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Amelia Mena on Read With You Presents

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Show notes:

Amelia studied linguistics, foreign language education, lexicography

Anthropological lexicography

Worked on language preservation and keeping the language alive for the next generation


“Words have so much power.”

“Words can be used to put others down.”

“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is realizing how powerful language is.”

Taught many different age groups, they all just want to be understood

As a listener, we can help by actively listening.

Foreign language education is important for cultural value- to understand other cultures

Language is tied to identity

Showing respect to a person’s language shows respect to the people themselves.

Learning a second language, you learn analytical skills that can be applied to other areas. Bilingual students outperform students in many areas in school

Brain processes and stores a second language differently than it does a first language. Learning the rules and language for a second language teaches so many things.

When bilingual children are learning languages at the same time, they have a little bit of a lag in their output or speaking, picking up on patterns, ties closely, to child language acquisition.

Babies can distinguish between sounds and languages and adults can not.

Babies can recognize which language to use in which setting.

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