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Baseball Idioms

During the presidential campaign of 2016 there was some confusion over a word or phrase that Donald Trump kept using. It was hard to discern whether he was saying the word “bigly” or the phrase “big league.” It was eventually confirmed that he was saying “big league”, but what does this term mean? Big league … Continue reading Baseball Idioms

5 Tips On Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is never easy, and some people go their whole lives only speaking one. But some people successfully learn and use multiple languages in their lifetimes. Sid Efromovich is one such polyglot who speaks seven languages. In a TED talk he gave in 2013 he shared some of his techniques.¹ 1. Make … Continue reading 5 Tips On Learning a New Language

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.

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