Languages

Learning Portuguese: An Olympic Hurdle Too Far for Britons?

Vicky Gough | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Vicky Gough

With the eyes of the world soon to be set on sporting glory at Rio 2016, practice certainly makes perfect when it comes to winning gold for Olympic athletes. So, as millions of us get ready to be glued to a summer of physical prowess, in addition to being inspired on the fitness front, can we also use the upcoming buzz as a reason to practice something else - Portuguese, the official language of this year's Games' host-country, Brazil?

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

A Linguist's View on the EU Referendum

Matty Edwards | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

In the face of problems like the refugee crisis, Europe must return to these founding values. If countries adopt the egotistical mentality of the Leave camp, then the major humanitarian crisis of our time will never be solved.

Language Learning in the UK: Let's Make Sure We're Not Lost for Words

Vicky Gough | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Vicky Gough

While of course speaking English is a huge asset for us, other languages are absolutely vital for the UK's future prosperity. In fact speaking only English might be considered as much as a disadvantage as speaking no English at all when it comes to young people hoping to compete in an increasingly global jobs market.

Five Things You Can Teach Yourself to Maintain Your Mental Wellbeing

Tayana Simons | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It's that time of year when everyone heads to the gym to fulfill their resolution to 'get healthy' in 2016, and whilst maintaining your physical health is important we often forget that keeping our mind active plays a huge part in our overall well being.

Eight Reasons Why You Should Really Learn a Language

Alexia Cowley | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alexia Cowley

So you have always had the intention to learn a foreign language but never quite got around to doing it? Well, you know what they say; it is never too late to start something new! Here are 8 impressive reasons as to why mastering a foreign language really would change your life...

How To Say 'Happy New Year' In 27 Languages

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Godt nytår. Frohes Neues Jahr. Buon anno. This video shows us how to say 'Happy New Year' in 27 languages. As the world unites to say goo...

The Global People Project

Sarah Kwong | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

I came across Helen and Hugh at a TEDxBrixton talk last month. They were presenting some video clips from their travels, a collection of narratives and findings born from seemingly simple answers. The work was beautiful, but why travel lands afar and set up such a big operation to film snippets with strangers?

Can All Parents Raise Their Children As Bilingual Speakers?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

Bringing up bilingual children is very much the same, but this kind of commitment must come from both the parents and the children, because it always requires an extra effort to speak a foreign language, whether it is spoken at home or not, whether it is natural or not.

Bilingualism: Social Phenomenon or Dangerous Trend?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Some people -- mainly ultra-conservative politicians -- say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation's unity and claim...

Six Tips To Learn A Language While You're Working Full Time

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly two thirds of businesses want their employers to improve their multi-lingual skills, but how to do it when you're already working full time? ...

Falling in Love with a Foreign Language: The Risks of a Metaphor

Lucy Bell | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

Unless you are brought up in a bilingual environment, a relationship with a second language is something you work to achieve and strive to maintain. It is not something you can buy.

Speaking in Tongues - Thinking Differently on Language Learning

John Worne | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
John Worne

Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.

Want a Job? Learn a Language - See Your Barista for Details

Georgina Barnard | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Georgina Barnard

It's no secret that we Brits are the worst linguists around - bar our American cousins, who we should thank for spreading our language around the world. Ask a Brit if they speak a foreign language and they're likely to mumble something about GCSE French or a Rosetta Stone CD they haven't quite got round to taking out of its packaging.

My Children Are as Mexican, as I Am British

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Their first language is English (spoken with a British accent), their use of diminutives in Spanish eclipses mine, they eat Indian food as regularly as they eat tacos, one boy has long hair due to his Sikh heritage and because many a surfer in Sayulita has long hair.

Chinese: Can't Swim, Won't Swim

John Worne | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to languages we're like a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool - no appetite for diving in and no idea of the benefits and joys of taking the plunge.

The Flight to Mumbai

Ben Dalton | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

Now I'm in the departures lounge at Mauritius airport. Beth has just left on her shining Emirates jet to Dubai to catch her connecting flight, leaving us lesser mortals at gate 2: Air Mauritius to Mumbai.

More Needs to Be Done to Help UK Businesses Beat the Language Learning Crisis

Hilary Wardle | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Wardle

A sticking plaster needs to be applied to significant cuts in university funding by subsidising languages at University level: essentially helping those departments stay afloat at a difficult time. If that happens then UK businesses may still have a chance when it comes to keeping up with the ambitious BRIC countries. If not, then the UK economy may never fully recover.

Kids, Eat Your Verts - Languages Are Good For You

John Worne | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to language learning, I start this new school term like all those other parents sending their kids to a new school: a little anxious, a little excited, and hopeful for a brighter linguistic future.

Can You Speak Commission?

Susannah Savage | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

Bastardising the English language seems to be Europe's way of punishing Britain for its sins... "Whilst everyone else is making a large and valiant effort to communicate in their second or third language, the lazy, arrogant 'Anglo-Saxons' [sic] never bother to learn other languages and are linguistically inept in any case"

Learning a Foreign Language: The Comfort Zone

Elena Barbiero | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Barbiero

It's all a matter of 'comfort zone': the native language is the supreme example of 'comfort zone'... Well known vocabulary, well integrated grammar structures and all the unspoken cultural rules that accompany communication. All of the above disappears when faced with learning a new language.

How to Get the Most Out of a Year Abroad

Natalie King | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie King

So you're going on a Year Abroad. You're probably crazy excited but really effing scared. You might still be slightly in denial that it's happening at all... whether you're studying or working, and wherever you spend the year, here are four failsafe ways to make the most of it.

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.

How did Brazilian students learn English without taking classes?

The Huffington Post UK | Tala Sweiss | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Let me guess, you've wanted to learn Italian or French: arguably some of the most 'sexy sounding' and fa...

11 Things Modern Languages Students Know To Be True

The Huffington Post UK | Gabriella Delgado-Rhodes | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students choose to study Modern Languages for a variety of reasons: because it combines learning a language with literature, because it is an opportun...