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This week in languages: September 23, 2016

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16/09/2016–23/09/2016 Headlines Apart from Dutch, what’s the other official language spoken in the Netherlands? Frisian. Now you can learn this minority language—the language most closely related to the English language—with Future Learn here! Lessons start 26 September 2016. Or find out more about Frisian before…

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This week in languages: September 2, 2016

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26/08/2016–02/09/2016 Headlines The East African Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution this week, making Kiswahili the official language of the East African Community, alongside English, reports All Africa. Russian-language learners will now be able to practise speaking the language with grannies in Moscow (Russian)! Under…

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This week in languages: August 26, 2016

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19/08/2016–26/08/2016 Headlines Concert sign language interpreters? Andrea Marks writes for Noisey about the people whose job it is to translate song lyrics—during live concerts and from bands like The Grateful Dead, no less—into American Sign Language (ASL). A recent study on the effects…

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This week in languages: August 19, 2016

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12/08/2016–19/08/2016 Headlines Manglerud School in Oslo, Norway will be the first state-run primary school to offer an English curriculum, meaning that all subjects—apart from the Norwegian language—will be taught in English. The Norwegian Language Society (Noregs Mållag), has, however, raised concerns…

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This week in languages: August 12, 2016

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05/08/2016–12/08/2016 Headlines Ride-hailing firm Uber has raised complaints against Transport for London’s (TfL) new regulation that drivers applying for private car hire licences or renewing existing ones must pass tests in spoken and written English. Drivers from countries where English…

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This week in languages: July 29, 2016

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22/07/2016–29/07/2016 Headlines The American news network NBC has unsuccessfully appealed to have the official language of the 2016 Olympics be changed from English to Brazilian Portuguese. The Sydney Morning Herald observes that this is because “switching the languages would have put the United…

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This week in languages: July 22, 2016

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15/07/2016–22/07/2016 Headlines Researchers at University College London have found that people who use sign language can experience synaesthesia—for example, seeing different colours when watching someone sign. This is the first study to document synaesthesia among sign language users. Just ahead…

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