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Archive for October, 2015

Phone Me Maybe: Language Change Right Against Our Ears Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

Here’s a language question for you to ponder, the next time you’re waiting for enough bars to make a call: Have you ever, at any time, referred to your cell phone as a “telephone”? I don’t think I ever have. In fact, it would actually sound weird to me if someone were to do so……

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Three Terrifying Things About Language Learning Posted by on Oct 26, 2015

It’s that time of year – the days are shorter, the evenings are chillier, and the leaves are dying in droves of yellow and brown, their shriveled, bone-dry corpses falling unceremoniously to the ground where they will wither and decay, shattering into a gory, crunchy mess under the feet of children everywhere. Yes, it’s a…

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Free Online Spanish Lesson: El Día de los Muertos Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

El Día de los Muertos (more commonly called “Dia de Muertos” in Mexico, or the “Day of the Dead” in English) might sound like a frightful holiday, but don’t mistake it as the Mexican version of Halloween. The holiday, originating in Mexico and observed to some extent throughout much of the Spanish-speaking world, is actually…

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Be Delighted by Your Chosen Language Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

It’s easy to be hard on German. It’s a fun language to complain about. It sounds needlessly harsh to untrained ears, it’s got a bewildering system of declensions that serve no conceivable purpose (I’ve heard Russian is worse, which is enough for me to keep a safe distance from that language), and something about German history and the…

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How to Remember Not to Forget a Language Posted by on Oct 14, 2015

You may already know the dire consequences of not reviewing what you learn. One way to review knowledge is to put it into practice; however, when it comes to foreign languages, the people around you may not speak the language you’re learning. That leaves you with the burden of proactively keeping track of what you…

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