Articles on Language & Culture

Here you will find interesting articles written on a variety of topics. We love to share about language and culture and we hope that you enjoy reading our blog. Feel free to contact us with any thoughts or comments! info@languagelearninginstitute.com

Should You Use An App to Learn A New Language?

Is learning a new language really as easy as downloading an app? Language app ads make it seem like you’re just a couple of taps away from learning one of hundreds of languages spoken worldwide. If you’re serious about your language learning journey, it’s worth considering how much you’re are actually learning. Language apps usually…
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Warm Wishes for A Thankful Spirit and Opportunities for Growth

Everyone at the Language Learning Institute would like to extend warm wishes for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. As an educational institute, we are confident that you will enjoy using this post as an opportunity to self-educate and grow; and that you will use the information to make your part of the world a better…
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Music: A Form of Language?

Have you ever thought of music as a form of language? Think of the way music hits your brain, triggers your memories, and can help stimulate your thoughts. Think of the way that music can be “read” — just like the words of a book. Much like language, music is something that is shared universally…
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Dialect Differences

Have you ever had a debate with a friend like the one in the above cartoon? Maybe you’ve even had a debate with friends who call ‘sneakers’ tennis shoes, or call a ‘water fountain’ a bubbler. Even within the United States, regional dialects can differ immensely, mostly in terms of vocabulary and pronunciation. You can probably…
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Wind Watercolor

Framed original work by Harold Wind (1917 – 1986) Contributed by Frank Wind from his private collection.   Harold Wind (1917 – 1986) studied at New York University and Pratt Institute, but was largely self-taught.  His work falls into the rare category of “Art Made by Engineers”. (He held several patents as a packaging engineer.)…
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Framed Watercolor by Harold Wind

Petrie Watercolor

Framed original work by Ferdinand Ralph Petrie (1925 – 2007) Contributed by Frank Wind from his private collection. Ferdinand Ralph Petrie was born in Hackensack, NJ and was known for his sea-landscape, and illustrations. He studied at the Parson’s School of Design, NY, the Art Student’s League, NY; and Famous Artists Course in Illustration. Petrie…
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Young Person Talking to An Older Person

Lexical Evolution

There is nothing new behind the idea that young people speak a “different” kind of English. For decades, it has been common to make fun of teenagers for using slang terms that, to the older generation, are either complete nonsense or have a wholly different meaning. To an erudite and worldly scholar, such terms may…
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Ramadan Mubarak

Following the springtime holidays of Easter and Passover this past month, the next major religious holiday around the world is Ramadan, running this year from Sunday, May 5 to Tuesday, June 4. Since we are now in the midst of Ramadan season, let’s take a moment to recognize this feast and understand its significance. Ramadan…
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Happy Passover!

This year, Passover is being celebrated from April 19 to April 27, meaning we are right now in the midst of it. What is the meaning of this holiday? If you are not Jewish, you may not know much about Passover, except that it coincides with Easter — which is no coincidence in fact. Passover…
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What Our Students Are Saying

“I wanted to thank you for these classes. When you told Jennifer and I we were your first post-COVID students, I wanted to tell you that these classes have been a source of great joy and comfort for me in a really weird hard time and I am so grateful for you and them. It has given me something really interesting and fun to focus on and divert any feelings of life uncertainty as it takes real focus and work. But it is also super fun too and a life goal to learn another language.”

— Tara

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