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Stuttering and Foreign Language

When I was five years old and ready for kindergarten, I proudly walked to school for ‘kindergarten round up day’ to meet my teacher. I sported a side pony tail and wore a little plaid skirt, so excited to join the ranks of those before me on my path to educational success! Prior to entering […]

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Posted on September 23, 2014 by

Reverse Culture Shock

Do you know what reverse culture shock is? Well, let’s start with just culture shock. Culture shock is something that happens when you go abroad. It’s being shocked about all the different culture, unfamiliarity, and overall everything new that you can experience in another country. It’s a disorientated feeling that you can get due to […]

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Posted on September 9, 2014 by

Polyglots, hyperglots, and language, oh my!

When you enter the world of language learning, before too long you will start to hear some interesting words. Someone may ask if you are a polyglot,or a hyperglot. They might inquire as to your motivation behind learning a language. This blog offers some simple definitions to help you navigate the vocabulary of language learning […]

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Posted on July 23, 2014 by

Pondering Unwritten Languages

Today I opened a favorite book and began to read. As far as opening sentences go for blog posts, that’s probably not the most shocking. It’s kind of like what happens on Facebook when you scroll through the statuses of your friends. You usually find out someone has just eaten a corndog, is headed home […]

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Posted on June 5, 2014 by

Free Ways To Teach Your Children About Language and Culture

As someone who enjoys different cultures it is important that I pass down this same sense of respect and excitement to my children. Even though we live in a large and very diverse metropolis, I want to make sure that I intentionally help them soak up language and culture. As a parent, diversity and global […]

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Posted on May 13, 2014 by

How to get around China

Well hello there my friend! So nice to see you. Are you ready for your big trip to China? Whoa, calm down! No need to fret over not knowing how to get around. I can help you out… but you need to relax and just listen up. Let’s pretend we are walking about the streets […]

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Posted on May 8, 2014 by

Mandarin Tongue Twisters!

Our regular readers know that we are anxiously awaiting the school lottery to see if my son has been accepted into a dual language program this fall. If we are successful, he will begin the process of learning Mandarin Chinese. His kindergarten will be conducted 90% in Mandarin and 10% English, with those numbers shifting […]

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Posted on May 6, 2014 by

President Obama Proves That Language Is Powerful

If you’ve been paying attention to the political landscape in the U.S. then you’ve probably seen the little phrase “Obamacare” come up too many times to count. Before you get nervous, this is NOT a political post. I repeat – this is NOT a political post. 🙂 However, something has happened in the midst of […]

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Posted on April 22, 2014 by

Top Languages To Learn For International Business

When we think of language learning, we often think of school requirements that one needs to graduate. A huge industry outside of the academic setting is business men and women that are learning language to further their career. In this world of language learning, picking the right language often involves a strategic business move, as […]

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Posted on April 8, 2014 by

Bored with your language learning? Change it up!

Learning a new language is a little bit like a relationship. In the beginning there is an incredible amount of excitement as you are “in love” with the idea of learning this language. Then you hit the nuances of the language and this is the dating phase. You see both the beauty and the annoyances […]

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Posted on March 25, 2014 by