Evolution of English

Your native language has changed throughout history with different vocabulary and grammar rules and more. Same with English, which has evolved over time. Check out the interesting TED Ed video on what influenced the English language. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Level 400+)

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Thinking Critically in English

As you learn English, you’ll notice that you’re not only learning the language in terms of grammar rules–you’re learning how to analyze the academic content, and the world in general, through a different lens. English and the associated culture interprets the world differently from how your native language and culture does. It’s important to keep an open mind with these differences so we can progress new ideas and build partnerships across borders. In other words, critical thinking is a useful skill to develop across all languages to better understand the world and one another. As an English learner now, try to improve on your critical thinking with 5 tips from the Ted-Ed video below (press CC on the bottom right for subtitles). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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How Languages Evolve

Ever wonder about how and why languages evolve over time? Learn some interesting trivia about that and practice your listening skills with this TEDed video! You can turn on the subtitles for more support. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

As English learners, you’re on your way to being bilingual, or even multilingual! Of course, with each additional language, you’ll have more ways to communicate. But have you thought how else being bilingual benefits you? For the curious, watch the TED-Ed video below, in which “Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.” Click on CC to watch with subtitles (it’ll be helpful for the more scientific parts). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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The History of English

Ever wonder where English came from? How has the language formed and changed over time? Practice your listening and learn some interesting history with this TED-Ed video on the origins of English (click on CC if you’d like to read subtitles too). The next time you have a conversation, share these interesting history trivia that you’ve learned! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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