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Cherokee Nation creates new language department to focus on...

By Cherokee Nation – Howard Paden named as executive director. The Cherokee Nation is establishing a new language department that will directly oversee the tribe’s Cherokee Immersion School, a team of translators and the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program. The new department will focus on language preservation and perpetuation, and...

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The many reverberations of colonialism: A Native American...

By De Gruyter – We tend to view colonialism in the past tense and to see it as an unfortunate precursor to our modern world. However, for many, colonialism is not something that died and went away, but something that shapes their entire world, especially when it comes to language. We tend to view colonialism in the past tense and to see it...

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Language previously unknown to linguists discovered in Southeast...

By Lund University – A language previously unknown to linguists — dubbed Jedek — has been found in the Malay Peninsula, researchers from Sweden report. The community in which Jedek is spoken is more gender-equal than Western societies, there is almost no interpersonal violence, they consciously encourage their children not to...

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Harvard Medical School student creates COVID-19 resources in...

By Grace Griffin – Compelled by the COVID-19 outbreak, Pooja Chandrashekar spoke to mobile health clinic workers across the city about their needs during the pandemic. The first-year Harvard Medical School student discovered that most information about the widespread virus was only available in English and a small number of other languages...

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Ability to Learning Second Language May Depend on Strength of...

By Neuroscience News – Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another may help explain why, according to a study published January 20 in the Journal of Neuroscience. “These findings have implications for predicting language learning success...

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Indigenous artists explore kinship at 5th edition of the...

By Jessica Deer – Intergenerational relationships. Friendships. Mentorships. Kinships. These are some of the themes Indigenous artists are exploring, recognizing and appreciating in the fifth edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone — BACA) in Montreal​​​​​. BACA is aimed at supporting...

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Interview with Isela Xospa, Náhuatl language digital activist

By Rising Voices – For several years I have joined causes, projects and goals of different organizations that focus on the preservation of the environment, the revitalization of indigenous languages ​​and the safeguarding of traditional knowledge and culture of indigenous peoples. This is how the “Exchange of knowledge and digital activism...

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Tech tools for language learning

By Dawn Mills – The four basic skills of language learning are reading, writing, speaking and listening. With increased access to tech tools in today’s classrooms, attending to the development of speaking and listening skills has become easier. Review these three tips to use English Language Arts tech tools to facilitate progression in all...

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8 effective and creative ways to learn a new language as an adult

By Mara Leighton – There are a lot of excuses for not learning a second language, especially as an adult. Many of us know the oft-repeated adage that children under the age of 7 are best-equipped to pick up a new one. But before you lead your whole life believing that you’ve missed your window, you might want to take a glance at the 2010...

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How Fluent Forever became the most funded app in Kickstarter...

By Zainab Hasnain – Did you study a language for multiple years in high school or college? Did you learn a language while studying abroad? Now ask yourself if you could hold a basic conversation in that language if somebody fluent were to come up to you right now. If you’re like me, and hundreds of other people, you likely can’t. When I try...

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Even if you’ve forgotten the language you spoke as a child, it...

By Aamna Mohdin – Natasha Mumbi Nkonde tells me she’s “haunted” by what she sounded like as a child. Nkonde, who was born in Zambia in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was six, remembers speaking two different languages—Bemba and Nyanja. Naturally, she was forced to switch to English once she migrated to Britain. But it wasn’t until she...

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The Shame of Forgetting My Mother Tongue

By Yaldaz Sadakova – Your stickiest identity issues can resurface while you’re ordering eggplant in a shawarma restaurant. That’s what happened to me a few years ago in Toronto, where I live. While the restaurant owner—a middle-aged man with a fish tattoo on his forearm—was packing my order, I started talking to him in Bulgarian. I’d just...

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