Month: August 2008

28 Aug 2008
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Monolingualism in the UK

This seems to be a week for links on my blog, but I can’t resist posting yet another one to a fantastic article by Agnès Poirier on the decreasing number of Brits studying languages, and offers some observations as to why that might, or might not, be. Here’s a sample: I don’t know what’s most […]

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26 Aug 2008
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Recommended listening for linguists

Stephen Fry‘s ‘Fry’s English Delight’ is currently airing on BBC Radio 4 every Monday morning at 10am. The programme’s website can be found here, where you can listen to the latest edition at any time.  I’ve just listened to the first edition, which discusses the use of metaphor in the English language. Absolute word-nerd heaven…

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22 Aug 2008
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Ode to London

Check out this insider’s guide to London written by Sarah Dillon on Brazen Careerist. Highly recommended. By the way, in view of the UK’s current success in the Beijing Olympics, this Londoner is already getting very excited about the 2012 London Olympics!

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14 Aug 2008
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The changing face of America

Surprising news today from the US Census Bureau that Hispanics will account for 30% of the US population by 2050, a twofold increase. According BBC News: White people of European descent will no longer make up a majority of the US population by the year 2042 – eight years sooner than previous estimates. What will […]

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11 Aug 2008
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Reported shortage of decent English translators for the EU, really?

I read this interesting article on the Times Online this morning, taken from the Sunday Times. We all know August is the silly season for the media, and although this particular story isn’t ‘silly’ in the traditional sense, it did strike me as a little bizarre (particularly in light of the daft reader comments that […]

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08 Aug 2008
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Google Translation Center

Over the past couple of days I’ve been reading about the (apparently 😉 inadvertently leaked news about  Google Translation Center, and have been wondering what it really entails for the translation industry. I first saw a notice about the ‘leak’ on ProZ.com, and then read about it on cnetnews.com, and also today on the  the […]

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