Will Hélène really learn English better if you call her Helen?
No platform shoes for pedants.
Pedants fixated on a 'correct' version of English should learn to roll with the times.
More Indians are fluent in the hybrid of Hindi and English than they are in English.
Insufferable or indispensable?
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Learn a new language, or stay out of the loop.
Irregular verbs, crazy spelling and the difficulty of being polite. English is tough.
The young have a rich, linguistic vein – just don't try and copy them.
The Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is causing a bit of a stir – probably because it's not a word at all.
The future is one of multiple Englishes.
English is Uganda’s official language - but wouldn’t it make sense to adopt a few more along with it?
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The stories of and attitudes to three particular languages – English, Swahili and Luganda – provide an interesting starting point for a debate around Uganda's language policy.
Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, from a shortlist of novels which reshaped the English language.
Being able to learn science in a number of languages helps children to develop an understanding of concepts - like the robotics used to build this dinosaur.
Using more than one language when teaching and learning science in schools can greatly enhance concept development. This in fact goes to the heart of science.
Every rule in the English language has an exception. That’s more than a little frustrating.
Perfect spelling, vocabulary, usage, grammar, punctuation and style do not necessarily correlate perfectly with intelligence and competence, but most people infer that they do. Thus perception is reality.
The UK requires that new citizens know English. It formally tests for competency.
Australia should learn from the UK's mistakes if taking a leaf out of its book on citizenship reform.
How much does the way we speak affect the way people perceive us – and should it really matter in contemporary Australia?
Within Australia, there has historically been a clear social distinction between Cultivated (British-oriented) and Broad or General, distinctly Australian ways of speaking.
Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka with a group of children in Lagos. Research suggests that literacy in a mother tongue is a building block for multilingualism.
Research tells us that multilingual literacy matters. But teaching children in Africa to read in their mother tongues as a springboard to literacy in other languages can be a fraught process.
The English language has a tendency to reinforce patriarchy, but there are ways to stop that.
The English language reinforces patriarchy, but we can use the language to counter it instead.
From left to right. Mandarin employs a different part of the brain.
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Language is traditionally associated with the left side of the brain. But Mandarin speakers are using the right side.
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Everyone knows that in the sentence “Jane is washing her”, the pronoun “her” cannot refer back to Jane. Over the last four decades, researchers have established that adults reject the interpretation of…
It will get easier.
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Being able to communicate effectively in a foreign language is a challenge faced by many of us. If you’re a newcomer to a country, conveying a message in a language that is not your mother tongue is often…
All in alignment.
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The education of children who speak more than one language is being used as part of a wider debate about immigration just months before the UK’s 2015 general election. But there is surprisingly little…