Can you learn a language playing video games? What the research says

Christopher Timothy McGuirk, University of Central Lancashire Online gaming has become a concern for some parents in the past few years and there are worries children might become addicted, with negative effects on their socialisation. This has led some parents to think of creative ways to reduce gaming, including rationing the time children spend online. …

Bachata: distinct Caribbean music & dance style

Bachata, a popular Caribbean music and dance style, is relatively less known outside the region. The music originated from Dominican Republic, a country small in geographical area but big in music influence. Besides bachata, merengue also attributes its origin to the small island state. I’ve collected several of my favorite bachata songs below for you …

Watching foreign-language TV during the coronavirus pandemic can help you learn a new language

Stuart Webb, Western University and Elke Peters, KU Leuven With university classrooms and language schools closed because of the pandemic, language students must find new ways to practise and improve. In recent years, an increasing number of applied linguists have been advocating regular TV viewing to learn English. Research shows that students are motivated to …

Spanish among easiest to learn for English speakers

The U.S. Foreign Service Institute classifies world languages into categories 1 to 4, in ascending order of learning difficulty for native or native-level English speakers. To no one’s surprise, Spanish is in category 1, meaning it is among the easiest to learn for English speakers. Spanish, like other languages in category 1 (Portuguese, Italian, French), …