Modern Languages

Declining Popularity in Modern Languages at School For many years, taking a language subject at O level and then more recently GCSE, was an essential requirement for entry onto a university course. This began to fall out of favour and there is a probable connection between this lack of emphasis on modern languages at school […]

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Reflecting on the Success of The International Translators and Interpreters (ITI) Conference Cardiff 2017 [Source:, Accessed: 11/06/2018] ITI Conference May 2017 The ITI Conference is a unique event, the biggest of its type in the UK for translators and interpreters. Just over a year has passed now since the Conference was held in the beautiful, […]

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Endangered Words

Don’t forget about English? All spoken languages evolve and change, none more so than the varied regional dialects and accents of the British Isles. But rather than focusing on the popularity or otherwise of tongues such as Welsh and Gaelic, for instance, experts have been concentrating their efforts on what many would consider as lost […]

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Pronounce Scone [Accessed 26 March 2018] How to Pronounce Scone: A Heated Debate The dispute as to the pronunciation of this truly key word in the English language is well documented and very intense that it is hard initially to fathom out why the manner of description of an item on the English tea table is […]

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Peter Cooke_Latin

PETER COOK “I could have been a judge but I never had the Latin…”, the comedy genius, Peter Cook, famously said. RESURGENCE OF LATIN Latin is often described as a dead language but in fact it did not expire, but was superseded by other tongues and so evolved into what are commonly known as the […]

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Cornish Language

Following an announcement by Cornwall County Council in 2015 that callers to service centres are to be greeted in Cornish, there has been much discussion and debate about this supposedly dead language. Cornish, or Kernowek, is a Celtic language not really spoken outside of Cornwall and, until recent times, not even spoken there very much. […]

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Trumpese   A Wise Man Once Said… Never was a truer word spoken when it was said that you can only have an argument with an intelligent person: ‘… you can argue with a wise man but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a fool’, and the prospect of interpreting for someone […]

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