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Arabic language luncheon

Our Arabic instructors bring a wealth of cultural traditions into the classroom from around the Arabic-speaking world. And what better way to celebrate that diversity than through food! Our language luncheons give students the chance to practice their conversational skills while learning about the culinary traditions of the Middle East and North Africa.

Language and Technology

As technology has come to impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives, language has begun to reflect this new reality. The New York Times Magazine this summer explored several newly coined terms in various languages “Le Selfie,” .

Language and Culture

Language and culture are closely related, but does language actually shape the way we think? The Wall Street Journal examines the idea that the structure of the language we speak affects how we interpret and remember events.

Hidden impatience revealed in linguistics study

Have you ever been eager to respond to someone you are speaking to, sometimes before he has finished his thought? You are not alone! At Cornell University, linguistic and medical researchers have used MRI scanning to analyze the positioning of the mouth in preparation for vocal responses. Though initially interested purely in cognitive linguistics, researchers now hope to use this research to better understand cognition and speech with applications in treating neurological disorders or trauma.

Vanishing Languages

Do you know what languages are spoken in Peru? Check out this report from NPR that coincided with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival here in DC.

How do you learn? Are you a socialized or private learner?

First of all let me say there is no right or wrong answer.  As with many things it is often a factor of time and money as well as your own personal preference and prior exposure to learning.  How we learn is different for each of us.  You were probably taught early on there are … Continue reading How do you learn? Are you a socialized or private learner?

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