UK Language

Are They All Fluent In Mumble?

Sharon Brison | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sharon Brison

However, it seems that I too must mumble as when I ask, what I believe to be a simple question, such as "'have you done your homework?" his answer is usually yes, yet at bedtime he suddenly remembers that yep he does have homework triggering an explosive response from me pointing out he said he had, too which he swears he hadn't actually realised what I had meant!

Its Time To Learn The True Meaning Of The Word Terrorism

Hannah Greaves | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Hannah Greaves

Perhaps it's time that we viewed terror as not the threat of the other but threat and control from within or perhaps above. What Trump is doing in America is an act of Terror, to spread an agenda of fear, not through singular explosive acts, but by placing a fear of the unknown into people's heads Surely it the ultimate proof and ability of whiteness, that it can, in fact, behave as the perfect manipulator and creator of a society of fear, without being called a terrorist, while simultaneously labelling any opposition as committing acts of terror.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

How to Talk to Americans These Days

Toni Hargis | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

In case you've been under a rock or stranded on an island with no bandwidth, first off - oh how I envy you! Second, there has been a bit of an electio...

'Now More Than Ever' - Why The UK Needs To Make More Time For Language Learning In The Run Up To Brexit

Vicky Gough | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky Gough

That said, what is clear, from this new research at least, is that the will to improve our language skills is there, among the British public. For teachers, pupils and parents, this week is certainly a good time to start taking advantage of that but if we are to ensure languages get the place they deserve more widely, we need to make language learning a national and personal priority going forward.

Delayed Language Development: How Will I Know?

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Hartshorne

Delayed language is a reality for some children. But with the right support early on, at home or in school they can catch up and do well.

Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Language And Literacy In Secondary Schools

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Mary Hartshorne

There is a rule in my local book group: if you can't attend the monthly meeting, you must contribute to the discussion by sending in a brief book revi...

The Alluring Language Of Donald Trump

Thomas Smith | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas Smith

Effective rhetoric is instrumental in achieving political success. One need only look back to ancient Greek times, and Plato's historical adage that r...

Are You Pronouncing These Words Wrong?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

As a linguistic aficionado, I pay close attention to elocution. You can't tell just from reading my writing, but my enunciation is impeccable. This is why an incident earlier this week was particularly troubling.

Early Identification And Intervention

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Hartshorne

Early identification is everyone's responsibility. With the increased requirement for all school staff to identify a child who is struggling and put the support in place it is ever more important that they have the skills and knowledge they need to be able to do so.

What Is This Obsession With Us?

Philippa Brakes | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Philippa Brakes

Many of us enjoy a walk in the woods, a trip to the beach or even a snorkeling holiday. Besides the escape from the digital grind, there is something ...

Languages Open Doors, But I Can't Keep Knocking Forever

Raiyan Azmi | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Raiyan Azmi

In the end, to continue my life as normal, I am learning to make my peace with slower progress. Funnily enough, my new job will include French language training. The learning method? A couple of hours of lessons a week.

Talking Matters

Penny Tassoni | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Penny Tassoni

Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.

Sesquipedalian and Brevity - The Wow of Wordsmithery and the Wonders It Can Work in Our World

Alison Powell | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Alison Powell

'Hippopotamus', he said, 'Sticklebrick', she said. This was my friend Ben and I. The large water wallowing mammal was Ben's response to my question, ...

Five Languages From Spain You Never Knew Existed

Alice Corr | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Corr

Spain, known as the land of sol, siestas and sangría, is less well known for the diversity of its linguistic heritage. Though most people could probably identify Basque and Catalan as languages spoken in Spain, the Iberian Peninsula is home to a number of minority languages and dialects you've probably never heard of.

Do You Know What These 'Bizarre' English Phrases Mean?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK

Many foreigners coming to Britain are often left scratching their heads at some of our strange turns of phrase - but even Britons themselves sometimes...

This Is What Happens When You Break Down The World's Population Into 100 People

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

If The World Were 100 People | GOOD DataWhen you shrink the world's population down to 100 people, this is what you get:Posted by GOOD on Monday, 14 M...

That First School Trip Abroad

Kathryn Berens | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

In approximately 1 hour and 27 minutes my son will land back at Gatwick after his first trip abroad with the school. Approximately is not accurate, in exactly 1 hour and 27 minutes my son will land - how do I know this? Because I am his mother and I have been counting down the minutes until his return. I am under no illusions that he has been doing the same.

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...

Men's Issues with Women

Mia Doring | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

All that the inaccurate term "Women's Issues" does is help "good" men stay passive or otherwise ignore it, while telling all women that these "issues" are their problem to deal with and nobody else's. Let's be real and name them what the are; "Men's Issues with Women".

10 Useful Words for Work

Nick Liddell | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Nick Liddell

As Joseph Schumpeter famously pointed out: things get broken all the time. That's part of the fun. And the ability to pick up broken pieces and turn them into something beautiful and useful is perhaps the true defining quality of a leader.

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into Play?

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The Prime Minister accepts that there is no clausal link to language and extremism but still resolved to make the link during his proposal. It might be an idea to look at credible strains of opinion around what leads to 'extremist' thought before he lays out his next proposal.

Don't Link Muslim Women Who Don't Speak English To Extremism, Cameron Warned

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

David Cameron has been accused of conflating education with radicalisation after announcing a £20m fund to improve the English skills of Muslim women...