Foreign Language Films Struggle for UK Success

After Polish film “Ida” won the Oscars® Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015, there has been debate over whether the audience for foreign language films is vastly decreasing in the UK. [Read more…]

What Is Pancake Day?

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day in the UK. It marks the day before Lent begins in the Christian calendar. Lent is the beginning of a period of abstinence before Easter and traditionally, any eggs, sugar or milk left in people’s cupboards would need to be used up before Lent began. Today has been popularised as Pancake Day as pancakes can be made from any leftover eggs, milk and flour. Pancake Day is commonly celebrated in English-speaking countries but it is also celebrated in the Philippines and Germany.

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Volunteer Language Course Reviewers Wanted

Are you learning or would you like to learn French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese or Russian?  We are looking for volunteers to review beginner, intermediate & advanced self-study language courses for us. [Read more…]

Think Language Audio Magazines – UPDATE

Update – 30 September 2011

Great news!  The Think Language websites for Think French, Think Italian & Think Spanish are now back up & running after moving to a new hosting server.  Business as usual again & we can all continue to enjoy getting the French, Italian & Spanish language advantage with Think Languages! [Read more…]

Language barriers led to red & yellow cards in football

I’ve just been watching the Denmark v England international football match and the coverage on TV mentioned that red and yellow cards were introduced in football to overcome language barriers.

Apparently the idea was invented by British referee Ken Aston during the 1966 FIFA World Cup, after a game between Argentina and England at Wembley Stadium when cautions were not understood.   [Read more…]

Turning Japanese with Justin Lee Collins – Episode 1

The first episode of ‘Turning Japanese’ on the UK’s Channel 5 screened on 27 January 2011 features Justin Lee Collins taking a ‘hilarious’ and somewhat alternative look at Japanese life and culture. [Read more…]

Will We Listen to French Musique Pop?

A French language radio station which will largely play Gallic pop music has launched in the UK.  For the past 50 years, French music and Europop has not been seen as cool by the British, but it has started to reinvent itself and 80 per cent of the new radio station French Radio London’s music will be by French artists or in French. [Read more…]

Champs-Elysées Audiomagazines Cease Trading

A couple of avid Champs-Elysées audiomagazine subscribers emailed us recently saying that they hadn’t received their latest magazine.

We were obviously concerned about this, but hadn’t known anything about it.  We searched the web to find that most of their websites had been taken down and no-one was answering their phones.   [Read more…]

Election Manifestos go Multilingual

While trying to decide which way to vote in the UK General Election on 6 May 2010, I decided to browse through all the election manifestos of the major political parties.  I was pleased to discover on the Green Party website that they have their Mini Manifesto in Arabic and Bengali.   [Read more…]

Deaf Voters ‘Unheard’ By Politicians

An estimated 90,000 deaf people in the UK rely on British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate – but only one political party has ever used it in its election broadcasts.

Tessa Padden, a television presenter and BSL translator currently involved with the BSL:UPTAKE project at Heriot-Watt University,believes this leaves many deaf people excluded from the democratic process.

Read more about British Sign Language and the election>>