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English Language Adjective Rules. You may have seen last year’s viral post/tweet on How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of.

English Language Adjective Rules

Or read about it on NPR at BBC Editor Highlights Often Overlooked English Language Rule. Or saw it on the BBC at The language rules we know but don’t know we know. Well, now there’s a new short video on it: Related How Do Students Feel About Using Computers To Help Learn English? Inventing Graphics on Cave Walls. A Map of Lexical Distances Between Europe's Languages. A Finn and a Spaniard walk into a bar.

A Map of Lexical Distances Between Europe's Languages

How do they strike up a conversation? It would be exceptional for either to speak each other's language. And it would be rare for both to be fluent enough in French, German, Esperanto or Russian – all languages which once had the ambition to become Europe's lingua franca. No, that Finn and that Spaniard will talk to each other and order drinks in English, the true second language of the continent. Half of All Languages Come from One Root Language. How it Spread Is Something of Debate. EskimoHoax. Atlasobscura. "Original pronunciation' Brings New Life to Shakespeare. Last week, an intriguing video on Shakespeare became a mini viral hit.

"Original pronunciation' Brings New Life to Shakespeare

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. A world language is a form of communication, essential to the culture of a community, with a system of sounds, letters, symbols, and/or signs recognized and utilized by humans.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

A world language fulfills all the following criteria, distinguishing it from other forms of communication: Supporting the Study of World Languages and Computer Science. ACTFL advocates the study of both world languages and computer science.

Supporting the Study of World Languages and Computer Science

Both are essential skills in a world that is connected across borders and through technology. Both provide specific skills and a way of thinking; however, the perspectives and skills gained are not equivalent. A computer coding course is not equivalent to a world language course for the following reasons: The study of computer coding does not allow students to gain the intercultural skills, insight, and perspectives to know how, when, and why to express what to whom.

In other words, computer coding does not meet the standards outlined in the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (National Standards Collaborative Board, 2015). Localingual: listen to the voices of the world. Where do people say that? An interactive word map of the 100,000 most common words in America — Quartz. When Amazon first premiered its dystopian sci-fi thriller The Man in the High Castle—a TV show about a world in which the US lost World War II and is ruled by both the Nazis and the Japanese—the show truly felt like an alternate universe.

Where do people say that? An interactive word map of the 100,000 most common words in America — Quartz

In our world, it was 2015, same-sex marriage had just been ruled legal, the US had a progressive black president, and neo-Nazism was the farthest thing from most Americans’ minds. The show’s second season debuts today in a drastically different political environment. The alternate reality manifested in the show doesn’t seem so far off when churches in California are being vandalized with swastikas, the “alt-right” movement has legitimized white-nationalism, and people feel comfortable enough to gather in Washington, DC to give Nazi salutes and shout: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”

Which is kind of the point. A Look Back: “Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language” Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary!

A Look Back: “Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language”

Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years. Thoth's Pill - an Animated History of Writing. How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk - Interactive Graphic. One of the most difficult words to translate... - Krystian Aparta. NativLang. Major ideas about human language.


If you have a few spare minutes, join me for a tour of one of these big questions: What is language, and what are languages? What's the difference between a language and a dialect? How do you know if someone's using "bad grammar"? Where is language in the brain? Time travelling to the mother tongue. No matter whether you speak English or Urdu, Waloon or Waziri, Portuguese or Persian, the roots of your language are the same.

Time travelling to the mother tongue

Proto-Indo-European (PIE) is the mother tongue – shared by several hundred contemporary languages, as well as many now extinct, and spoken by people who lived from about 6,000 to 3,500 BC on the steppes to the north of the Caspian Sea. They left no written texts and although historical linguists have, since the 19th century, painstakingly reconstructed the language from daughter languages, the question of how it actually sounded was assumed to be permanently out of reach. Now, researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford have developed a sound-based method to move back through the family tree of languages that stem from PIE. How interpreters juggle two languages at once - Ewandro Magalhaes. The Human Brain as a Word Cloud, on a Shared Drive. Words We Invented By Getting Them Wrong.

How Do You Say Pecan? Does grammar matter? - Andreea S. Calude. Jolly Roger Telephone Company Uses Software To Entrap Telemarketers. NPR talks to Roger Anderson about his Jolly Roger Telephone Company and his device that keeps telemarketers on the phone for prolonged periods.

Jolly Roger Telephone Company Uses Software To Entrap Telemarketers

Meet a man on a mission, a mission to stop telemarketers. It all started with a passion for phones. ROGER ANDERSON: I just love telephones and telecom in general. And it really, really offended me that all these unsolicited telemarketers are clogging up the system and causing people to drop their landlines. The Story of the Umlaut. Could There Soon Be A Global Language? European word translator: an interactive map. Enter one or two lower-case English words to see translations from Google Translate. Examples: banana the cat she runs Random words: currency primary A few things to keep in mind: Translations are generated by Google Translate. Some may be inaccurate or use non-European (e.g. Translation not available Sorry, this page does not yet translate proper nouns (such as names of people or places) or words in languages other than English.

Try typing another word or two, or click one of the examples below the input box. About ‘The Universal Language’ How Did Language Begin. Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages? The Mystery of Onomatopoeia Around the World. Consider the dog. “How Did Language Originate?” How computers translate human language - Ioannis Papachimonas. When People Talk Backwards. Some people believe that your brain encodes its actual meaning in reverse within everything you say. by Brian Dunning By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast Episode 105, June 17, 2008. Speech perception without traditional speech cues. Language. Do animals have language? - Michele Bishop. In China's Cyberspace, a Code for Criticism. How Dare You Say That! The Evolution of Profanity. The Best “Language Maps” This is going to be a very short “The Best…” list of online maps that show the geographical locations of what language is spoken where.

These accessible maps can be used as an engaging way to also promote learning about geography. I’m sure there are other ways to utilize them in the classroom. 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America. If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS. 'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into U.S. Speech. A curious vocal pattern has crept into the speech of young adult women who speak American English: low, creaky vibrations, also called vocal fry. Pop singers, such as Britney Spears, slip vocal fry into their music as a way to reach low notes and add style.

Now, a new study of young women in New York state shows that the same guttural vibration—once considered a speech disorder—has become a language fad. VIDEO: Talking While Female. Ask a woman if anybody has ever complained about her voice and, chances are, you'll get a story. Watch the above animated video, and you'll see what we mean. Horizon Information Portal. Readings and Other Materials. Dude - Bud Light.