Interactive map illustrates spread of languages in London

Have you ever wondered how languages would look if they were placed on a map? A researcher from University College London (UCL) has created an interactive map of the capital, which shows in graphic form which languages in London are most common in different parts of the city. Oliver O’Brien, who specialises in geo-visualisation and […]

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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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Translation Howler of the Week

“I’ve got a strap on me, this is bare bait” Text message evidence translated by barrister, Mark Paltenghi, in court as: “I’ve got a gun and this is really risky.” [Source: Mail on Sunday] Look out for next week’s translation howler winner. Feel free to add your own and we can build up some of […]

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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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