Some interesting news pieces this week around language learning, the impact of Welsh on gas prices, Pokemon localization and a cross-cultural analysis of “fairness”.
Language learning expands the brain
Want to expand your brain? Try studying a foreign language! At least, that’s what Swedish researchers claim. Using MRI scans, they noticed a growth in certain parts of the brains of students of the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy to MRI since they commenced their education. The subjects of a control group existing of hard-working students which did not study language had not changed. Moreover, the more difficult the students found their language studies, the higher the growth. Experts even claim studying a language might be healthy for your brain, so let’s get those grammar books out and start studying! Read more
Energy price hike due to Welsh language bill?
Cool places to learn a language abroad
If the idea of expanding your brain sounds appealing to you, why not do so in a foreign country? And why should language lessons always be given in a traditional classroom? Maureen Jenkins has searched the internet and came up with five locations you can learn a foreign language in a more unconventional way. From surfing and Spanish in Mexico to speaking Italian and Sailing in Italy, it’s your pick! Read more
How Pokemon was localized for America
A guide to Irish etiquette
Fairness – a cross-cultural perspective
Some core values can be found all over the world. However, this does not mean these values are defined the same in different cultures. In this article, Kate Elwood refers to a number of studies which researched the notion of fairness among Japanese and American students. These studies revealed that while American students seem to look at actions of others before they look at the fairness of their own behaviour, Japanese students are more focussed on their own actions and embrace negative feedback more easily. The explanation for this might be the Japanese concept of ‘hansei,’ the self-critical approach of thinking over your actions for further improvement.
Written by Elise Kuip