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Sunday, December 21, 2014

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

The Guardian – Erica Buist

“Learning a language makes an appearance on a lot of bucket lists. People picture themselves strolling through a market in a foreign land, conversing easily with locals – and you always look tanned in the daydream, too. But on the way to becoming the fluent and unaccountably sexier new you, there are a few emotional troughs you have to get through.”(more)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Should Your Kids Have Language Lessons?

RecruitingBlogs – Merry Gomes

“Even before a child can receive formal education at school, he/she initially gets to learn to speak at least one language. But aside from your native language, experts suggest the introduction of another dialect like German lessons or French lessons. Here are some of the best reasons why your kids should have additional language lessons early on life.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Educating for the Future: Learning Mandarin As a Key to U.S.-China Relations

The Huffington Post – Jennifer J. Raab

“…of all the foreign languages young Americans need to master, Mandarin Chinese ranks in the top tier; indeed, it may be first. Consider the facts: Economists believe it is only a matter of time before China passes the United States as the largest economy on Earth…Yes, English will to be the universal language far into the future. Even so, learning languages like Mandarin is imperative. It is a matter of respect for the people with whom we are increasingly engaged in the new global economy. It is also a matter of practical necessity. Communicating with others can be problematic when it has to be done entirely through translators…Clearly then, the U.S. needs to field large numbers of Mandarin speakers in such realms as diplomacy, business, law and academics in order to relate effectively – and compete successfully – with this emerging world power. It is not too much to say that our nation’s future prosperity depends on how well we Americans do in the Mandarin-learning business.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Arizona schools launch Mandarin learning programs

The Arizona Central – Mark Olalde

“In the face of shifting geopolitics, Arizona schools have begun adapting academic programs to better prepare students for a competitive global workforce. The newest additions to Valley schools are Mandarin language immersion programs. At least five schools already have programs, and more are in talks to do the same.”(more)

Why language skills are great for business

The Guardian – Lucy Jolin

“Don’t know your bonjours from your buongiornos? You’re not alone: three-quarters of British adults can’t speak a foreign language competently[PDF]. But the benefits of being able to communicate with overseas clients, suppliers and buyers are huge – as are the costs of lacking that facility.”(more)

Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners – in pictures

The Guardian – Holly Young

“If someone you know has learning a language as a New Year’s resolution, here are few ideas for a perfect gift to help them on their way.”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Language of Life: The gift of language

The News and Observer – Angela Jackson

“I was recently at a holiday party sharing my work with Global Language Project. As I explained our mission – to equip students with a second language in order to open the world to them and prepare them for the global workforce – the host, who is a mother of three, said, “I get it, I’m from Europe.” I gave her a look of knowing because 56 percent of Europeans consider themselves bilingual, versus only 15 percent of Americans. Speaking a second language in Europe allows people much needed mobility.”(more)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The age of Mandarin is upon us

The Mail & Guardian – Sipho Kings

“Chinese nationals are the number one source of foreign tourists to the Voortrekker Monument. More than 150 000 Chinese people visited South Africa last year and imports from the communist state are booming. But there is also a growing trek the other way. South Africans are learning to speak basic Mandarin and are figuring out the cultural traps that could stop them from doing business with China.”(more)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 Workouts for Your Brain This Winter

The Huffington Post – Kayla Matthews

“Winter weather doesn’t just affect your physical health — it can affect your mental health, too. We may feel more tired during winter because we are exposed to less sunlight throughout the day, which can have a significant impact on how fatigued and drowsy we feel.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

7 Benefits Of Being Bilingual or Speaking More Than One Language (Besides Being More Attractive)

Bustle – Amanda Chatel

“…speaking more than one language is also awesome for your brain. Studies have shown that speaking more than just your native tongue is a great way to exercise your brain and keep it in tiptop condition, especially if you consistently switch between the languages throughout your entire life. It’s never too late to learn a second language, and since December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month, there’s no time like the present. In case you needed any more convincing, here are seven benefits — both scientific and anecdotal — of speaking more than one language.”(more)