“Loving Language” in Top 100 Language Learning Blogs For Polyglots, Linguists and Learners

langage-learning-100-transparent_1000x1000px“Loving Language” has been named among the “Best 100 Language Learning Blogs on the Planet.” We find ourselves among august company; it’s quite an honor.

Please check out some of those other blogs. They span from practical and language-specific, to general discussion about language. They’re great ways to stay connected and motivated in your language-learning.

Enjoy and keep reading “Loving Language”!

On pronunciation and memorization: A eulogy for Dr. Thomas Coates

My first German teacher (circled) along with his class
My first German teacher (circled) along with his class

Wer noch? Du? Steh auf! Blitzschnell!

A-Be-Tse-De-E-Ef-Gay-Ha-Ee-Yot-Ka…

Who are the most influential teachers? It’s not always obvious at the time, but some lessons seep into your bones.
My first German teacher

What if we talked about monolingual White children the way we talk about low-income children of color?

I have tried to articulate the problem of monolingualism, even offering a “cure” for monolingualism. Regardless of the satire of this piece, this rings 100% true, “This linguistic isolation has a detrimental effect on the cognitive development of monolingual White children.”

Why would the linguistic mainstream deprive their children of what is proven to offer a cognitive advantage, teaching them another language?

The Educational Linguist

I have written a previous post debunking the so-called language-gap.  In this post I flip the script and imagine a world where interventions have been developed for monolingual White children using the same language gap discourse.

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It is a well-documented fact that by the age of 5 monolingual White children will have heard 30 million fewer words in languages other than English than bilingual children of color. In addition, they will have had a complete lack of exposure to the richness of non-standardized varieties of English that characterize the homes of many children of color. This language gap increases the longer these children are in school. The question is what causes this language gap and what can be done to address it?

The major cause of this language gap is the failure of monolingual White communities to successfully assimilate into the multilingual and multidialectal mainstream. The continued existence of White…

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30,000 views!

Happy to connect with you, Dear Reader!
Happy to connect with you, Dear Reader!

I would like to thank my readers because a couple weeks ago, Dec 16, 2014, this blog hit 30,000 views.

My goal is to create the blog that I wished to read that no one was writing. I’m grateful that it has been useful (fun?) for others, as well.

If you’re interested in guest-blogging any time, please let me know.

Please share this blog with your friends who love languages or want to learn more about how deeply language connects with our human experience.

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10,000 views!

Hooray for "Loving Language"! Thank you for you support!
Hooray for “Loving Language”! Thank you for you support!

Hello, dear readers.  This month (July 11th, I believe) my blog logged its 10,000th view.  I’m humbled to see that the first 5,000 views took 13 months, while the second 5,000 took only 5 months.  I would like to thank you for your readership and growing interest.

With my blog, I strive to teach others what I have learned from my love of language.  I hope to continue to provide content about why we should all work harder to learn languages and how you can learn more effectively.  Please share via Facebook and Twitter with everyone you know who wishes they knew more languages.

Thank you for sharing in my language love!

5000 views!

I’d like to announce that my blog received its 5000th view some time this afternoon.  I’m flattered and grateful for everyone’s interest.  It’s great to know that so many love languages like I do.

Please share my blog with your friends who love languages, who merely like languages, and who dislike languages.  They can all share the love.