Pupils with English as a Second Language Achieve the Best Results at Key Stage Two

The Department of Education has published results of tests taken by 11-year-old primary school children and the highest scores were achieved by those whose first language was not English. The results have set a precedent as this is the very first time that children from impoverished parts of the country have achieved such high results. The […]

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Christmas around the World

Merry Christmas! Kala Christouyenna, Hyvaa joulua, Sretan Bozic, Feliz Navidad   As the festive season approaches, many of us will be getting ready to celebrate Christmas according to their cultural tradition. It is always interesting to observe how people in different countries mark this religious holiday and those lucky enough to be abroad during Christmas […]

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Translation blunders – from humorous to downright offensive

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, things don’t quite turn out as expected. Many companies in an eager attempt to engage with their international customers have translated their slogans and marketing materials that, unfortunately, have not had the same resonance as the original English version. The famous coffee chain, Starbucks, left customers in their Welsh branch […]

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New survey reveals what would motivate students to learn a new language

  A lot has been written recently about the lack of interest amongst students when it comes to language learning and indeed many figures that have been published paint quite a grim picture. Since 2004 it has not been mandatory for students to take a language GCSE and as a result there has been fewer […]

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Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting

    In today’s global economy, there are plenty of opportunities to use your language skills either as an interpreter or professional translator. Events such as conferences, conference calls, business meetings and seminars where the participants speak different languages, all require the services of a professional interpreter. Deciding whether to use consecutive or simultaneous interpreting depends on […]

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Bilingual children cope better in noisy classrooms

  From September this year, the teaching of a foreign language to primary school children in state schools across the country has become compulsory. The move was influenced by growing concerns over the number of students who are not choosing a language for their GCSE and A-level exams. It was reported that between 1996 and 2012, […]

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Should professional translators be concerned about machine translation?

For centuries, translators have worked hard to translate demanding, lengthy and often highly technical texts so that we can all benefit from reading them in our native language. We now might be entering an era where machines will take on their work and we will be able to have our texts translated by just a […]

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