The origin of language: Is Africa the home to all languages?
Where does language come from? The "Pooh-Pooh Theory", one of the most common theories of how language began, holds that it began with spontaneous cries of emotions such as pain. But according to Wikipedia most of the hypotheses about the origin of language are highly speculative. But just as DNA tests have confirmed that the cradle of humanity lies in Africa, the world's languages originated there as well and then spread across the globe, a new study suggests.
Until now, the majority of studies tried to determine the origins of language by analyzing the words used within a given language. New Zealand researcher Atkinson chose instead to compare phonemes - the consonants, vowels, sounds and tones that are the simplest elements of language, rather than entire words. Analyzing more than 500 languages of the linguistic database "World Atlas of Language Structures" Atkinson found a clear decrease in diversity with increasing distance from Africa. The results of the study show that the number of phonemes as well as the genetic diversity in Africa is the greatest and decreases over Asia and Europe to America and Polynesia. Therefore Atkins assumes that genetic and phoneme diversity decreased as humans migrated out of Africa and began colonizing other regions. According to the study, with the spread of humans around the world, both the DNS and their language changed.
Previously language was believed to be some 9000 years old. Based on Mr. Atkins finding human language could be between 50,000 and 100,000 years old. Based on Mr. Atkinson's study published in Science Journal abstract another fascinating idea emerged: the findings seem to indicate that all human languages originated from one single early language, which itself originated in sub-Saharan Africa.
If his studies are correct, a huge breakthrough in linguistic studies of the origin of language has been made.
German Grammar is complicated? The editors at LinguaTV think otherwise:
„The advantage of the German Grammar is that it follows strict patterns. This means, everybody of us can learn these patterns and how to use the language correctly!”
No matter if you want to revise the grammar from your last language course or if you want to prepare yourself for using German by studying in your own pace at home: With the new grammar courses by LinguaTV you can get a comprehensive overview and study German fast and systematically.
+ The videos explain the most important patterns graphically.
+ The download material enables an offline revision.
+ The interactive exercises support the process of studying and the correct use of linguistic patterns.
The courses for the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 include the standard grammar topics respectively, which are taught at live language courses and tested at various certificate exams.
In order to understand the German Grammar even though it is being explained in German, the editors at LinguaTV chose an easy language and help you by repeating the grammar rules and key words several times. Through targeting multiple learning channels (auditory input + visualizations) we can understand the rules and patterns even in the language we are learning and this way one has the chance to completely immerse into the German language.
German Grammar made easy: with videos, visualizations and many exercises learning grammar is even more fun and helps us, to use the patterns and structures of the German language confidently and in a correct way.
On 13th September we celebrated the day of the German language!
One prejudice when it comes to us Germans is that we are not very funny. This is why we decided to proof the opposite and invite you to participate in our video competition about the funniest word in the German language!
The video competition
LinguaTV is looking for the funniest word in the German language to celebrate the day of the German language. Between September 13th and October 13th, everybody can upload their video with the funniest word in German to our Facebook wall. Voting will be possible until the 31st of October.
The video which collects most "Likes" will win the audience prize. Another winner will be chosen by a jury!
- Start: 13.09.2014
- Deadline: 13.10.2014
- Voting until: 31.10.2014
The winners will be announced on November 20th!
- Audience Prize: LinguaTV Premium Account for 12 months
- Jury Prizes:
1. - Tablet
2. - LinguaTV Premium Account for 12 months
3. - LinguaTV Premium Account for 6 months
With the new "Technical English" English course, for level A2-B1 learners, you learn further workplace specific vocabulary.
In 12 lessons you can join Ralf as he is shown around his new workplace, and learn from Paul how to solve problems with the scanner and how to phone the IT department. You will also learn how to speak about key technical data and you can participate in the presentation of a great new product.
For more information on the new course "Technical English" click HERE
We wish you a lot of fun with your new English course!
The LinguaTV team would like to wish you a merry Christmas and relaxing holidays.
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Have a goog start into the New Year! We wish you much fun and success!
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Due to popular demand LinguaTV is currently in the process of producing more German courses in other levels. We have already completed the filming for the B1 level and the recordings are now in post-production, where the videos are being cut for individual lessons.
During the filming we had a lot of fun and worked with some terrific actors. Rebecca Lara wore a face mask for the first time in her life and our sound-technician, Johannes thought it might be nice to eat – it was a chocolate mask! As always, we wanted to produce authentic and everyday scenes for this course, so although the videos were produced in summer, Simson was filmed wearing a winter jacket and beanie.
In order to satisfy your curiosity, check out the picture gallery to see behind the scenes. If you can name 3 themes from the future course, you will win a course of your choice for 1 month, free. Send us an email with your themes to email@example.com. We hope you enjoy our challenge!
British scientists have studied different language learning methods in terms of their effectiveness. As reported by Die Welt, 60 adults were separated into three groups and given a task, of how to best learn a Hungarian sentence. The first group “only” spoke the text, the second group tried to remember the sentence through rhythmic speech and finally, the third group tried learning through singing.
The Result: The outcome of the learning through singing method is twice as effective, because the English speaking learners learnt the Hungarian sentence more accurately. Hungarian sentences were selected as the test language, because they produce a completely different syntax and sound than German and Roman languages. Scientists have questioned in more detail, the reason for the success of the singing language learner, such as whether the melody or other conditions are responsible for better results.
The study provides the first evidence that you can learn foreign languages better if you listen to the lyrics first and then imitate the sounds.
The complete study was published in the journal „Memory & Cognition.
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The International Mother Language Day emphasizes "the significance of the native language, promotes linguistic diversity and the awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions," says the UNESCO. Already since 2000 the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates on February 21st, the "Mother Language Day". Around the World many events take place. The date goes back to 1952 when students in Pakistan were shot and killed because of demonstrating for the recognition of Bangla language.
There is even the Society for Endangered Languages, which however does not save languages, but at least documents the endangered languages, which may be useful for future revival of the language. Particularly suitable for the documentation of languages are also videos. Because videos show not only the pronunciation, but also the important features associated with facial expressions and gestures as well as other cultural properties. Figuratively speaking, it is possible with video, "to look at the mouth of" the native speaker. This is one of several reasons why LinguaTV relies within its language courses on videos, showing how native speakers speak their language and apply it in practical situations.
On the occasion of the "Mother Language Day" you´ll save EUR 10 with discount code "motherlanguage" (written as one single word) at LinguaTV.com. Or just try it with a free demo lesson at www.LinguaTV.com.
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Source: German Commission for UNESCO e.V.
Did you know that a language dies out every two weeks? Of the 6,000 languages spoken today in the world, around 2500 are threatened according to UNESCO. Since 1950, this was already the case with approximately 230 languages. In the UNESCO atlas of endangered languages endangered languages are listed by name, level of threat and the region. Even in Germany there are endangered languages: for example Frisian, Sorbian and Yiddish are at a heavy risk. In addition, there are a number of other languages in Germany that are considered threatened in the medium term, such as The Bavarian and Franconian different dialects.
There are many reasons why a language disappears. War, displacement and migration play a role, but also pushed aside by globalization and new media like the Internet, which benefits the "big" languages, like English.
There is even the Society for Endangered Languages, which however does not save languages, but least documents the endangered languages , which may be very useful for future revival of the language. Particularly suitable for the documentation of languages are also videos. Because videos show not only the pronunciation, but also to communicate the important features associated with facial expressions and gestures as well as other cultural properties. Figuratively speaking, it is possible with video, "to look at the mouth of" the native speaker. This is one of several reasons why LinguaTV relies on videos as an central part of its language courses, showing how native speakers speak their language and apply it in practical situations.
Try it yourself with a free demo lesson at www.linguatv.com. On the occasion of the "Mother Language Day" you´ll save EUR 10 with discount code "motherlanguage".
Source: German Commission for UNESCO e.V.
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Dear LinguaTV members, the LinguaTV team says
Thank you, Danke, Gracias, Merci, Grazie
for an exciting and successful year 2011.
In 2011, we’ve greatly expanded our course offerings, were honored to win some awards, and what makes us especially happy is that we’ve received positive feedback from numerous customers from all over the world. Your comments have touched us and spur us on to ensure that LinguaTV will continue to be a language-learning experience for you in 2012.
We’d like to share the five most interesting and amusing comments we’ve received from you:
“Your videos have brought smiles to the faces of me and my students.”
“I’ve fallen in love with your leading lady. Can I have her autograph?”
“You’re better than my community college and cheaper.”
“You weren’t exaggerating – this really is the best way to learn a language.”
“I like this story! What happens next? Will Alejandro and Patricia get together in the next course?”
We’d love to hear from you as well!
Now we’d like to give you a little joy and our most heartfelt thanks for your loyalty.
Our Christmas gift for you: a 30% discount!
Until January 15, 2012, when you buy a LinguaTV language course of your choosing, you’ll receive a 30% discount.*
We wish you a Merry Christmas with health and happiness for the year 2012, and of course, much success in your language learning!
Your LinguaTV team
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Your discount will be automatically deducted from the regular price.
Numerous research studies on information processing in the brain show that learning a foreign language happens quickly and effectively when we watch a foreign film with subtitles in the same foreign language. This is so because the use of subtitles improves the perception of individuals who, almost without realizing it, are able to associate sounds (words) with texts. This makes it possible to multiply the effects of learning. On the one hand, individuals can improve their pronunciation of words they knew and, on the other hand, can learn new words by context simply by associating sounds and images with captions.
Viewing subtitled TV series such as "Friends", "Scrubs" or “Dallas” and blockbuster movies such as “Avatar” are some good examples for using this academic know how for practically learning English or any other language. In the movies, the subtitles have the role of matching a vocabulary (more or less complicated depending on the level) with the actual sound of these words thus achieving better performance in learning concepts. So you learn much faster and you even are able to distinguish between different accents of a foreign language such as American, British, or Australian English.
At LinguaTV they use all this valuable research on linguistics and apply it to their language teaching methodology. To implement this, the educational staff of LinguaTV selects many professionally produced videos with authentic dialogues for each online course. Each video gets subtitled. In order to accommodate to the different levels of each learner, each user can either show or hide the subtitles and this varies the level of difficulty (even during the videos play). This gives each user much more flexibility and ensures a much faster learning progress.
Now you know how you can boost your language learning efforts: by simply watching movies with subtitles. It is this easy!
In order to be in the first place in the race for good jobs, one has to offer some extra skills. In Germany, Business English courses are very popular. And in the U.S. "Business German" attracts more and more students.
Susi Lax for example occupied a Business German course at her university, a course far more specialized than usual language courses: "This is a course where you learn more than German grammar or some basic words," she says. "This course is really useful and helpful for my future."
German courses are very popular in America. At the foreground of "Wirtschaftsdeutsch" or "Deutsch im Beruf" (how Germans would call this course) are negotiations and the formulation of business letters. Instead basic vocabulary students learn relevant phrases and about the economic role of Germany.
Tim Baston teaches Business German at a famous US college and tells us, that his German courses are always full. The reason for the attractiveness of learning German is obvious: "German is the most spoken language in Europe. Germany also plays an important role in the global economy."
The motivation for his students: to differentiate themselves with additional communications skills in an increasingly tough and international race for the best jobs. "There are many German companies based in America," said Susi Lax "and they offer interesting jobs and great carreer opportunities. Why should I miss out on these opportunities?" Most Human Ressource Manager of US-based subsidiaries of German companies would agree. Although the official company language at most U.S. sites is English. But: "If I see through the applications, the most important for me, are German language skills. It´s not only helpful, it´s strategically important for your carreer."
But only about ten percent of the candidates can prove that they are fluent in the German langauge. "It would be nice of course if many more applicants could speak at least a bit German." Not only the headquarter in Germany but also some of the entire corporate network function in German.
Since it helps the company, many offer German language courses to their employees. That it is worth the trouble, confirms Wayne Sibbs. A few times a year the engineer is traveling to visit partners and customers based in Berlin, Cologne, and Stuttgart. Then about a few months ago he began to study German. "Even if I do not know very much German yet, I have the impression that the German colleagues appreciate that I am trying to learn German," he says.
Although negotiations were conducted in English anyway, but especially for short conversations with colleagues, it was quite an advantage to speak German, as this improves the working atmosphere and communication between colleagues. He confirmed: "German is becoming increasingly attractive to many Americans." This might be true for all nationalities all over the world.
Find out more about the German courses of LinguaTV.
2010 was another exciting and successful year for us. Therefore we would like to thank you, our customers and partners.
We are overwhelmed by the many positive comments from customers, partners and the press about our successful relaunch of our video training platform at www.linguatv.com. In addition we are very proud about being honoured by reknown awards such as the Comenius EduMedia Seal for an “exceptional educational and high quality multimedia product”. Just this week we have been informed by the British Council that LinguaTV was nominated as a finalist of the ELTons 2011, one of the most prestigious awards for English Teaching.
Together with new productions such as „Englisch für Hotel & Tourismus“, five special „Business English“ courses and „Business German“, we are able to offer you a broad range of multimedia language training in English including Business English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. In 2011 we will work even harder to offer you the best online video learning experience – not only in the web but also on your mobile devices. Stay tuned! And check out www.linguatv.com!
As a “Thank You” LinguaTV is pleased to offer you a special year-end discount of 20% off all language courses.* Just enter the code “xmas2010” with your next order.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
Your LinguaTV team
*Offer valid until Dec 31rst 2010. Offer can not be combined with other promotions.