What Washington Politicians Are Really Saying - Text + Audio + Video - 9 October 2016
"Officials in Washington, DC often use their own language. Two authors wrote a book trying to explain the real meaning of these Washington words.
For example, when elected officials call other elected officials “my good friend,” they might really mean “my enemy.”
Video: Four ways to get better at languages
"Do you ever feel you're stuck when learning a language, despite all the hours and hard work you put in?
Find out from Britain's most multilingual student, Alex Rawlings, how you can get better at languages."
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The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli
"It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles.
But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain?
Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged." (YouTube)
1943: Grandad Teacher looks to the future
"The Teacher has been at a party celebrating 70 years of English language teaching by the BBC. He discovers a film from 1943 presented by his own grandfather. In it, Grandad Teacher makes predictions about the future of English teaching. But which ones came true?" (YouTube)
KU Theatre - Students perform Shakespeare in original pronunciation "KU Theatre professor Paul Meier, in collaboration with Linguist David Crystal, are staging the first-ever American rendition of a Shakespeare play in its original pronunciation. Here, KU Theatre students rehearse a scene in original pronunciation from the play
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"." (YouTube) “American audiences will hear an accent and style surprisingly like their own in its informality and strong r-colored vowels,” Meier said. “The original pronunciation performance strongly contrasts with the notions of precise and polished delivery created by John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and their colleagues from the 20th century British theater.” (physorg.com)
What's Your Reason for Learning English?- with the script - Difficulty: Hard You can hear the lines slowed down. "People from different countries express their reasons
for wanting to learn English." (englishcentral.com)