Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker It is a natural instinct for children to learn new languages, but as we get older, it becomes more difficult to learn and retain new languages. A child’s brain has much more plasticity, or the ability to create new neurons and synapses. By adulthood, this ability […]

Folium: Must-Know French Words For The “Facebookholique” via TransparentLanguage

Folium: Must-Know French Words For The “Facebookholique” via TransparentLanguage I hope *tu aimes* (you *Like*!) this fresh learning idea!  What better way to immerse yourself in a new language than to become part of the massive global conversation taking place in the realm of social media. Taking a class to learn a language isn’t enough.  […]

Folium: Texting is Killing Language? via TED

Folium: Texting is Killing Language? via TED FYI: A new language is developing among our youth, and many of us, unsurprisingly, are vehemently against it. As a woman who prides herself in grammatical accuracy and a decent vocabulary it would seem appropriate that I would be left with a bitter taste in my mouth after […]

Folium: How to Save a Dying Language via Smithsonian

Folium: How to Save a Dying Language via Smithsonian

Folium: How to Save a Dying Language via Smithsonian I honestly had no idea that anyone still spoke Aramaic, and even more surprising that the few that do are living in Chicago! Aramaic, for those who are uninitiated in ancient middle-eastern languages, is believed to be the language of Christ. There are many examples and […]

Folium: The Longest Word in the English Language via Gizmodo

Folium: The Longest Word in the English Language via Gizmodo We have often discussed on Folium the “flexibility” of the English language, and this is just another example of just how far the rules of language can be pushed (which, to find out, is pretty far). The adaptability of English tends to be a two-edged […]

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Folium: Twitter and Language Evolution in Cities via NewScientist

Folium: Twitter and Language Evolution in Cities via NewScientist We’ve covered the genesis of new and interesting words before, but for the first time in human civilization we now have the capacity to watch the evolution of language in real time! In the past, and as recent as the last few decades, linguists would study […]

Folium: Language as a Window into Human Nature via RSA Animate

Folium: Language as a Window into Human Nature via RSA Animate Steven Pinker is a Harvard College Professor who conducts research regarding language and cognition. He has published seven books and has recently been a presenter for the nonprofit organization TED, which is devoted to “ideas worth sharing” from the realms of technology, entertainment, and design. (If you’ve […]

Folium: The Beauty of Learning Another Language via Thought Catalog

Folium: The Beauty of Learning Another Language via Thought Catalog The LEAF Project is fundamentally designed to supply the attentive language learner with interesting and applicable articles and educational resources. Above all else, LEAF is devoted to giving you reasons to continue diving into the depths of culture. I’m going to go out on a […]

Folium: The History of The English Language via YouTube

Folium: The History of The English Language via YouTube Here at LEAF, we tend to discuss the benefits of learning foreign languages from the perspective of the reasonably curious monolingual American. It’s the point of view that suits us best, but offers us little room to take a good long look at ourselves. So, what […]

Folium: Make More Rational Decisions by Using a Foreign Language via Lifehacker

… Folium: Make More Rational Decisions by Using a Foreign Language via Lifehacker … In accordance with the great Wikipedia, “bias” is an inclination to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of (possibly equally valid) alternatives. Anything biased generally is one-sided, and therefore lacks a neutral point of view. There is a […]