This week in language learning news, 27th Jan to 2nd Feb

Posted on 03/02/2017

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A museum of linguistics is coming to Washington, DC.

Founder Friedman invites future visitors to “[i]dentify accents, tell us how you say soda and hoagie, learn tips from professional dialect coaches, and climb a Tower of Babel or tunnel through a prepositional playground.” The museum could potentially occupy the space once claimed by the now-defunct Children’s Museum as the D.C. institution with the kid-friendliest programming.

Travel and Leisure reviews the health benefits of learning a language.

Bilingualism provides benefits beyond the ability to ask for directions or to order a coffee without accidentally receiving a large dessert platter. (What a happy accident, though, right?) The brains of polyglots operate differently than those of unilingual folk. Regular use of a second language sharpens many cognitive skills, and it’s even been found to make you appear more attractive.

EF Language Centers have tips for becoming fluent in a language in a year.

Being fluent in a language is one of the most in-demand, employable skills there is (sorry, speaking fluent emoji doesn’t count), and the ability to communicate with people will be important until the end of time. Fact.

But there are 750,000 words in English, and Japanese or Chinese don’t even use the same characters as any European language. Learning to speak another language is hard work and whichever one you pick, you’ll need to put in some serious effort. There are, however, a few strategies and tricks which can help you super-charge your language learning.

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