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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).
  • 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 22, 2012
  • 03:13 PM

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
  • 07:17 PM

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 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
  • 02:45 PM

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.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 02:40 PM

Teaching Method Exploits Similarities of Romance Languages

Latin American Herald Tribune
LOS ANGELES – A program at a California university teaches languages like French and Italian starting with their similarities to Spanish, an idea that is scoring a big success among Hispanics of the region.
  • Dec 13, 2011
  • 06:25 PM

Infographic Of The Day: America's Problem With Second Languages

Cliff Kuang / Co.Design
A surprising chart suggests that Americans see second languages as a cultural luxury rather than a competitive advantage.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 01:42 AM

Italian language under threat from cuts, warns academy

Tom Kington / The Guardian
Nicoletta Maraschio is fighting to stop the closure of the Accademia della Crusca, the Florence-based institute she runs which has been considered the foremost custodian of the Italian language since it published Italy's first dictionary in 1612. Almost 400 years on, the government has announced plans to eliminate the academy's €190,000 (£165,000) annual funding...
  • Jun 06, 2011
  • 12:44 AM

Dante Alighieri Committee in Bulgaria and Promotion of Italian Language Worldwide
It is impossible to write about the work of Dante Alighieri Committee for promotion and dissemination of the Italian language and culture worldwide without reminding of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 01:10 AM

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
  • 01:22 AM

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.