior year in the hopes of generating more interest in what he considers to be one of the finest novels ever written. He has permitted the language lab to post the first chapter of this work in(…)
40 years ago the Hmong people began migrating to the United States, specifically to Minnesota, which has the second largest Hmong population in the country. Here are some things you probably did not know about the Hmong.
Chicago recently had an important mayoral election, and as a Chicago-an myself, I like to remember where the importance of language comes into play for people in real life situations outside of language study. One of these instances is the case of which languages appear on your ballot. Chicago recently added Hindi onto its list,(…)
The Modern Language Association (MLA) reports that despite rising college attendance, the number of students enrolled in foreign-language courses has dropped overall since 2009, that last time students were surveyed. A number of reasons are proposed, including the recession, a greater number of new course offerings, and a wider availability of language courses in primary and(…)
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(…)
Linguists at UC Berkeley have completed new research that supports the Kurgan (or steppe) hypothesis of the cradle of all Indo-European languages. Despite the original article’s title, the researchers have certainly not pinpointed the origin of Indo-European (which encompasses English, Latin, Hindi, Greek, Irish, Kurdish, Ukrainian, and many, many more). The debate will rage on,(…)