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Links to and comments about resources for languages, literatures, and cultures.

Start Learning a New Language in January!

Join the uTalk Challenge!

Software can’t teach you to speak and understand a language, but it can certainly help you get started with essential vocabulary and practice listening and speaking.  uTalk is an iOS app available for a number of languages that is both useful and fun.  Only the most basic level, however, is free unless you join the uTalk challenge.

If you sign up at, you’ll receive on January 1, 2016, a code to unlock the uTalk Essentials level of the app in your chosen language completely free.  Eurotalk, the company that makes uTalk, will check in with you each week to see how you’re doing.  If you complete the Essesntials level by the end of January, you can receive another language for February and so on each month.

Note:  The uTalk app is only available on iOS.  However, if you don’t have an iOS device, send an email to so that an alternative can be worked out.

For more information, including a video of some competitors in the 2015 challenge, go to



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Joanna Rants–Nine Types of Spanish Accents

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How Are World Languages Related?

You probably know that French, Spanish, and Italian are ‘siblings’; all three developed from the Latin used throughout the Roman Empire. You may be less aware of the relationship of English to German, Dutch, and several Scandinavian languages. Eurotalk, a developer of software for language learning, has created this image to illustrate the ‘language forest’ to show the relationships among many of the 6000+ languages in the world.

Are you interested in learning a language?  The Global Studio has resources, including some of the Eurotalk software, to help you.  Come visit!

World language family trees
Courtesy of: EuroTalk

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Deutschland 83 Premieres on SundanceTV in June

Alex-Edel-Martin-Rauch-Moritz-Stamm-Deutschland-83The first German-language TV series  to be shown on US TV, Deutschland 83 will air on SundanceTV beginning June 17, 2015.  Described as a “coming-of-age spy thriller”, the eight-part series is a coproduction of Germany’s RTL and Sundance.  The creators and authors are the American journalist Anna Winger and her husband Jörg Winger, a showrunner for German TV and the executive producer of this new series.

The series is set with the “real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s.”  Martin Rauch is a young East German sent to the West as an undercover spy.  Hiding within the West German army, he is tasked with the gathering of NATO military secrets.

The series had its world premiere at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival.

For more information, read the SundanceTV page and like Deutschland 83 on Facebook.

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Get Acquainted with the Eurovision Song Contest!

eurovisioinbetter_forblogWhat event attracts over 180 million viewers every spring?  The Eurovision Song Contest.  This event, which began in May 1956, is a European television tradition and a definite pop culture phenomenon.  In 2015 the last rounds of the Contest will take place in Vienna, Austria, because Austria is the home of the 2014 winner.  The competition has already begun as countries have started selecting their songs.  (Each country participating selects one song for the competition.)  The ‘Euro’ refers to the European Broadcasting Union, but countries well outside Europe are often allowed to compete.  In 2015, Australia is participating!  Winners are determined by the votes of the participating countries, and the voting is often as much political as musical.

Interested?  You’ll find links to the selected songs and information about the Contest on the official Eurovision website.  ESCUnited is a fan website that includes opinions from panels of reviewers.  It has a presence on Facebook as well.  Explore!  Perhaps you’ll get to know the next European pop star.  Past contestants include Céline Dion and ABBA.

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Le Petit Prince — La bande-annonce

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Welcome to the Global Studio!

Are you interested in world languages and cultures? Are you planning to study abroad or have you recently come back? Are you enrolled in an LAIS, MLC, or C-LAC course? Whether you’re taking a class, working on a new language independently, or interested in media from around the world, the Global Studio has resources to help you. Why not bookmark and follow this blog, where you’ll find both news of events on campus and links to useful online tools and resources? We’ll even point you to fun items like this quiz!

Many of the Studio resources are linked through the World TV page on this blog and through the Resources for Independent Language Learning site.

Need more help?  Contact Sharon Scinicariello, the Studio’s director, for personalized advice.  You may also want to consult the Studio’s instructions or take one of the Studio’s workshops.

World Languages Quiz

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