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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

Ben Franklin The Linguist

Ben Franklin was an inventor, a political leader, a scientist and a writer. He dabbled in electricity, mathematics and cartography. If you wear bifocals you can thank Ben Franklin who invented the spectacles in 1784 for his own personal use. He also made small edits to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. With […]

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Posted on May 29, 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

All About Labor Day

On Monday, September 2nd the majority of Americans will take time off of work to rest. Businesses will close their doors and federal offices will be dark as a country that is constantly on the go has set aside a day of ceasing, stopping and catching their breath. Labor Day, an official holiday of the […]

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Posted on May 1, 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

Improve Your English Reading

Some of our readers on Live Lingua are working to improve their English language skills to help them in their studies. As any college student knows, reading plays a huge role in college education! For many second language learners low reading skills can create huge headaches when trying to navigate through the mountain of homework […]

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by

Why Learn A Language?

Even those of us who are the most excited about learning a language face some rough spots in the process. There are times when we wonder if it’s really worth it and our minds can’t help but wonder into places of doubt. When you reach these places in the language learning process, it is helpful […]

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Posted on April 1, 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

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