Benefits of Learning Languages at a young age

6 Aug

These days it’s helpful for everyone to know several languages. But while many study second languages as teens or adults, there are several benefits of learning languages in childhood. Children who are taught or exposed to more than one language at a time benefit cognitively and socially, in addition to having greater opportunities available to them down the road. When teaching children who are just starting to speak, consider some of the following benefits of exposing them to multiple languages.

Learning and picking up another language can be beneficial and rewarding at any stage of life, the process is even better for children who are introduced to foreign languages at a young age. Research has often shown that childhood is the ideal time for the brain to acquire languages, while it is still developing and learning to communicate. Therefore, children who are exposed to multiple languages at this stage can learn them more readily than they might later in life. Growing up learning two languages at once helps children master both of them more quickly and easily.
Learning another language at a young age is useful as it allows children to expand their minds. At a perios already crucial in their cognitive development and best-suited for acquiring new languages, exposing children to multiple languages will increase their learning capacities and make them more accustomed to different kinds of thinking. Even when they are still too young for formal learning or speaking, just hearing and being exposed to a second language will help ready children’s minds for more formal learning later on.

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Exposing children to other languages

This has the advantage of broadening kids’ communication skills. Often, getting to know another language can help increase one’s understanding of one’s first language by showing more about how different words and sentence structures work together. Similarly, when children learn two languages at once, both languages can better inform each other. Having this opportunity in early childhood, during the optimal stage for language acquisition, can help children develop their communication skills in both languages more quickly and thoroughly.

Children learning a second language

Learning a second language at a young age can also be a great way to increase cultural sensitivity. Knowing other languages can assist children in recognizing the importance of cultures other than their own and understand that many cultural perspectives exist throughout the world. Additionally, learning both languages simultaneously gets them more used to other perspectives and can support normalization of these other perspectives so that one language is not considered better or more right than the other.

Naturally, being multilingual provides a number of benefits for adulthood; and so, exposing children to other languages simply gives them a head start on having these opportunities and prepares them as they grow older . Being multilingual can make schooling easier, increase job possibilities, allow for travel opportunities, and provide exposure to other cultures. Thus, becoming proficient in other languages earlier on in life amplifies these opportunities and prepares children much earlier.

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The importance of staying updated

14 Sep

Babylon is constantly making improvements to its software. By regularly updating, you are able to enjoy the benefits of the improved software and bug fixes.

Many other software companies force their users to update; We decided that you should have the choice to decide when to do so. If you have installed Babylon over three months ago, we strongly suggest that you update now.

In order to update your Babylon, you will need to download the latest version from our site, and follow the instructions displayed on the screen.

Kindly note – if you are using Babylon 10 (the free version or the paid version) all updates are absolutely free of charge.

If you have an older version, we suggest that you purchase an upgrade to the newest version as it provides more support for the latest software versions you have installed on your machine, as well as new features. If you choose to upgrade, please click this link for a special discount.

Please note that, in addition, Babylon may offer you additional software or features during the installation. Kindly ensure that you review all items and install them only if you wish to and thus avoiding the installation of items you are less interested in.

Should you have any questions or queries, you can contact our support team at help@babylon.com.

Become Multilingual with the World’s 10 Most Popular Languages to Learn

4 Aug

“Language is the archives of history…” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Language is the key to communication all over the world. Although we first learn to speak our native language when we come into this world, we are more than capable of learning other languages. Doing so can open up a whole new world for us, and that is why being multilingual is so important. If you are considering learning a new language but are unsure which to begin with, consider the following top 10 most popular languages to learn.

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English

No matter where you go in the world, you can hear the English language being spoken. This is the most popular language for non-native speakers to learn due to that fact that so much in life all over the globe depends on knowing English. Knowing English helps in the world of both education and business. Nearly 2 billion people around the world speak it.

Spanish

Also known as the Castilian language, Spanish is one of the romance languages. Learning Spanish is nearly as important as learning English, especially in North America where there are many immigrants whose first language is Spanish.

French

French is very popular with those who are fascinated with the culture of this country. As with Spanish, French is also one of the romance languages, which is another reason for its great popularity. After English, French is the top language offered in schools.

German

Aside from English, German is next in line for the purpose of education and business. Plus, knowing German can help you explore this amazing county in a more in-depth manner.

Italian

Italian is the final language that falls into the romance language category. If you wish to learn more than one new language, taking Italian first will aid you in learning Spanish since both of these languages are so similar.

Hebrew

Many people wish to learn Hebrew due to its historical significance. Although this is a more complicated language to learn than others (since it is written and read from right to left), it is still quite popular.

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Arabic

As with Hebrew, Arabic is also a historic language that reads and is written from right to left. More than 250 million people speak it in one form or another. Although years ago, it was not very popular to learn, Arabic has quickly become necessary in the world of business and foreign relations.

 

Mandarin Chinese

With an estimated 1 billion people speaking Mandarin Chinese all over the world, this is a very popular language to learn. This is one of civilization’s oldest known languages, making it very interesting to learn. In addition, since China is such a superpower in the world of business and technology, knowing the language is very important for those in the business world.

Hindi

Hindi is India’s official language and is spoken by an average of 500 million people across the world. With the migration of India immigrants all over the world, especially in the United States, learning Hindi has become a very popular way of communicating with new friends and colleagues. It is also considered one of the most beautiful languages ever spoken.

Russian

Learning to speak Russian will put you in a group of 250 million others around the world that speaks this popular language. In most surveys done about popular languages, Russian is most always included and is usually in the top eight. Russian is the official language not only of Russia itself, but also of Belarus and Abkhazia, Gagauzia, and it is one of the official languages of the United Nations.

There are several other languages in the world that are worth mastering, so don’t stop with just one. Educate yourself for the future.

 

A Look Around The Globe – What Do You Know About Languages?

11 May

Communication is what connects people to one another. Over time, communication has developed with cultures across the world. From basic symbols drawn on cave walls and simple grunts and whistles, people have now progressed to sophisticated alphabets and detailed vocabulary.

Languages around the World

For some individuals, learning a language is only a matter of utility whilst for others, the learning of other languages is a gateway to understanding culture and belief systems from around the world. Certain languages are classified into different categories, and these different categories help to make up sentence structure and flow.

One group of languages is known as the Romance languages. This group of languages includes Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and others.

There are many other language families, and two types of languages, which are dead languages and extinct languages. Despite the fact that they are sometimes confused, there is a key difference. A dead language is a language no longer in everyday spoken use but still used by academics or religious institutions, such as Latin and Yiddish. On the other hand, extinct languages are ones that no longer have any speakers and are no longer used in the present.

Online Translation – Does It Work?

When you stumble across a foreign website online, curiosity often picks up and you want to understand what it is saying. With today’s technology, online translation options have now made it possible to quickly translate text with great accuracy. Although it is generally not perfect, these online translators are free of charge and can offer great utility.

Naturally, once you discover there are online translation options available, the desire to start learning a language online arises.

Learn Through Immersion

Of course, this all leads to the simple question: what is the best way to learn a new language? There are many methods out there that claim to be helpful, the best overall method is immersion. If you have unlimited time and resources, you can move to another country and learn the language like a native

In reality, most people do not have much free time, which is why online learning options exist. Although not quite as effective, there is software that can imitate this type of immersion and help you pick up a new language quickly. Whether you wish to speak fluently or just want to have a general notion, you can start on your journey of language discovery.

Languages around the World

FIFA World Cup 2014 Unites All Languages

17 Apr

Sports have been an integral part of cultures from all around the world for centuries. Although athletic competitions vary from country to country, there is one sport that can be talked about worldwide: soccer. With World Cup 2014, nations – regardless of culture, race, or location –will all be speaking one language: soccer.

The Unity of Soccer

Across the world, different countries have their own events that may be more popular than soccer. The United States prides itself on baseball, and Canada is often known for hockey. Around the world however, there is one sport that reigns supreme over them all: soccer.

With origins dating back to medieval times, the sport of soccer had its first official rules established in 1863, making it one of the older sports still played. It brings out the competitive spirit in all countries around the world. At no time is that more apparent than during the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2014

Regardless of what language is spoken, everyone can relate to the competition that is found in soccer. Starting June 12, 2014, the World Cup will unite millions of people from different countries and speaking different languages to watch these competitions. This worldly reach is exemplified in the first matchup to take place between Brazil and Croatia, one country in South America and the other in Europe. As they face off, the language barrier will be lifted, for they will be speaking a common language: soccer.

This diversity of language and culture will remain all the way through the month of June right through July 13th, when the World Cup finals will take place. Throughout this competition, individuals from around the world will watch and cheer for their teams to win. The fervor generated by soccer simply cannot be matched.

Soccer – The Language of the Month

No matter which team you are rooting for, the world cup is a prominent world event, with most people agreeing that it matters even more than the Olympics. Even in countries where soccer is not normally very popular, the World Cup attracts viewers. In its truest sense, the FIFA World Cup provides people worldwide with the opportunity to communicate in a common language.

Regardless of your native tongue, certain things just excel during this month-long sporting event. Players score goals, they get red cards, yellow cards and shoot penalty shots. These actions need no translation; everyone speaks the same language during the World Cup.

Be ready to sit back, grab a beer and watch the most exciting sporting event of the year. Even if you’re in a foreign country, don’t speak the language or have no knowledge of its culture, fear not: everyone speaks soccer.

GROUP A
Team
BRA
CRO
MEX
CMR
GROUP B
Team
ESP
NED
CHI
AUS
GROUP C
 Team
COL
GRE
CIV
JAP
GROUP D
Team
URO
CEC
ENG
ITA
GROUP E
Team
SUI
ECU
FRA
HON
GROUP F
Team
ARG
BIH
IRN
NGA
GROUP G
Team
GER
POR
GHA
USA
GROUP H
Team
BEL
ALG
RUS
KOR

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Favorite teams to win the world cup 2014

Brazil

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Star player: Neymar
Achievements: Winners World cup 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
Portuguese Translator

Spain

Coach: Vicente del Bosque
Star player: Andres Iniesta
Achievements: Winners World cup 2010
Spanish Translation

Italy

Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Star player: Mario Balotelli
Achievements: Winners World cup 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Italian Translation

England

Coach: Roy Hodgson
Star player: Wayne Rooney
Achievements: Winners World cup 1966
Free Translation

France

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Star player: Franck Ribery
Achievements: Winners World cup 1998
French Translation

Argentina

Coach: Alejandro Sabella
Star player: Lionel Messi
Achievements: Winners World cup 1978, 1986

Germany

Coach: Joachim Low
Star player: Mesut Özil
Achievements: Winners World cup 1954, 1974, 1990
German Translation

Can Learning a Language Make Your Brain Grow?

7 Apr

Ever wonder what it would like to be a professional translator, being able to translate languages without any thought or effort? Or, maybe you would just like to learn a language for the sake of learning. Well, there are many possibilities out there to learn English online – and any other language for that matter. The best part is that there are so many advantages and benefits – far more than you thought.

Learning Language Online

Traditionally, society seemed to think that the only way to learn a new language is by getting tutored in person. Even better is to travel to another country and being completely immersed with the locals and completely isolate yourself from other native speakers of your language. . This method is simply not very practical. Besides, with today’s technology, it has become easy to learn a language online.

With so many options popping up online, it certainly pays to learn through this method. It is much more cost effective and will save you the time and hassle of finding a good teacher or course in your area. Let’s face it,  with today’s competitive work environment, you are at a disadvantage if you don’t speak multiple languages.

Grow While Learning

The real advantage of learning new languages goes beyond the ability to just converse with people in different countries. Speaking a new language, other than your own native language can actually keep your mind agile and  your memory skills sharp. Learning new languages keeps your mind engaged due to the fact that learning a new language requires memorization and repetition to commit new words and phrases to memory.

In other words, because language centers in the brain actually grow as a result of successful language learning, the more you learn, you keep your mind engaged. Like physical exercise, learning a new language or being able to translate allows you to exercise different mental muscles.

Do you think you can learn a language online? Perhaps the best way to find out is to find the right online class and start today.

Remember – learning a new language can literally change the way you see the world.

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Online Dictionary Definitions You Can Understand

9 Feb

Are you tired of not understanding the words you are staring at on a page? Are you sick of looking up terms only to discover that you have to search for the meaning of each word in the definition itself? When words woes have you down, you can turn to our free online dictionary. Instead of trying to wade through info that doesn’t add up, you’ll get a clear cut answer right away. This dictionary is top notch- here is why!

Actually Helping You

Dictionaries are a tool intended to guide you towards finding the answers you are looking for. However, if you cannot understand what the dictionary says, then this tool has failed. The concept behind our online dictionary is to create meanings and definitions that speak directly to you. We strip the definitions of unnecessary words and clouded meanings, and then we present you with information you specifically want to know.

The Dictionary is Free

At the bookstore, you might find that a dictionary is too expensive. Even when you visit the local bookstore at your college, the cost of the book is way too high for your budget. Luckily, when you choose to use our online dictionary, there is no cost involved. You can access it at any time free of charge.

Flexible Use Options

It goes without saying that it is certainly very convenient to have your laptop with you and find the definition of a word you don’t understand. However, we all know that life is no picnic! So what happens when you are out and on the go with no laptop or tablet and need the meaning of a specific word immediately?

Thank goodness for modern technology that has enabled you to instantly retrieve the definition of a word using your cellphone.

Trying to leaf through a book containing a great deal of terms that make no sense to you is frustrating, and attempting to read an online definition that is a page long makes you wish you hadn’t embarked on this journey in the first place. Fortunately for you, there is now a solution to all of your word and definition needs. Whether you are working on a term paper or you’re just curious as to the meaning of a certain word, we are here to help you accomplish that goal and make things clearer.

Free online dictionary

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