Tag Archives: foreign language

Why Is Hard-Learned Language So Easily Forgotten?

Coming to the end of a two-month stay in my hometown of New York, away from my home in Thailand, I overheard three young Thai women on holiday walking along the West Side Promenade talking about the city. It was a normal enough discussion of the buildings, the river, the lack of public toilets, all(…)


Foreign thinking

Thinking in a foreign language leads people to make more rational decisions, according to researchers at the University of Chicago. Featured in the current issue of Psychological Science, the study found that people have less emotional ties to a foreign language, meaning they have a more rational thought process. Their emotional ties to their native(…)


Is dubbing helping?

It’s standard practice in some countries to dub foreign language films into the local language. In Germany some voice actors are as famous as the people whose voices they dub. Santiago Ziesmer, for example, is the German voice for SpongeBob SquarePants as well as being the official dub voice of Steve Buscemi. However, the Czech(…)


Is ASL a foreign language?

There is debate in colleges across America about the status of American Sign Language, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Whilst some view it is a foreign language, and thus available for college credit, others argue that an indigenous language cannot by definition be ‘foreign’. ASL has origins in Old French Sign Language,(…)