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Losing Language

8 Feb 2017 11:51:58

The impact of technology and migration is shaking up the face of Europe in unprecedented ways. The knock-on effect has been keenly felt in the individual languages spoken in the EU member states. Many observers have bemoaned the impact of English on natio...

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Voilà! The end to all your faux amis faux pas,

If you're learning a second language, then you know the frustration of making the same mistakes over and over again. Irregular verbs, silent letters, false friends: sometimes them seems as if they're all out t...

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Speak like a native with Spanish Tutor

One of the best ways to learn Spanish is to take lessons with a native speaker. But if you're like me and don't have the time to attend classes, or the money, the options look limited.

Well before you get all woe-betid...

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Six Reasons to Learn Spanish With a Sitcom


We've all been there: you want to learn a language but the thought of where to start is almost more difficult than the task itself. Not only that, but you haven't got time to pore over Spanish grammar books every day, so your dream of travelling the world...

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A recent article by David Arbesú on theconversation.com debates the potential disappearance of global language barriers in under a decade. With the advent of "live-translation" apps, technology experts predict that computers will soon replace the need for...

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This week, Oxford Dictionaries have chosen the new Word of the Year 2015: the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji. Inspired by the increasing popularity of emojis amongst digital users of all ages, this choice indicates a shift in the way written communication...

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A recent article in The Economist reported how the substantial drop over the past 20 years by British school children learning a foreign language is likely to have a significant impact on the UK economy. British and multinational companies are actively lo...

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In a Q&A published on The Wall Street Journal, ‘Some European languages pose challenges for young math students’, Sue Shellenbarger discusses how languages affect learning processes, explaining how some European languages make it harder for children to le...

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The Impact of Words

5 Aug 2014 15:55:24

When learning a new language, it’s important to think not just about meaning, but also the impact of the words you use. In this article on The Telegraph website, Ivan Hewitt considers how the word ‘vibrant’ has “travelled a long way from its core meaning....

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Technology, Speech and Language

5 Aug 2014 12:44:21

A recent article ‘Natural language processing: is this the end of the written word?’ on TechRadar trumpets the latest developments in the ability of smartphones to process search queries through the use of voice commands. To quote the article, “Devices no...

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