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BBC Trust Me I'm a Doctor

Good news scientifically confirmed! In episode 1 of series 8 of the popular BBC series on health, Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, Dr Michael Mosley and his team conduct a four-week experiment on a group of language learners. The results of the test demonstrate th...

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Six Reasons to Learn Spanish With a Sitcom


We've all been there: you want to learn a language but the thought of where to start is almost more difficult than the task itself. Not only that, but you haven't got time to pore over Spanish grammar books every day, so your dream of travelling the world...

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A recent article in The Economist reported how the substantial drop over the past 20 years by British school children learning a foreign language is likely to have a significant impact on the UK economy. British and multinational companies are actively lo...

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The Impact of Words

5 Aug 2014 15:55:24

When learning a new language, it’s important to think not just about meaning, but also the impact of the words you use. In this article on The Telegraph website, Ivan Hewitt considers how the word ‘vibrant’ has “travelled a long way from its core meaning....

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It’s often assumed that there is a ‘window’ for being able to learn a language to native-like fluency that closes after childhood and early adolescence. However, an increasing amount of research suggests that in fact people are able to attain native-like ...

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Yet again, England have made an early exit from the World Cup, this time not even getting past the group stage. This has sparked another round of soul-searching amongst English football fans, players and pundits alike: what went wrong? One aspect of Briti...

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Fascinating piece in yesterday's Guardian that discusses the latest academic research that shows music training plays a key role in the development of a foreign language in its grammar, colloquialisms and vocabulary. According to a recent study cited in t...

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The BBC website highlights a new, commendable initiative from the British Council and the group Speak to the Future to encourage everyone in the UK to learn at least 1,000 words in another language. The spokesperson for the group states that to do so woul...

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The recent article on the Smithsonian web site on new research that demonstrates that being exposed to faces or images that you associate with your home country primes you to think in your native tongue and so interferes with second language acquisition m...

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The uptake of language degrees at British universities is falling but as this recent article in the Guardian demonstrates the news is not all bad. The University of the East of London is one of a growing number of institutions to run free weekly language ...

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