A roundup of the best language stories:
1. Women in Language
Hosted and created by the incredible Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Keristin of Fluent Language and Shannon of Eurolinguiste, this Thursday March 8th, 2018 - Sunday, March 11th, 2018, the Women in Language conference is a unique online event designed to champion, celebrate, and amplify the voices of women in language learning.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this remarkable event and to be able to connect to so many women with unique perspectives in the industry that I love!
I will be speaking live tomorrow about "How to Get Any Job By Selling Your Language Skills" Thursday, March 8th at 4:00 PM GMT/11:00 AM EST/8:00 AM PST
Replays will be available forever! Get your tickets here now.
2. Six Weeks to Speak German
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This small group course is perfect for beginners who would like to learn how to speak German with confidence. If you have never learned a language before, struggled with staying motivated, remember some German from your childhood but haven’t had a chance to speak with anyone or have a language learning goal you’d like to fulfill - you will be able speak German at home tonight with this course!
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3. AI is inventing languages we don't understand.
Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it. Do you think they should have stopped it?
4. Lingoda Online Language School
In case you haven't already heard, Lingoda offers online language lessons with qualified native speaking teachers for Spanish, French, German, and English.
Lingoda's goals completely align with Speak at Home Tonight's vision to make learning easier and more accessible to all AND Lingoda is offering €50/$50 off to Speak at Home Tonight's readers/viewers all around the world! Use code: NIKKI2.
5. Lost languages were discovered at one of the oldest libraries in the world.
Saint Catherine’s Monastery, located in the shadow of Mount Sinai in Egypt, is a sacred Christian site home to one of the world’s oldest continuously used libraries.
Thousands of manuscripts and books are kept there — some of which contain hidden treasures.
I got to visit in 2009 and was stunned by the incredible library and their dedication to the upkeep of these truly ancient manuscripts.
Recently found were several intriguing manuscripts written in obscure languages that fell out of use many centuries ago.
Two of the erased texts, for instance, were inked in Caucasian Albanian, a language spoken by Christians in what is now Azerbaijan.
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A round up of the best language stories of the week:
1. It's sausage to me.
Germans won’t tell you they don’t care. “They will let you know that “it’s sausage to me” (Das ist mir Wurst). Check out 20 more of the funniest German expressions here.
2. Polyglot starts with 2 words.
I've talked before about the excitement I had and the passion I felt whenever I had an opportunity to learn a few words or phrases in another language. This Harvard student's polyglot journey started with two words.
3. My fellow polyglot, Lina Vasquez
My friend Lina Vasquez is a fellow polyglot who speaks 8 + languages. She's also a language nerd, but she is Lithuanian-Australian and is currently living in Germany. We have so much in common that when I saw this video, I knew we had to be friends.
4. Language shapes how the brain sees time
Linguists Professor Panos Athanasopoulos and Professor Emanuel Bylund explain that bilinguals often go back and forth between their languages consciously and unconsciously. “There is evidence to suggest that mentally going back and forth between different languages on a daily basis confers advantages on the ability to learn and multi-task, and even long-term benefits for mental well-being,”
5. Baka slippers are LIFE
I am totally loving this post from my friends Sarah and Ivan at Royal Croatian Tours on 5 reasons Croatian grannies are cuter than kittens! I am lucky to have a Croatian mother-in-law who is the absolute sweetest and is, of course, always feeding me.
As always, let me know if you read anything great this week! Tweet me which language you've always wanted to learn and follow me on Instagram and Facebook.
A round up of the best language stories:
1. Polyglot Runs Into Another Polyglot And They Have A Casual Chat In 15 Languages
This video made me so happy. It's so much fun to meet another polyglot and to go back and forth with each other, speaking different languages. The best is when you can't remember something in one language so you use another language to describe it and your friend 'gets' it because you have that language in common too. Being able to communicate is the best feeling in the world. How many of the languages spoken here can you understand?
2. Six of Croatia's Can't-Miss Dishes
Even if you've never been to Croatia or had Croatian food, you have to check out the amazing looking photos of these savory meals! I cannot wait to be back in Croatia next month to have fresh fish on the Adriatic. I know my husband, Tomislav, is especially excited for Istrian Fuži (homemade pasta from Istria, Croatia) with truffles (tartufi). The ž in Croatian is pronounced like the sound in the middle of the English word "pleasure".
3. Why We Should Learn German by John le Carré
Was it love at first sound to you? :) To quote Charlemagne: “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” John le Carré notes that he might have added that to teach another language is to implant a second soul. It's more important now than ever to teach and spread understanding of German culture and life.
4. Croatia's First Underwater Winery Is Open to Visitors And you can take a dive to see it.
As one of the countries that drinks the most wine in the world, Croatia knows its vino. But now, the Balkan nation is taking it to the next level. Have you seen this underwater winery yet?
5. An American Speaking Polish About What He Loves About Poland
It takes a lot of courage to film (and POST) yourself speaking another language. It's such a humbling experience but it's incredible for you to hear yourself (and your progress) every once in a while! I absolutely love this video that my Dad sent me. The Foreign Citizen speaks excellent Polish and it's fun to listen to, especially during these difficult and controversial times.
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A round up of the best language stories:
1. Being bilingual is attractive. According to online dating service Plenty of Fish's latest language study findings, Americans think it's sexy to speak another language. Which languages do you think took the top spots as sexiest languages in the world? See the answer here.
2. 5 unexpectedly helpful Croatian phrases for your upcoming holiday to Croatia. Samo malo is such a good phrase that is never in any of the phrase books! Classic post written by my bestie, Elaine Ritchel, of Sante Fe Art Tours.
3. Have you heard about the Inter-Slavic Language in the making by a Czech Linguist and Croatian Anthropologist? It makes sense when you realize that in geographic Europe (from Portugal to Ural) there are mostly Slavic languages speakers - about 250 million or 32, 3 percent of European populations. Creating a common pan-Slavic language would be especially helpful for Google translate fails that we see too often when translating Slavic languages.
4. 8 Reasons You Should Never Swim in the Adriatic - Not what you would expect! If you're interested in traveling to Croatia, my dearest friends Sarah and Ivan run Royal Croatian Tours and will help you plan and achieve your perfect trip!
5. For a laugh, even if you don't speak German, 19 Signs The German Language Is Just Trolling Us - So funny!
6. Dharni, a revolutionary young beatboxer shows you how to learn how to beatbox by simply learning a few Polish words. You've got to hear this to believe it!
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