Language & linguistics news from around the world • Updated daily • Relevant stories, selected by humans (not computers)

Share this site!

Language: Spanish - Page 2

  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 02:38 PM

Gingrich Sends an E-mail in Spanish, Asking for Support in Iowa

Trip Gabriel / New York Times
WALFORD, Iowa — Newt Gingrich promises to make English the official language of government, but on Monday he sent an e-mail appeal in Spanish asking for support at the Iowa caucuses.
  • 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 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.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 09:31 PM

Parents and Teachers Don't See Eye-to-Eye on Merits of Language Mixing

Maane Khatchatourian / The Brooklyn Ink
Unlike previous generations of Hispanic immigrants, parents are increasingly allowing the mixing of the two languages and — perhaps surprisingly — education researchers are celebrating the phenomenon. Recent research findings conclude that the speech practice — known technically as “codeswitching” — doesn’t harm English language skills and may even boost intellectual development.
  • Oct 22, 2011
  • 04:48 AM

Latin Americans separated by the same language

Stephen Wade / The Associated Press
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — The United States and England are often described as two countries separated by a common language. So imagine the potential for confusion, curiosity and laughs around the Pan American Games, where Spanish — in all its variations — is the official language of about half the 42 competing nations.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 11:50 PM

Proposal could cut dual-language ballots (video)

Will Ripley /
DENVER - Election night is still months away, but a debate over the language on ballots is heating up. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) plans to introduce legislation to repeal Section 203 of the 1973 Voting Rights Act. The section deals with printing ballots in more than one language.
  • Aug 17, 2011
  • 02:37 PM

Opinion: Why is Bilingualism Seen as Un-American?

Roxana A. Soto / Fox News
I grew up bilingual (believe it or not, I went to a dual language immersion school back in Peru) and am a language lover, so I’ve never really understood America’s monolingual preference. Especially when there is so much research backing the fact that bilingualism is good for us: Not only are there the obvious job market advantages, but it’s been linked to everything from better multi-tasking to delaying the effects of Alzheimer’s.
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 10:18 PM

US to hold inaugural Spanish spelling bee

Valeria Perasso / BBC News
It may be easy to spell Spanish words such as "litro" (litre) or "amor" (love). But "otorrinolaringologo" (ear, nose and throat doctor) and "sanctasanctorum" (reserved and sacred place) are a different challenge. All these are included in the list of words that will be used to test the spelling abilities of Spanish-speaking students in the US, in the first ever National Spanish Spelling Bee...
  • Jun 30, 2011
  • 11:51 PM

The Forward March of Spanish

Patricio Navia / Globla Brief
Latin America’s English-speaking elites are giving way to a newcentury middle class that fancies the language of Pizarro and Cortes
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 10:42 PM

Galata goes red for Spanish day celebrations

Today's Zaman
Lovers of Spanish language and culture congregated en masse in İstanbul’s Galata Square on Saturday for a Spanish-themed day of activities and entertainment in celebration of the third annual June 18, Spanish Language Day, courtesy of the Cervantes Institute.
  • Jun 13, 2011
  • 02:07 PM

150 red Rizal balloons go by

Igan D'Bayan / Philippine Star
Rodríguez also talks about how the Spanish cultural center will celebrate the third annual “El Día del Español” (Spanish Language Day) on June 18 at Instituto Cervantes (IC) in Manila, along with 70 IC centers worldwide — from Madrid to Rio de Janeiro.
  • May 26, 2011
  • 12:06 PM

New Mobile Spanish Language-Learning App Brands Itself as the “Opposite of Rosetta Stone”

Brainscape Spanish – the first language-learning app to cost $40 on the App Store – offers a lightweight learning methodology based on decades of brain science.
  • May 24, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

Socrates in Spanish

Dan Berrett / Inside Higher Ed
In an effort that some are calling the first program of its kind, Georgetown College, a Christian liberal arts college in Georgetown, Ky., is hoping the same high interest in foreign languages in K-12 schools can be translated to the postsecondary level. This fall, the 1,300-undergraduate college will welcome its first cohort of 15 students to its Inmersión en Español program.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 11:32 PM

For some, it's courses, language, culture

Gary Pettus / Jackson Clarion Ledger
When she came from Honduras to the United States about seven years ago, Josselyn Reyes entered the fifth grade hardly able to speak a word of English.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 09:30 PM

Spanish Language Contact Center Solution Trends: Impact of Growing Hispanic Population in U.S.

Mae Kowalke / TMC Net
As the Spanish-speaking Hispanic population in the U.S. grows, opportunities are opening up in the outsourced services market. That’s because companies using call centers to provide customer service must increasingly take language and culture into consideration, in order to provide a high level of Spanish language contact center solutions.
  • May 14, 2011
  • 01:49 AM

Writer says U.S. Latinos should be proud of their language

Fox News
New York – Latinos in the United States should feel proud of their Spanish language and their identity because it allows them to maintain contact with one of the world's greatest literary traditions, prizewinning Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa told Efe.
  • May 13, 2011
  • 09:39 PM

Culver City Celebrates 40 Years of Language Immersion

Winter Johnson /
For El Marino Language School teacher Liz Mejia, the 40th anniversary of language immersion in Culver City has special meaning—she was one of the program’s early students in 1972 at Linwood Howe Elementary.
  • May 13, 2011
  • 08:26 PM

Chavez: English Immersion for Immigrants

Linda Chavez / GOPUSA
The bilingual, multicultural approach became deeply imbedded in the public school curriculum, thanks to the efforts mostly of white liberals, with help from some college-educated, fully assimilated Hispanic activists. The consequences were disastrous, especially for Hispanic children consigned to a second-class education in Spanish...
  • May 12, 2011
  • 06:34 PM

Claremont Immersion Program Honored by Spanish Government

Sun Gazette
Claremont Immersion Elementary School was tapped as “Colegio del Ano” (“School of the Year”) by the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain during an awards ceremony May 6.
  • May 09, 2011
  • 03:24 PM

Spanish Language Contact Center Solutions: What is Dialect?

Jamie Epstein / TMC Net
Americans of Mexican descent make up the largest group of Hispanics, with 67 percent compared with the 8 percent for next largest, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Census reported. The accent, tone, pace and words used are distinctive in Mexican Spanish compared to that of other countries within Latin America and the Caribbean...
  • May 03, 2011
  • 01:07 PM

Distr. 28 residents rank Spanish, Chinese, French as ‘most important’ world languages

Jeff Dana / TribLocal
Spanish emerged as the most important world language to the 137 people who responded, followed by Mandarin Chinese and French, according to the survey results. Japanese, German and Russian ranked lower in importance.
  • Apr 28, 2011
  • 11:46 AM

Irving ISD candidate takes issue with English instruction

Gary Reaves / WFAA
IRVING — Irving school board candidate Steven Jones says he's running because schools need to change — especially the way they teach English to the 70 percent of students who come from Spanish-speaking homes.
  • Apr 28, 2011
  • 11:35 AM

SpanglishBaby Launches School Library Contest Winning School Will Take $500 Worth of Bilingual and Spanish Books

American Banking News, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children, launches My Bilingual School Library Contest giving dual language (or bilingual) schools the opportunity to compete for $500 worth of bilingual or Spanish books to stock their libraries.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 01:56 PM

Graduation Ceremony to be Translated into Spanish

The Daily Gazette
For the first time this year, the Swarthmore College commencement ceremony will be translated into Spanish. For several years the ceremony has been translated into American Sign Language...
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 01:32 AM

Lost In Translation: American Decodes Weird Spanish Slang

Monica Garske / AOL News
Learning a foreign language is hard enough. But if that language is riddled with weird slang terms and ever-changing funny phrases, you may wind up lost in translation.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 01:20 AM

ARCHIE To Offer Spanish-Language Digital Comics

Albert Ching / Newsarama
Archie Comics will offer Spanish-language versions of select titles in their online catalogue starting this week, the Associated Press reported Monday.
  • Apr 26, 2011
  • 10:49 PM

Mobile App Helps Users Learn Language From Real Life

Sarah Kessler / Mashable
Living in Spanish-speaking countries for a decade gave Voxy CEO Paul Gollash strong opinions about how people learn languages best. Interviewing top linguists gave him more. He rolled what he learned from the two experiences into an innovative learning app for the iPhone. Voxy, says Gollash, turns on “learning in the flow of your life.”
  • Apr 26, 2011
  • 10:06 PM

Souderton police may soon habla español

Emily Morris / Montgomery Newspapers
The Rosetta Stone program, widely known through advertising, is a computerized program of multiple lessons designed to create fluency in another language through immersion – much like most people learn English, Lawson pointed out.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 09:00 PM

Musicians & Educators Join Together To Teach Children An “Essential” Second Language

Capital Wire PR
Washington, DC – Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures™ is an innovative Spanish language learning program for children in the Washington DC area that seeks to give students both linguistic and cultural fluency – providing them with advantages in our growing bilingual society.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 12:08 AM

The mother tongues: Learning Spanish and English unites children

Rubén Martinez / Los Angeles Times
...But then we heard that Aldama Elementary School in neighboring Highland Park had recently inaugurated a dual-language immersion program. Maybe I'd finally get some backup for Spanish — and in a public school classroom, no less.