Languages are continuously evolving along with the world. It’s a never-ending progress that’s always interesting to observe. Check out all of the latest language statistics in this infographic.
Looking for interesting language facts? The world is full of diverse and unique languages, from the exotic sounds of Japanese to the romantic expressions of French. How all of these languages originated is often debated.
From confusing homophones to nonsensical idioms, English can be a notoriously difficult language to learn, especially for younger students. But thanks to modern technology and the Internet, language educators now have the tools to offer students a more immersive, multimedia learning environment that can help to bridge the gap between cultures.
When visiting different countries, it can be difficult to talk to the natives when you don't know the main language. Many people in other countries may speak some English, but some don't, and others may look down on visitors who don't bother to learn their language.
American Sign Language (ASL) originated more than 200 years ago, is the 3rd most common language in the United States and is used by over 500,000 people in North America, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
Language Learning Goes Mobile
One of the inevitable challenges of learning a new language or honing your language fluency skills is not having the “intuition” that comes naturally to native speakers. Most of us have had the frustrating experience of trying to find the meanings of words by plugging text into machine-translation services or searching in dictionaries, only to find terms that are either outdated or not used in casual conversation. We are often left with more questions than when we started!
In May, Adweek posted an article about language learning that we absolutely loved! We recommend you read the full article, but here’s a quick summary: a school in Brazil connected young teens who wanted to practice English with elderly Americans in retirement homes looking for a little companionship.
Below is a video featuring some of the participants. Warning: it may bring a tear to your eye!
Topics: Language Learning
Many of us know what the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)is – sort of. You’ve probably seen it in a dictionary before – characters slightly resembling the English alphabet written to the right of a word, e.g. \fə-ˈne-tik\. Many know that it explains how to pronounce the word. Very few of us actually know how to read these characters, however, as the IPA is largely ignored by the average citizen. It’s a shame, because knowing the IPA has great benefits!
Topics: Language Learning