Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China's shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program.
There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa's linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
From left to right. Mandarin employs a different part of the brain.
Chinese man via XiXinXing/Shutterstock
Language is traditionally associated with the left side of the brain. But Mandarin speakers are using the right side.
Je ne parle pas Chinese.
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