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An Introduction Sociolinguistics and its Importance in Language Learning Language Resources

Sociolinguistics. Sounds like a pretty academic word, right? But the truth is, the field of sociolinguistics is a pretty interesting subject. Plus, it can be a nice thing for language learners to know about it. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics for the Language Learner When we study languages, we often focus on the language itself. The grammar, the vocabulary, the pronunciation, and so on. Sociolinguistics, however,...

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9 Interesting Facts About Chinese Culture Culture & History

In a past post, I discussed the importance of sociolinguistics – how culture ties into language – and to continue that conversation, I’d like to share culture guides for various countries around the world to help you make your travels and language learning that much more enjoyable. I’ve partnered with Kuperard to create this series and I’m really excited to share a few cultural tidbits...

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Culture & Cuisine | Les Carottes Rapées // Grated Carrot Salad Recipe Culture & Cuisine

Les Carottes Rapées, or loosely translated, Grated Carrot Salad, is a popular item in France. Lunch or l’apéro (or more correctly, l’apéritif) with my family in Paris almost always includes this item – it’s light and simple to prepare. Plus, it’s delicious! A lot of the foods that we eat in France are not easily available here in the US so M and I often...

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The Day My Life Changed Forever Travel

When I started college as an undergrad, there were a number of people who were certain I would quit. To this day I still have no idea why – it’s not because I’m a bad student, I actually enjoy academia. If I were to guess, I believe they always thought I would realize I didn’t need a degree as a performer and would drop out...

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The 13th Warrior, Mythology, Film and Language Language Resources

A while back, I re-read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology – a classic, of course. I’m actually quite glad that I read it again, finishing it exactly when I did because immediately after, by coincidence, I watched The 13th Warrior. Mythology had a brief introduction to Norse Mythology, and I had a better understanding of the characters in the movie as a result of reading the book...

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11 of my Favorite Quotes on Language Language Resources

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland – and no other. EMILE M. CIORAN Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about. BENJAMIN LEE WHARF, American Linguist A language has very little that is arbitrary in it, very little betokening the conscious power and action of man. It owes its origin,...

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