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  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:17 PM

New centre for study of translation set up

Gulf Times
The institute will offer a comprehensive array of related linguistic activities, unique to the Gulf region, encompassing postgraduate education in translation and interpreting, high-level language training, research, and international-standard translation and interpreting services.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 04:30 PM

I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here's How

Gabriel Wyner / Lifehacker
Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process landed on "a pretty damn good method for language learning that you can do in limited amounts of spare time." Here's the four-step method that you can use, too (and you don't have to invest hundreds in a language course like Rosetta Stone).
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 05:52 PM

Belgium's German-speaking cantons ponder their position

Richard Connor / Deutsche Welle
As well as Belgium’s French and Flemish-speaking regions, a handful of municipalities speak German. But, with increasing division between Flanders and Wallonia, the eastern Cantons have been looking at their options.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 12:13 PM

Quebec town in trouble over bilingual newsletter (video)

CTV News
A monthly newsletter in the city of Chateauguay, Quebec, has caused a stir and it has nothing to do with its content. A resident complained there was too much English in the newsletter and now, Quebec's language watchdog has launched an investigation.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 12:25 AM

Proposals aim to preserve Louisiana French

Kris Johnson / Houma Courier
A new resolution headed to the state Senate floor aims to preserve as much of the French language in Louisiana as possible. House Resolution 46, proposed by Acadian and Hispanic Rep. Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, requests that state agencies, when translating information from English to French, make such translations using Louisiana French.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:26 PM

Best Apps to Learn a Language

Julie Ashton-Townsend / Literacy News
Learning a new language is something that takes time and effort, but now you can do it on the move. This is a guide to the best android, iPhone and BlackBerry apps to help you learn a new language.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:05 PM

French language activists find 850 violations in Montreal
Led by the Societe Saint-Jean Baptiste and the Mouvement Quebec Francais, 300 of the complaints were collected by one retired worker who spends his days looking for egregious language violations. Standing in front of the bust of Camille Laurin, the father of Bill 101, English-only flyers from grocery stores and tailors were presented as examples of violations.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 07:45 PM

Face to face with a new language

Courtney Johnson / Minnesota Daily thing that the University of Minnesota’s French department is beginning to implement into their curriculum is interactive Skype exchanges with students from France. It is a new practice, so there are still some kinks to be worked out. But every student from my French 1004 class is currently paired up with a student at a university in France...
  • Apr 17, 2012
  • 09:23 PM

Police corruption case highlights Belgium's language laws / The Telegraph
...In 2006, after confessing his guilt, the police officer was given a prison sentence, upheld on appeal. Following the conviction, he was fired by the police but successfully appealed his sacking because as Flemish officer he had been disciplined by a French speaking superior.
  • Apr 14, 2012
  • 09:00 PM

Opinion: Anglos have seen the enemy, and it is us

Don MacPherson / The Gazette
..So, out of the idealism of the 1960s, long before Bill 101, they did what speakers of the world’s dominant language normally don’t do: they began to learn another language, and to have it taught to their children. And when others fled the first Parti Québécois government, they stayed; they bet their futures, and those of their children, on Quebec.
  • Apr 12, 2012
  • 07:09 PM

Don't tamper with the way people talk

The Daily Advertiser
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and primary opponent Rick Santorum agreed on at least one thing, in addition to the need to unseat Barack Obama. And that was that the United States must adopt English as its official language.
  • Apr 12, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Low-skill immigrants to face mandatory language test, Kenney announces

Tobi Cohen / The Vancouver Journal
Starting July 1, Kenney said Provincial Nominee Program applicants in semi-skilled and low-skilled professions will be tested and required to meet a minimum standard when it comes to listening, speaking, reading and writing in at least one of Canada's official languages — English or French.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 12:41 AM

Ordinary Quebecers, not bureaucrats, are the true guardians of French

Craig McPherson / The Gazette
Do you know what I think is the best protection and promotion of French? It is the sense of camaraderie of francophone Quebecers toward their English co-workers, helping them to feel comfortable speaking French and expanding their fluency, while at the same time taking back some of the same in English.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:49 PM

Trilingual kids who will never be tongue-tied

Iva Pocock / The Irish Times
MY FIRST experience of trilingual children was living in Sri Lanka in 2005, where many of the kids I met spoke Tamil, Sinhala and English. I was astounded when I realised that they could also read and write in these languages, a feat requiring knowledge of three completely different scripts – the Roman alphabet, Tamil script with more than 200 letters, and Sinhalese which has more than 50 characters.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

Apartheid had mercy on indigeneous languanges

It is disturbing to me at least that most political leaders speak their languages in the UN, but all Africans, bar our Arabian brothers in the North, read their prepared speeches in their colonial masters languages, this is in English, French or Portuguese.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 12:21 PM

It's no surprise that anglos don't share a nationalist vision

Celine Cooper / Montreal Gazette
Like many people, I have serious questions about the methodological integrity of L’actualité’s recent findings on the future of French in Montreal, and the highly subjective ways in which they were interpreted and disseminated to the public. (The cover graphic showing a frog holding the “Ici on parle English” sign added a certain nuanced je ne sais quoi).
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 06:08 PM

Bilinguals switch tasks faster than monolinguals, NIH funded study shows

NIH News
Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at switching between tasks than are children who learn to speak only one language, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. However, the study also found that bilinguals are slower to acquire vocabulary than are monolinguals, because bilinguals must divide their time between two languages while monolinguals focus on only one.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 02:30 AM

Two languages, one roof: a chance for learning

Montreal Gazette
At a time when people with a political agenda devoted to separating Quebec from Canada are seizing on every opportunity to pit francophones against their anglo fellow Quebecers, the prospect of enhanced co-operation between English and French school boards is a most welcome development.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:31 AM

Alliance Francaise club celebrates French language, culture

LaTina Emerson / The Augusta Chronicle
Each month, about 70 French speakers gather in Aiken to celebrate the language, culture and cuisine of France. They are members of Alliance Française, which meets the last Tuesday of each month at All Saints Anglican Church in Aiken. Last week, the club danced and listened to French-inspired music by the Fresh Music All-Star Band, dined on wine, cheese and French dishes and held conversations with other members in French.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 05:16 PM

The best French teacher for anglos is life experience

David Johnston / Montreal Gazette
Something happened in January 2009 that shattered conventional notions about bilingualism within the English-speaking community. The Quebec Community Groups Network published a study that found many who have grown up with French immersion suddenly discover in their early 20s that their French isn't really very good.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 11:55 PM

Quebec government tells language watchdog: bite more often
QUEBEC CITY — Facing a barrage of linguistic controversies, the Quebec government has announced it wants the provincial language watchdog to bite more often. Despite a hiring freeze across Quebec's public service, the government will hire 43 employees at the Office quebecois de la langue francaise to fill vacancies left by departures.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 05:39 PM

Protesters support regional languages

The Connexion
Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that “If you love France you don’t propose ratifying the regional languages charter”. Marine Le Pen is also among those opposed. Eva Joly, François Bayrou and François Hollande favour the idea. The views of Front de Gauche candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon are, however, “convoluted and confusing”, according to a Quimper organiser, Patrig Herve, who said he hoped the party would send a representative to clarify its stance.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 03:31 PM

Attendant gets job back

Hugh Adami / Ottawa Citizen
Commissionaire Dan Brown has his old job back, even though he still doesn't speak French. But that doesn't seem to be an issue with the government any more after Dan's story was recounted Sunday by The Public Citizen. Dan, 78, was informed Wednesday that he can again man the ground-floor reception desk of the National Research Council Building.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 02:43 AM

Quebec sovereigntists sound language alarm, again, over poll

Graeme Hamilton / National Post
MONTREAL — Ever on the lookout for signs the province is headed for disaster, sovereigntists jumped all over a poll last week purporting to show that Quebec anglophones couldn’t care less about French. Yves-François Blanchet, the Parti Québécois language critic, cited the special report in the magazine L’actualité as evidence that Quebec’s language law, Bill 101, urgently needs to be strengthened. “It’s quite the warning shot,” he said of the poll conducted by the firm CROP.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:48 AM

Gov’t should be committed to French studies – Prof Kuupole
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof. Domwini Dabire Kuupole has emphasized the need for a strong commitment on the part of government to formulate a clear policy on the study of the French language.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 07:23 PM

Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages

Jacob Aron / New Scientist
Software that invents languages by mashing up words from existing languages could help translate foreign texts for speakers of little-used tongues. Luis Leiva and Vicent Alabau at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, were inspired by the film Blade Runner, in which characters use a street language called "Cityspeak", a mix of languages including Japanese, Spanish and German.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 03:10 PM

English Language No Longer an Issue, Teachers Say
Rwanda teachers in high schools have said that the issue of communication in English is fading off with time. This was disclosed in a one day work shop for teachers in high schools organised by Ministry of East African Community (EAC). Ever since English was declared as the only language of instruction in schools, teachers and learners with a strong background of French language had been struggling to come to terms with the change.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 11:56 PM

New trilingual charter school coming to Scottsdale (video)

Brandy Aguilar / AZFamily
"We'll have a Spanish track and a French track and both for advanced and beginning,” ICSA principal Kris Johnson said. “So someone who has never had a foreign language before will be OK.” Johnson said students will get up to eight hours a week of foreign language instruction by native speakers along with the traditional subjects like math and science.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 01:12 PM

La Francophonie celebrated in Seychelles

Seychelles joined the French-speaking world this week in celebrating “La Francophonie Seychelles.” This annual celebration brings out the historical past of the islands, once part of France after they were discovered and settled. “La Francophonie Seychelles” is today as much the celebration of the French language and that these tropical mid-ocean islands are part of the countries that form part of the French-speaking block called “La Francophonie,” as it reminds everyone that Seychelles were once part of France.
  • Mar 24, 2012
  • 06:43 PM

Interest in French language might be waning, but the ambassador has a plan

Maha Mussadaq / The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: The number of students learning French in Pakistan has decreased over time, but the French ambassador has a strategy to revive interest in the language. Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud said, “We are planning to develop a series of activities, engaging universities and institutions to not just promote the language but the cultural aspect as well.”