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Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?

Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?

Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of … Read More

Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of
Looking for Free Language Lessons? 3 Reasons to Try TakeLessons Live
There are many places to find free language lessons on the internet, from YouTube videos to apps like Duolingo, but they're not all the best way to learn a foreign language. In fact, some of these free apps and sites can hinder your progress in conversational skills and proper pronunciation. Without face-to-face interaction with other speakers of your target language, and a knowledgeable teacher to guide you, the road to fluency will be a lot longer. Wondering if there are any free resou
7 Simple Steps for Journalistic Writing
Interested in trying your hand at journalistic writing? Here, Olympia, WA tutor Tali H. explains the seven simple steps for writing an article... Being a reporter has a number of benefits: you get to meet people, talk, find out about what’s going on in your community, and keep your writing skills in tip-top shape. However, it can also be difficult –especially if you’re trying to meet an upcoming deadline. Here’s a simple breakdown for writing a medium-length journalistic article if you’re
10 Genius Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Learn a Language
Can your phone help you learn a language? Absolutely! Check out these tips and ideas from Spanish tutor Joan B. and start exploring...   You’re addicted to your phone (join the club) and love everything it offers you -- access to friends, amazing deals through apps, and up-to-the-minute news. But did you know you can also use it to help you learn a language? It's true: your smartphone is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your language skills -- especially when you
Test Taking Strategies: Your Guide to a Stress-Free Finals Week
Many students feel stressed and overwhelmed at the end of each term when finals week is upon us. As with many things in life, your attitude will directly affect your ability to succeed in school. If you start to feel stressed with final exams looming, keep these test taking strategies in mind to keep calm, get confident, and make the grades you want. Test Preparation The best way to prepare for final exams is to keep up with your classes all term. This means taking good notes in class, pay

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