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Politicians speaking other languages

June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

Here, for your entertainment, is a selection of clips of politicians, past and present, speaking foreign languages.

Mitt Romney speaking French

Vladimir Putin speaking English

Would you believe the Russian leader speaks good English? He kept that a secret.

Arnold … Read more

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What is fluency?

June 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

This way? That way! Photo: Ed Yourdon

It is notoriously difficult to define fluency in a language.

Are you fluent when you can have a basic conversation without too many umms and errs?

Or just when you can have a … Read more

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Telenovelas

May 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Gata Salvaje, photo: Daniel Oines

Telenovela (n): (1) a soap opera produced in and televised in or from many Latin-American countries. (2) pure gold for learners of Spanish and Portuguese.

Beautiful Bella Cepeda was in love with her childhood friend, … Read more

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Language learning hacks – practical advice or chasing rainbows?

May 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

Do you want to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese in three months?

Sounds great, doesn’t it. You too can fly in the face of the stereotypical English-only speaker, wowing friends, family and business contacts with your flowing Mandarin (or Cantonese, … Read more

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The wonderful world of wurst

April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Photo: Richard Cottrell

The humble sausage has a history longer than a jumbo hotdog. They even appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. But where in the world has the sausage been developed to the point of perfection?

Spicy Spanish chorizo tastes sublime … Read more

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Cases – German instruments of torture

April 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Photo: Frédéric Reisgen

The 8th century was an age of cruelty, where plagues decimated the populations of Europe, human sacrifices to the gods were not unknown and enslavement was an occupational hazard.

A recognisable version of the German language … Read more

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Does speaking a second language make you more intelligent?

March 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Photo: Hey Paul Studios

Once upon a time, not too long ago, bilingualism was considered “bad” for your brain. In the USA, at least, the accepted knowledge was that people exposed to two languages became confused with two different sets … Read more

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