Speaking in Whistles: The Whistled Language of Oaxaca, Mexico

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Whistled language is a rare form of communication that can be mostly found in locations with isolating features such as scattered settlements or mountainous terrain. This documentary above shows how Dr.

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Do You Speak Java Jive?: The Language of the Indie Cafes

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I haven’t frequented Starbucks for a long time, but when I did, I could never get into their lingo. Do you want a “grande,” the “barista” asked? No, just give me a medium, ok? And if I ever tired of the irritating lingo battles, I headed to an indie cafe where simple language made sense.

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Learn New Languages (From Arabic to Yiddish) with 150+ Free Podcasts

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I spend a great deal of time visiting unfamiliar cities, spending days walking, cycling, or riding trains and buses through them. Sometimes the people of these cities speak languages I know; sometimes they speak languages I don’t.

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“Learn English With Ricky Gervais,” A New Podcast Debuts (NSFW)

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Bombastically billed as “a new landmark in human comprehension,” Ricky Gervais’ video podcast, “Learn English with Ricky Gervais” does, in a way, break new pedagogical ground. The trailer above provides a brief glimpse of the series’ first episode, currently available for free on iTunes.

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French in Action: Cult Classic French Lessons from Yale (52 Episodes)

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During the 1980s, Pierre Capretz, a Yale professor, developed French in Action, a French immersion program that featured textbooks, workbooks, and a 52-episode television series.

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What’s Your English? British v. Canadian Rap Battle

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In 2010, the folks who publish the Macmillan Dictionary launched the ‘What’s your English?’ campaign. They then spent a good year traveling across the globe, visiting nations where English is spoken, and asking experts and everyday speakers to talk about their regional dialects.

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Learning Languages Online with The New York Times

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How can you learn foreign languages online? Last week, The New York Times outlined a good number of options for its readers. And, for days, the article remained one of the most widely read pieces on the NYT site. Today, the paper issued a followup post, highlighting yet more ways to learn languages digitally.

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Learn a New Language in the New Year

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We can’t help you get fit (at least physically) in the new year. But we can help you learn a new language. Our collection of Free Language Lessons covers 37 languages, and we have now developed sections dedicated to commonly sought after languages. (See below.

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A Master List of Free Language Learning Resources

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Looking to learn a new language this summer? Then give this list a good look. The folks at Universitiesandcolleges.org have created “The Master List of Free Language Learning Resources,” which pulls together materials found across a range of different media. Here, you’ll find podcasts, open courses, iphone apps, and more.

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TED To China: An Inside View

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Today, we’re featuring a guest piece by Tony Yet, a Chinese student, who is helping lead an effort to bring TEDTalks to China.

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