Month: March 2012

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Scottish Teenager Named “Most Multilingual” in the UK

Scottish Teenager Named “Most Multilingual” in the UK

A 14 year old from Callander has been named the most multi-lingual child in the UK. After he learned Russian, Bruce Ballie-Hamilton decided to acquire Mandarin next, because, he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme, he "wanted a challe...
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21 Language Facts

21 Language Facts

Some old, some new, some obvious, some quite cool! Did you know that... 01. There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world - spoken by six billion people divided into 189 independent states. 02. There are about 225 indigenous language...
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Why You Shouldn’t Take a Counter Offer

Why You Shouldn’t Take a Counter Offer

Thinking about using a potential employer's job offer to get your current company to counter and pay you more money? Stop right there. Using another job offer as a bargaining chip may be tempting, but too often, it ends badly. If you want a raise,...
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47 English Words of German Origin

47 English Words of German Origin

Admittedly some are rather obvious, and some are German loanwords! Enjoy nonetheless: 1. Abseil (German spelling: sich abseilen, a reflexive verb, to rope (seil) oneself (sich) down (ab)); the term abseiling is used in the UK and commonwealth cou...
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Budget 2012 – “If you can’t stand the heat, then you stand to save a packet”

Budget 2012 – “If you can’t stand the heat, then you stand to save a packet”

It has been impossible this year to liken the Chancellor’s 2012 budget to a surprise; much of the contents was leaked in the weeks leading up to the announcement, somewhat spoiling George Osborne’s periodical moment in the spotlight. Nevertheles...
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