Languages

A.I.: The Invisible Revolution

Scott Dodson | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Tech
Scott Dodson

According to the folk tale, a frog will remain in a pot of water, brought to a boil-as long as the water is heated slowly. While probably false, it provides an apt metaphor for adapting to phenomena which change incrementally over time

Why Aren't More Of Our Young People Learning Other Languages?

Vicky Gough | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Vicky Gough

It's no secret that the UK struggles when it comes to language learning. As a mostly monolingual nation, we've never quite grasped just how useful speaking another language can be. In fact, anything much beyond a basic 'bonjour' continues to be (somewhat embarrassingly) out of reach for many of us.

The World Humanitarian Summit One Year Later: Participation Revolution? People Need Agency And Information

Aimee Ansari | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Aimee Ansari

Picture this: People are on the move; they haven't eaten for days, and some are dying. They need burial cloths. Burial cloths are more important to them than food, as it helps ensure a peaceful afterlife. In a poor village, the next life means hope if the dead are prepared. Hope is all they have.

How This Free University Course For Syrian Refugees Is Integrating Them Into Britain

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

When i* found out he had been accepted onto a scholarship scheme in the UK for Syrian refugees, he threw a party. “I was so excited,” he says. “...

Experts Reveal What Politicians Need To Do To Help Migrants Integrate Into British Life

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics

With immigration one of the public’s top concerns, how migrants integrate into society is becoming an ever more important issue. As part of our Beyo...

Children Have So Much To Gain From Exploring Language - Let's Help Them Get On The Right Path Early On

Anne Longfield | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

When we talk about children receiving a good start in education there is sometimes an assumption that they all begin primary school on an equal footing. But children can grow up at a very different pace and in particular those who don't develop communication skills early on can face an uphill battle to catch up.

Could Learning Foreign Language Heal The Divides Of 2016?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

So it looks like the best way to heal 2016's divides may have to involve an increase in funding to a public service. But with a government in power that yells "cut!" more passionately than Steven Spielberg, this may be an unlikely scenario.

Post-Brexit: How To 'Remain' A Global Student

Eleanor Osborne | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eleanor Osborne

The dust has finally settled over Britain's momentous decision to leave the European Union, and as politicians begin to negotiate the terms of our sep...

Languages: Key To Future Success

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Until 2005, all but a few students took a language in Key Stage 4. They were given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve their...

Why We Should Preserve Our Minority Languages

Adam Manuel | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Adam Manuel

Us British are notoriously lazy when it comes to learning languages. Only 25% of the UK adult population can hold a conversation in a foreign language...

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 18.06.2017 | 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 09.06.2017 | 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 18.04.2017 | 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 25.01.2017 | 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 20.01.2017 | 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 26.11.2016 | 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 12.10.2016 | 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 29.09.2016 | 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.