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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Media: NYT: Language Anxiety? Try Immersion Therapy

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Media Body: The New York Times, March 17, 2005:

Language Anxiety? Try Immersion Therapy
by Thomas J. Fitzgerald

Technology has not yet produced an effortless way to learn another
language, but it can lend a helping hand. ...

A program called Rosetta Stone (www.rosettastone.com), from
Fairfield Language Technologies, based in Harrisonburg, Va., offers study
software that uses an immersion technique. The program strives to replicate
the way children learn their native language; all of the instruction is in
the foreign language, and nothing written or spoken is translated to


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Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.831
Date Posted: March 18, 2005

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