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Switzerland Offers Free German Language Classes for Migrants

Foreigners moving to Basel are eligible for a free voucher to learn German. Language-learning schools such as Inlingua and ECAP have reported an increase in those learning German through the voucher, still, many immigrants...
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Last Speaker of Mandan Language Dies

85-year-old Edwin Benson of Twin Buttes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota has died, taking the Mandan language with him. Benson was the last living fluent speaker of Mandan, despite preservation efforts....
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Making American Schools Greater

For most U.S. public school educators, the election of Donald Trump is causing great concern not only due to his divisive rhetoric but because of his disregard for the achievements of the public school...
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Bilingualism on Steep Rise in U.S.

While a record 64.7 million people ages five and older in the U.S. spoke a language other than English at home in 2015, a growing share of them are also fully proficient in English....

Ukraine Drops Russian

At last month’s summit in Berlin, the Ukrainian, Russian, German, and French leaders agreed to draw up a roadmap for applying the frayed 2015 Minsk peace accords following months of impasse, but the ongoing...
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Californians Can Now Choose Language of Education

With the passage of Proposition 58, California, parents and teachers will soon be able to decide the on the blend of languages in which to best educate children. "As president of Californians Together and...
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The Donald or the Deep Blue Sea

As this year’s presidential election approaches, the choice that Americans will make for the future of this country has become clear—it’s between a nation that embraces the reality of globalization and one that will...
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Russian for Chinese Pilots

Chinese fighter pilots will have to learn Russian in order to fly their new, state-of-the-art, Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft to be delivered later this year. While the planes will be fitted with...
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Study Suggests Universal Sounds

In a study that challenges a fundamental concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no...