Language News From Around the Web – November 2017

Hey LinguaCore Readers!

Welcome to the November 2017 edition of Language News From Around the Web!

In case you’re not familiar, Language News is LinguaCore’s monthly round-up of all the best articles, podcasts, and videos on languages and language learning, gathered from the far corners of the Internet just for you!

Let’s check out this month’s links!

Language News From Around the Web

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🔰: A Simple Proposal for Increasing Social Media Use by Language Learners

Author: Derek Lackaff

Source: Medium

Summary: In this article, the author proposes that language learners and minority language speakers can use an emoji (🔰) to signify that they are willing and able to support use of foreign or non-standard language forms in social media, creating a more receptive and varied interlanguage community online.

The Randomness of Language Evolution

Author: Ed Yong

Source: The Atlantic

Summary: Languages evolve just like natural organisms do. In fact, it was knowledge of human language change that helped Charles Darwin promote his once controversial theory of evolution. In this article, the author flips the script, discussing how a commonly-accepted phenomenon in genetics (genetic drift) can help explain how languages can sometimes change in unpredictable and unusual ways.

Creating Good Japanese Habits vs. Removing Bad Ones

Author: Adam Shapiro

Source: Japanese Level Up

Summary: Life is a game of habits. You always wake up at X time every day, you always eat Y for lunch, and you always watch Z on Netflix after dinner. When you start a new language, it often feels like you’re trying to cram new habits in alongside your old ones. In this article, the author suggests taking some time-wasting habits and replacing them with similar habits that are more conducive to your language learning.

Is Reading Blogs Like This One Keeping You From Improving Your Life?

Author: Scott H. Young


Summary: The biggest problem with language learning blogs is that if you spend all your time reading them, you won’t have any time left to actually learn a language! In this article, the author (who is no stranger to language learning), suggests how to determine if reading about learning and improving yourself has become detrimental to your actually taking action and doing so.

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