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Language “Tourists” vs Language “Travelers” | Language News

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 indulge in one while working on the other. But there’s one key way in which travel and language are different: the...

Weekly Language Usage Tips: fun, funner, and funnest | Language Usage Weblog

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 to me, although “reading is fun” sounds correct. Really love your weblog. I think that the way we feel about fun...

Little Moments of Joy in Language Learning | Language News

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 can’t decide if that’s better or worse than a white winter – on the one hand, it’s not cold enough...

Language Learning Through Songs | Language News

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 express. Cultural particularities are often among those things – culture is nebulous, it’s not concrete, and that makes it difficult to communicate with...

Using Free Resources For Language Learning « Language Learning Tricks

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 out there for anyone who’s genuinely motivated. As with many questions that have competing valid arguments, the correct answer probably...

Bridging the Digital Language Divide | Language News

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 languages are struggling to bridge the digital language divide and reap the benefits of the Internet and all it has...

Learning NLP Language Models with Real Data

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 post, we will first formally define LMs and then demonstrate how they can be computed with real data. All the...

What Defines an English Language Learner?

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 students rely on classes that teach English along with fundamental academic studies to help them develop stronger language skills.  A number...

The Universal Language Of Cinema

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, Laura (Penélope Cruz) returns from Buenos Aires with her family to attend her sister’s wedding in her small hometown. But...

The figurative language of Susan Orlean…

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 times, on perhaps as many as a dozen different trips. But I have been to LA only once and I am...