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Learning Languages Is More Than Just About Communication

(Jennifer Hakes/Yinghua Academy)
Education

An interview with Chris Livaccari, whose new book touts the many virtues of multilingualism

How Learning Chinese Helped Chad Lewis Succeed in the NFL

Chad Lewis poses with a group of middle school students in China. (Chad Lewis)
Current AffairsEducation

Three-time NFL pro-bowler describes how he learned Chinese and how the experience boosted his career as a professional athlete.

The Extraordinary Benefits of Multilingualism

Zainab Akanda/Flickr
Education

Learning a second language is about more than getting ahead — it teaches a whole new way of thinking.

Microsoft Unveils Skype Speech Translator, But Don't Ditch Your Vocab Flash Cards

Current AffairsEducation

As a native Mandarin speaker and a diligent student of English and German, I can't help asking whether machine translation signals the obsolescence of learning a foreign language.

On Shanghai Education: A View From the Streets

A Shanghai tailor's shop, photographed on July 21, 2011. (Lynn Lin/Flickr)
Education

Is Shanghai a model of educational equity, as the OECD international school rankings suggest? Asia Society's Jeff Wang offers a ground-level view.

A Rock By Any Other Name: Asia's Premiere Language Game of 2012

Education

What's in a name? Territorial disputes in the Pacific Ocean tap into a much older tradition of organizing reality and creating social order through naming.

How You Can Help Hurricane Sandy Victims in New York City's Chinatown

A darkened street in Chinatown, lower Manhattan, after Hurricane Sandy. (Several seconds/Flickr)
Lifestyle

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities is providing supplies, electricity — and translation services — to those in need.

To Boldly Go … Where Foreign Faces Speak Mandarin

A scene from Hunan TV's
Education

"When I first went to China in the mid-1990s," writes Asia Society's Chris Livaccari, "I often felt like a zoo animal with all the attention I got just from walking down the street."

Samosapedia: Decoding the UrbanDictionary of South Asia

Limca — an official
Multimedia

Founded in 2011, Samosapedia is a comical crowd-sourced guide to the lively linguistic stew of South Asia.

Going, Going, Gone: Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages

Japanese tourist with two Ainu in Hokkaido, date unknown. (Sgt. Steiner/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.