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Ghana Commits to French

Ghana’s minister for education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, underscored his country’s commitment to the promotion of French as a second official language during the signing in Paris of a linguistic pact between West African...

A Second Language for Every Student

Lisa A. Frumkes explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.In today’s increasingly global and connected world, I interact every day with colleagues from different cultures who speak a wide array of languages. Achieving...

Spain’s Student Ambassador Program

This program is part of the initiative “Study in Spain“ developed by the Trade Commission – Embassy of Spain in Miami, Florida. The goal of the program is to promote Spain as an educational...

Hong Kong Dismisses Mandarin Controversy

In May, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor dismissed a controversy over the use of Mandarin in public schools and whether Cantonese should be considered the city’s mother tongue as a “nonissue,” telling legislators...

Europe Celebrates Linguistic Diversity with European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is an annual celebration day to encourage language learning across Europe. At the initiative of the Council of Europe, EDL has been celebrated every year, on 26 September,...

Pictograms to Replace French on Quebec Roadsigns

Quebec’s French-only roadsigns will be replaced by pictograms, making it easier for non-French speakers to navigate the road in Canada’s province. English text on roadsigns would have violated Quebec’s language laws, which left little...

Rwanda Revives French

Rwanda replaced French with English as its language of education a decade ago, but French is now experiencing a revival. French was the most-widely spoken European language in the once Belgian colony until it...

Indonesia: 653 Languages and Counting

The Indonesian Culture and Education Ministry’s Language Development and Training Agency has counted the country as having a total of 652 native languages. “The figure was taken from the data that we updated in 2017....

Spanish ‘More Important than Ever’

According to the latest estimations of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes, there are now more than 577 million Spanish speakers (7.6% of the global population) in the world—five million more than last year’s estimate. It is in...

Russian, Ruslan Ustinov, Crosses Chinese Bridge First

Russian student Ruslan Ustinov won the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students last month in Changsha, in central China’s Hunan Province.Over 150 students from 118 countries took part in...