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Hausa speakers can now hit "so" on Facebook

Hausa, joins the the 'African class' of Somali, Swahili, Afrikaans and Kinyawrwanda. The social network site currently has over 100 languages available to users.

Hausa, joins the the 'African class' of Somali, Swahili, Afrikaans and Kinyawrwanda. The social network site currently has over 100 languages available to users.

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Could English be ousted as an EU official language?

Now that the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union, the debate about English as the de facto official language of Europe is likely on the mind of many.

Now that the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union, the debate about English as the de facto official language of Europe is likely on the mind of many.

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French language revolution in France

Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué ? (Why make it simple when you can make it complicated?) This French sentence applies perfectly

Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué ? (Why make it simple when you can make it complicated?) This French sentence applies perfectly

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Polyglot or ‘polynot’: a look at language skills across the EU

Luxembourgers are the multilingual champions of the EU while the Irish, Bulgarians, Austrians and Hungarians are among the worst, latest official

Luxembourgers are the multilingual champions of the EU while the Irish, Bulgarians, Austrians and Hungarians are among the worst, latest official

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Cameron: Language classes for Muslim women can help fight extremism

British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged 25 million euros (20 million pounds) for English classes for women in isolated communities. Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged 25 million euros (20 million pounds) for English classes for women in isolated communities. Cameron

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Which new words have made it into the latest English dictionary?

In an attempt to reflect evolving cultural, political and social norms Oxford Dictionaries, a branch of the Oxford family that studies the

In an attempt to reflect evolving cultural, political and social norms Oxford Dictionaries, a branch of the Oxford family that studies the

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Portuguese language reform law goes global

Does it ever bother you when someone corrects your grammar or spelling? Or do you do it to other people? If so, spare a thought for this ‘

Does it ever bother you when someone corrects your grammar or spelling? Or do you do it to other people? If so, spare a thought for this ‘

Culture

Found in translation: One minute with David Konečný

In this bonus interview we chat to David Konečný, photographer for Czech publishing house Vetrne Mlyny. Find out more about a project to boost the

In this bonus interview we chat to David Konečný, photographer for Czech publishing house Vetrne Mlyny. Find out more about a project to boost the

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English and Spanish among happiest languages

Human language has a tendency to be slanted towards happy words, according to a new study. And Spanish was found to be the world’s happiest

Human language has a tendency to be slanted towards happy words, according to a new study. And Spanish was found to be the world’s happiest

Culture

Katherine Jenkins comes Home Sweet Home

Katherine Jenkins has released her tenth studio album, “Home Sweet Home”, and says that making it felt like coming home: “I don’t ever want to repeat

Katherine Jenkins has released her tenth studio album, “Home Sweet Home”, and says that making it felt like coming home: “I don’t ever want to repeat

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Merkel's CDU party distances itself from 'Speak German at home' idea

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party has distanced itself from a proposal by its Bavarian sister CSU party that immigrant families should be

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party has distanced itself from a proposal by its Bavarian sister CSU party that immigrant families should be

Culture

The people who make Monaco special

They are in a minority in their own country but cultivate a strong identity. Who are the people of Monaco? We take a look beyond the high life and

They are in a minority in their own country but cultivate a strong identity. Who are the people of Monaco? We take a look beyond the high life and

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'Remarkable increase' in young Europeans learning Spanish

Teaching of Spanish in Europe’s secondary schools has enjoyed a ‘remarkable increase’, new figures reveal. The data, released to coincide with

Teaching of Spanish in Europe’s secondary schools has enjoyed a ‘remarkable increase’, new figures reveal. The data, released to coincide with

Culture

Georgia's school report: on the right path, more effort needed

Since becoming independent from the Soviet Union, Georgia has made sweeping social reforms, including a number in education. However, pre-school

Since becoming independent from the Soviet Union, Georgia has made sweeping social reforms, including a number in education. However, pre-school

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No island is an island - Europe and all its languages

It is no secret that Britons are apprehensive when it comes to learning languages – perhaps the reason that English is widely spoken around the world

It is no secret that Britons are apprehensive when it comes to learning languages – perhaps the reason that English is widely spoken around the world

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Protests over bilingual signs spread in Croatia

The mayor of Vukovar in Croatia has called for calm after riots on Monday against bilingual public signs in both Latin and Cyrillic lettering. But

The mayor of Vukovar in Croatia has called for calm after riots on Monday against bilingual public signs in both Latin and Cyrillic lettering. But

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Croats rally against Serb Cyrillic signs

Several hundred Croat protesters tore down signs written in Serb Cyrillic in Vukovar, a town devastated during the country’s independence war with

Several hundred Croat protesters tore down signs written in Serb Cyrillic in Vukovar, a town devastated during the country’s independence war with

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'Srsly buzzworthy' vocabulary added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

Pick up your phablet and prepare to squee at the latest quarterly update of Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), which was announced on August

Pick up your phablet and prepare to squee at the latest quarterly update of Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), which was announced on August

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Back in the day : Fidel Castro attacks the Moncada Barracks

July 26 1953. Fidel Castro led a small group of revolutionaries to an attack on the military Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. Unprepared and

July 26 1953. Fidel Castro led a small group of revolutionaries to an attack on the military Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. Unprepared and

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Australian woman seeks diagnosis on 'French' accent

An Australian woman is seeking a clear diagnosis on whether or not she has an extremely rare condition described as foreign accent syndrome. Leanne

An Australian woman is seeking a clear diagnosis on whether or not she has an extremely rare condition described as foreign accent syndrome. Leanne

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Rooted to the classics

Students are increasingly choosing vocational degree subjects in an effort to improve their chances of finding a good job. But are they right? Is a

Students are increasingly choosing vocational degree subjects in an effort to improve their chances of finding a good job. But are they right? Is a

Talents

Business Award for model-breaking Language Learning

“I launched a marketing campaign, especially through social networks. We are present on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, which is the right way to go

“I launched a marketing campaign, especially through social networks. We are present on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, which is the right way to go

Culture

Inga's Fragments

Inga Zolude kindly allowed us to post on our website three extracts from her works, translated in three different languages. Here they are: -

Inga Zolude kindly allowed us to post on our website three extracts from her works, translated in three different languages. Here they are: -