WHAT IS SIGN LANGUAGE? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Sign Language is “a system of hand and body movements representing words, used by and to people who cannot hear or talk”. 2. A BIT OF HISTORY Charles Michel De L’Eppe, a French cleric, was considered to be the “Father of Sign Language and Deaf… Read More 8 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SIGN LANGUAGES
Globish is the name for a subset of the English language that non-native English speakers adopt in the context of international business. It is a sort of “light English” that uses a subset of standard English grammar and a list of 1500 English words. The name Globish is the merger of the world “global” and “English”. The inventor… Read More Globish – better global understanding
When an Italian person goes abroad and says that he/she is from Italy, more often than not, he/she will receive the following answer: “Aaaah! Mamma mia! Pizza, mafia, mandolino!”, followed by the most famous of Italian hand gestures: More often than not, the Italian person in question will not appreciate the comment or will even… Read More SURVIVAL KIT: ITALIAN HAND GESTURES
December is here, and it has brought with it joy and good intentions. Some people think this is the best period of the year, and it’s impossible not to notice how crowded streets become during these days. Not cold, not stress, not even the desire to make savings: nothing can stop us when it is… Read More Christmas best words
After the recent economic recession of 2008, Ireland’s economy is booming. The country achieved the fastest growing economy in the eurozone for a fourth straight year. As the country is experiencing its most flourishing period in the last 20 years, employers are looking for more and more employees. However, the recruitment of good employees seems… Read More The top 7 qualities of a perfect employee
How many of YOU reading this article have studied a foreign language? Plenty of textbooks on your shelves. You’ve learnt so many grammatical rules and done hundreds of excercises your whole life. But then, when you run into a tourist asking you where’s the main square of your country, you just get stuck and stutter… Read More Travelling improves your language skills
When we first start speaking a language different from our own, one of the first obstacles that comes our way is the difficulty in being funny. We’ve all been there: in an attempt to appear nice and funny to our foreign interlocutor, we make a joke which receives no reply whatsoever, not even a fake… Read More I MADE A JOKE, WHY IS NO ONE LAUGHING?!
When learning about the process of language acquisition, two approaches are normally distinguished: The behavioural approach and the nativist approach. In this article we are going to explain the different approaches paying special attention to the Critical Period Hypothesis. – The Behaviouristic Approach maintains that children acquire the language through environmental components: learner imitation, practice,… Read More The critical period hypothesis in language acquisition