Language learning

Posts on learning a foreign language

Unborn babies can learn languages

We all know that kids can learn languages quicker than adults. But did you know that even unborn babies can learn languages? Talk about starting young… Check out the latest discovery from a Swedish-American team of researchers. “We showed that the foetus during the last ten weeks of the pregnancy...

The language you use affects your ability to save money

Why do some people save more than others? Germans save 10 percentage points more than the British do (as a fraction of GDP), while Estonians and Chinese save a whopping 20 percentage points more than Greeks and Indians. Economists think a lot about what drives people to save, but...

How babies learn language

Fascinating research on how words are “born”. Deb Roy studies how his own son acquires language and use new words. In an effort to understand how children learn words, he wired his home with bird’s-eye view cameras and microphones for three years to collect data on his son. The home...

Chinese vs English family tree – language reflects culture

Language reflects the underlying culture. In a Western context, the family typically refers to the nuclear family – father, mother, sister, brother.  Your father’s brother is your uncle. So is your mother’s brother. Did you know in the Chinese language there’s a lot more fine-tuning: Uncle (Father’s older brother)...

Who's afraid of grammar?

Very often people are quite relaxed about the idea of learning vocabulary: the Italian for ‘table’ is ‘tavola’, the Japanese for ‘car’ is ‘kuruma’. OK, no big deal. You learn the words and you’re half way there. The problem sometimes comes with the second half to get you the whole way...

Live online group classes with Euroasia

It’s already possible to learn a language online with Euroasia, cialis buy online and in fact we’ve conducted a number of courses this way already.  But up to now, courses have only been available on a 1-1 basis.  As from 2013, we’ll be offering group classes online. With online...

How to learn a language fast – maximising return on investment

Today I would like to share a little known fact from the world of languages. In day-to-day interactions, we often use no more than 100 words. To maximise return on investment, you have to focus on acquiring the basic vocabulary ie it’s probably not going to matter if you...

Summer school – Learn a language in January 2012

get your ex back Language learning is an aspirational goal that ranks highly on many New Year resolution lists. It’s an especially worthy endeavour for avid travellers wanting to maximise their travel experience. You've probably heard stories from Kiwis who have returned from their “Overseas Experience” lamenting the fact...

How do babies learn new languages? Astonishing new findings

In this TED video, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand...