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I love languages. I learnt German in high school and in uni and travelled to Germany a number of times, pre and post the Wall. Travelling through Europe challenged my understanding of cultures and I aspired to learn French and Spanish as well.

I had to learn Spanish very quickly while travelling through South America.

I also travelled through India, Nepal and Bangladesh and so had to get a handle on some of the languages there. I studied Pali, which is similar to Sanskrit and is used in spiritual practices. I am currently learning Hindi and Devanagari script. BuzzFeed Style Guide. - Learn Words - English Dictionary. Click, Hear & Learn Pronunciation. Spelling alphabet - Wikipedia. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Second-language acquisition. Second-language acquisition, second-language learning, or L2 (language 2) acquisition, is the process by which people learn a second language.

Second-language acquisition

Critical period hypothesis - Wikipedia. The critical period hypothesis is the subject of a long-standing debate in linguistics and language acquisition over the extent to which the ability to acquire language is biologically linked to age.

Critical period hypothesis - Wikipedia

The hypothesis claims that there is an ideal time window to acquire language in a linguistically rich environment, after which further language acquisition becomes much more difficult and effortful. The critical period hypothesis states that the first few years of life is the crucial time in which an individual can acquire a first language if presented with adequate stimuli. If language input does not occur until after this time, the individual will never achieve a full command of language—especially grammatical systems. The evidence for such a period is limited, and support stems largely from theoretical arguments and analogies to other critical periods in biology such as visual development, but nonetheless is widely accepted.

History[edit] Second-language acquisition[edit] Languages - Quick Fix - Essential phrases in 40 languages. 10 Words for Emotions You Didn’t Even Know You Had. In recent years, neuroscience has introduced a new way of thinking about our emotions.

10 Words for Emotions You Didn’t Even Know You Had

The scientists behind the latest brain-imaging studies say they can now pinpoint with precision where these feelings are located within our heads. In 2013, for instance, a team of psychologists published a study in which they claimed that they had found neural correlates for nine very distinct human emotions: anger, disgust, envy, fear, happiness, lust, pride, sadness, and shame. This is an intriguing trend for academics like Tiffany Watt Smith, a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. “It’s this idea that what we mean by ‘emotion’ has evolved,” Smith tells Science of Us.

Merger - Merge keywords into new names - NameRobot. A name that consists of two (or more) merged keywords is called a portmanteau word.

Merger - Merge keywords into new names - NameRobot

It is one of the smartest methods to generate corporate and brand names. With the Merger, you can find these hidden gems in your naming projects' keywords with little effort. Similar to the Combinator, the Merger also combines words with each other to generate new names. Vocabulary Builder (500 will get you 5000) Double Your Vocabulary in a Month The 100 most common Latin and Greek roots figure in more than 5,000 English derivatives just beyond the average person’s vocabulary of 10,000 words.

Vocabulary Builder (500 will get you 5000)

They are the ones in all CAPITAL letters. By memorizing these 100 CAPITALIZED Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and roots, you will have a short cut to sight read an additional 5,000 words. BALL FAN REACHES NEOLOGISM PINNACLE. "This is my month," boasted the note from Devin J.


Biery, of Crofton. Online English Vocabulary Size Test. Ever wonder about your vocabulary size?

Online English Vocabulary Size Test

Even if you are a daily English speaker or a native English speaker, you still might find this test challenging! We conducted academic research and looked at online resources to design the model of this quiz. Origin of language. The origin of language in the human species has been the topic of scholarly discussions for several centuries.

Origin of language

In spite of this, there is no consensus on the ultimate origin or age of human language. One problem makes the topic difficult to study: the lack of direct evidence. Consequently, scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record, archaeological evidence, contemporary language diversity, studies of language acquisition, and comparisons between human language and systems of communication existing among other animals (particularly other primates).

Animal language. Animal language are forms of non-human animal communication that show similarities to human language.

Animal language

Animal communication may be considered complex enough to be called a form of language if: the inventory of signs is large, the signs are relatively arbitrary, and the animals produce them with a degree of volition (as opposed to conditioned instincts). Animal communication can also be evidenced through the use of lexigrams (as used by chimpanzees and bonobos) in addition to signs. While the term "animal language" is widely used, researchers agree that animal languages are not as complex or expressive as human language. Some researchers, including the linguist Charles Hockett, argue that there are significant differences separating human language from animal communication even at its most complex, and that the underlying principles are not related.[1] Accordingly, linguist Thomas A.

Marc Hauser, Noam Chomsky, and W. So what is there to this Indian Brahmin birdsong pre-oral tradition thing I just heard? I haven’t seen this program but I’ve studied Vedic recitations in some depth.

So what is there to this Indian Brahmin birdsong pre-oral tradition thing I just heard?

While I personally do not believe that any of the mantras being spoken anywhere are “pre-language” (whatever they mean by that) it probably popped up in this program because it is a pretty important theological point in Sanskritic Brahmin Hinduism. In this context (the status of the Veda varies enormously within Hinduism) the Veda is the Word, the essence of the divine principal that is the fundamental building block of reality; true, unlimited, and eternal. It can be defined with the creator principle that brought forth our present reality and functions as the “divine language” that serves as the blueprint for the universe. When the Creator uttered the Vedic mantras, this brought all of the aspects of creation and the universe into being by calling them forth by name. Language of the birds.

In mythology, medieval literature and occultism, the language of the birds is postulated as a mystical, perfect divine language, green language, adamic language, enochian language, angelic language or a mythical or magical language used by birds to communicate with the initiated. History[edit] In Indo-European religion, the behavior of birds has long been used for the purposes of divination by augurs. According to a suggestion by Walter Burkert, these customs may have their roots in the Paleolithic when, during the Ice Age, early humans looked for carrion by observing scavenging birds.[1] Response to Quentin D. Atkinson - Languages Of The World. We would like to thank Quentin D. Atkinson for taking the time to respond to our critique of the Science article by Bouckaert et al., of which he is one of the authors. While he appears to restate their team’s position rather than address specific criticisms that we had voiced, we feel that we should address those issues that Atkinson brings up in defense of their methodology.

According to Atkinson, “the inferences based on linguistic palaeontology [i.e. the approach we advocate in our critique] have thus far failed to satisfy … three requirements”. : The Noam Chomsky Website. 28 Genius Depictions Of Words With No Direct English Translation. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But in this case, each image is worth just one. Designer Anjana Iyer seeks to explain untranslatable words from non-English languages, with the help of a some quirky imagery.

38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English. Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent. 1. Kummerspeck (German) Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon. Wordstuck. 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures. 12 Wonderfully Quirky Words with No English Equivalent. In They Have A Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words and Phrases, Howard Rheingold describes many words from other languages that express things English can’t—at least not succinctly. Better Than English: Untranslatable Words. Words that have no equivalent in English. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange.

Top 10 tips to learn a language. By John-Erik Jordan Matthew Youlden speaks nine languages fluently and understands more than a dozen more. Learn Hindi. Devanagari. Origins[edit] Online Etymology Dictionary. Is there a case for ‘publically’? Part 1. The Rok Runestone - Stock Image E900/0311. Symbols and Signs - Meaning, Origin, Use. How To Use An Apostrophe. 10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling. How and why to use whom in a sentence.

When to use i.e. in a sentence.