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Why German is the Language of the Future

German is often considered the language of scientific communication, as scientists in the early 20th century would publish their findings in the German language. However, there are a few other reasons why German should be considered the language of the future. And no, I don't mean because German fans fell head over heels in love with David Hasselhoff (who in turn recorded songs in German)!

Improving Product Quality Through Evidenced-based Education Data

The Education Industry Association hosted their 24th annual EDVentures conference on July 16, 2014, in Newport Beach, California. For those unfamiliar with EDVentures, it is considered to be a conference at “the intersection of entrepreneurial leadership and technology”. EDVentures attendees range from the most respected thought leaders in the education industry to new education technology start-ups. 

Will Arabic Be the Language of the Future?

By language of the future, I do not intend to mean a universal language in which both humans and machines will use to interact in a world of increasing proliferation of artificial intelligence. Nor do I aim to suggest that Arabic would be the lingua franca of the 22nd century. To put forward a claim of this sort would require me to delve into the rather dreary details of demographic predictions and politico-economic arrangements of the world. I am more interested in some esoteric aspects of the Arabic language itself.

Top Foreign Languages Students Should Learn This School Year

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a great time to start planning which extracurricular programs and activities to add to their daily academic and afterschool routines. While there’s no doubt that your student would benefit from kicking the ball around at soccer practice or learning poise and posture from a ballet class, when it comes to foreign language study, the clock is ticking—and there’s no better opportunity than right now to add learning a new language to their educational resume.

7 Untranslatable Words and Sayings That Will Make You Want to Learn a New Language

It is no secret that international travel and exposure to foreign cultures can considerably broaden one’s views of the world—but what about learning to speak a new language? Does foreign language acquisition require learners to change their usual thought processes in order to think like a native speaker of that language? 
Many linguists support the idea that different regions influence the culture and thought processes of their inhabitants, and that these unique ways of thinking are exemplified in the language that we use to express our thoughts.

4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Abroad Experience

Double-Check Your Directions
“While traveling in Europe, I realized I was on the wrong half of a train leaving Switzerland. I needed to go to Frankfurt, but the half I was on was headed to Milan. I jumped off the moving train and then—surprise!—had to rush back through border patrol before dashing through the station to jump onto the already moving half of the train headed in the proper direction.” Susan Lafky
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But, Everyone Speaks English!

As language educators, we often find ourselves in the position of defending our profession. For most of us, the following phrase is like fingernails across a chalkboard: “Everyone speaks English, so why do I have to learn [insert language here]?”

First, it is simply not true. Native speakers of English make up only about five percent of the world’s population. The total number of people who speak English as a first or second language is a mere 11.8 percent. Clearly, not everyone speaks English.

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