Learn What Old Norse Sounded Like, with UC Berkeley’s “Cowboy Professor, Dr. Jackson Crawford

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If you want to study another language, by all means feel free to study such widely spoken ones as English, Spanish, and Chinese. But obscurity, as we all learn at one point or another growing up, also has an appeal, though we often need someone cool to give us a hint as to which obscurities to pursue.


Hip 1960s Latin Teacher Translated Beatles Songs into Latin for His Students: Read Lyrics for “O Teneum Manum,” “Diei Duri Nox” & More

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I’ve interacted with many entertaining language-learning resources in various classes—from miniseries in Spanish to comic books in French—all geared toward making the unfamiliar language relevant to daily life.


Discover Lincos, the Language a Dutch Mathematician Invented Just to Talk to Extraterrestrials (1960)

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The recent hit film Arrival took on a question that has, in recent decades, deeply concerned those involved in the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Say we locate that intelligent life. Say we decide what we want to say.


215 Hours of Free Foreign Language Lessons on Spotify: French, Chinese, German, Russian & More

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In September, we highlighted for you 75 free audio books available on Spotify–books written by the likes of Jane Austen, James Joyce, Charles Bukowski, Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare & more. Peruse the complete list here.


What Ancient Latin Sounded Like, And How We Know It

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Latin is a language
As dead as dead can be; 
It killed the Romans long ago, 
And now it’s killing me.

That famed ditty isn’t likely to resonate with many modern school children, but interest in ancient Rome remains fairly robust. 
We’ve come to accept that those stately ruins were once covered in graffiti.


Learn Ancient Greek in 64 Free Lessons: A Free Course from Brandeis & Harvard

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Leonard Muellner (Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Brandeis University) and Belisi Gillespie (Phd candidate at UC Berkeley) have posted 64 videos on YouTube, which, when taken together, “present all the content covered in two semesters of a college-level Introduction to Ancient Greek course.


Free: Learn Foreign Languages in Your Car

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Have a boring commute? A long road trip coming up? Consider using that time well and learning a language as you drive.


Becoming Bilingual Can Give Your Brain a Boost: What Recent Research Has to Say

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From the time my daughter was born, my wife and I took her out to restaurants—not to annoy the other diners, mind you, she was usually very well behaved—but to expose her palate to as much variety as possible and socialize her early to new and unfamiliar environments.


The New Yorker’s “Comma Queen” Mercifully Explains the Difference Between Who/Whom, Lay/Lie, Less/Fewer & Beyond

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From The New Yorker comes “The Comma Queen” video series, which features Mary Norris talking about the finer points of language that come up again and again in our everyday writing. Some of it, no doubt, will come in handy.


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