That's How We Learn

Understanding Language, Culture and Evolution

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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 →

Life without language | Neuroanthropology

THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM A VERY WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE ON LANGUAGELESS PEOPLE, AND THE CASE OF NICARAGUAN SPONTANEOUS LANGUAGE Thought without symbols — life without language — it’s a cognitive reality that is virtually impossible for most modern humans… 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 →

Kültür dersi

Hey guys, this one is in Turkish… Or something like it. Her şeyden önce Türkçemin çok hatalı ve “kırık” olduğunun farkındayım. Fakat, Türkçem mükemmel olmasını beklesem, galiba asla bu düşünceleri Türkçe’de yazmayacağım. Bunu demişken, sizin için yabancı birisi yazdığı İngilizce’yi okumak… 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 →

What and how to say what and when.

Language takes a long time to learn, especially the first time around. (If your metric of how well a person learns is time, then kids are terrible) Take any child born to a Turkish family born on March 27 2014… Continue Reading →

Why Learning Turkish Has Made My Life Rich

I have lived 3 years and 49 weeks in Turkey. In this time I have not simply won the ability to speak with people in Turkey, but also people from all over Asia. Learning a language opens you doors to… Continue Reading →

NICK DRAKE TEACHES RARE GRAMMAR

English suffers from a terrible infermity. So does Spanish and sadly Italian too. The wound has festered for millennia. In the US only some African Americans have saved their tongue from the ailment. I speak of course of the copula… Continue Reading →

Where is your memleket

In this article I briefly explain how in English -certainly in the US- we rarely if ever start off a conversation with “Where are you from?” This is a question and at the same time a cultural object I have… Continue Reading →

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