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Al Jazeera Launches Chinese Site

Al Jazeera has launched a Mandarin-language news website targeting a Chinese population of 1.4 billion people. The project, which is the first of its kind...

Scottish Businesses Call for Compulsory Foreign Language Education

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has pinpointed Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic and Russian as “international languages of business” and is calling for compulsory foreign language education during all years of schooling in...

Bilingual Children Adapt to Others’ Needs Better

Bilingual children adapt to the needs of their communication partners better than monolingual children, according to a study published in Child Development, because children growing up bilingually...

Over 400 Languages May Have Originated in China

A new study by Menghan Zhang at Fudan University in Shanghai and his colleagues recently published in Nature explored the origin of...

Japan Donates to Help Refugees Learn German

The Japan Art Association, an art charity under the patronage of Prince Hitachi, unveiled a donation of ¥100 million (about $829,000) to the Goethe-Institut. The institute teaches German to foreigners, and will specifically do so...

L.A. Set for First Teachers’ Strike in 30 Years

VENICE, CA - JANUARY 10: Teachers, retired teachers and parents show their support for UTLA in front of Venice High School in Venice, Calif., on Jan....

Sex, Chocolate, and Vocab

Learning new words stimulates the same brain center as such long-proven means of deriving pleasure, as having sex, gambling or eating chocolate, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. A team...

Losing Your Language in Prison

Listen to the story by pressing play below.  Your browser does not support the audio element.   With languages it’s often said that if you don’t use it you lose it. San Quentin Radio and NPR present...

Justice Ministry to Close Study Abroad Loophole For Foreign Students to Work

The Justice Ministry plans to tighten rules for running Japanese-language schools from October in a bid to close loopholes that allow foreign students to work in Japan based on the pretext of studying abroad. As...

South Africa’s Plans for Chinese Language Education

In the wake of university student protests against multilingual instruction in South Africa, the South African education system announced plans to implement optional Chinese language classes in schools. The Chinese language is the latest of...