Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bilingualism helps stave off Alzheimer’s

This recent report is an old story, but I never tire of reading about it. I am assuming that multilingual people are even more protected from Alzheimer’s. No why is it that I seem to forgetting things, and misplacing things more and more?According… Continue reading

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Calling all Canadian hyperglots.

Global Television is looking for Canadians who speak at least 6 languages for a TV program. Please let me know if you qualify or contact Michael Elard . He is the author of the book Babel No More, which I reviewed a while back. Continue reading

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Why I am unlikely to learn Esperanto.

After my recent post about Esperanto, I received a number of comments, many from irate Esperanto enthusiasts, berating me for not considering Esperanto an important language to learn. This has caused me to reflect on my motivation for learning lan… Continue reading

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What is fluency?

A former Mayor of Vancouver has launched a program called “greeting fluency” in which he wants to encourage people in Vancouver to learn to greet one another in different languages. Being able to say “hello” and “how are you”, without any chance o… Continue reading

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Esperanto, the most important language to learn.

The Economist is running a poll on the most important language to learn. Esperanto is on top. More than anything this shows how skewed this kind of internet polling can be. If you asked 100 random people on the street I doubt if many would know wh… Continue reading

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The world is full of linguists!

I finally returned from my trip to the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia. I loved the layed back tropical paradise atmosphere of Roratonga, the green and clean nature of New Zealand, and the energy and optimism of Australia, and friendly peo… Continue reading

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Raratonga, paradise

My wife and I are loving our first visit to the Southern Hemisphere. Our first stop was Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Rarotonga is only 10 hours from Los Angeles. A delightful little island, 32 km in circumference. There are two bus routes, clock… Continue reading

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