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How Does The Bilingual Brain Work?

Improved Problem Solving, Greater Social Empathy, Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s/Dementia   Time Magazine recently published an article that described the benefits of bilingualism in terms of individual health and astuteness, as well as a greater ability to relate to others. The positive effects of learning a second (or third) language are broad and many. From…

Reasons to Learn Italian

Italian is a famously colorful language filled with emotion and vocal inflection, complemented with grand nonverbal gestures. The reason for such charismatic expression is due to the electric culture that created this romantic language. As a people with great passion for art, food, cultural heritage and entertainment, Italians are truly a group of the world’s…

Reasons to Learn French

French is quite simply an auditory treat. The smooth sounding vocabulary naturally rolls off French speakers’ lips, unadulterated by guttural sounding vowels or harshly sharp consonants. The pleasing sound of the language is reason enough to learn French, however the list of reasons to learn French stretch far beyond the enchanting audio. Travel to Paris…

3 Unbelievable Spanish Speaking Hotspots to Travel

Another dimension of learning a language comes from traveling and interacting with native speakers. You can learn new slang phrases, proper pronunciation, and enjoy the benefits of complete immersion traveling abroad. This can help support your hard work from taking classes of language study – with the added bonus of making some new friends. That…

10 of the Weirdest International Slang Phrases

Studying language is not only an enriching process, but sometimes it can be downright entertaining. Here in the United States we have our fair share of goofy phrases. For example where did “happy as a clam” come from? What on earth could make a clam happy? Or did you know that “pipe dream” actually refers…

How Bilingualism Improves Your Health

How bilingualism improves your health! The benefits of learning a second or third language are astounding. Understanding more than one language helps both socially and professionally, primarily because there is a wider pool of people with whom you can communicate. For example, BBC News wrote an article about how learning a second language slows brain…

Why You Should Learn a Language Today

When you are in the language teaching business you hear a lot of reasons / excuses about why someone cannot take a language class right now.  If 10% of the people that tell us that “they were thinking about taking a class here for several years” actually took action we would probably double in enrollment.…

Truth In Advertising

There are old adages that state, “you get what you pay for,” “nothing comes free,” and “if it is too good to be true it probably is.” Advertising is a great form of art and everyone realizes that everything promised in an advertisement may slightly be exaggerated or even misleading. Have you ever compared those…

Why Adults are Better Language Learners than Children

Adults often mention the misconception that language learning is easier for children and younger adults than it is for more mature individuals.  The logic probably flows from the idea that (1) because children at a very young age learn a language almost by osmosis, that (2) it is best to learn a language when you…

How the Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual – Infographic

The brain benefits immensely from speaking two or more languages from improved cognitive skills, to developing denser grey matter, to improved decision making skills, and even delaying the onset of dementia. Bilingualism improves children’s test scores and critical thinking abilities, as well as concentration and multi-tasking abilities. Speaking two languages also means a better salary…

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