In Britain, British Sign Language, commonly referred to as BSL, is widely recognised, taught and understood by those in the deaf community, their friends, families and colleagues, and in the wider community. The language in its current form gained official recognition in March 2003 and as such has contributed to landmark changes being made under […]

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‘Je t’aime’ or ‘Ich Liebe Dich’ – which is the nicer of the two? There are thousands of different perceptions surrounding languages, and debates that arise when narrowing down the qualities that determine a language as attractive. It is generally understood that the romance languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Italian) would rank highest. However, no direct […]

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Those who cherish the English language in its purest form will have been aghast to hear of the inclusion of text speak abbreviations such as “LOL” into the Oxford Dictionary. ‘LOL’ is claimed as an informal abbreviation for ‘laughing out loud’ or ‘laugh out loud’. This shortening of a phrase is commonplace in texts and […]

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We’ve all heard talk about some languages being in danger of extinction, and here at BLS we’ve even blogged about it. However, have we all missed something huge? Is English actually the most endangered language of all? As English becomes the lingua franca of the world, it has become a tool of communication between people […]

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Celebrities are famous for being highly skilled at what they do – whether it’s acting, singing or modelling. Some, though, have hidden talents that not many people know about. We are of course talking about knowledge of other languages. Perhaps this is part of what helped them stand out from the crowd when they were […]

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