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Bloom’s Two-Sigma Problem And What It Means To You

When it comes to language acquisition, there are some big players that come to mind. Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics is perhaps the most well known. Another man that influenced the world of language learning is educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom. In 1984, Bloom discovered the Two-Sigma Problem. Bloom set out wanting to discover […]

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Posted on March 20, 2014 by

Pictures, Pets and Foreign Language

Something very little and dangerous has entered my workplace recently. It crept in so quietly that no one really had their guard up. We were all working along just fine and then – BAM!- out of nowhere an adorable puppy started frolicking around. Let’s face it – when a puppy is around, there is very […]

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Posted on March 11, 2014 by

FREE Foreign Language Translated eBooks and Audio Books

Reading comprehension and Foreign Language learning go hand-in-hand. However, in many modern students, the ability to read in a foreign language is too often trumped by the desire to get busy into the speaking aspect. In reality, reading is a crucial component of your language learning. Here are just a few benefits of learning to […]

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Posted on March 4, 2014 by

Turn Off The Television And Speak To Your Babies

About every six months or so another language learning program is introduced to American families. Varying programs use flashcards, sign language, or a variety of other props and methods to convince parents that their toddlers will surpass others if they just use this proven method. A new study that’s come out of Stanford University may […]

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Posted on February 27, 2014 by

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China, or in Chinese, 长城 (Chángchéng) which simply means ‘Long Wall,’ is perhaps one of the most famous destinations on Earth! Who hasn’t heard of this place? It is pretty spectacular and perhaps one of the most iconic travel destinations. The Chinese have something really special here. What an impressive structure. […]

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Posted on February 18, 2014 by

When Speaking Is Not Enough

Many times we can assume that someone learning a foreign language is looking to add a language to their skill set. In some cases, this just isn’t the reality. Many people reach a point in life where they realize the deficiencies in their native language skills and want to get better. Allow me to explain. […]

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Posted on February 11, 2014 by

East vs. West: When Concepts Of Time and Culture Collide

I remember the first Filipino party that I ever attended. The host told us to be there at 5:30pm and so my husband and I (very naively) arrived at 5:25pm, on-time yet a little early. From the moment we stepped inside we were greeted with absolute chaos! Tita Fay still had her hair in curlers; […]

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Posted on January 28, 2014 by

Can your 4-year old speak Mandarin?

When you think of cultural awareness Casper, Wyoming doesn’t exactly spring to mind. The second largest city of Wyoming next to the capital of Cheyenne, it’s a town of 57,000 residents with a median incoming of $52,000. It’s the picture of middle America with strong family values and a heavy emphasis on tradition. Perhaps that’s […]

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Posted on January 21, 2014 by

Mobile Apps for Language Learning

You spend some of your hard earned money on learning a new language online. It’s really the best and easiest way for your busy schedule. You get to take classes when you want, talk about what you want, and have the ability to speak to whom ever you want. It really doesn’t get any better. […]

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Posted on January 7, 2014 by

Great Foreign Language Films To Watch During The Holiday Break

This week the Academy Awards announced their short list for the Best Foreign Language Film of 2013. While the following films are not officially in the final decision, they are in the running to win Best Foreign Language Film: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen, director Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an […]

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Posted on December 26, 2013 by