The government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has granted the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) £1.5 million to translate the entire works of Shakespeare into Mandarin. These translations were announced this week as part of official talks between the UK and Chinese vice president, Ma Kai. The goal is to widen potential audiences of Shakespeare […]

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The biggest study ever conducted involving bi-linguists and non bi-linguists has revealed that being fluent in two or more languages can delay the onset of dementia. The study was carried out in one of the most linguistically diverse locations in the world, a place where people speak multiple languages as standard: Hyderabad, India. The Languages […]

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Latest research shows that nearly a quarter of English primary schools have no-one on the teaching staff who is adequately qualified to teach languages at even the most basic level. These teachers have no language-related qualifications higher than GCSE level. The report stems from research published as part of a study commissioned by the CFBT […]

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An amusing list of the most current colloquial words has been included in the August addition to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. They are words that have been gathered by a system of online sourcing and by the Reading Programme, with the aim of finding fashionable new words and monitoring changing trends […]

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Plans to open new Welsh Language Centres and Spaces with £1.25m of government funding were announced yesterday. During the 2014 National Eisteddfod, First Minister Carwyn Jones said that the move aims to promote the use of Welsh as part of the ‘Moving Forward’ campaign, part of the Welsh Government’s final policy statement on the Welsh […]

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