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Why do teachers use songs with young children? linguistics research Jan 30, 2023

Singing with young children feels like a natural part of early education. It would be strange to find an early years or primary setting...

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Babel Babies
PODCAST: The UK languages crisis - what can we do about it?
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PODCAST: The UK languages crisis - what can we do about it? languages podcast Jan 25, 2023

We face a UK languages crisis as GCSE numbers plummet and our confidence in learning languages crumbles. In episode 3 of The Language Revolution...

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How to say "Happy Christmas" in multiple languages! mini-lesson Dec 22, 2022

Nadolig Llawen / Welsh

Pronounced: Nado-lig Khla-when (put the tip of your tongue in the roof of your mouth for 'Ll')

Feliz Natal...

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Babel Babies
PODCAST: What is the perfect age to learn languages? And are there any benefits to your brain health?
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PODCAST: What is the perfect age to learn languages? And are there any benefits to your brain health? language acquisition linguistics podcast Nov 16, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, I ask neuroscientist Dr. Thomas Bak about the perfect age to learn languages. Is it ever too late to start? Can you...

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Babel Babies
PODCAST: Is it normal to speak more than one language & HOW do we learn them?
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PODCAST: Is it normal to speak more than one language & HOW do we learn them? language acquisition languages linguistics podcast Nov 10, 2022

Do you say ‘podcast’ or podcarst? I have no idea which one is more ‘me’ and so I sought advice about how we learn to speak...

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Adults speak FAST, so how do babies ever pick it up?! child development language acquisition languages Nov 03, 2022

It's truly incredible how perceptive babies are when it comes to learning to speak. Assuming there are no hearing or cognitive issues with language...

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Flinguistics! The etymology of fireworks etymology linguistics Nov 02, 2022

The Catherine Wheel

The Catherine wheel is a type of spinning pinwheel firework with a bit of a sinister background. Apparently St Catharine...

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Studies show: bat babbling is like human baby babbling! child development language acquisition linguistics Oct 25, 2022

An important stage of language development in humans is the babbling stage. During this time, toddlers make a range of specific sounds as they...

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Babel Babies
PODCAST: 'Psgetti' & 'ephalent'... Do my children need speech & language therapy?
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PODCAST: 'Psgetti' & 'ephalent'... Do my children need speech & language therapy? child development language acquisition podcast Oct 17, 2022

We don’t often understand the process of learning to talk until we need speech and language therapy. It’s something parents have little...

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Try this recipe for Currywurst! recipes Sep 13, 2022

Currywurst is a tasty German street food dish of Bratwurst (German sausages) with a spicy tomato sauce. There are a couple of different...

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Cate presents her research at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference Sep 09, 2022

On Wednesday Cate presented her research that investigates the evidence base for using songs with young language learners at the British...

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Is a bilingual person like two monolinguals in one body? Sep 08, 2022

There is no such thing as the perfectly balanced bilingual. Simultaneous bilinguals are people who learn two languages from birth....

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