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Language and Memory

UNESCO Accept Endangered Whistled Language From Turkey

On the 6th December 2017 the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage voted in favour of inscribing an endangered whistled language from Turkey on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. As we read in the press release...

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Merry Christmas! 2017 In Review, and What's Ahead

Another year is winding to a close, and this gives us time to reflect and be thankful for all that has happened in the last 12 months. 2017 has been a big year for Linguisticator and for me personally. Let me review some of the highlights, and also set out some of the vision for 2018 and beyond...

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Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer!

The well-known Christmas poem 'A Visit from St Nicholas', more commonly known as 'The Night Before Christmas', was composed in the early nineteenth century. First published anonymously, authorship was later claimed by Clement Clarke Moore some fourteen years after its original appearance in the...

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How to Learn Pronunciation through Movement

Pronunciation is not just about sound, but also about movement – movement of the lips, tongue, throat, and vocal system as a whole. It is a skill that can be both taught and learnt. In this video Dr Aaron Ralby from Linguisticator explains the three primary components of pronunciation: place of...

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How to Spell with Dyslexia Using a Memory Palace

Using a memory palace to learn how to spell can help circumvent some of the challenges posed by dyslexia as it completely removes text from the learning process and replaces it with space and image. In the video below Dr Aaron Ralby of Linguisticator uses a virtual memory palace to show how...

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How to Reach Fluency in a New Language

If you want to reach fluency in a new language, what do you actually need to learn? In this video, Dr Aaron Ralby of Linguisticator sets out the total knowledge requirement for becoming fluent in a new language. Splitting the language learning process into two components, a knowledge...

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Translating Disney Songs

Disney regularly releases its films in an incredible range of 46 languages - Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Canadian French, Cantonese Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, European French, European Portuguese, Finnish, Flemish,...

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Watch Bake Off in Different Languages!

This year's Great British Bake Off may well be over, but if you're a fan of languages as well as Bake Off there are definitely opportunities out there to soothe your sorrow. The Bake Off format has been sold to over twenty other countries so there's an astonishingly large back catalogue of Bake...

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Language Museums Across the World

Earlier this year in March it was announced that there would be a new language museum opening in Washington DC. As reported in Quartz, Planet Word is set to open in the U.S. capital in the winter of 2019 and was conceived by Anna Friedman, a literacy and education advocate. Conscious of falling...

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The Discovery of the Sharrer Manuscript

We dedicated a recent blog post to the history of the Pergamiño Vindel ahead of its arrival in Vigo for an exhibition at the Museo do Mar. In this week's post we wanted to focus on one of the other manuscripts that conserve medieval Galician-Portuguese poems, the Pergamiño Sharrer, This...

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