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Guess Where English Is Spoken Most?

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 06/26/14 | Categories: English Language, Language In The News

Hint: Not North America! There are more speakers of English in Asia than anywhere else in the world. In most Asian countries it is the first foreign language taught to children, and it is the bridge language (what linguists call a “pidgin” language) used by […]… Learn more »

Learning American Slang

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 06/10/14 | Categories: English Language, Language In The News

Guess what the most popular 5 slang words are in American English? According to Alina Dizik (link to her WSJ article below), they are: Dude. (But I think my college friends would give “dude” a run for its money with “bro”!) Chilling. (But as most […]… Learn more »

The Psychology of Learning a Second Language

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 04/03/14 | Categories: Language In The News, Second Language Acquisition

Learning a second language can be an incredibly psychological endeavor.  For every person, this experience will be different but we have all certainly experienced some of the doubt, panic and fear that come with the task of really speaking in a second language. In Second […]… Learn more »

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Posted by: Tom Means | Author: 03/26/14 | Categories: Language In The News, Second Language Acquisition

In a recent story in the New York Times (link below), the benefits of bilingualism were spelled out in a very comprehensive way. The benefits are now scientifically traceable from infancy to old age. The article is not written in an overly scientific register but […]… Learn more »