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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

6 Must See Sites In Portugal

Ah, Portugal! It is a beautiful country full of breathtaking sites. Here are our top 6 must-see sites when using your amazing Portuguese language skills to explore the country: 1. Ericeira: No visit to Portugal is complete without an ocean-side view. If you venture to the western coast of Portugal, you will find Ericeira. The community […]

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Posted on May 27, 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

Portuguese Phrases for the World Cup!

How exciting for Brazil! They are hosting the 20th FIFA World Cup in 2014. Copa do Mundo! It’s a big deal to host such a huge international athletic event in your home country. I am sure the Brazilians are very proud and happy they are hosting next year. Has your country hosted a World Cup […]

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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

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