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What is the fastest-growing language on earth, and should I learn it?

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Which is the most difficult language to learn from scratch?

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Stephen Eastwood
Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University and author of The Crucible of...  · 10 января 2017
All children are born with the same kind of brain wiring, so they’re equally adept at learning any possible human language. For a new-born, any language is, in principle, as easy or as difficult to learn as any other. But from the early teens, due to the loss of neurons in the brain, it... Читать далее

Why is English such a difficult language to learn?

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Stephen Eastwood
Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University and author of The Crucible of...  · 5 января 2017
Well, how difficult it is to learn relates to what your native language is; and this follows as some languages are more similar in terms of sounds, vocabulary and grammatical patterns than others. There are around 6,000 spoken languages in the world today, and some are more distantly... Читать далее
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Why doesn't French get rid of "soixante-dix", "quatre-vingts" & "quatre-vingt-dix" and use "septante", "octante" & "nonante" from Belgian French?

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Alex Bellars
French student living in Brussels, my interests include, literature...  · 10 марта 2017
The two forms stem from different numeral systems. The Romans used the decimal system that we still use today (counting in tens), whereas the Celts and, by extension, the Gauls used a vigesimal system (based on the number twenty). Hence quatre-vingt = four times twenty and quatre-vingt-... Читать далее
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Когда употреблять it is, а когда it's? В чём разница?

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"It's" - сокращение от "it is" и "it has", потому когда в предложении одинаково корректно звучат и "it is", и "it has", то можно смело использовать "it's", так же, как и когда по форме предложение ясно, что сокращено "it has", например "it's got". Хотя чтобы было проще, в неформальной... Читать далее
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What's the easiest way to learn a new language?

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Stephen Eastwood
Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University and author of The Crucible of...  · 9 января 2017
There are three main elements you need to be effective. The first is that you have to learn smart, the second is that you have to practise, and the third is that you need some kind of motivation, so that you don’t give up. Learn smart The best way to approach this is to be smart in... Читать далее
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Is there a distortion in the perception of Russian literature in the English-speaking cultures?

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Maria Kornienko
Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the...  · 24 апреля 2017
Of course – distortion is involved in any change of time, place or language between a literature’s writers and its readers. But a few things are specific to Anglophone readers of Russian literature. Translations vary in how modern, literal, or exoticising they are, but can never... Читать далее
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Does the popularity of emoji and text-speak indicate a dumbing-down of society?

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Stephen Eastwood
Почти филолог, почти музыкант  · 8 января 2017
Absolutely not. Of course, it`s just my opinion, nevertheless, i`m sure that emojis don`t make us dumber. On the contrary, they are much more easier to use in everyday life. Nowadays millions or even billions of people use modern technologies and live in a hurry to make their own... Читать далее
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Should Latin be on the National Curriculum?

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Stephen Eastwood
Professor of Education, University of Derby, and Director of Academics for...  · 20 декабря 2016
Yes. Classics are actually havinga great revival at the moment. I was talking at an event where the classicist Mary Beard spoke and I thought “why not start a debate among teachers about Classics and Latin?”. A lot of people are promoting Latin at the moment and want it taught in as... Читать далее
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How does it feel to grow up fully bilingual?

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Anastasia Bludova
Moscow-based journalist. Master of Science in Global Politics, LSE.  · 14 апреля 2017
I grew up surrounded by three languages - Russian at home, English at school, German everywhere else. As a result, when I was little I assumed that everyone had a family language, an institutionalized school language, and a public street language. When I was four years old and we went... Читать далее
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