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Hawaiian language activist Larry Kimura led the charge in the 1970s in getting Hawaii's Department of Education to sanction Hawaiian-language immersion schools. The state, however, did not offer any support or curriculum, Kimura said. So they did it on their own — starting with preschool — where kids could absorb the language from the start. Shereen Marisol Meraji hide caption

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The Hawaiian Language Nearly Died. A Radio Show Sparked Its Revival

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An MRI scan of a person listening to music shows brain areas that respond. (This scan wasn't part of the research comparing humans and monkeys.) KUL BHATIA/Kul Bhatia/Science Source hide caption

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A Musical Brain May Help Us Understand Language And Appreciate Tchaikovsky

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Bringing Up Baby

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More than a third of Riga's population is Russian; the rest are Latvian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Polish and Ukrainian. Russian often serves as a linguistic common denominator in the Latvian capital. David Keyton/AP hide caption

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A New Law In Latvia Aims To Preserve National Language By Limiting Russian In Schools

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Watch Your Mouth

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Researchers say when a baby is babbling, he's primed to learn. Petri Oeschger/Getty Images hide caption

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Baby Talk: Decoding The Secret Language Of Babies

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Lost In Translation: The Power Of Language To Shape How We View The World

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Beyoncé performs at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12. "Instead of me telling someone how good I look, I can just send them a picture of Beyoncé in a queen's outfit," Youth Radio's Robert Fisher says. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters hide caption

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What This Picture Of Beyoncé Tells Us About How Generation Z Connects

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A banner hangs in the courtyard of a University of Barcelona building that reads, "The future is ours," in Catalan. Students are "occupying" the building ahead of an independence vote. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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For Catalonia's Separatists, Language Is The Key To Identity

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Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

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President Trump gives a speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at its commissioning at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia in July. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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(From left to right) Mackenzie Stamper, Adrian Rodriguez and Luke Ryan attend weekly Suzuki violin lessons with instructor Sara Johnson, part of a training program called MILEStone, or Music Impacting Language Expertise. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

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Invisibilia: A Man Finds An Explosive Emotion Locked In A Word

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"DoggoLingo" is a language trend that's been gaining steam on the Internet in the past few years. Words like doggo, pupper and blep most often accompany a picture or video of a dog and have spread on social media. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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