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One reason learning language is hard

In this article I explain one reason that learning a new language is hard. Imagine that you read a book, as simple as something by Tom Clancy or as seemingly sophisticated as something by Dickens or perhaps something as needlessly… Continue Reading →

En La Ardiente Oscuridad

Recently I read a fantástic book. It is Antonio Buero Vallejo’s En La Ardiente Oscuridad. In calling it “a book”, I think most who read this would imagine that it is a novel, but no, it is a stage play…. 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 →

Dil öğrenme kasır döngüsü

Dil öğrenmek çok zor. Bazıları ne kadar çalışırda çalışsın sanki hiç öğrenemiyorlar. Bu durumun nedeni ne? Neden kaynaklanıyor ve artık öğrenmek istediğimiz veya öğrenmemiz gereken dili öğrenmek için neyi yapmamız lazım? Bu videoda bu sorulara bazı cevap vermeye calışıyorum. Bu… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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