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Beyond Words explores our experiences with language, culture, and the world through our day-to-day interactions.
2023-01-19 17:52
A new report published by The Urban Institute highlights the challenges many Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) face in healthcare access related to Limited Englis… Read More
2023-01-16 17:57
If speaking a second language was easy, many more people would speak several fluently. Although it’s not a short path, the road to second language proficiency is filled with interestin… Read More
2022-12-19 17:53
Individuals who speak multiple languages or live in multilingual households may have a “heritage language.” This term describes the language the individual speaks or hears at hom… Read More
2022-12-13 18:11
The Language Experience Approach is a teaching tactic that uses experience to improve students’ communication skills. This approach capitalizes on students’ attention and interes… Read More
2022-12-07 18:24
With over 300 sign languages used in the world, there is a rich diversity of culture among Deaf communities. And in fact, deafness itself is not a prerequisite to participating in Deaf cultu… Read More
2022-11-18 17:30
What do binge-watch, Brexit, and photobomb all have in common? They’ve all been named word of the year by the Collins English Dictionary. Binge-watch in 2015, Brexit in 2016, and photo… Read More
2022-11-08 17:30
A new study out of the University of Freiburg suggests that children who are exposed to different accents have an advantage when it comes to language acquisition. For the study, the research… Read More
2022-10-25 16:50
Nowadays, there is a lot of pressure on parents to make their children high achievers, starting from an early age. The standards for raising an athletic, charismatic, artistic baby Einstein… Read More
2022-10-11 19:34
A person with language skills that are still developing can navigate many situations. In a post office, train station or restaurant, there are ways to get by without being fluent. Communicat… Read More
2022-10-05 19:00
The 21st Century Multilingual Workplace In an increasingly interconnected world, the expanding ease of communicating with others in situations where language barriers used to exist is exciti… Read More
2022-08-31 16:30
Memes, the viral pictures and videos shared widely on social media, might offer more than just a chuckle. They could be one of the most effective ways to incorporate humor into language lear… Read More
2022-07-01 20:56
Stephen Hawking was a larger-than-life figure, studded with superlatives for his incredible contributions to the field of theoretical physics. But Hawking was perhaps just as well known for… Read More
2022-03-16 22:20
When setting up medical translation services, it’s best to get specific about the expertise of the translator and the languages or dialects requested. However, since prices vary accord… Read More
2021-03-15 15:29
If you communicate through texting or social media, you can’t escape emojis. These stylized smiley faces, hearts, hand gestures and food items are an ingrained part of virtual conversa… Read More
2021-03-04 15:00
Try to imagine the last time you had a conversation that didn’t involve a cliché. We often use these “trite phrases or expressions” without a second thought. But hav… Read More
2021-02-18 15:21
If you’re wondering how to exhaust an interpreter within an inch of their life, you’ve come to the right place! In all seriousness, there are some common ways to make the interpr… Read More
2021-02-03 13:12
While many people rang in the new year by watching the ball drop in Times Square or popping champagne, another tradition was celebrated by linguists around the world. As the year came to a c… Read More
2020-11-24 19:20
There are close to 7,000 languages spoken on earth. However, it’s estimated that by the end of this century, up to 50% of them may be lost. Eighty percent of the world’s populati… Read More
2020-09-23 17:21
When the coronavirus pandemic hit and stay-at-home orders were issued, isolation and loneliness set in. We faced the difficult challenge of staying connected with our loved ones while travel… Read More
2020-09-17 14:00
There’s already a lot to take in when learning a new language – vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar rules, and so on. But one of the most challenging aspects of learning a new lan… Read More
2020-09-03 15:27
If “pilot speak” sounds like another language to you, you’re not far off. Aviation English is the internationally-established language of the skies, consisting of about thr… Read More
2020-05-25 14:00
Learning a language is full of excitement, frustration and many times, embarrassment. This was perfectly illustrated to me one day when a coworker of mine, Clara, who was in the process of l… Read More
2020-05-08 14:00
If you are fluent in more than one language, your job prospects as a translator — converting written text from one language to another, especially online — are growing at a rapid… Read More
2020-05-04 14:00
In recent years, research has shown that languages like Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Japanese use more simple number terminology and express math concepts like fractions more clear… Read More
2020-04-29 13:45
Can you name the English vowels? If you rolled your eyes and answered A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y, you’re on the right track, but you’re still missing nine out of fourteen corr… Read More
2020-04-02 13:00
The Baloch people are an ethnic group that live in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Historians believe this group originated from the southeast Caspian region. Most Baloch people speak Baloc… Read More
2020-02-28 15:54
As more non-English-speakers enter the United States, demand for interpreters — who convert oral conversations from one language to another — is growing fast. According to the U… Read More
2020-02-14 15:46
It’s an age-old question, and one that continues to be widely debated in the scientific community: can animals talk? And if so, might we someday be able to converse with some of our fu… Read More
2020-02-03 21:37
In 1967, Albert Mehrabian published a groundbreaking research paper that established the 7%-38%-55% rule. This rule states that, in decoding messages about positive and negative feelings, on… Read More
2020-02-03 21:24
There are some foreign words that just don’t have an English equivalent. These types of words are often dynamic and multi-faceted, originating out of cultural practices that are differ… Read More
2020-01-31 15:30
Do you have three and a half hours to spare? The longest word in the English language contains 189,891 letters. It takes about three and a half hours to pronounce this technical name of the… Read More
2020-01-27 15:31
The Hmong are an ethnic group that originated in China’s Yellow River Basin. Throughout their history, they faced persecution and displacement. Today, Hmong people live in Vietnam, Chi… Read More
2020-01-15 14:00
We mark time in many different ways – months, weeks, days, seconds. These terms get thrown around regularly, and they play a huge role in the way we conceptualize the many happenings o… Read More
2020-01-09 14:00
The app marketplace teems with clickables that promise shortcuts to learning. Among these apps, mobile programs to learn a second language have exploded in popularity, as busy adult learners… Read More
2019-12-30 14:00
The Gregorian calendar dates back to 1592, when Pope Gregory XIII instituted it as a revision of the Julien calendar. After its introduction, it slowly spread across Italy, then to Portugal… Read More
2019-12-30 14:00
We’re getting close to a new decade (on the Gregorian calendar, at least), and around the world, people are preparing to celebrate the start of the new ‘20s with New Year’s… Read More
2019-12-26 14:00
It’s almost 2020, which means that this year, we’re reflecting not just on all the things that happened in 2019, but on a whole decade of happenings. In this post, we turn our ga… Read More
2019-12-24 14:00
A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at some of the words and phrases that were transformed by the 2010s, taking on new forms and meanings to fit with the changing times. Today, we’re… Read More
2019-12-19 14:00
Settle in and get cozy: it’s time for a good old-fashioned guilt-free TV binge. Even a mega-marathon of these shows would be time well spent. After all, developing your listening compr… Read More

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