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Speaking in Tongues - 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
At a time when thirty one states have passed "English Only" laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows…
American Tongues - Linguistic Attitudes in the U.S.
Southerners talk too slowly. New Yorkers are rude. New Englanders don't say much at all. Anybody who lives in the U.S. knows the cliches about how people in the various parts of the country handle the English language. American Tongues…
Hanzi - Exploring Language and Culture through Chinese Typography
How does language shape identity? What role does handwriting play in the digital age? HANZI encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity. HANZI explores international design, visual culture, and identity through the…
Language and Mind with Noam Chomsky
One of the most gifted thinkers of our time, Noam Chomsky has revolutionized our understanding of language, its use and its acquisition. Now, Language & Mind brings Chomsky into your classroom, where he takes your students on a guided tour…
Essentials for Success with Spanish
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish II: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Begin by exploring key principles of effective language learning. Consider a core approach to building comprehension, focusing on linguistic cognates, context, and the use of conjecture. Then, do a spirited review of definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural nouns,…
Little Pim: At Home - Chinese for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 Chinese words and phrases to use around the home!
Pronouncing Classical Latin
Episode 1 of Latin 101
Salvete! Greetings! Ease into your study of Latin by admiring its beauty and impressive history. Then focus on the letters and sounds of the restored classical pronunciation, which approximates the way Latin was spoken in the classical era. Finally, cover…
Little Pim: Let's Eat! - Spanish for Kids
See Little Pim and friends making and eating food while having fun discovering new tastes. Children will learn more than sixty Spanish words and phrases to use at mealtime.
Let There Be Words - What is Language?
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
What precisely is language and how did humans acquire it? In an effort to answer these essential questions, this program journeys back to prehistoric times in search of languages origin. But this is not a passive discussion, as Noam Chomsky;…
Little Pim: At Home - French for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 French words and phrases to use around the home!
The Present Tense and Prepositions
Episode 2 of Learning Spanish II: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
To build conversational skill, practice the present tense with verbs ending in "ar," "er," and "ir." Then learn some vital irregular verbs and how to use them. Continue with prepositional pronouns (as in "near me" or "next to her"), and…
Little Pim: Let's Play! - Spanish for Kids
See the fun ways young children play together and learn more than 60 words and phrases with Little Pim. Explore the wonders of play, from blocks to boats, from tea parties to dress up.
Little Pim: Let's Count - French for Kids
Join Little Pim and friends as they count fun objects - from ladybugs to lollipops. Children will learn more than 60 French words and phrases for use in counting!
The Language You Cry In
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day…
Life and Death - Language Preservation
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
It is predicted that within a century more than half of the worlds languages will become extinct, but as languages are lost, new ones emerge naturally or are constructed. In this program, Noam Chomsky; Esperantist Thomas Eccard; endangered languages researcher…
Tongues of Heaven - Saving Native Languages
This film explores the challenges facing young indigenous people as they struggle to learn the languages of their forebears before they go extinct. Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where languages of the Austronesian family are spoken, this experimental documentary…
The Mind of Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky revolutionized our understanding of language, cognition, and the nature of the human mind. Join host Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences theory) as he leads you on a fascinating journey through the life and mind of Noam Chomsky. From an…
The Brave Class - The Power of Political Speech
What hides beneath a political speech? Can the world be changed with words? THE BRAVE CLASS reveals the methods of political language in our way of understanding the world. We comprehend reality through an invisible and yet extremely important filter:…
That's Not What I Meant with Deborah Tannen
Deborah Tannen revolutionized our understanding of gender and communication. Debunking the misconception that communication would be transparent if we simply "said what we meant," Tannen counters by suggesting that we do say what we mean--only we say it in our…
Little Pim: Feelings - German for Kids
See Little Pim and friends feel happy and in love, make sad and mad faces and everything in between. Children will learn more than 60 German words and phrases to show their feelings!