Archive for May, 2010

Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer

May 6, 2010

In his book, “Healthy Aging,” Dr. Andrew Weil recommends learning a foreign language as a way to prevent Alzheimers.

From the ABC News story, “Learning a Foreign Language Can Help You Live Longer”:

“Weil believes that by learning a foreign language we can reduce the risks of getting some of the most common age-related symptoms and diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s.”

Foreign languages are not only fun, but also a way to prevent memory loss.

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More free teaching resources

May 3, 2010

The Center of Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University has various free teaching resources, games, and multimedia interactive programs.

Thanks for the freebies!

http://www.clear.msu.edu/clear/store/

Free Materials for Language Teachers, Mis Cositas

May 3, 2010

Lori Langer de Ramirez has many free materials for language teachers in various languages (English, ESL, French, Spanish and Chinese.)

Thanks for the free stuff!

http://www.miscositas.com/

Speaking in Tongues

May 3, 2010

I haven’t see this movie yet, but it looks excellent. Info below:

http://www.speakingintonguesfilm.info

What would it be like if your parents put you in a school where the teacher
spoke a foreign language?

Speaking in Tongues uses this scenario to explore the provocative notion that being bilingual can be a national asset. Taking us beyond rote arguments and stereotypes, this intimate film witnesses the joys and challenges of four diverse children on their journey to become global citizens. Enter their world and ask, today is knowing one language enough?

You’ll be charmed and challenged by 2009’s San Francisco International
Film Festival Audience Award winner.

Free foreign language lessons

May 3, 2010

Free Foreign Language Lessons

Learn languages for free on Open Culture.com. The site features 37 foreign languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download lessons to your computer and mp3 player and you’re good to go.

http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

Some of my advice on learning languages

May 3, 2010

I published this article on Diva Tool Box on how to learn foreign languages using music:

http://www.divatoolbox.com/career/education-and-training/3025-learn-a-foreign-language-with-music.html

Bridging the Online Language Barrier

May 2, 2010

From On the Media (WNYC):

Bridging the Online Language Barrier

April 30, 2010

Each year the internet grows more multilingual. The good news: this has allowed hundreds of millions of people to get online and use their native language. The bad news: it threatens to divide the web into separate Internets along language lines. OTM producer Mark Phillips reports on the translation tools trying to bridge the language divide.