Tag Archives: learn languages

Encouraging Language Learning in Schools Around the World: Part 1

Language_learning-150x150.png

We all know that speaking more than one language is a plus in anyone’s life, for multiple reasons, right? And that whilst the responsibility for anything we learn should probably start in the home, the importance of language learning means that schools should play a hugely important role in encouraging students to learn an additional(…)


British English and the Great Scone Battle

Photo_1-150x150.jpg

We recently took a look at some of the weird and wonderful ways the English language is, um, butchered, up and down the length and breadth of the British Isles. And when we’d finished chuckling at that, we realised; it’s not just what we say that’s funny, but how we say it, that is, on(…)


The Language Behind Science

Photo_1-150x150.gif

Scientists, those of us in pursuit of knowledge rather than lining our pockets or seeking our own personal gain, can be relied upon to be the most neutral of the neutral, the pinnacle of unbiased thinking in a world that is so tarnished by opinion and personal point of view. Right? Mmm, sort of. Science,(…)


Recollecting the Rosetta Stones of the Past

Photo_32-150x150.gif

Reading this title, there are two logical leaps to make. One, either we are going to talk about an ancient stone tablet, or two, we will discuss language apps and aids of the past. In fact, the first assumption is a little closer to home, so bonus points for you if that’s where your mind(…)


To Infinity and Beyond: Language and the Golden Record

Photo_5-150x150.gif

Okay, so, perhaps this isn’t the ideal way to extend a warm greeting to our visiting neighbours from the stars. But the aliens in this imagination of a close encounter were not exactly extending a tentacle of friendship, so, perhaps on this occasion we can be forgiven. Although, considering some of the things we have(…)


Why English Remains Today’s Lingua Franca: Part 2

English being considered the lingua franca of this world is sure to get the back-up of those whose own native tongue is vastly more widespread in use—or at least equal to it—across the globe. We can look to Mandarin, Spanish, or even Russian as other contenders for this coveted title, and yet the fact remains(…)


Removing the Human Factor: Could Translation Truly Ever be Automated?

human-factor-featured-150x150.png

Speculating on the future of translation devices means going beyond mere wishful thinking about which of our favourite translation gadgets from the best science shows we can bring to life. From Google Translate making a wealth of languages available at our fingertips, to Skype facilitating instant translation during our video calls, it is easy to(…)


Badly Translated TV Show Titles Around the World

badly-translated-featured-150x150.png

If there is one true thing that brings us all together, from whichever corner of the globe we reside in to whatever we do to fill our days, surely it is something that is noble, profound, the kind of thing that gets us up in the morning, puts a spring in our step, and shines(…)


Every Day is a [Language] School Day

Every-day-is-a-language-school-day-uk-featured-150x150.png

Language is one of the truest demonstrations of every day being a school day, and that learning is never really ever done. Don’t believe us? Well hold on to your fez, because using some of our favourite pop culture we are going to demonstrate just that, by not only introducing some new vocabulary to you,(…)


Language Trends: Even Words Come Back into Fashion

Photo_11-150x150.jpg

Whether you despair at the latest slang trending on your Twitter feed, or kid yourself you’re still relevant by using the lingo that the kids say, it is impossible to ignore that language does indeed come in waves. Groovy, wicked, cool and bad are all words that were once on the tip of everyone’s tongue,(…)