Tag Archives: Languages

Foreign languages: the disappointing results of French students

Foreign languages: the disappointing results of French students

We often lament the level of young French in foreign languages. What is it really? This is the question that was raised by the National School System Assessment Board ( Cnesco ) at its Consensus Conference on Language Learning, held in March 2019, whose synthesis and recommendations come from to be published this Thursday, April […] … learn more→

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Of all the skills that a person could have in today’s globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language. People who speak another language score higher on tests and think more creatively, have access to a wider variety of jobs, and can more fully enjoy and […] … learn more→

English, a pending issue: causes and solutions

English, a pending issue: causes and solutions

Currently, the command of another language (especially English) is a necessity for young people because of the many job improvement opportunities that this can offer them and because it also facilitates the search for a job within their own country. English is becoming a demand in almost all sectors and there are many people who […] … learn more→

Why it is so important for students to mix languages ​​in the classroom

Why it is so important for students to mix languages ​​in the classroom

Being a father is wonderful. And being a father as a cognitive scientist studying the acquisition and management of languages ​​is even more wonderful. Oier, the small walking laboratory that I have at home, is an inexhaustible source of ideas and surprises related to psycholinguistics and the scientific study of multilingualism. He is growing up in a bilingual […] … learn more→

Can we really learn a foreign language with an app?

Can we really learn a foreign language with an app?

Pursued on all download platforms in the world, applications dedicated to the study of foreign languages ​​are expected to revolutionize language learning. They allow you to train on grammar points and can be a very rewarding way to enrich your vocabulary. But their effectiveness is debated, especially with regard to skills such as written or oral expression. […] … learn more→

Why learning a second language is beneficial

Why learning a second language is beneficial

Multiple studies have shown children who learn a second language achieve more academically and have far better linguistics than students who only know one language. Regardless of what age you are, learning a new language is a great idea. If you are looking for a Russian or Spanish school to teach you a new language, […] … learn more→

Why just speaking English isn’t going to cut it anymore

Why just speaking English isn’t going to cut it anymore

Britain is facing an uncertain future and an uneasy relationship with Europe after Brexit and the latest general election. Among other things, a key determiner of the success of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to conduct negotiations without language barriers. But the country’s woeful inability to learn languages, and the decline in foreign language […] … learn more→

Why it’s hard for adults to learn a second language

Why it’s hard for adults to learn a second language

As a young adult in college, I decided to learn Japanese. My father’s family is from Japan, and I wanted to travel there someday. However, many of my classmates and I found it difficult to learn a language in adulthood. We struggled to connect new sounds and a dramatically different writing system to the familiar […] … learn more→

How the language you speak changes your view of the world

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with […] … learn more→

Spanglish and the Royal Academy

Not long ago, the Real Academia Española, its matrix located in Madrid, with 21 branches throughout the Spanish-speaking world, did something at once surprising and disappointing: It approved the inclusion of the word espanglish in its official dictionary. I say it was surprising because for decades the RAE systematically disregarded the existence of this hybrid […] … learn more→