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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 23, 2012
  • 05:15 PM

Právo: Czechs learn other foreign languages besides English

Prague Daily Monitor
Almost all young Czechs know some English now compared with the early 1990s and the latest experience shows that the knowledge of one more foreign language is an advantage on the job market, depending on business trends that now put emphasis on Spanish, Russian and Chinese, daily Pravo writes Friday.
  • 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
  • 12:20 AM

Wayzata students learning Spanish outside of school

Stephanie Audette / Minneapolis Star Tribune
Frustrated over a lack of access to Spanish immersion, some Wayzata parents created their own program, and it has been thriving for a decade now.
  • Apr 18, 2012
  • 06:19 PM

Researcher: State English learner program is 'subtractive education' (audio)

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez / 89.3 KPCC
The default policy in California schools immerses students in English without building on what they’ve learned in their native languages. At the same time, a growing body of research underscores the benefits of speaking two or more languages early in life.
  • 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 08, 2012
  • 04:52 PM

VIista Latina: Fusion of English and Spanish along the border creates a distinct dialect

Julio Morales / Imperial Valley Press
A native of Mexicali, Jose Martinez said that if one listens intently, different varieties of Spanish can be heard spoken in the Imperial and Mexicali valleys. While regional Mexican accents are common, he also has taken note of how English language constructs have influenced the type of Spanish spoken along the border.
  • 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 02, 2012
  • 12:36 PM

A guide for Northern New Mexico diction

Tom Sharpe / Santa Fe New Mexican
Indeed, all jokes aside, people from other parts of the country often are puzzled at the esotericism of Northern New Mexico -- with place names in Spanish, Tewa and other languages, and natural, cultural or historical references unknown elsewhere. Mark Cross aims to acclimate tourists, newcomers and even people who have spent years here but remain ignorant of the finer points, with his newly published Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
  • 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 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 27, 2012
  • 12:16 AM

Facing Challenges as Dual-Language Programs Grow

Eleanor Yang Su / KQED
About 50,000 students are enrolled in dual-language programs in California, state Department of Education officials say, and about half of them are English learners. Ninety percent of the programs offer Spanish as the second language, followed by Mandarin (4 percent), Korean (3 percent) and other languages (3 percent).
  • 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 24, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

More to the Story on Dual-Language Immersion

Lesli A. Maxwell / Education Week
...One of those courses is biology, taught by teacher Fan Fang, who, with both a Chinese language credential and biology content credential, is a bit of a rare find. Finding teachers like Fang is one of the biggest barriers to expanding dual-language programs into the upper grades.
  • 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 22, 2012
  • 03:03 PM

Dual-language school programs growing in popularity

Eleanor Yang Su / California Watch
From Chula Vista to Laguna Niguel and Sacramento, public schools are creating dual-language immersion programs at a fast pace. The California Department of Education estimates there are 318 bilingual immersion programs in the state, up from 201 in 2006.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 11:20 AM

Spanish language classes help open the door to English for many Mexican immigrants to city

Erica Pearson / New York Daily News
They come in with the goal of learning English — but the first step must be dominating reading, writing and grammar in Spanish. “We can’t send people to English classes if they can’t read or write in Spanish,” said Gonzalo Mercado, executive director of El Centro del Inmigrante in Staten Island, which offers classes every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 10:15 AM

Selling Spanish Immersion: Why Spanish?

Jim Paluzzi / Fronteras
PHOENIX — Americans are notorious for being monolingual. Gallup Poll research shows that three of every four Americans can’t carry on a conversation in a second language. But if you are going to learn another language, here in the Southwest, that means Spanish.
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 06:31 PM

Modesto City Schools grapples with teacher language requirements

Nan Austin / The Modesto Bee
Should teachers in a dual language program be bilingual? Modesto City Schools district will grapple with the question Monday as teachers, parents and administrators weigh in on a job description for the Dual Language Program. The vote will be on whether to require a bilingual credential, but the underlying issue is bumping rights.
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 12:48 PM

Puerto Rico Statehood: Santorum Backpedals from English Comment (video)

Fox News
"Obviously Spanish would be the language here," Santorum said adding that it’s essential that English be taught and spoken "universally" throughout the island. Santorum went on to say the media misrepresented his comments to suggest that he wanted English as the "only" language, which he doesn't believe.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 08:23 PM

Digital spell-checking may be killing off words

Charles Choi /
The death rate of words has apparently increased recently while new entries into languages are becoming less common, both perhaps because of digital spell-checking, according to a Google-aided analysis of more than 10 million words. More than 4 percent of the world's books have now been digitized, a trove that includes seven languages and dates back to the 16th century. All of this text offers new opportunities to study how language evolves.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 03:19 PM

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 15, 2012
  • 02:56 PM

Santorum: English needed for Puerto Rico statehood

Kasie Hunt / Albany Times Union
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that Puerto Rico should only gain statehood if the territory makes English its main language. In an interview with a San Juan newspaper, El Vocero, Santorum said English would have to be the "main language" if Puerto Rico were to become a state.
  • 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 12, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

Spaniards in passionate debate about “sexist” grammar

Sinikka Tarvainen / Bikya Masr
Women’s rights activists have protested at the dominance of masculine nouns and pronouns. The language guides mentioned by Bosque, for instance, encourage Spanish speakers to replace masculine plurals with neutral-sounding ones. “Citizens” would thus become “citizenry,” “the unemployed” would become “people without jobs” and “trainees” would become “trainee people.”
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 12:01 AM

State Department to hold first Twitter briefing in Spanish

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Tuesday it will hold its first Twitter briefing in Spanish, as part of its policy of using new social media to reach out to the international community. Hosting the briefing at 2 pm Thursday in Washington, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer "will take questions submitted" to the department?s Spanish-language Twitter feed @USAenEspanol.
  • Feb 23, 2012
  • 08:38 PM

Bilingual Border Cities Challenge Movement To Make English The Official Language

Cristina Costantini / Huffington Post
Supporters of the movement say making English the official language will advance political unity based on linguistic commonality, while critics say the movement is founded on irrational fears of immigration. But for border towns with large Spanish-speaking populations, the debate is playing out in real terms.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 04:29 PM

First Turkish-Spanish/Spanish-Turkish dictionary with phonetic transcription presented at University of the Basque Country

Basque Research
The Faculty of Arts at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in the Basque capital city of Vitoria-Gasteiz was the location chosen for the presentation of the only Turkish-Spanish/Spanish-Turkish dictionary to date that brings together the phonetic transcription of entries, as well as having ample introductions on both Spanish and Turkish grammar.
  • 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.