Language Links

こんにちは! Or rather, konnichiwa or hello (yes, I am continuing to study Japanese, with Lee’s help!). Thomas here with this weekend’s language links:

Language:

Whale mimics human speech.

From the Smithsonian. My mother sent this in (thanks!) and says this is a sad story, so I avoided reading it 🙂 But I bet it is interesting!

Do the linguistic ideas in the film Arrival have any merit?

From the Smithsonian.

Grammar:

National Grammar Day.

From the American Enterprise Institute. Did you know March 4th was National Grammar Day? I didn’t, but this post from AEI outlines a treasure trove of awesome grammar-related resources!

Typo Terror:

Typo just about kills the internet for a day.

From Business Insider. Whenever something breaks on Amazon, it feels like my life is over. How spoiled we are! 🙂 😉

Blogs:

Getting beyond intermediate Spanish.

From Actual Fluency. Kris talks to Olly Richards from Fluent Spanish Academy.

Five fun facts about Brazil’s Carnival.

From Busuu.

Language Links

Whoops, got distracted by a bunch of stuff at home today (Saturdays tend to be a “catch up” day around here; particularly for chores that get missed during the busy week).* So Language Links comes a bit later in the day. Enjoy! -Thomas

*And, um, yeah, taxes. Ugh.

Grammar skills in babies not inherent, but learned.

Via Sierra Sun Times.

Preserving Nebraska’s Original Spoken Language.

Via KMTV.

From the blogosphere:

Amazing Brooklyn Coffee Shop

Via This Is The Place I Was Telling You About.

Lee likes tea, and I like coffee. I think we’d both love the decor in this place. Reminds me of Paris!

Paris Travel Guide.

Via Cup of Jo. Our travel manifesto is “do whatever,” as just being in a cool place is enough. But it’s nice to have ideas!

Getting past the intermediate plateau.

Ideas for progressing past intermediate language mastery.

Via The Polyglot Dream.

Language Links

Hey there! It’s Thomas again for another Saturday roundup of language links.

France uses English language theme for Olympics.

Via France24.com. Apropos since there have been some posts about the French language on this blog!

Giphy creates 2000 animated GIFs to teach sign language.

Via Engadget. Pretty cool!

17% of Americans can speak a second language.

Via TCTimes. Lee might disagree just a little with one of the points in this article regarding grammar based learning (Lee likes that!).

Interview with the creator of Early Lingo.

Via New Canaan News. Early Lingo is a total immersion program for teaching young children a second language.

Experienced reporter still needs a good editor.

Via Bangor Daily News. Even experienced writers need a great editor!

That’s it for now! Have a great Saturday and President’s Day weekend!