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When traveling, you try to stay off the beaten path. When language learning, you try to find it. Or do you?I love travel, and I love learning languages. Luckily the two are quite intertwined, so I often get to...
April 16, 2015 Weekly Language Usage Tips: fun, funner, and funnest Posted in fun/funner/funnest at 6:30 am by dlseltzer A reader writes: Would you care to comment on the use of “fun” as an adjective? “I had a very fun time” sounds strange...
Language learning is not easy, we all know that. So it helps to step back and remember the little moments that make it all worthwhile.Well, this year it’s actually unseasonably warm in Berlin. Not a snowflake in sight. I...
Listening to music sung in a foreign language is a great way to learn that language. Provided you really understand what they’re saying, that is…Unfortunately for us language learners, there are a lot of things that words simply can’t...
Should you pay for your language learning? Even to this day, both students and second-language speakers are divided on the answer. Some say you are better off paying for structured, pre-planned lessons, while others swear there’s enough free material...
Technology and access to information are making the world a better place for many, but what good is that information if you can’t read it? Caught in the struggle between globalization and linguistic diversity, speakers of endangered and minority...
Language Models (LMs) estimate the relative likelihood of different phrases and are useful in many different Natural Language Processing applications (NLP). For example, they have been used in Twitter Bots for ‘robot’ accounts to form their own sentences.In this...
English Language Learners (ELL) represents a growing population of U.S. students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 9.5 percent of students in U.S. public schools are English-Language Learners, meaning English is not their first language. These...
Six international films, from Everybody Knows to Sin Nombre, that need no translation Focus Features 01.22.2019 To direct the Spanish-language thriller , two-time Academy Award®-winning director Asghar Farhadi moved from his homeland of Iran to the picturesque plains of Spain. In the film,...
Credit: LARRY D. MOOREReading time: Less than 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from author Susan Orlean…. I have visited Southern California many...