language learning

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

| December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Slang may seem like it has no place in the dictionary, but dictionary editors are listening very closely to the words people use in real life.

Continue Reading

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

| May 2, 2013 | 4 Comments

Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around language learning is being tested: the use of avatars to practice speaking. Alongside traditional methods, like listening, repeating, and digital flashcards, created by companies like Rosetta Stone,  Livemocha, and AccelaStudy, […]

Continue Reading

¿Hablas español? There’s an App for That

¿Hablas español? There’s an App for That

| February 14, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Polly Stryker App stores are chock-a-block with apps for language learning. Most of them boast colorful flashcards and cute characters for kids, and others are translators that help travelers with phrases, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The big names are in the mix: Rosetta Stone has apps for both Android and iPhones/iPads, but they’re mobile companions […]

Continue Reading