Archive for August, 2013

Just Ask Alex: August 2013 Edition Posted by on Aug 26, 2013

If you’re new here, let us introduce Alex Rawlings, a 21-year-old average guy, who just so happens to have taught himself more languages than we can count on our fingers! Alex believes anyone is capable of such a feat, and provides advice in his blog. We’re taking it one step further: on the last Monday of…

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How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language? Posted by on Aug 19, 2013

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Communication doesn’t have to mean a long and intense discussion.  Just knowing how to say “hello” and “thank you” in another person’s language can completely change your relationship with that person. Decades ago, when I was hitchhiking around the world (OK, yes, some buses and ships too), I would exchange handwritten phrase lists with other…

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My Late-Life Language Learning Part 2: It All Began Because I Started Losing at Gin Posted by on Aug 14, 2013

Self-proclaimed “old, retired guy” Dick Mills is sharing his adventures learning French in this series titled “My Late-Life Language Learning”. In case you missed it, here is Part One. What does it take to motivate someone to take on the challenge of learning a new language?  There must be as many answers as there are…

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Putting the FL in STEM: the Link Between Foreign Languages and the STEM Fields Posted by on Aug 12, 2013

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Dr. Bill Rivers is the Executive Director for the Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Language and International Studies, and a leader in U.S. language policy development. We’ve all heard about the importance of improving education in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. But did you know that foreign languages…

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Can you become multilingual even if you don’t like learning languages? Posted by on Aug 5, 2013

Hi there! My name is Benny Lewis, and I’ve been travelling the world for ten years straight, and have lived in 23 different countries so far, picking up their interesting customs and of course learning their languages. But there’s a catch! Even though I have a C2 diploma in Spanish, have worked as a professional…

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