Month: January 2012

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Will Speaking French Derail US Presidential Hopeful’s Nomination Campaign?

Will Speaking French Derail US Presidential Hopeful’s Nomination Campaign?

‘Oui, je parle Francais.” There, I admit it. Though I realize if Newt Gingrich gets in office, there may be a McCarthy-like roundup of anyone who ever scored a 4 or 5 on their SAT II’s in French. “Do you now,” they will ask, “or have you ever con...
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Are You a Hyperpolyglot?

Are You a Hyperpolyglot?

When God put the kibosh on the Tower of Babel, 72 languages were said to have been created from the one that unified those hubristic humans. In his new book, Babel No More, linguist Michael Erard seeks out the people who have put those pieces back...
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What if your Facebook Timeline was read instead of your CV?

What if your Facebook Timeline was read instead of your CV?

It's all change at Facebook in the next few weeks as its timeline feature is rolled out to all users – whether they want it or not. This will make it easier for people to dig into your past from your homepage in an unprecedented manner. Pull up s...
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Royaume-Uni; Nul points!

Royaume-Uni; Nul points!

As technology alters the way that we interact with the people around us it is becoming clear that our ability to communicate effectively with people, some of whom are located far outside of our own linguistic and cultural parameters, is reassertin...
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Shopkeeper Upsets Jobseekers by Demanding Polish Language Skills

Shopkeeper Upsets Jobseekers by Demanding Polish Language Skills

Shopkeeper Naveed Hassamin has infuriated jobseekers in Cornwall by turning away anyone who doesn't speak Polish. Mr Hassamin placed an advert in the window of Costcutter in Bodmin, Cornwall, stating that a "knowledge of Polish" was "preferable" ...
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