Language

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

Brits 'Bad' at Languages: A Belief Worth Challenging

Lucy Bell | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Bell

We are constantly being told Britons are 'bad' at languages... Brits do not have some kind of freak genetic indisposition that hinders them from learning foreign languages. The drop in uptake of languages is not the result of a lack of ability, but of a complex mix of factors.

Munich University 'Abandons' German Language As Courses To Be Taught In English

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

One of Germany's top universities has been criticised for "abandoning" the country's language as plans were unveiled to teach all of its masters' cour...

Understanding the Importance of Interpreters Through 'Game of Thrones'

Neil Payne | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Payne

Perhaps the most enlightening bit of action we see in GoT that truly exemplifies the challenges of being an interpreter is when for Daenerys Targaryen faces the Good Masters of Astapor.

Russia's Ban on Swearing in the Arts - I Say Nyet!

Neil Durkin | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I haven't seen much media coverage of the new ban on swear words in the arts in Russia and I was initially suspicious that it was some kind of hoax. A cock and bull story ...

Six Tips for Learning Japanese

Yumiko Sato | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yumiko Sato

After many trials and errors I began to realize some essential knowledge that applied to acquiring English that no one had taught me. And then I realized that the same principle applied to learning Japanese, while teaching Japanese to Americans. Here are 6 tips for learning Japanese:

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

Words, Terms and Phrases We Need to Lose From Our Vocabulary NOW!

Leigh Clark | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Leigh Clark

 "If thought can corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought".  George Orwell, 1984.   The choice of words in which you use to communicate ...

Allez Les Hashtags! 'Hashtag' Enters the French Dictionary

Verity Stockdale | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Verity Stockdale

The humble hashtag has really taken centre stage as of late. It never ceases to amaze me how something so simple can cause such a stir, but over the last week or two in particular, the hashtag has really been making its mark in ways that only the hashtag knows how.

A Kinder City - Playable City Award

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Gwalchmai

For anyone unaware of the project or those uninterested, they'll be powering the project by day and should they cross the bridge at night then they'll be pleasantly surprised.

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

22 Cornish Words We Should All Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Congratulations, people of Cornwall, on your new-found status as a minority. To celebrate, we are brushing up on our Cornish dialect. Here are 22 wond...

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In a visit marked mainly by quietness and enquiring looks, I spent part of the Easter weekend with an older relative who struggles to connect the adult I've become with the child she'd always known. In her mind, I'm still away at university - fixed forever in a time which, in her mind, defines me.

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

Stop Misusing the Term 'Empowerment'

Helen Reeves | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

With the common mantra that "sex sells" and the idea that we have now reached a cultural peak of sexual openness and opportunity, a so-called 'post-feminist' outlook might argue that women today are now more sexually empowered to make a broader range of sexual choices. But whilst it's laudable that women are allowed to be sexual and openly enjoy sex; surely empowerment would be doing that on our own terms?

If You Are Going to Threaten People to Pay Their Bill...

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

Language is very important and as we can see, getting it right can in some cases be a matter of life or death. And while I understand big companies need to chase people who do not pay their bills, they need to be accurate in the way they communicate with customers.

A Tryst With the West

Shweta Kothari | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shweta Kothari

It's been a few months in Britain now and I have had my own share of experiences. The freedom, equality, civility and tranquility has enthralled me beyond words. Never before have I seen a culture so vibrant. I have come to revere the spirit of the Englishmen and developed a deep fascination for the English heritage.

Understanding India's Deep Linguistic Divisions

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

You'd think from popular portrayals of India's rise as a global outsourcing power on the basis of its citizens' English-speaking abilities, that the language would be a common denominator in uniting a country of over 1.2 billion people.

How to Write a Sentence

James Thomas | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

Where shall/should you/one start/begin? At the start/beginning, of course! You ought always, and in everything you do, to begin a sentence at the beginning. It is simply no good to start in the middle and work your way out. I guarantee that you will become confused.

Contrary to What a Student Debate on Linguistics Might Tell You, Misusing the Word 'Gay' Is Harmful and Regressive

Conor Penn | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

Stonewall is investing time, energy and money into normalising homosexuality amongst young people, particularly in schools. One of the key tenets of their initiative is to 'set the meaning straight' with regards to the word 'gay.' We can debate the evolution of language over a pint at the union to our heart's content...

Can You Really 'Ban' Slang?

Pandora Sykes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pandora Sykes

I really enjoy rolling slang around my mouth like happy little word-pigs in swill. It is so. damn. fun. The challenge now, is to ensure that children realise the fundamental different between slang and The Queen's English

The School Which Banned Slang Makes Awkward Spelling Mistakes In 'Grammer' Test

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An academy chain which banned students from using slang at school has landed itself in a rather awkward predicament after sending out homework which i...

What Did You Just Call Me?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

So what is it that makes "cripple", "freak, or "spaz" so offensive to some people? Another participant in our twitchat stated it was to do with how they were understood and used by the wider society.

Foreign Language Learning in Babies and Toddlers Boosts Academic Results.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jasmine Dotiwala

On all my travels I note that children globally can speak up to four languages as their norm. Why are the UK's youth the worst at wanting to and being able to speak not only good English, but any other language?

Jiàoyù , Jiàoyù, Jiàoyù

John Worne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

We have a booming export industry which is taking China by storm and returning billions to the UK economy. Fashion? Cars? Films? TV? All growing nicely, yes, but not the winner.. .In fact it's Education, Education, Education, as Chinese-speaking readers will have already deciphered in the title.