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The language instinct

The language instinct: How the mind creates language

By Steven Pinker

Although this post has little or nothing to do with finance, it has very much to do with translation and linguistincs. Today we will briefly review a fascinating and highly informative book on a topic that is vital for our lives, societies and, needless to say, for our jobs as translators: how the mind creates language.

I’ve just read “The Language Instinct”, a 1994 book by Steven Pinker, written for a general audience.  The world’s expert on language and mind lucidly argues that humans are born with an innate capacity for language. He deals sympathetically with Noam Chomsky’s claim that all human language shows evidence of a universal grammar, but dissents from Chomsky’s skepticism that evolutionary theory can explain the human language instinct.

In this classic, Pinker explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how kids learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With skillful use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a fascinating story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America.

It is a highly recommended essay for those interested in linguistics and languages.

How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language

 

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How to Learn & Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language … Using Memory Palaces.

If you’d like to improve your ability to learn and memorize foreign language vocabulary by as much as 100%, 200%, even 300% … using simple memory techniques that you can learn in a few short hours (or less), then this may be the most important video course you will ever view.

Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter if you have a good memory or not.

The information in this course will teach you:

•Why memory is like a bicycle everyone can ride (with some minor personal adjustments).

•The real reason why no one should ever be squeamish about memorization or learning a language.

•Why and how some of the most famous memory skills are applicable to language learning.

•How to create a 26 “letter location” memory system based on the English alphabet.

•Unique techniques that will have you literally “tuning in” on your dream foreign language.

•How to separate foreign language words in the most effective manner for memorization.

• A simple strategy for memorizing the male, neuter and feminine genders (depending on the language, this is a process that some people consider the ultimate nightmare of language learning.)

•Two secret ways to use relaxation to aid the memorization process. These two methods alone are worth the price of this course because they will literally eliminate stress from your body as you work on learning and memorizing foreign language vocabulary.

•And much, much more …

These techniques have been used by real language learners, most of whom previously considered themselves owners of a “bad memory” to make real strides in their foreign language learning efforts.

Don’t worry! None of these techniques are rocket science.

Frankly, if you can memorize a short email address or the name of a movie, then you can use this system to memorize the vocabulary of any language.

But there’s really no time to lose.

Every day that you are not using this simple vocabulary memorization system, you are literally stealing from yourself the joy of reading, speaking and knowing another language in depth as you easily expand the natural abilities of your mind.

Anthony Metivier is the founder and editor of the Magnetic Memory Series and creator of the Magnetic Memory Method which teaches you how to learn foreign language vocabulary and memorize it in a completely new way using Memory Palaces. He holds a BA and MA in English Literature (York), an MA in Media & Communications (European Graduate School) and a PhD in Humanities (York). He is also a story consultant and the author ofDisaster Genre Secrets for Screenwriters and Horror Genre Secrets for Screenwriters.