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Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

The 17,000 students about to do a year abroad face huge uncertainty over funding and accommodationFor Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her.“It’s horrible not knowing,” Watkins says. “We’ve been told to take at least £1,200 of our own cash to cover us for t...
Tags: UK, Students, Education, France, European Union, Higher Education, Paris, Universities, Languages, Madrid, Cardiff University, International Students, Brexit, Newcastle University, Erasmus, Watkins

‘We spoke English to set ourselves apart’: how I rediscovered my mother tongue

While I was growing up in Nigeria, my parents deliberately never spoke their native Igbo language to us. But later it became an essential part of me. By Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen I was a child, my great-grandmother, whom we called Daa, came to live with my family in Umuahia in south-eastern Nigeria. My father had spent most of his infancy in her care, mostly during a period when his mother was preoccupied with her role as one of the founders of a local Assemblies of God church. As Daa grew olde...
Tags: Books, Education, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Language, Languages, Umuahia, Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniWhen

Afrikaans, the British empire's youngest language – archive, 21 February 1936

21 February 1936 Giving a lecture at Oxford, Professor Haarhoff advocates the desirability of recognising AfrikaansProfessor TJ Haarhoff, of Cardiff University College, delivered last night a lecture at Oxford on Afrikaans, the youngest language of the British Commonwealth of Nations.Afrikaans grew out of the various Dutch dialects spoken by the colonists who reached the Cape in 1652. After 1825, an attempt was made by the British Government to Anglicise the white population of Cape Colony, of w...
Tags: Africa, South Africa, Oxford, Linguistics, Languages, Cape, Cape Colony, Haarhoff, TJ Haarhoff, Cardiff University College

'Victor Hugo becomes a sex god in my mind' – how to get better at French

Worried that she is speaking French like Joey Essex speaks English, Emma Beddington fights back with classes, podcasts and cartoons about mustard-loving aliens resuscitating literary giantsI used to think I was pretty great at French: I could handle a subjunctive and disdained the myriad mangled pronunciations of “millefeuille” on Masterchef. I lived in French-speaking Brussels for 12 years and have a French husband who still tolerates me misgendering the dishwasher after 24 years. My inflated s...
Tags: Europe, UK, Education, France, Life and style, World news, Brussels, Languages, Samuel Johnson, Victor Hugo, Joey Essex, Emma Beddington

Guess what languages these people are speaking

These people are pretty bad at recognizing different languages. And so am I. Bonus facts I happened to find on Ethnologue, a fascinating directory of languages: Apparently there are more than 7,000 living languages in the world. Half the world's population speaks one of the top 23 most-used languages, with the top five being Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Hindi. One-third of the 7,000 languages are endangered, "that is, loss of all individuals who continue to identify the language as be...
Tags: Video, News, Linguistics, Languages, Lingua Franca, Ethnologue

Hawaiian and Navajo now on Duolingo

Most people use Duolingo , the popular language learning app, to learn widely-used languages such as French, Spanish, or Chinese, but now you can learn two languages very few others can speak. In an effort to preserve indigenous languages that are nearing extinction by exposing them to a wider audience, Duolingo just added Hawaii’s ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi language, and Diné, the Navajo language, to its list of learnable languages. While Hawaiian is an official language of Hawaii, only two percent of th...
Tags: Travel, Utah, California, US, Hawaii, Languages, Duolingo, Language Learning, All, Dine, Hawaiian, Navajo, Hawaiian language, learning Navajo, Navajo Language, San Juan School District

Learn the Hawaiian and Navajo Languages on Duolingo 

Just in time for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Duolingo is launching two courses for endangered indigenous languages, both created by native speakers. Starting today, you can use the app to learn the languages spoken by native Hawaiians and by the Diné, better known as the Navajo nation.Read more...
Tags: Learning, Hawaii, Lifehacks, Languages, Native American, Duolingo, Courses, Dine, Hawaiian, Navajo, Indigenous Peoples Day, Navajo Languages

Sound fluent in a foreign language

If you’ve ever listened to a recording of your own voice and cringed at every “like,” “um,” or “you know,” then it might seem counterintuitive to intentionally pepper your speech with these kinds of filler words in another language. But the truth is that these little hiccups are a universal component of human speech. Some researchers believe filler words make up six to 10 percent of spontaneous speech, so if you want to sound natural in your new language, you should aim to imitate the habits ...
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Learn another European language – and give two fingers to Brexit Britain | Gaby Hinsliff

If the great rupture is really coming, perhaps we can take back control by refusing to be culturally isolatedFor someone who occasionally seems unsure whether their wife is Japanese or Chinese, Jeremy Hunt seems to speak pretty good Japanese.Unless bits of it were Chinese, obviously. Given the way things have gone lately for Theresa May’s government we probably shouldn’t rule anything out, but let’s just assume the Tokyo audience he addressed in their native tongue this week wasn’t just being po...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Education, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Schools, Tokyo, Jeremy Hunt, Languages, Brexit, Gaby Hinsliff, Brexit Britain

Jacinda Ardern says daughter will be raised speaking Māori language and English

Prime minister says she ‘certainly wants’ newborn daughter Neve Te Aroha to learn te reo Māori New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s daughter will be raised learning both English and the indigenous language of the country. Ardern told Māori Television that she “certainly wants” newborn daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford to learn te reo Māori. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Languages, Jacinda Ardern, Maori Television, Ardern, Neve Te Aroha, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, Māori New Zealand

The 20 funniest Cuban expressions

With more and more travelers coming to visit Cuba, a little lesson in Cuban Spanish is in order. And don’t think you’re exempt from it because you took Spanish in high school and can communicate on a basic level with the host of your casa particular. If you really want to fit in with the local Cubans, you need to learn their favorite sayings; here are 20 of the funniest expressions to start with. 1. Cubans don’t eat hotdogs with “all the trimmings,” they eat them with “all the irons” (con to...
Tags: Travel, Languages, Cuba, Havana, Idioms, Expressions, Cuban Expressions, Cuban idioms, Cuban Spanish expressions, Guatao

Meic Stephens obituary

Literary editor, arts administrator, translator and poet who promoted Welsh cultural causesMeic Stephens, who has died aged 79, was one of the most productive and influential figures in Welsh writing in English. After a few years teaching in Ebbw Vale, and one as a journalist in Cardiff, in 1967 he joined the newly designated Welsh Arts Council, which he served as literature director for 23 years. He had no background in arts administration, but in the early 1960s, while still teaching, he had e...
Tags: Books, Politics, Education, Wales, Poetry, Journalism, UK News, Culture, Higher Education, Publishing And Public Relations, Cardiff, Languages, Arts policy, Stephens, Gillian Clarke, Ebbw Vale

Google Translate uses A.I. to improve accuracy for offline use

If you sometimes find Google Translate's offline efforts to be a little confusing or inaccurate, then an update coming to its iOS and Android apps this week looks set to bring some solid improvements. The post Google Translate uses A.I. to improve accuracy for offline use appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, News, Trends, Languages, Google Translate

Google brings offline neural machine translations for 59 languages to its Translate app

Currently, when the Google Translate apps for iOS and Android has access to the internet, its translations are far superior to those it produces when it’s offline. That’s because the offline translations are phrase-based, meaning they use an older machine translation technique than the machine learning-powered systems in the cloud that the app has access to when it’s online. But that’s changing today. Google is now rolling out offline Neural Machine Translation (NMT) support for 59 languages ...
Tags: Ios, Translation, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Languages, Deep Learning, Google Translate, Mobile App, Google Microsoft, Neural Machine Translation NMT

Essential slang of Northern England

English is undoubtedly the world’s universal language , but when it comes to the vernacular used in the North of England, it’s a whole different dictionary you’ll need to use. For many people outside the North, the accent is attractive, but it’s still confusing AF. Here are some of the funniest expressions in Northern English for you to learn in case you ever make your way past London. 1. Mam Yeah, we don’t say “mum” (or worse, “mom”) in our neck of the woods. 2. Like We use “like” at the ...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Liverpool, Yorkshire, English, North, Languages, Leeds, Northern England, All, Mam, Living In The Uk, BelTA, Living In England, The North

Why speaking Spanish is becoming dangerous in America

Reports of people being berated or attacked communicating in the second most spoken language in the world are on the riseSandy was trying to communicate with a colleague. Although her presence was unusual as a Latinx lawyer at a top southern California non-profit, she was used to talking to people in any language she wanted to. After all, she’d graduated from a top law school and worked near her Los Angeles-area, Latin-centric hometown.But this time was different. She was speaking to a member of...
Tags: New York, California, Mexico, Americas, America, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Language, Languages

Deciphering "wee old lady" library book code

Georgia Grainger, a Scottish librarian, began a fascinating Twitter thread earlier this week: So there was a MYSTERY at the library today.A wee old women came in and said "I've a question. Why does page 7 in all the books I take out have the 7 underlined in pen? It seems odd.""What?" I say, thinking she might be a bit off her rocker. She showed me, and they did.— Georgia | Saoirse (@green_grainger) April 3, 2018 I asked if she was doing it, she said she wasnt and showed me the new book sh...
Tags: Post, News, Georgia, Britain, Libraries, Languages, Codes, Georgia Grainger

Arabic version of Sega's early-1990s logo

This marvel of design was posted to Twitter by VGDensetsu; it's said to be official, and apparently romanizes as "Seja" as Arabic lacks a hard "G". The Japanese company uses the classic Latin-alphabet logo in Japan, but here is a fanmade Japanese version: And here is a Hebrew logo, devised by Baraksha, creator of an unlicensed translation of Sonic the Hedgehog into that language:
Tags: Post, Games, Japan, News, Languages, Sega, Logos, Seja, Baraksha

words the english language borrowed

While cultural appropriation has become a faux pas these days, any linguist can deliver a lengthy spiel on the countless words and phrases English has borrowed from other languages. From Greek to Chinese to Yiddish, English has been a bit of a kleptomaniac over the centuries. And while Shakespeare is famous for spawning hundreds of new words, countless other English writers secured their celebrity by becoming word-borrowing aficionados. So before making a schmuck out of yourself by getting gun...
Tags: Travel, Infographics, Culture, Language, English, Words, Languages, Shakespeare

Google adds Actions for Assistant support in 16 new languages

Actions on Google Assistant (similar to skills on Alexa) now support 16 languages. Moreover, these Actions also boast better geo capabilities, as well as additional Android app integrations. The post Google adds Actions for Assistant support in 16 new languages appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, News, Developer, Trends, Smart Home, Languages, Alexa, Google Assistant

Multilingual Google Assistant to add more than 20 languages to its repertoire

Despite being available in eight languages, Google Assistant is expanding its multilingual capabilities, with Google aiming to add support for more than 20 additional languages before the end of 2018. The post Multilingual Google Assistant to add more than 20 languages to its repertoire appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Assistant is going international with plans to expand across the globe

Google will be expanding not only Assistant's capabilities but its geographic reach as well. At the Digital News Initiative summit, the tech giant announced that Google Assistant will be in 30 more countries by the end of the year. The post Google Assistant is going international with plans to expand across the globe appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, International, Trends, Smart Home, Languages, Digital News Initiative, Google Assistant

How Europeans say i love you map

Learning to say “I love you“ in as many languages as possible might seem like a party trick, but it could be more useful than you think. While “how are you?” and “my name is…” are typically the first phrases we are taught when studying a new language, there is nothing quite as powerful as being able to tell someone that you love them in their native tongue. With that in mind, get to work on learning how to say “I love you” in every European language with this map from Jakub Marian. (The color ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Map, Languages, Jakub Marian, European Languages, Inforgraphics

Why Wednesday? The days of the week have a convoluted religious heritage | Margaret Clunies Ross

The Romans may have got the ball rolling with their seven-day week, but weekday names in English owe as much to Anglo-Saxon godsThe origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which in turn were named after the Roman gods: Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Languages, Anglo Saxon, Margaret Clunies Ross

how to swear in sign language

Learning how to cuss is one of the most formative moments in anyone’s childhood. Thanks to the Youtube channel Cut, you now have the chance to learn new swearwords that your boss will understand through the sheet of glass separating his office (just an idea). Whether it’s telling someone they are an idiot or calling them a bastard, there are a surprising number of variations in how you express your frustration in sign language. So pay attention. Follow Matador on Vimeo ...
Tags: Travel, Video, Languages, Deaf, Swearing, Sign Language, Language Learning

The hardest and easiest languages to learn for native English speakers

The Foreign Service Institute has ranked the difficulty of learning a language for English speakers. From Blazepress: Languages based upon Latin, such as French, Spanish and Italian are some of the easiest to pick up and are placed in ‘Category I’ languages with an estimated learning time of around 6 months. Languages such as Japanese, Korean and Arabic are placed in ‘Category V,’ and can take considerably longer and an estimated 2 years to master properly. Check out the rest on the map belo...
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time to learn European languages

Learning a new language isn’t easy, but English speakers can rejoice that some languages are much easier to learn than others. Visual Capitalist has mapped out how long it takes to learn different European and Mediterranean languages using information provided by the US Government’s Foreign Service Institute. The FSI assigns every language in the world one of five levels based on how long it takes an English speaker to learn it. Asia and the Middle East are home to most of the Level 5 language...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Romania, English, Map, Languages, Mediterranean, Language Learning, FSI, Visual Capitalist, US Government s Foreign Service Institute

Commoners can wear corduroy trousers too | Brief letters

Yvonne Burney obituary | Italian CDs | Misuse of fortuitous | ‘Middle-class’ cords | Winter fuel allowanceJuliette Pattinson’s fascinating obituary of the remarkably courageous Yvonne Burney (11 November), the Special Operations Executive wireless operator who was parachuted into occupied France in 1944, played a key role in the resistance and survived imprisonment in Ravensbrück concentration camp, mentions that France awarded her the Croix de Guerre and made her a chevalier of the Légion d’Hon...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Education, France, Life and style, World news, Britain, Second world war, Welfare, Languages, Special Operations Executive, Pattinson, Michel Thomas, Ravensbruck, Croix de Guerre, Yvonne Burney

Tweeting in 280 Characters? Now You Can Do It, Too

The social media service is doubling its character limit for almost all users, a major change that it hopes will spur more activity across Twitter.
Tags: Twitter, News, Tweet, Social Media, Languages, Computers and the Internet

Perl is the most hated programming language

What do computer programmers not want to code in? Perl, the Old Spice of programming languages, is the most disliked by a significant margin, reports Stack Overflow. Delphi, used by children to write viruses for adults, and Visual Basic, used by adults to write games for children, are running neck-and-neck for second place. Trailing far behind are PHP, for people who still don't care about security, and Objective-C, for people who still don't realize they work for Apple. Coffeescript, a langu...
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