Self-confidence is the memory of success:  How to Overcome your Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language

Speaking a foreign language can be scary. All those words and grammatical rules floating around inside your head. Plus, speaking happens in real time. Many language learners are not fully prepared for how quickly people speak/respond. And it doesn’t help that 50% of speaking is just listening. If you can’t understand what someone is saying…

Latinx and The Linguistic Revolution

  You may have heard that it is now perfectly acceptable to use “they” when referring to a single person. The old “he/she” rule is now passé. In fact, the singular “they” was named Word of the Year in 2016 by over 200 linguists who make up the American Dialect Society. “They” is a gender-neutral…

Learning a New Language? Give it 10,000 Hours.

Many people wonder how long it takes to learn a second language. Well, the answer is about 10,000 hours. Just ask Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Outliers.” But before we discuss Mr. Gladwell, let’s talk about what other people say first. Most people can agree that you get out what you put in. Some companies claim…

Translating Words with Multiple Meanings

You can crash an automobile, the Stock Market, a party you were not invited to or cymbals together to make a sound. You can describe a flowering plant as a noxious weed or a more-desirable garden flower. Maybe that plant is yellow, but your hair is blonde. You can create, but what do you mean…

The Body: A Vital Part of Language

  As linguists, we often talk about languages – how to learn them, tricks to retain them and the culture that is connected to them – all in an effort to become fluent. Yet, the interconnected web of language and communication is never complete without body language. That’s right, the effective use of body language…