Adventures in Language

Science Behind Language Learning | Am I Fluent Yet?

May 31, 2022 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
Science Behind Language Learning | Am I Fluent Yet?
Show Notes

Are you fluent in your second language? How do you know? In our latest podcast, Kaitlyn Tagarelli (Linguist, PhD) talks about what it means to be fluent, and why that might look a little different for everyone.

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Wondering what languages were used in today’s episode?
English (recording language)
Thai | สวัสดี (sawat1dii) means both “Hello” and “Goodbye”
Dzongkha | སྐུ་གཟུགས་བཟང་པོ། (kuzu zangpo) means “Hello” and ཡར་སི་མས། (yasi mey) means “Goodbye”
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Want to know more about the scientific research underlying this episode? Here’s some of the research we consulted in this podcast:
DeJong, N. H. (2018). Fluency in Second Language Testing: Insights From Different Disciplines. Language Assessment Quarterly, 15(3), 237-254.
Ullman, M. T. & Lovelett, J. T. (2016). Implications of the declarative/procedural model for improving second language learning: The role of memory enhancement techniques. Second Language Research, 4(1), 39-65.

Kaitlyn Tagarelli (PhD, Georgetown University) is a Linguist and the Head of Research at Mango Languages. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in how the mind and brain learn languages. Aside from geeking out about all things neuroscience and linguistics, she loves hanging out with her family at their Connecticut home, trying to convince them to speak French with her.

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