Speaking another language is good for your brain — at least that’s what we’ve heard.
But some new research paints a less-positive picture. Should you learn another language? And how?
Linguist Daniel Midgley gets bilingual on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Graeme Watson
Dramatic decline in number of university students taking modern foreign languages
Only one in 65 new students chooses a modern language degree – we need a rethink
Americans are beginning to lose their love for foreign languages
Learning The Language
Facebook Is Cracking Down on Viral Hoaxes. Really.
3 News defends use of Te Reo
Kanoa Lloyd’s Te Reo stance wins plaudits
NZ weather presenter hits back at criticism for using Maori language
100 Māori words every New Zealander should know
Learn about the structure of Te Reo, the Māori language
Bill Gates wishes he’d learned a language.
Here’s the Reddit AMA with Bill Gates
Now Skype can translate for us, what’s the point in learning a language?
Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?
Ask a Linguist: Will bilingualism affect my child’s intelligence?
Bilingualism: consequences for mind and brain.
“This research shows that bilingualism has a somewhat muted effect in adulthood but a larger role in older age, protecting against cognitive decline, a concept known as ‘cognitive reserve’.”
Learning a New Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in the Brain as Sex and Chocolate
The pleasure of learning new words
The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition
Speaking More Than One Language Could Sharpen Your Brain
How learning a new language changes your brain – at any age
Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old
“The fact that bilinguals are constantly practicing inhibitory control could also help explain why bilingualism appears to offer a protective advantage against Alzheimer’s and dementia, said Marian.”
Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs about the world around them
Saved by song: can singing improve your language skills?
The Benefits of Failing at French
Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app
Google’s translation app will soon turn speech into text on the fly
Google Updates Translate App With Instant Audio, Text Translation http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-updates-translate-app-with-instant-audio-text-translation.html
404 page uses “up the boohai”. Very NZ.
— Grand Poobah Wagtail (@AngryWagtails) February 24, 2015
“Up the boohai”
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