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September 28, 2014

Language learning makes you smarter!

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Well, yes, obviously, after all you acquire new language skills.

September 28, 2014

Language learning made easy

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Well, not sure about easy, but certainly easier. Matthew Youlden is a Brit who speaks nine languages fluently and understands many more.

September 28, 2014

Carrum Primary School students learn German while caring for chickens

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You will have heard of bilingual programs where school subjects are taught in a 'foreign' language. Well, at Carrum Primary School they do their gardening and chook rearing program in German. And it works!

September 28, 2014

Languages in fashion

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Calling all Fashionistas! Not just on the catwalks of Paris and Milano, but also in all other aspects of the fashion industry, knowledge of other languages comes in handy.

September 28, 2014

A cat is un gatto is mačka

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How do you say 'cat', 'dog', 'hunger' or 'star' in various European languages?

September 28, 2014

The Great Language Game

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How many languages can you distinguish? Play the Great Language Game online. Listen to the sounds of eighty languages and see how many you recognize.

September 26, 2014

Where did that word come from?

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All languages borrow words from each other and English has been particularly good at this. Wanna take a quiz about loanwords in English and test yourself?

September 25, 2014

What we learned from 5 million books

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5 million books, 500 billion words, so much you can learn about language, people and culture...

September 25, 2014

What our language habits reveal

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Steven Pinker is a word famous linguist - he talks to us about language and about how we make it and it makes us.

September 25, 2014

An ode to envy

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You need language to express and feel emotion - and that's why we have literature from Homer to Proust and beyond: the novel has a lot to tell us about jealousy.

September 25, 2014

Txtng is killing language. JK!!

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Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting - linguistically, culturally - than it seems, and it's all good news

September 25, 2014

Why is 'x' the unknown? Well, you might be surprised: it's all about language.

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Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? Well, Terry Moore had to learn Arabic to work out why....

August 06, 2014

Hindi is India's new English

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It's easy to think everyone in India speaks English. Nothing could be further from the truth - relatively few speak it and it is concentrated amongst the educated elite.

August 06, 2014

Gotye speaks Japanese to his fans. Go Gotye!

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Gotye is a man of many talents. Not only is he Australia's most successful musician in recent years he is also a language whizz and role model for Australians.

August 06, 2014

Miranda Kerr - Australian supermodel - makes it big in Japan by speaking Japanese.

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Miranda Kerr is not only beautiful, but she's savvy too. She's made big bucks selling detergent in Japanese to the Japanese market.

August 06, 2014

NAB goes language mad

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NAB goes language mad - trying to footify Australia - by teaching speakers of ten different languages to call the Aussie Rules grand final - how fantastic is that! The ads NAB made about it are a hoot.

August 06, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o - Hollywood star and global language champion

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Lupita Nyong'o, star of 'Twelve years a slave' and Oscar winner is intelligent, beautiful and glamorous

August 06, 2014

The Prime Minister tries out his French on the locals in France.

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The Prime Minister tries out his French on the locals in France. Good on him for giving it a go. We need more people at the top to do the same.

August 06, 2014

The unexpected star of The Voice of Italy

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The unexpected star of The Voice of Italy: Suor Cristina goes viral around the world. And millions get to hear Italian when they least expected it.

August 01, 2014

Students organize the Chinese Language Exchange at uni

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Students help others to learn Chinese through a language exchange.

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