Language Learning Links (weekly)
The Guide to Teaching in China -RAY English | Find your English teaching job in China
Go to China. Teach your language. Learn Chinese. If this sounds like a deal for you, you’ll be needing this free PDF guide.
I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here’s How
Now that’s an article I love to read. Lots of useful stuff, and a brilliant success story! Well done, Lifehacker.
The Language Pledge | Middlebury
Pledging to use only the language you’re learning, or facing the (strict) consequences – too radical or motivating enough? Read and decide.
Bilingual benefits reach beyond communication
The benefits (and pitfalls) of bilingualism explained in this brief and accessible article from the Science Daily. Oldie but goodie.
AP’s approval of ‘hopefully’ symbolizes larger debate over language – The Washington Post
A minor change to the AP stylebook, a major debate over the rules and evolution of English. Fascinating.
Use Apps to Learn a Foreign Language – Wired How-To Wiki
The good guys at Wired.com prepared this quick and effective how-to page for foreign language learning apps. Have you tried any of these yet?
A flowchart for changing a habit
This is insanely useful for quitting smoking, examining your relationship with chocolate and – need I say it? – finding out how and why to learn a language.
You May Be Able to Actually Make Yourself Smarter – All It Takes Is Practice
New Research! Learning Works! As you were, ladies and gentlemen. (But seriously, read this: there’s more to practicing languages than meets the eye.)
WRITING LESSONS – Opinionator – NYTimes.com
New York Times gives you writing lessons. Advanced, but brilliant and down-to-earth. Pick up a few tips for teaching others writing, too!
The Business Case for Reading Novels – Anne Kreamer – Harvard Business Review
When people at Harvard Business Review tell you if makes financial sense to read more, you better listen. Now, how about doing this in other languages?
‘Language defines Europe’ – Public Service Website
This essay on multilingualism is more theoretical than most other links found here. However, its main idea and the vision it promotes are close to my heart.
Train Your Brain to Focus – Paul Hammerness, MD, and Margaret Moore – Harvard Business Review
Three ways to improve your focus are discussed in this article. Useful for many things – and priceless for language learners.
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