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Red mektubu/Letter of Rejection

This artilcle is in Turkish. In summary, I share some of the job application rejection letters that I have received as a means to help Turkish learners of English get some exposure to this sort of formal language. Also, Ii… Continue Reading →

The Handicap of Spelling

In this video -a sort of vlog style video- I try to present the idea that difficult spelling systems are indeed a handicap in the Zahavian sense. I also suggest the same for conjugation paradigmata. The main thesis is that… Continue Reading →

Gender and Language

In the developed world, or perhaps all over the globe, there is an ongoing discussion regarding the sexes and gender. Maybe, this is new approach to an ancient discussion. Maybe there is nothing new under the sun. Especially in the… Continue Reading →

Language Learning Catch-22

We all speak at least one language. Most humans on earth learned more than one in their childhood. However, especially in the developed world, for various economic and social reasons, adults believe that they must, or decide that they should… Continue Reading →

Telling Stories for Language Learning Success

Language is mainly used to tell stories. I don’t have the statistics to back that up, but it seems common-sense true. Also It seems true me a guy with a masters in linguistics. At any rate, the only way to… Continue Reading →

10 dos and donts for effective language learning

What software, book or technique is best for learning a foreign language? Is it DuoLingo? Or your university language course? Most people at some point in their lives have expressed a desire to learn a foreign tongue. According to IBIS… Continue Reading →

Our Podcast for English Learners!

YabancıTalk S1E5 – Advanced – Meaningful Music Welcome to another episode of advanced YabancıTalk! This time Morris and Jenney talk with Duygu and Ozlem about music that is meaningful to us and how music influences our lives. Please do write… Continue Reading →

Podcasting for Language

Nuestro nuevo proyecto, o como quien diría en turco, bizim yeni projemiz: to provide some seriously good language content. It is no secret that language learning content is pretty bad. And by bad I mean terrible. In a perfect world… Continue Reading →

Video lesson plan! -Modern tech, modern linguistics

Background: You may not know it, but one of the ways that linguists gather data is to ask human subjects to narrate or describe a specific video. If you ask 50 speakers of one language to watch and describe the… Continue Reading →

One great tool for Language Learning

One the secrets to success in adult second learning is accepting the fact that the “native speakers” have  at least a 17 year head start on a you (assuming you are 17 years old -more if you are older).  If… Continue Reading →

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