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  • 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
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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 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 16, 2012
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German in a Multicultural World

Sam Dillon / New York Times
“In the U.S., German is on the defensive,” they conclude in a new study that could serve as a blueprint for other languages threatened by tectonic shifts in American demographics. “It is under increasing attack from many directions and for many different reasons.”
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 05:46 PM

The language of assimilation

Esther Cepeda / The Star Democrat
CHICAGO Back in the mid-1700s, German immigrants were the bane of my favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin, who believed they'd never assimilate into the predominant culture of the time. Franklin believed the immigrants were "generally of the most ignorant, stupid sort of their own nation" and thus unable and unwilling to learn English.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 02:36 PM

Truths and Misconceptions about Multilingualism: The 23 EU Languages

Areti Kotseli / Greek Reporter
According to the ENIC Network (European Network of Information Centres), more than 90% of Greek people consider English the most useful language after their mother tongue Greek. Despite the bad success percentages (57%) for the Lower Examination – Greece is the 50th country out of 67 – and the Proficiency examination (46%), half of Greeks consider themselves capable speakers of English.
  • Mar 26, 2012
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Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

Daisy Sindelar / RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she moved to the Czech Republic was how to open her mouth wider when she spoke. As a native-born Estonian, she simply wasn't in the habit. "In Estonia, we speak slowly," she said. "We almost don't open our mouths when we speak. We don't have to articulate the words. It's our nature. It's colder there, and people spend more time inside, and that's why we're like this.
  • Mar 22, 2012
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What foreign language do students most want to learn?

Rebecca Walker / USA Today
A recent USA Today College poll indicated that 44% of students would enroll in a Spanish course for their next foreign language course. The numbers quickly tapper off after that — with Chinese being the second most popular language at 11%, and Arabic attracting 9% of students. Closely trailing are the three languages that are commonly found in universities across the country —- at least at the beginner level: German, French, and Italian all tallied in 8% each.
  • Mar 18, 2012
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Making sense of the language confusion (audio)

Julia Slater /
Switzerland is at the intersection of three major European cultures – German, French and Italian – and the only language it can truly call its own, Romansh, is spoken by less than 0.5 per cent of the population.
  • Mar 15, 2012
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More teenagers to take GCSEs in foreign languages

Graeme Paton /
Experts said the change was set to reverse almost a decade of declining interest in foreign languages, which are in huge demand among employers and leading universities. According to figures, the number of pupils taking GCSEs in languages halved from 80 per cent to just 40 per cent between 2000 and 2011.
  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 12:42 PM

Back When America Was Multilingual

Ryan W. McMaken / The LRC Blog
...The adoption of such measures, in these two places, as in most places in America, is meaningless in the practical sense because most local governments already do business in English only. But, such measures are symbolic measures designed to send a message to undesirables who are insufficiently nationalistic in their choice of language. An obsession with forcing the citizenry to speak one government-approved language has long been central to the plans of nationalists everywhere.
  • Mar 09, 2012
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Jürgen Trabant: English is smothering the great cultural languages

Knut Diers / The
Jürgen Trabant, a professor from Berlin, thinks the major losers in the unbridled expansion of English in business, science and everyday life will be French, Italian and German. The linguist and professor, who lives in Bremen, supports having an adoptive language. Every EU citizen should, in addition to his/her native tongue and global English, take on a third language.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:57 AM

Crisis-hit Spaniards, Italians in search of jobs cause boom in German language classes

Juergen Baetz / Global Edmonton
BERLIN - Spaniards, Portuguese and others from countries hit hard by the debt crisis are flocking to learn German in hopes of getting jobs in Europe's biggest and strongest economy, according to data obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday.
  • Feb 22, 2012
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Urban slang 'more logical' form of German

Linguistics professor Heike Wiese says “Kiezdeutsch” which roughly translates as “neighbourhood German”, is a mutated, fluid form of high German spoken by urban young people across the country. Incorporating many foreign words, the slang also simplifies German grammar, but is often dismissed as “ruining the purity of German language,” she said.
  • Dec 14, 2011
  • 10:46 PM

Thousands speak out over languages-teaching cuts

Katherine Donnelly, John O'Mahony / Irish Independent
THOUSANDS of people, from all over the world, have signed an online petition to save the teaching of modern languages in Irish primary schools from the Budget axe. Language academics and the Irish diaspora in countries such as Germany, the US and Canada are among those supporting the campaign to reverse the move. It will be adios to Spanish, au revoir to French, auf Wiedersehen to German and arrivederci to Italian in 550 primary schools if the cut goes ahead as planned next year.
  • Dec 06, 2011
  • 01:16 PM

A First World War mystery in Fredericton is solved

Stephen Llewellyn / Daily Gleaner
A mystery dating back to the First World War has been solved in Fredericton. It started when some students were doing an inventory of artifacts that were part of a First World War exhibit at the Fredericton Region Museum on Queen Street this summer. They found some pages covered in unusual writing.
  • Aug 22, 2011
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A-level results: number of languages students falls to new low

Graeme Paton / The Telegraph
The number of teenagers studying French and German has slumped to a record low, fuelling fears over the death of foreign languages in schools.
  • Aug 15, 2011
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Craze for foreign languages

Vinay Lokesh / Times of India
...When asked about the growing trend, Vincent Vasanth Kumar, co-ordinator of one of the French learning centre said, Learning foreign languages boosts their career prospects and is a value addition to their curriculum vitae as there is a huge demand for translation and interpretation in the IT sector, he said.
  • Jul 12, 2011
  • 11:58 PM

English for Advanced Learners: Linguists Examine Obstacles to Native-Like Proficiency in Foreign Language Acquisition

The use of English as a second and foreign language is steadily increasing, and although English and German have common roots, even advanced German learners of English find it difficult to achieve a native-like level of proficiency in English.
  • Jun 08, 2011
  • 01:22 PM

After 25 years of work, dictionary set for release

Thomas Kean / Myanmar Times
FOR Mr Tobias Esche, June 2011 will be a momentous month. In the mid-1980s, his grandparents, Dr Annemarie Esche and Dr Otto Esche, began full-time work on the first German-Myanmar dictionary – a labour of love that, almost three decades and 70,000 entries later, is about to begin hitting a handful of bookstore shelves in Asia and Europe.
  • May 27, 2011
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Fermisht but Not Fergotten

Philologos / Forward
...But let’s get back to Mr. Fidell’s intuition. The far- in a word like farklemt and the “for-“ in a word like “forget” are indeed connected, although less obviously than might appear at first glance.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:53 PM

Zurich toddlers to learn only Swiss-German

World Radio Switzerland
Youngsters in Zurich kindergartens will be taught Swiss-German dialect only, following a referendum on Sunday. Against the advice of politicians and educators, fifty-four percent of voters in the canton approved an initiative to use only dialect as a way of improving integration of foreigners.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 02:51 AM

How expats are learning their local language

How expats are learning their local language How easy is it to learn the language of your host country? Do locals lend a helping hand, and are they patient enough? And what's the best way to learn a language these days?
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 01:27 AM

Amazon launches German-language Kindle book store

Bloomberg Businessweek Inc. said Thursday that it has launched its Kindle e-book store in Germany, bolstering a catalog of German-language books that it had already offered to customers of its U.S. and U.K. websites.
  • Apr 27, 2011
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Language wars in South Tyrol

Nick Squires / The Telegraph
Italian-speakers are furious at the number of footpath signs which have been erected in only German in the Dolomites, an area that is renowned for its extensive hiking trails and spectacular scenery.
  • Apr 21, 2011
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Translation scamble after embarrasing error in youth Catechism

The Record
VATICAN CITY - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will set up a special working group to collect reported errors and distribute corrections in translations of a new catechism created for young people.
  • Apr 08, 2011
  • 12:28 AM

'Auf Englisch bitte' (In English, please)

David C. Wolfe / Public Opinion
David C. Wolfe, a 2009 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a second year journalism student at Lock Haven University, is studying in Germany for the spring semester. This is the fifth in a series of letters telling of his experiences.