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This bilingual film is superlative adjective!

I recently watched (or perhaps re-watched, my memory fails me in my early senescence) a very excellent multi-language movie called Children of a Lesser God. I enjoyed the movie despite its rich undertones of male chauvinism and female objectification because… 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 Bu sefer bizi en çok etkileyen muzikten bahsediyoruz. Orta – Üst seviyede ingilizce konuşanlar için tasarlanmış bu internet yayınını dinleyerek ve Facebook sayfamızdan destek alarak ingilizcenizi geliştirebilirsiniz. Amacımız Yabancı Talka ‘non-native’ arkadaşlarmızı davet… 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 →

ASPECT, the secret to understanding **insert any language here**

In this article we discuss one way in which languages are different. I start off with some philosophizing then get into the meat of it. Comment below if you are confused about anything. Oh, and I exaggerated the title. By… Continue Reading →

Weird Grammar in other Languages

Have you ever wondered why foreign languages have extraneous grammar. Why do they lack certain words but then have too many of others? In this video, with the aid of famous 20th century linguist Roman Jacobson’s ideas, I explain a… Continue Reading →

Palabras Compartidas

Son bir haftadır ABD’de ailemi ziyaret ediyorum. Anne babama artık yazık olmasın diye dağnık bıraktğım eski odamı toparlarken çok sevdiğim bir kitap buldum. O 9 yıl öncesinde Peru’da yaşadığım dönemde ve karanlik bir sahafta bulduğum bir kitabı. Bugün kardeşimle taradık… Continue Reading →

Çizgi Roman Yoluyla

Ever since my father told me that he made some great headway in Spanish -58 years ago- by reading comic books, I have advised my students to do the same thing. And sure from time to time I too read… Continue Reading →

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