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Who Is Noam Chomsky, and What Is His Contribution to Linguistics?

By Lilia Mouma |   December 3, 2018

How do humans learn language? In the 1950s, American linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky suggested a revolutionary approach to answering that question. 

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Two worlds apart or one united?: About Yiddish in New York.

By Lilia Mouma |   January 17, 2017

Yiddish is a very old language with a rich history. Several languages have adopted Yiddish words, and you will find quite a few Yiddish words in New York English. There are many Yiddish speakers in New York City and they fall into two groups. Why so? And how do they maintain the use of the language given the dominance of the English language? Yakov Blum explained all that in his talk at the Polyglot Conference in New York City.

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Why you should learn Greek.

By Lilia Mouma |   August 26, 2016

Let’s start with a puzzle: which language has the longest history of written records in the Western world? Did you guess it? It’s Greek! The oldest written evidence of the Greek language dates to between 1450 and 1350 BC. Greek is the language of Homer, of the great philosophers who influenced the western thought, of Herodotus - the first historian -, of the great dramatists who shaped theater and inspired the world of art.

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Language and thought: Is it a chicken-egg dilemma?

By Lilia Mouma |   August 25, 2016

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, aka “linguistic relativity” or “Whorfianism,” has reigned for some time in the past and resurges from time to time. The idea is that the language you speak determines (or influences) the way you see and understand the world around you.

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How to use Mango Conversations: Tips from one of Mango's linguists.

By Lilia Mouma |   August 19, 2016

 Mango Languages uses its own unique methodology to teach languages and here are some tips for how to get the most of it from one of our very own linguists: Lilia! 

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Imperfetto or Passato Prossimo — the Italian nightmare dissolved.

By Lilia Mouma |   August 12, 2016

We have recently been sent some questions on how the tenses imperfetto and passato prossimo are used. Here are some tips which we hope will help you with the use of these two tenses.

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Historical Linguistics Explained or What's English got to do with Lithuanian?

By Lilia Mouma |   April 14, 2016

During his talk at the Polyglot Conference 2015, in New York City, Tim Doner described how historical linguists work. Historical linguistics is a branch of linguistics that examines how languages change and evolve over time. Languages are not unrelated to one another, but they form families. For example, you may have heard that Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian all come from Latin, so they form a family called Romance languages (which by the way has nothing to do with romance; they are called so because they come from a language that Romans, the inhabitants of ancient Rome, had spoken.) 

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