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Finland: English dominance worries language teachers

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Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.

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Chineasy2

I was hoping that, after writing "Chineasy? Not", I wouldn't have to concern myself with this pedagogical bugaboo again.  Wishful thinking!
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Language services can translate into high-paying careers - Boston Herald

Language services can translate into high-paying careers
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“It had literally gone around the globe,” said Clementi, who translates French into English.
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Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English - Business Insider

Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English - Business Insider | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English Business Insider Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyzes quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to...
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Interesting study if you can get past the writer's incredibly rude and condescending tone ("The breakthrough got us thinking: How do native speakers of different languages typically screw up English?")

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Mai al-Nakib and Writing Histories: 'That's Not Our Version of Things. How ... - Oye! Times

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Mai al-Nakib and Writing Histories: 'That's Not Our Version of Things. How ...
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English in the Arab world can open up an alternative perspective, a different version of life, as it does for young Amerika (in the story “Amerika's Box”).
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How Taipei Times sees international marriages in Taiwan ~ Taiwan Explorer

How Taipei Times sees international marriages in Taiwan ~ Taiwan Explorer | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
Due to globalization, Taiwan has experienced an increasingly robust expatriate community, leading to a rise in cross-border marital unions. People finding love in those holding different passports are walking a newly forged path in this global phenomenon, and often their family units face a litany of common misconceptions from broader society. Hearing the voices of those married internationally reveal helpful information which can help us understand these alternative families.
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The Reality of English's Role in India - New York Times

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The Reality of English's Role in India
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Candidates have the option of taking the screening tests in English or Hindi, but even the Hindi version has passages in English to test their comprehension of that language.
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I'm hesitant to link to any article that includes the words "the reality of" in its headline, but...

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Transliteration follies

From Arun Tharuvai, via his Twitter account, we find that Intersecting Bubbles has this brief but fascinating post on a multilingual notice:  "Shell Petroleum thinks that Hindi is English written in the Devanagari Script ".
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The state of the machine translation art

I don't know any Hebrew. So when I recently saw a comment in Hebrew on a Google Plus page of discussion about Gaza tunnel-building that I was looking at, I clicked (with some forebodings) on the "Translate" link to see what it meant.
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Munich university accused of 'abandoning' German language over English ... - Telegraph.co.uk

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Munich university accused of 'abandoning' German language over English ...
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... discussed the declining relevance of the national language.
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Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. 
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Eight Writing Strategies You Can Give to Students Who Say They Can't Write

Eight Writing Strategies You Can Give to Students Who Say They Can't Write | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
There's never an excuse to give into "I'm just not a writer" syndrome.

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Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, April 23, 2014 7:23 PM

"In many cases, the more important the writing task, the more the would-be writer freezes up. The result can be something of a strip of anxiety turned into fear turned into more anxiety, and what you're left with is a blank page." . . .



R Ramesh's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:29 AM

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English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca

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English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca http://bit.ly/1nLmuzw #elt #esl #efl #elf #globalenglish #english


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Can you own a language? - The Verge

Can you own a language? - The Verge | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
Can you own a language? The Verge The Basic English Institute, which manages a simplified version of English with an 850-word vocabulary, warns that the language is copyrighted to prevent people from passing inferior or expanded variations off as...
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Biscriptal juxtaposition in Chinese

We have often seen how the Roman alphabet is creeping into Chinese writing, both for expressing English words and morphemes that have been borrowed into Chinese, but also increasingly for writing Mandarin and other varieties of Chinese in Pinyin...
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Journal of Intercultural Communication

Did you know the Journal of Intercultural Communication is free and online? READ ON! #intercultural #communication http://t.co/gYZI5dc2pX
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Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse?

Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse? | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
According to EF Education First's English Proficiency Index for 2013, English ability among Japanese is flat-lining — and may even be falling — 'despite enormous private investment.' In a damning ...

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Internationalism prompts boom in language business - Macon Telegraph (blog)

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Internationalism prompts boom in language business
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Lillian Clementi, 55, of Arlington, Va., translates legal and financial documents from French into English for French corporations.
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Cross cultures - Taipei Times

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Cross cultures
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Due to globalization, Taiwan has experienced an increasingly robust expatriate community, leading to a rise in cross-border marital unions.
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Lack of languages stifles Brits and Americans

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Why learn a second language if everyone speaks English? To better understand a culture, or boost your employability in the global economy, finds a Guardian roundtable
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"Social inequality issues in the UK, where private schools continue to dominate language teaching, caused several delegates concern. Clive Holes, professor for the study of the contemporary Arab world at the University of Oxford, said while the mainly middle-class students he taught at Oxford studied Arabic "university style", people at the other end of the social scale with more useable language skills were not using them, in spite of many employers looking for Arabic speakers. 'They are an incredibly valuable national resource that we are failing totally to use,' he said.

 

"Delegates acknowledged that one problem was the lack of credit available for speaking these languages. Thirty years ago, native speakers of Urdu in the UK could get a qualification that recognised their skills, for example, but this is no longer the case."

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Oak Ridge calls off Southern accent 'reduction' class - Inside Higher Ed

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Oak Ridge calls off Southern accent 'reduction' class
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That makes professional development designed to help international researchers communicate more clearly and efficiently in high demand, he said.
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Breaking Out The Broken English

Breaking Out The Broken English | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
Voice-over work often demands that Arthur Chu, recent Jeopardy! champ, feign speaking English in a "Chinese accent," rather than the meticulously practiced American English that now comes naturally.
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Lost without translation: scientific research

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We all know that if you want to be a professional scientist in the 21st century, you have to communicate in English. This is not a problem if you are lucky enough to be born to English-speaking parents, but spare a thought for the majority of the world’s scientists who are forced to communicate the subtleties and significance of their research in an idiosyncratic foreign tongue.


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Will the UK universities cope if English no longer rules the world?

Will the UK universities cope if English no longer rules the world? | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
British and American universities enjoy an enormous boost from our language's dominance. What if that were to change, asks Peter Scott
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Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices

Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices | World Englishes and Intercultural Writing | Scoop.it
An expanding flock of novelists is writing in second languages, enriching and expanding the literature of their host cultures.

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