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10 foreign language movies you need to watch on Netflix

10 foreign language movies you need to watch on Netflix | Language news | Scoop.it
With French movie Elle finally arriving in UK cinemas, here are some great foreign language films to watch on Netflix.
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5 language arguments you can stop having | OxfordWords blog

5 language arguments you can stop having | OxfordWords blog | Language news | Scoop.it
For some, arguing about language is a passion. However, we are here to intervene and offer some insight into which arguments you don’t need to have anymore!
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20 English Idioms with their Meanings and Origins

20 English Idioms with their Meanings and Origins | Language news | Scoop.it
Idioms are one of the key things that make English a tricky language to learn. Here's a list of the most interesting and what they mean.
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Who doesn't love a good idiom??

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Are foreign languages important? - Planet Veritas

Are foreign languages important? - Planet Veritas | Language news | Scoop.it
WHY LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Learning a foreign language will go a long way, it will help you boost your CV, help you when travelling and even make you smarter, more decisive and even improve your native language skills. Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the …
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What can learning foreign languages do for you? The answer: A lot!

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♣ St. Patrick’s Day ♣ | Planet Veritas

♣ St. Patrick’s Day ♣ | Planet Veritas | Language news | Scoop.it
Today is March 17th, which means that today is St. Patrick’s Day! What began as a religious day of the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, beer, dancing, beer, food and beer. Did I already mention beer? But who is St. Patrick and why is he so …
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Virginia Beach school teaches kids to be bilingual by giving them teachers who speak only Spanish

Virginia Beach school teaches kids to be bilingual by giving them teachers who speak only Spanish | Language news | Scoop.it
Each classroom has two teachers, including an English-speaking teacher and a native Spanish speaker who only speaks to the children in Spanish.
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Planet Veritas: The origin of modern languages

Planet Veritas: The origin of modern languages | Language news | Scoop.it
By Greg Hill
“25 Maps That Explain the English Language” is a marvelously informative way to look at our mother tongue. It’s difficult to convey graphic maps in print, so a visit to the source, www.Vox.com, is worth the effort. Any description I attempt of Minna Sundberg’s gorgeous “Comprehensive Overlook of the Nordic Languages in Their Old World Families” is doomed to failure. However, the article incudes excellent textual information, too. For example, the maps cover the major evolutionary epochs in English’s development; some that you might know readily, like “The Anglo-Saxon Migration,” but others, such as “Danelaw” and “The Great Vowel Shift,” are less familiar.
It was news to me that 4,500 Anglo-Saxon words are still in use, like “day,” “year,” “think,” “kiss” and “love,” which amount to about 1 percent of all modern English. Danelaw is the period of the Denmark-based Viking invasion of Britain under lamentably nicknamed Ivar the Boneless, beginning in the 800s. Norse terms that remain in the vocabulary include “law,” “murder,” and the pronouns “they,” “them” and “their.” But while “leg” and “husband” are Norse, “arm” and “wife” are Anglo-Saxon. William and the Normans arrived in 1066, infusing all sorts of fancy French words into our language. So while the coarse Anglo-Saxons “sweated,” the Normans “perspired.”


The Great Vowel Shift describes the striking evolution in pronunciation that occurred for unknown reasons between 1400, the age of Chaucer’s Middle English, and 1700, the time of DeFoe and Swift. In essence, English-speakers began pronouncing long vowels higher up in their mouths than their predecessors. The example given on the Geoffrey Chaucer page on Harvard.edu, is “Middle English ‘long e’ in Chaucer’s ‘sheep’ had the value of Latin ‘e’ (and sounded like Modern English ‘shape’)”. Not all words with those vowels shifted, and words with “ea” usually kept their old pronunciations. But you can blame the GVS for “steak” and “streak” not rhyming, and “mice” no longer being pronounced “meese.”
It’s no wonder that Chinese speakers find English as difficult to grasp as English and Spanish speakers find Greek. Shakespeare wrote “It’s all Greek to me” in Julius Caesar, and some Spanish etymologists say that “gringo” comes from “hablar en griego,” meaning “to speak in Greek, or unintelligibly.” A recent WashingtonPost.com article on this said, “The phrase actually comes from a Medieval Latin proverb, ‘Graecum est; non potest legi,’ meaning ‘It is Greek; it cannot be read.’”
The Language Log page on UPenn.edu provides a “Directed Graph of Stereotypical Incomprehensibility,” a title that ought to discourage most Chinese readers. It’s a flow-chart with circles showing the 36 major languages with arrows pointing out which languages are incomprehensible to the speakers of others. Arabic speakers, for instance, also find Greek enigmatic, and also Hindi. Persians find Turkish cryptic, while the Turks find French trying, French find Chinese mystifying, the Chinese find English puzzling; we also find Dutch troubling, the Dutch find Latin perplexing, and Latin speakers say the same about Greek.
Nonetheless, a study released by Northwestern University last fall found that “Speaking more than one language is good for the brain” since “bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily … The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore …When the brain is constantly exercised in this way, it doesn’t have to work as hard to perform cognitive tasks, the researchers found.” This is scary news for those of us who find all other languages challenging, because our sad crowd’s brains, for better or worse, are simply wired differently. Fortunately, our public library has a wealth of language-learning aides, including the wonderful Mango database, a slew of books and CDs, as well as foreign-language movies.
Many of our greatest wordsmiths, like Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Winston Churchill, drew often on the Anglo-Saxon part of the vocabulary. The president’s friend William Jayne wrote, “Mr. Lincoln’s language and style were Anglo-Saxon; he was not a classical scholar, his words were English pure and clear … The common people understood his arguments.”
Or as Mark Twain put it, “Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.”
Greg Hill is the former director of Fairbanks North Star Borough libraries. Contact him at 479‑4344.

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The Surprising Link Between Language and Corporate Responsibility

The Surprising Link Between Language and Corporate Responsibility | Language news | Scoop.it

We've heard that Eskimos have 100 words for snow—a common way of expressing how language affects the way we see the world. Whether or not that particular example is true, cultural linguists have long theorized that the words a particular group of people have at their disposal influences how they categorize the world, emphasizing some values or activities over others.

 

In other words, languages shape the way people think.


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An understanding of language can help you target international markets.

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Research shows that a company's degree of social responsibility is affected by the language it uses to communicate.

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How To Sneeze In Ten Different Languages

How To Sneeze In Ten Different Languages | Language news | Scoop.it

Manchester-based artist James Champman illustrates how to sneeze in ten different languages. Previously he explored what various animals sound like in different languages.


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Is any word untranslatable?

Is any word untranslatable? | Language news | Scoop.it
There are some fantastic words that would make welcome additions to English: who among us hasn't experienced tsundoku, asks Lucy Greaves

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The Importance of Translation

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Illiteracy is a huge problem in development, but even where people are literate there's no guarantee that they are literate in English. The 54 states of Africa are home to more than 2,000 languages...

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When translation is very important!

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How Do Animals Sound In Other Languages?

How Do Animals Sound In Other Languages? | Language news | Scoop.it
What does the pig say? In German, that is.
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Languages call for primary pupils

Languages call for primary pupils | Language news | Scoop.it
Primary school children in Wales should be taught foreign languages to boost the number studying them later, the National Centre for Languages says.
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Learning English - The Challenges - Planet Veritas

Learning English - The Challenges - Planet Veritas | Language news | Scoop.it
CHALLENGES OF LEARNING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE English is the most used language in several fields such as science and international law. It is the most widely learned second language and an official language of the United Nations and the European Union. English has become the leading lingua franca. It is a great asset …
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Bicultural, Bilingual.... Two Personalities? - Planet Veritas

Bicultural, Bilingual.... Two Personalities? - Planet Veritas | Language news | Scoop.it
BICULTURAL, BILINGUAL… TWO PERSONALITIES? It has been proven that being bilingual has many advantages such as better performance at tasks involving executive function (a command system that influences the way we plan, solve problems and perform other mentally demanding tasks). These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention intentionally from one thing to …
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Are there any words that rhyme with o... | Oxford Dictionaries

Are there any words that rhyme with o... | Oxford Dictionaries | Language news | Scoop.it
You may have heard that there are no words that rhyme with orange, and it is true that it has almost no perfect rhymes. But which word does rhyme with it?
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MP Dawn Butler praised for using sign language in Commons - BBC News

MP Dawn Butler praised for using sign language in Commons - BBC News | Language news | Scoop.it
Fellow MPs cheer as Dawn Butler uses sign language to ask for it to be legally recognised.
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Sign language being used at the House of Commons

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Minions and Minionese - Planet Veritas

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In previous blogs, we have written about the fictional languages of Dothraki, Klingon and Elvish. Over the past few years a new language has been brought to life by directors Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. When Despicable Me was released in 2010 we were introduced to the supervillain Gru and his yellow ‘minions’. …
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The amazing language of Minionese!

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Illustrator brings Indian tribal struggle to life - SWI swissinfo.ch

Illustrator brings Indian tribal struggle to life - SWI swissinfo.ch | Language news | Scoop.it
Can you illustrate a graphic novel without ever having seen your subject material in the flesh?
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The Importance of Translation

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Illiteracy is a huge problem in development, but even where people are literate there's no guarantee that they are literate in English. The 54 states of Africa are home to more than 2,000 languages...

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When translation is very important!

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Robbery attempt foiled by poor German speaking skills

Robbery attempt foiled by poor German speaking skills | Language news | Scoop.it
A frustrated armed robber had to flee a Berlin supermarket empty-handed over his lack of knowledge of the German language.
The unidentified man entered the store in the city's Mitte district on Tuesday, placed a rucksack on the counter, produced a
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A robber in Berlin fails to get what he wants as he fails to make himself understood...

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The Effect of Language on Different Cultures

Have you ever wondered why people apply for linguistics courses? Studying languages extensively is interesting as you get to learn the language in context, the forms and meaning. Language helps people to communicate in different forms such as symbolic, verbal or numeric. It is a very vital tool that helps express oneself in terms of feelings and ideas. Language has a positive effect on culture as it influences the way we learn, think and socialise.

Therefore, we can point out that language has helped in culture development. This is because language is used to pass down a culture's legacy from one generation to the next. Language is used to teach people of the different cultures - the traditions and values of other cultures, and ensure customs are not lost. This helps maintain a community's pride and identity distinctively while offering the community a sense of belonging. It is evident that language is an integral element of different cultures.

People from different cultures need translation from one language to another for them to understand what is being discussed. Language translation helps people of different cultures interact by the help of a linguist. A linguist has translating skills to help ease in the translation of a dialect in an oral or written form. Language generally conveys how we perceive things, and it is extremely significant in our day-to-day living as it encourages people to engage in community activities. It is difficult to socially interact without a language.

A linguist is also able to interpret a dialect speech of different cultures orally. Speech interpretation helps different cultures to develop social bonds and have mutual project coordination. There are other linguists who are skilled in multilingual with amazing fluency. Such strong skills are an asset as they promote effective communication, and, therefore, important to know more than two languages. They help transmit a specific message from the complexities of a language accurately. Language has helped give meaning to the things we use, our thoughts, opinions, and feelings.

Language being the soul of cultures or symbol of cultural diversity helps unite people of all cultures as it acts as a point of contention. Language is a medium that promotes a democratic culture and democratic transition process. A language is of great importance to cultures, and it can help build economic relationships, cultural ties and friendship between cultures.

A language whether interpreted or translated can change through modification, evolution and innovation due to exposure to other dialects. Advancing from one dialect to multilingual can help a person attain a competitive advantage. A linguistics class will definitely help you learn how language is effective. It will also help you understand cultures subtle nuances.


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Is any word untranslatable?

Is any word untranslatable? | Language news | Scoop.it
There are some fantastic words that would make welcome additions to English: who among us hasn't experienced tsundoku, asks Lucy Greaves

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Translators without Borders ups humanitarian aid in Africa

Translators without Borders ups humanitarian aid in Africa | Language news | Scoop.it

Greater access to vital healthcare information, disaster relief and training provided as the non-profit expands its global programmes on the continent.


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Isn't it amazing what TwB are doing in Africa?

Keep up the good work!

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Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry

Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry | Language news | Scoop.it
International brands and overseas supply chains make languages essential for a career in fashion
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Learning languages is a complete advantage? Of course it is!

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