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! [email protected]

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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Celebrating Easter This Month

On the 21st of April, Christians everywhere will celebrate Easter. A holiday that is so widely popular, and with a rich history, has the power to bring together people from around the world with their different cultures and traditions. Due to the inherent link between language and culture, we at the Language Learning Institute have…
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What can learning a new language do for you?

Learning a new language can be hard. No one could deny that. The moments of frustration are not hard to come by. You may find yourself ready to give up more often than you’d like to admit. And yet, there is always a silver lining. Why should you not abandon your studies? Or rather, why…
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Bizarre Expressions in Different Languages

Have you ever started learning a new language only to be surprised that many common expressions in your first language do not exist in this other language? On top of that, did you learn any expressions in your new language that would make no sense in your native tongue? If you know this feeling well,…
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Life in France vs. Life in the US

If you’re studying a foreign language, there’s a good chance that you’re interested in learning about different cultures. As far as Western cultures go, we share many similarities. After all, the world in the 21st century is smaller than ever: everyone is connected by the internet, and globalization has made it so that we share…
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Does learning a language affect our perception of reality?

What is it that draws you to learn a new language? Is it a love of French food that has led you to study French? An interest in visiting the Great Wall of China that has you learning Mandarin? Or perhaps a desire to move to the southern hemisphere in search of some sunshine that…
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What Our Students Are Saying

“This is my first experience with The Language Learning Institute. I have always wanted to learn to speak the Italian language. My grandparents on both sides are from Italy and I wish that my parents spoke the language to us but they wanted to make sure English was spoken all the time. I have only good things to say about the Institute. The instructors are all very knowledgeable in the Italian language and of the country. As a beginner, they make me feel very comfortable learning this beautiful language. I have enjoyed all of my classes and look forward to future classes with the Institute.”

— Joanne M. Wagner (Schenectady, NY)

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