International team of students explores how working memory may help us learn second languages
Learning a new language can be a challenge, as new vocabulary and grammatical rules can be hard for some people to grasp. To address this issue, a group of linguistics graduate students are examining how a person's working ...
NXP TFA9895 enhances mobile audio sound quality with multi-band speaker boost
Will your next mobile phone have built-in stereo speakers? As handset makers focus increasingly on audio quality, consumers can look forward to phones and other mobile devices that achieve higher sound quality ...
VivoTab Smart Tablet with Intel Atom processor introduced
ASUS last week launched the VivoTab Smart tablet with 10.1-inch HD display and full Windows 8 experience.
Immigrants who live, work together less apt to learn English, study finds
Adult immigrants living and working in places where they are surrounded by others who share their ethnic backgrounds are less likely to learn or be proficient in the English language, say two Purdue University researchers.
Softbank offers staff one mn yen to learn good English
Japanese mobile carrier Softbank, which made headlines over a $20 billion takeover of US-based Sprint Nextel, is offering employees an incentive to master English—one million yen.
US team using Twitter, Facebook to fight militants
(AP)—The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaida and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama ...
Study finds that children can learn a second language in preschool
Interim results from an international research project which looks at bilingual education reveal that children can learn a second language as early as preschool.
Gadgets: Keep your laptop -- and your lap -- cool with TuneFan
The TuneFan from Macally is a great accessory to cool any laptop -- regardless of whether it's used at a desk or on your lap.
Study calls for new approach to teaching English as a lingua franca
A study at the University of Leicester highlights the need for a new approach to the teaching of English pronunciation given that English is now a lingua franca, with more non-native speakers in the world than native speakers.
What makes a voice unique?
A new digital speech database which captures how voices vary between different speakers or situations for the purpose of forensic speaker comparison has been launched by researchers at the University of Cambridge.
Speakers of a tone language show improved pitch perception
People who speak Cantonese, a tonal language, demonstrate enhance musical pitch perception relative to Canadian French and English speakers, according to an Apr. 11 report in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
Endangered languages get a Google protection plan
Google unveiled an online information exchange platform to try to give some extra lasting power to more than 3,000 endangered languages.
Zynga launched hot Draw Something game in China
Zynga launched "Draw Something" in China as it moved to get non-English speakers caught up in the craze for the mobile phone game based on representing words with pictures.
Prof analyzes the demographic profile of US high school music ensemble students
University of Miami Frost School of Music Professor Carlos R. Abril has recently published findings of a research study designed to construct a national demographic profile of high school band, choir, and orchestra students ...