Turns out the way you are exposed to new languages could be the key.
English referee Wayne Barnes is taking French lessons.
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English-speaking rugby referees are aiming to improve their foreign language skills – but how will this affect the game?
Exposing babies to multiple languages can help them detect differences in musical sounds from an early age.
For bilingual children, the constant switching between languages is like a frequent exercise for the ears and the brain.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English.
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Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
What makes some individuals good at learning languages?
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Researchers have found that some individuals have a 'language aptitude,' which depends on how their brain is organized.
Brussels is a melting pot of languages and dialects.
People who speak two or more variations on a language get the same cognitive benefits as multilingualists.
European collaboration: great in theory, exclusionary in practice.
The EU may claim it is "united in diversity" but the reality is very different.
Research suggests that bilinguals have less insight into the way they perform tasks than people who only speak one language.
Learning any language is difficult – even if you already speak a variation of it at home.
There are many layers of complexity at play in the way that South African schools use and teach languages.
More Indians are fluent in the hybrid of Hindi and English than they are in English.
Bilingualism unlocks the way words work.
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People growing up with two or more languages have social and cognitive advantages.
Harder when you first begin juggling two languages.
Bilingual children's progress in learning vocabularly depends on their parents.
Students graduating from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, University of Law in Hyderabad.
India has learned valuable lessons about language and bodies of knowledge that could be applied in South Africa's universities.
Fewer young Australians are learning languages. Why?
The benefits of bilingualism are clear and pronounced, so why don't more Australians learn a second language?
Xhosa women celebrate in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. It is time for African languages and cultures to dominate at the continent’s universities.
African universities need to boost local languages onto the same exalted platform as English before they can be considered truly transformed.
German speakers think more about their goals.
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Bilinguals think differently depending on the language they're operating in.
Whichever language you speak, you are welcome.
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Speaking more than one language isn't just about getting better job propspects or superior brain power.
What speaking two languages does to the brain’s white matter.
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There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased cognitive control. These…
All in alignment.
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The education of children who speak more than one language is being used as part of a wider debate about immigration just months before the UK’s 2015 general election. But there is surprisingly little…
Andreas Scheuer, secretary general of the German party considering proposals for make migrants speak German at home and in public.
A proposal in Germany to make all migrants speak German in public and at home has ignited a heated debate about immigration and language. The proposals come from the German Christlich-Soziale Union (CSU…