Languages

Can You Speak Commission?

Susannah Savage | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 27.05.2014 | 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...

Languages Are Sick

Jo Rourke | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Jo Rourke

Our language courses need to focus on language fluency, perhaps by other subjects being taught in the language, thus killing two birds with the one Rosetta stone, so to speak. Starting to learn them a bit earlier wouldn't exactly hurt either. We already make such an effort to raise global citizens, children of the world - let's now make sure their voices can be heard, a

Is the 'Skills Shortage' Actually a Language Barrier?

Donavan Whyte | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Donavan Whyte

Businesses are struggling to fill the skills gap but could lack of English language training be the problem? According to the government's skills watchdog, a sharp rise in skills shortages in the UK threatens to hold back the pace of recovery in parts of the economy.

The Languages for the UK's Future

John Worne | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

It's a toughie. Famously tongue-tied in foreign languages, and notwithstanding the 200+ languages widely spoken in London and Manchester alone, the fact is the UK needs more people speaking more languages.

Time to Shake Off My Language Shame and Get Back to the Classroom

Liam Beattie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

In a previous article for the Huffington Post I went public about my language shame; well I am pleased to announce that I am (hopefully) on the course to rectifying this rather embarrassing situation. I have decided to start taking language classes so I should be able to speak something other than English...

Lost in Translation: Saving Europe's Endangered Languages

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

My a'th kar! Unless you speak Cornish, these words are unlikely to make your heart skip a beat. There is no shortage of minority languages in the UK...

Parler L'anglais? My Language Shame

Liam Beattie | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

Having recently moved overseas to work as an intern, I have been spending some time pondering what have been the most awkward moments of adapting to life in Belgium. Now I have given this some serious thought...

Please 'Elp Me, I Am Briteesh...

John Worne | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK
John Worne

The UK's lack of foreign language skills has become almost a cliché. But that doesn't make it a laughing matter. If we don't have the skills to get by for a few days in the sun, what hope do we have when it comes to the serious business of international trade?

Why Summer is the Most Important Season for Students

Isabelle Kerr | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Kerr

For students everywhere it has always provided a liberating period between one busy university year and an even busier year to come. Consequently, students have never failed to embrace the many benefits of the summer break. However, with the controversial rise in tuition fees to £9000 per year the necessity of university has been debated.

Dollars, Booze and Hashtags: The Global Past, Present and Future of English

John Worne | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
John Worne

It's time to let go of the idea that English 'belongs' to anyone - let alone English speaking countries. "No way!" as the rest of the world regularly exclaims - after all far more people now speak English around the world as a second language than as their mother tongue.

China: Don't Let the Opportunities Get Lost in Translation

John Worne | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK
John Worne

Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gong Xi Fa Cai! If you didn't understand that, you've just missed out on the chance to make friends this week. And you're not alone. The Mandarin Chinese language is becoming more and more important for the UK because, quite simply, China is becoming more and more important on the world's stage.

Polish Becomes Second Most Common Language.. (And Manx Gaelic The Least)

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Polish is the second most common main language in England and Wales with more than half a million speakers, according to the 2011 Census. Nearly on...

English Still Relevant in a Changing Cultural Landscape

John Walmsley | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Chinese Mandarin is clearly the number one language for native speakers, who number approximately 800 million. But when that figure is combined with non-native speakers, English wins out.

How To Say 'I Love You' In Greenlandic

Nancy Campbell | Posted 20.01.2013 | Home
Nancy Campbell

I had hoped to find poems in the Arctic. I did not expect to return with a whole new language. Greenlandic had become the key to representing the Arctic for me, and I felt I owed it an acknowledgement. I selected the 12 most evocative words that Beathe had taught me, and compiled my own abecedarium.

Most European Languages Face 'Digital Extinction'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Tech

A staggering 21 European languages are facing 'digital extinction', according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Manchester’s Nat...

Learning a Foreign Language: Becoming a Proficient Speaker

Elena Barbiero | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Barbiero

How do we learn a foreign language? First and foremost, adults learn languages in a radically different way from children: neurologically speaking, the information acquired is 'stored' in different places in the brain.

Action Needed on Modern Languages

Neil Jeffery | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Neil Jeffery

Beneath all the traditional media publicity and right-wing outcry about public examinations results in England this last Thursday, there was one statistic that for me was very worrying indeed.

PHOTOS: Online 'School' Recruits Semi-Nude Models To Teach Mandarin

Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An online "school" based in China has recruited nearly-naked models in a bid to encourage foreigners to learn Mandarin. These "teachers" are a far ...

Meet The Most Multilingual Boy In The UK (With Seven Languages)

PA | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A schoolboy who speaks seven languages has been named the most multilingual child in the UK. Bruce Baillie-Hamilton, 14, can speak Russian, Mandari...

On the Best Time to Prank a Spaniard and How Going to Greece Can Bring You Good Luck

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Next time you attempt to ward off bad luck on Friday the 13th, consider going to Greece for the day. While in other countries people shy away from crossing black cats and ducking under ladders, in the home of the Acropolis they will happily open umbrellas indoors as there Friday the 13th is not considered to be bad luck.