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January 29, 2008

How to Learn Any Language in 1 Hour

Phonetic Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should deconstruct it. During my thesis research at Princeton, which focused on neuroscience and unorthodox acquisition of Japanese by native English speakers, as well as when redesigning curricula for Berlitz, this neglected deconstruction step surfaced as one of the distinguishing habits of the fastest language learners…

So far, I’ve deconstructed Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Irish Gaelic, Korean, and perhaps a dozen others. I’m far from perfect in these languages, and I’m terrible at some, but I can converse in quite a few with no problems whatsoever—just ask the MIT students who came up to me last night and spoke in multiple languages. How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour

Mother Tongues of Computer Languages. (Click to biggify)

False friends (or faux amis) are pairs of words in two languages that look and/or sound similar, but differ in meaning

The web’s first Shaggy Dog Story Archive. (From Neatorama)

A Huge Depository of Unusual Language Links Here

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Hey, how about lojban?

Posted by: loglanlover at Jan 29, 2008 1:23:29 PM