Re: [Slovak-World] You'll be more rational when you learn Slovak
- Martin, are those Slovak Language (Elementary) classes at Univ. of Pittsburgh available online perchance?
Paul G. Sabol
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From: votrubam <votrubam@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2012 8:48 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] You'll be more rational when you learn Slovak
You'll be more rational when you learn Slovak, it would appear, or any other language, including English as a non-native speaker, for that matter. Researchers have detected that "when people use a foreign language, their decisions tend to be less biased, more analytic, more systematic." Here's more about the recent experiments:
BTW, earlier studies indicated that speaking two or more languages may delay mental decline at a more mature age, e.g.:
So... should anyone see Slovak as their road to enhanced rationality, here's a link to our Slovak language courses:
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> Slovak Language (Elementary) classes at Univ. of PittsburghNo, Paul, we don't have online classes. I was informed about the existence of this online course by its designers some time ago:
> available online perchance?
But I do not know anyone who has had experience with it (I recall a few SK-W members planning to check it out in the past).
Perhaps because online language classes haven't been around for long, I haven't met anyone who's acquired at least quite basic communicative skills that way in any language so far (meaning beyond a few courtesy phrases and lists of nouns with no ability to understand answers to memorized questions). But I wouldn't be surprised if there were other reasons for that. It's probably not that far from teaching yourself a foreign language, which is an enormous endeavor, especially if the language is quite unlike something we already speak.