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Infographic: How To Avoid Accidentally Making Rude Hand Gestures Abroad
British travel agency Just the Flight has creatively illustrated a thorough guide to ensure you don't accidentally tell Thai people to sit on your thumb. You can use Rosetta Stone or a language app to get by with a new language. (Hell, one of those famously helped this farm boy hook up with a supermodel.) The only true way to learn a language, however, is to immerse oneself in the culture. Part ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:41:18 -0700

Will I be able to learn Spanish with just my smartphone?
A self-proclaimed tech lover uses just his smartphone to learn Spanish as part of the Guardian's online language learning challenge • Read more about the Guardian's online language learning challenge Alright. So here it is – apparently I'm going to try to learn Spanish in six weeks, using nothing but my smartphone and the DuoLingo app. Do I think I will attain a level of fluency that will ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:43 -0700

World Languages Program Funding Cut In Shelby County
One language is all your child may learn due to cuts made by the Shelby County School Board. The World Languages budget was cut by about $400,000. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:47:26 -0700

Learn sign language in Southampton
YOU can learn sign language at a weekly club in Southampton. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:34:38 -0700

How Duolingo Uses A/B Testing To Understand The Way You Learn
For online language-learning service Duolingo, a popular method of testing "friction" in an app interface also happens to sniff out what makes us learn. Luis von Ahn is a busy guy. The founder of the highly successful CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA technologies, von Ahn now runs language-learning startup Duolingo . His company recently received $20 million in funding for their gamified website and app ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:21:58 -0700

Little Pim Bridges the Language Gap for 21st Century Kids
More and more parents are enrolling their toddlers and preschoolers in foreign-language classes -- some even lining up for hours to score coveted spots in these programs. In our increasingly global economy, ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:49:48 -0700

Picture books aren't just fun: Children learn sophisticated animal facts when parent read them
Children hear as much sophisticated information about animals when parents read picture book stories about animals as when they read flashcard-type animal vocabulary books, according to a new study. "Children do learn a lot when parents read books with them and many parents read to their children several times each week," said one researcher. "So, conducting studies using picture books and ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:11:03 -0700

The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way
This article is by Katharine B. Nielson, the chief education officer at Voxy, a language-learning company based in New York City. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:09:00 -0700

9 Apps and Resources to Learn American Sign Language
Learning to sign is easier than ever, thanks to the Internet The visual language, designed to aid the deaf or hard of hearing, is a set of gesticulations and hand movements that correspond to the spoken word. There are numerous ways to learn American Sign Language (ASL) outside the old classroom method. From free online lessons to video tutorials, a world of possibilities is open for those ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:15:43 -0700

Languages reading list: Yiddish online, music for languages and Tinder
In this week's reading list, Yiddish has an online revival, musicians are better language learners and Tinder users are meeting up to practise vocab Irish students to learn Gaeilge through Irish-language dance music videos To celebrate the start of Irish language week on Saturday March 1, hundreds of thousands of people will take part in events in Killarney. As part of the programme of events ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:09:50 -0700

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