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Parlez vous? Learning a Second Language Protects Brain

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayI lived in Stockholm for two years after college and doggedly learned Swedish, even though most Swedes speak beautiful English. Not only could I communicate better with then-tiny (now giant) Swedish nephews, turns out it was a good move for my brain. Learning a second language — even as an adult — helps protect the brain from aging,  says a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. “Learning a language later in life is a challenge but is very, very good for …

Watching These Video ‘Pen Pals’ Will Make Your Day

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyHere’s a sweet, uplifting video that’s guaranteed to brighten your day. It features some Chicago-area seniors and young Brazilian students of English, and the long-distance friendships kindled by learning a language. CNA, a Brazilian language school that emphasizes online learning, matches up its young students with older adults in U.S. senior residences in a program called Speaking Exchange. Watching the video, you can see how eagerly the residents of Windsor Park Retirement Community outside Chicago await their turns to talk. …

The Takeaway: Retirees Flock to Foreign Language Immersion Programs

Posted on 05/10/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAmericans in their 60s, 70s and 80s are flocking to language immersion experiences, the New York Times reports. It’s a well-worn axiom that learning a foreign language gets harder the older you get. To which Randy Balla might say: Who cares? The 63-year-old retired teacher took up French recently, and he hasn’t limited his learning to textbooks or computer-based language lessons: Last summer, he took a three-week French immersion program at the University of Quebec, and plans to return this year.

Digital Dictionary?

Posted on 08/31/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyI saw this in the news yesterday and am seeing it pop up again today: The Oxford English Dictionary may never be printed again! AFP (and other sources) report that the new (and third) edition of the “bible of the English language” may never appear in print – and be only accessible to uses online. No *final* decision has been made, and the new edition will not be expected for another decade or so. By then, who knows how we …