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Pearson Pays $700 million for Brazilian English Schools

With its $721 million acquisition of Brazil’s Grupo Multi, Pearson has become the market leader in English language education amongst adults in Brazil. Grupo Multi provides English-language training through a variety of language school chains, most notably Wizard, Microlins, Skill and Yazigi. Grupo Multi serves over 800,000 students across 2,600 franchized schools for children, adolescents, and adults. Pearson’s investment in...

300th Anniversary of Spanish Royal Academy

The first session at the Real Academia Española (RAE), or Spanish Royal Academy, was held in Madrid on 3 August 1713. The institution is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2013 and 2014 with a program of special exhibitions and activities culminating in fall 2014 which offer a great opportunity to discover more about the Academy’s history, tradition, and evolution. During...

A Country of Many Canadas

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Learning French in Canada has never been easier, and the quality has never been better It’s not surprising that close to 200,000 students come to study in Canada every year, and that number looks set to double over the next few years. Canada’s quality of life has been ranked in the top three for seven years in the UN Quality...

French Cinema on Demand

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TV5MONDE USA has launched the first video-on-demand (VOD) cable platform devoted entirely to French-language films in twelve major markets on Comcast systems around the U.S. It will be available to Comcast customers who are subscribers of the TV5MONDE USA linear channel. An average of 15 movies will be offered each month. The service will offer some of the biggest titles...

Estonia Suppresses Russian

Moscow has accused the Estonian government of denying the rights of the Russian-speaking Estonian population in response to a rejected petition for four Russian-language high schools in Tallinn. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s envoy for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, commented: “We regard such a decision as another example that demonstrates the Estonian authorities’ reluctance to respect...

First Chinese Scripts?

Archeologists in China are debating the significance of recently discovered inscriptions dating back 3,000 years. The Global Times, China’s state-run newspaper, reported that the inscriptions, unearthed at the Zhuangqiaofen archaeological site in the eastern province of Zhejiang, had been confirmed as the earliest record of Chinese characters. However, researchers are divided over whether characters found on artifacts at a Neolithic graveyard...

PRC and Taiwan Collaborate on Linguistic Report

Mainland China and Taiwan are putting aside their tense history to work together closely on a joint language report about their respective dialects of the Chinese language, according to a state- ment by the PRC’s Ministry of Education. The report will explore how the language has evolved since it crossed the Taiwan Strait and the variations that persist today. The plan...

Shabaka: World’s First Arabic Top-Level Domain

Beating out nearly 2,000 other applicants from around the world, Shabaka. (meaning “web” in English) will become the world’s first borderless new top-level domain and will provide Arabic-speaking internet users with an alternative to non-Arabic internet namespaces such as .com, .net and .org. “Today’s contract signing is a monumental occasion. As the first new top-level domain, Shabaka. is set to become...

One Hispanic World

Spain's education, culture and sports minister called for the creation of a common cultural market of the Spanish language at the close of the annual meeting of directors of the Instituto Cervantes. “The consumption of British and American products by Britons and Americans is practically indistinct. We’re still not close to that, (even though) the language — Spanish — has...

Alaska Home to Rare Russian Dialect

Linguists to compile dictionary from septuagenarian speakers by 2014. A Russian settlement in Alaska that became isolated from the Russian Empire when the U.S. bought the Alaska Territory in 1867 still speaks a rare Russian dialect that has become the new object of study for Russian linguists. The town of Ninilchik is the site of an endangered dialect of the Russian...