BBC radio programme on the science of learning languages
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Altrum  Identity Verified
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Feb 18, 2006

This is an interesting two-part radio series that is still available in streaming on the BBC website.
Here's the blurb and the link:

Language not only shapes our culture, but it also shapes our brain, body and behaviour. New research suggests that being bilingual could increase your problem solving skills and delay cognitive decline as we get older. This two-part series looks into the science of learning languages. How does language change our brains? And why is it so much harder to learn a language as an adult rather than a child?

[Edited at 2006-02-18 17:13]


Rafa Lombardino
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Great link! Feb 18, 2006

I'll check it out today. I love listening to shows like that.

I also recommend:

The Word Nerds: two brothers and a friend who are language teachers at high schools in the US. Even though the two brothers have a background in German and the younger teacher has a background in Chinese and Latin, they talk about the English language in general.


Palabras al Aire: one of the segments of a Spanish radio show, which talks about the wrong uses of the language as observed during the week on the media.

Have fun!


Altrum  Identity Verified
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"Word of mouth" Feb 18, 2006

Rafa, those links are great! Plenty of stuff to listen to while I'm doing the housework!

You'll probably also like Word of mouth, another BBC radio show which is currently off the air, but will be back in April. Here's the link for it anyway:



Aurélie DANIEL  Identity Verified
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Radio and housework + French show Feb 20, 2006

Hi Atrum and Rafa,

Thanks for those great links! I always listen to radio while doing housework, that way I don't feel it's such an awful chore... I even bought wireless headphones so that I can listen from my computer and move around the house.

I see that Altrum translates from French, so I'd like to give this link (Des papous dans la tête - France Culture, available for podcasting):

It's a hilarious and quite clever show on litterature and wordplay. Several writers and journalists play games like reading an excerpt from a book and guessing who wrote it, writing a pastiche, creative writing, and much more...

Happy listening!


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