European collaboration: great in theory, exclusionary in practice.
The EU may claim it is "united in diversity" but the reality is very different.
John Z'graggen’s tapes from Madang.
There are hundreds of different languages spoken in the Pacific region that could be lost. So it's important to safeguard what recordings we have in a digital archive available to all.
The decline of language learning has left Britain bereft of cultural exchange with Europe.
Getting going early.
We really might get gradually worse at learning a new language as we age, says a new study.
Beware the security creep into adult education.
The future is one of multiple Englishes.
Bilingualism unlocks the way words work.
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People growing up with two or more languages have social and cognitive advantages.
The language survived against the odds and is now a central part of Catalan identity.
To communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?
What can a bunch of people grunting in a lab teach us about our capacity to create language systems? A lot about the gesture- or vocalization-based origins of language.
Easier than it looks?
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Unless young children are totally immersed in a foreign language, they actually learn it better when they're a bit older.
Back to the books.
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After being in decline for a decade, a new policy could kick-start language learning.
Worth practicing for your holiday?
Language experts review how one of the world's most popular language learning apps measures up against traditional teaching.
A unique language spoken by 2,500 people in central Sweden will start being taught in preschool.
German speakers think more about their goals.
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Bilinguals think differently depending on the language they're operating in.
Whichever language you speak, you are welcome.
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Speaking more than one language isn't just about getting better job propspects or superior brain power.
Young people from New Cross get to tell their own stories.
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Given the chance to be creative, young people shine.
Not the popular choice.
There has been a 16% decline in the number of first degree language students since 2007.
No hablo español. And it doesn’t matter.
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New technology has the habit of making certain professions redundant. Power looms put cotton workers out of job, leading to the rise of the Luddites. Word processors put an end to the typing pool. Now…
What speaking two languages does to the brain’s white matter.
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There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased cognitive control. These…
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…