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The Weeknd Donates $50K for Ancient Language

The University of Toronto is continuing its courses on Ge’ez thanks in part to a $50,000 donation from the Grammy Award–winning musician The Weeknd. Ge’ez is an ancient South Semitic language that originated in...

Healthcare Hurdles for Limited English Proficient Patients

People whose first language is not English deal with additional hurdles to their healthcare. For non-native English speakers, talking to a doctor or dentist can mean listening to unfamiliar...

Have Style? Need Language.

Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry The UK's Guardian reports on how international brands and overseas supply chains make languages essential for a career in fashion. Click for full story.
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Korea Expands French Programs for Olympics

French is predicted to be the most spoken world language by 2050 and in accordance with this, the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) has widened its reach to Seoul, South Korea. The OIF in Korea...

A Weapon or an Olive Branch

Kristal Bivona examines language education in the U.S. since 9/11. As we reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and honor the heroes who risked their lives in the aftermath, we also meditate upon...

Partners Sought for 7000 Languages Project

Launched by Transparent Language earlier this year, the 7000 Languages Project makes the company’s technologies and methods available without charge to advocates of, and experts in, languages of little or no commercial interest. The...

Want a Job? Study Says to Learn Another Language.

Those who speak other languages may want to highlight that fact on their resumes, as customers in the U.S. are becoming increasingly diverse and businesses seek to follow suit. According to a new report...

Obama Calls ESEA Reauthorization a Christmas Miracle

This morning, President Obama signed the new iteration of the 50-year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Before signing the bill the President concluded his statement by saying, “A Christmas miracle! A bipartisan...

California Nominates ELL Advocates to Board of Education

California Governor Jerry Brown filled the last two openings in the 11-member California State Board of Education by nominating Ting Lan Sun, an executive director of one of the state's oldest charter schools, and...

Swedish Dictionary Officially Includes Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The Swedish Academy's SAOL dictionary is being republished on April 15, 2015 with thousands of new words. Among them is the gender-neutral pronoun “hen”, which can be used instead of the masculine “han” (he)...