Culture

Body Language Around the World

Body Language Around the World

All Kinds of Language   As you head off on your travels this summer you might be excitedly consulting a phrase book and learning little snippets of a new language. While you are planning your itinerary, take a moment so read up on the other language of your...
Personality and Language – The Great Debate

Personality and Language – The Great Debate

The currently accepted measure of personality is known as the Big Five. These are the five traits that seem to be reliable indicators of one’s personality. These traits are openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. It...
Indigenous Languages of Latin America

Indigenous Languages of Latin America

We often forget that Spanish was not always spoken in Mexico, or that Portuguese is a recent import to Brazil. Latin America is rich in indigenous languages. Nearly two thousand languages have been spoken in Latin America, some over large territories.  Law of...
Raising Bilingual Children

Raising Bilingual Children

Bilingualism is on the rise! Data from the census bureau for every year since 1980 has been analyzed in a recent article in Psychology Today and shows a remarkable increase in the number of bilinguals in the United States. This could be due to a number of factors. New...
Regional Sayings and Idioms

Regional Sayings and Idioms

Although I moved to the United States from Mexico over thirty years ago, I continually meet people with new accents or turns of phrase through my work.  Idioms are interesting things in that you usually learn them when you run into them. There are those that are...
What does it mean to be fluent in another language?

What does it mean to be fluent in another language?

What Am I? We are all familiar with the situation – pen hovering over two check boxes – while you debate over which one to tick. Proficient? Or fluent? You can speak another language, and have maybe even helped interpret for a friend, but can you really...