About the Language Bank!

Here’s a great new blog to follow: the Language Bank! Check them out!

LRC Language Bank

Hi Everyone!

We are the Language Bank and we’re excited to engage with you all over this year and the many to come. We are a resource within the Language Resource Center that has partnered up with local community organizations and nonprofits to assist in their translation needs and requests. These translation requests come from a range clients, from local nonprofits that provide services such as food pantries to families hoping to get documents translated for their adoptive children.

The basics are pretty straightforward. People submit their translation requests to us, specifying from which to which language they would like their translation. We at the Language Bank will run through our database for volunteers who match these criteria. We then connect volunteers to our clients so that they can communicate—easy!

We have requests coming for both interpreting and translating. When I first started working at the Language Bank, I didn’t…

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Starting a new language? Use it from day one!

Don’t be afraid to sound silly! Trying to speak a language is one of the most important hurdles to overcome!

Lost for Words

Fear is the main point that slows down the early stages of language learning for many a learner; a fear of actually using the language…

Lets talk about getting over this fear, and turning it into amazing progress! The secret? Speak from day one. It takes a little preparation, and isn’t easy, but overcoming that early fear will pay dividends in even a pretty short time.

When we start a language, most will be dreaming of confidently chatting with native speakers, weaving beautiful sentences with ease, without stopping to think in our first language. Yet despite the usual (and completely understandable!) main goal of using the language, nearly everyone tends to spend a good while flicking through a textbook instead.

That drag through the textbook  also tends to go on a bit longer than originally intended. Why? People are generally concerned of ‘reaching a certain level’ before they can talk.


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How to Stay Motivated When Learning A Language

Great advice to keep going on your language learning! Don’t give up!

shukuzen (粛然)

Hi guys!

I’m sure there are approximately 40982505830495832 trillion articles like this one out here, but I figured it’d be a good idea to throw my change into the metaphorical “two cents” jar.

So here are my top five ways for staying motivated enough to self-study every single day!!!!1!

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“You can always leave”: Polyglots and exploitation

A very interesting post about the experiences and ethical duties of a polyglot in the world.

Loving Language

What does it look like after you leave? How do they feel? What does it look like after you leave? How do they feel?

“You can never understand me!” she said.

“I understand you!” I claimed.

“You will never understand us. The difference between you and us is you can always leave. Look at your passport! Us, we have no choice. We have to stay in this place.”

“But I don’t want to leave here.”

“You will, though. Why would you stay?”

She was right.

The polyglot cycle

Are there negative consequences of being a language-lover? Many polyglots romanticize the globetrotting, language-learning lifestyle, but are these people amusing themselves at others’ expense? Are they inadvertently causing pain and turmoil to innocent others?

The above conversation took place between me and a friend in Ukraine, where I spent my third year of university. I achieved a high level of fluency, thanks to lots of friends and many hours at parties, going on…

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