Japanese Viewer Sues Japanese TV Channel for Overuse of English Words

A Japanese viewer is suing a Japanese TV channel called NHK, due to the ‘mental distress’ he says was caused by the channel using too many English words. His lawyer confirms that the basis for this is the concern that Japan is being Americanised. Modern Japanese vocabulary has many English words which have been changed to fit the Japanese word structure.

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Light Warlpiri – New Language Discovered In Australia

A new language called Light Warlpiri has been discovered in Northern Australia. The language combines some elements of the English language as well as indigenous speech and is spoken by around 600 people in a remote desert community. What’s especially interesting about this language is that Light Warlpiri is what is known as a ‘mixed language’ as it contains a mix of several languages such as English, Traditional Warlpiri and Kriol.

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Bilingualism Is In Decline In Canada

Bilingualism is in decline in Canada. Canada has always had a strong stance when it comes to ensuring that both French and English are spoken by its inhabitants. French and English have been the two official languages in Canada since 1969. According to the country’s statistics agency, bilingualism in the Francophone province has increased slightly during recent years. This could partly be due to the increase in the number of immigrants who moved into this area. However, the number of Canadians who can hold a conversation in both French and English has declined for the first time in 50 years, outside Quebec.

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How Well Do You Know The English Language?

A new exhibition in London aims to demonstrate how ‘global’ the English language really is. The exhibition called ‘The English Effect’, set up by The British Council, will show how the English language has evolved through the immersion of words from other languages. For instance, did you know that the word ‘bungalow’ originated from the Bengal region of India? Or, that the word ‘booze’ comes from medieval Dutch?

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Almost One Million People In The UK Do Not Speak English

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (2011 Census), almost one million people in the UK do not speak English very well, if at all. The Census also found that Polish is the second most spoken language in England and Wales. In some parts of the country, a large percentage of the population speak another mother-tongue language to English and of those, many admitted that they could not speak English very well, if at all.

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WE LOVE MUZZY! Muzzy Review Coming Soon!

bbc muzzy 20th anniversary edition level 2We love Muzzy. We really do and it seems that so do many of you as the famous BBC Muzzy is still one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market today. Just put on the DVD and see your young kids captivated by their new language. This could be the most important gift you ever give your child. And, what’s more, we have a young mum trying out this BBC muzzy course on her two little boys as we speak. Her review will be coming soon!

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Outrage As Modern Chinese Dictionary Includes English Words

A recently published edition of the Modern Chinese Dictionary, one of China’s bestselling dictionaries, has caused outrage amongst language purists as it contains 239 English words and acronyms. Words such as ‘GDP ‘and ‘NBA’ are included in the dictionary. Chinese language purists want to avoid including so many English words in the dictionary and have signed a petition in order to have them translated into Chinese characters or even, removed altogether.

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Words from India … what a Hullabaloo!

Did you know that a lot of words we use in everyday life in the English language originated in India, including the word ‘Hullabaloo’? You might be surprised at just how many words you recognise. The words vary from clothes (pyjamas, bandana, pashmina) to food (chutney, char, curry) to modes of transport (catamaran, dinghy, juggernaut).

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A Rare Letter Written In English By Napoleon Bonaparte Goes To Auction

A letter written in the English language by the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, will be going on sale at auction. It is a rare letter and even more so as it was written in English by Napoleon himself. Napoleon had wanted to understand the language of his British enemy when he was captured by the Brits in 1815. Unfortunately, he had not quite mastered the English language as noted in the letter going to auction.

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A Celebration Of All That Is English On St George’s Day!

St George’s Day falls annually on the 23rd April and is England’s national day, with St George being the patron saint of England, even though he wasn’t even English! St George was a Roman soldier and is infamous for slaying a dragon.

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