Delay the onset of dementia by learning another language

It appears that speaking two languages could really help to delay the onset of dementia. Leading researchers in the UK, Canada and India have found that patients who are bilingual showed a delay in developing the disease by an average of four and a half years compared to those who are monolingual.

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Parlare Italiano con Think Italian

think-italian-aug-2013-issueLA vita è bella when you speak Italian! Now you can improve your Italian language skills by using the Think Italian online audio magazine. The August issue has just come out and is packed with articles covering topics including travel, people, literature and a whole feature about the famous Rossellini family including actress, Isabella Rossellini. It is an authentic approach to learning the Italian language for intermediate and advanced learners. You can also listen to each article by downloading the audio clips onto your computer, iPhone or other device.

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Lack of Language Skills in Britain is Bad for Business

The chronic shortage of people learning foreign languages in the UK could eventually lead to Britain losing its voice in business and diplomacy in later years. French and German are just two of the subjects at UK schools considered to be in ‘rapid decline’ due to the numbers of students learning these subjects decreasing year on year.

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‘Amelie’ To Go To Broadway

The highly acclaimed French language film ‘Amelie’ is to be adapted as a musical for the stage and brought to Broadway in New York. The 2001 film starring French actress Audrey Tautou tells the story of a waitress in Paris who sets out to make it her mission to make other people happy.

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Japanese Viewer Sues Japanese TV Channel for Overuse of English Words

A Japanese viewer is suing a Japanese TV channel called NHK, due to the ‘mental distress’ he says was caused by the channel using too many English words. His lawyer confirms that the basis for this is the concern that Japan is being Americanised. Modern Japanese vocabulary has many English words which have been changed to fit the Japanese word structure.

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Are You ‘Asia Literate’?

What do you think being ‘Asia Literate’ means? For those studying Asian languages such as Japanese and Chinese, this term means much more than just learning the language. It suggests a greater understanding of Asia’s culture, cuisine and customs. It is also much more than just learning the language of a country; it represents a true understanding of cultures and other languages.

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Bilingualism Is In Decline In Canada

Bilingualism is in decline in Canada. Canada has always had a strong stance when it comes to ensuring that both French and English are spoken by its inhabitants. French and English have been the two official languages in Canada since 1969. According to the country’s statistics agency, bilingualism in the Francophone province has increased slightly during recent years. This could partly be due to the increase in the number of immigrants who moved into this area. However, the number of Canadians who can hold a conversation in both French and English has declined for the first time in 50 years, outside Quebec.

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Think French May 2013 Issue Is Out Now!

think french may 2013 coverAre you going to France this summer? Or, just to Paris for a city break? Try the Think French online audio magazine which is a great alternative for intermediate and advanced French language learners. The May issue of the Think French Online Audio Magazine is now available. There are between eight and ten articles in each monthly issue of the subscription, covering topics from people, festivals, ecotourism and recipes. It is an authentic approach to learning the French language online and you can download the audio onto your iPhone or other device and listen while you’re away.

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Spanish Government Wants New Citizens To Do Spanish-Language Tests

In a bid to amend nationality requirements for all foreigners who want Spanish nationality in Spain, the Spanish government has proposed that all new citizens do Spanish-language tests. It is hoped that new citizens who want Spanish nationality will learn to read, write and speak the Spanish language to gain nationality.

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BBC Children’s Series Now In Manx Gaelic

Children on the Isle of Man, UK, will now have the chance to learn Manx Gaelic by watching the BBC’s Children’s animated series, ‘Friends and Heroes’.  The series has already been translated into 11 languages and has now added Manx Gaelic. It is available with English subtitles to make it easier to pick up the language. Manx Gaelic is the native language of the Isle of Man. In 2009, it was officially declared ‘extinct’ by Unesco but it has since made a remarkable revival.

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