We woz only talking slang, Sir, innit

A South London school recently pledged to ban the use of slang terms in order to improve linguistic standards amongst students. The Harris Academy in Upper Norwood, London is to ban students from using popular slang terms and phrases such as ‘ain’t’, ‘bare’ and ‘innit’, along with preventing the use of ‘basically’ to start a sentence.

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Shakespeare in Shona? The Bard goes Global!

As part of the World Shakespeare Festival which was launched on 23 April 2012 (the anniversary of the playwright’s birth), ‘Globe To Globe’ is staging Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in 37 different languages. The performances are taking place at the Globe Theatre in London, a replica of Shakespeare’s original theatre.

Amongst the shows will be Macbeth performed in Polish, Troilus and Cressida in Maori, Hamlet in Lithuanian and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Shona. Love’s Labour Lost will be performed in British sign language.

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Eid ul-Fitr 2011

Eid ul-Fitr (usually abbreviated to Eid) means ‘festival’ or ‘festivity’ in Arabic. It is a Muslim holiday that signifies the end of Ramadan which this year began on the 1st August. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting so the end of a whole month of fasting is cause for much celebration!

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Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, takes place every August Bank Holiday when the whole of West London comes alive. On the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, over 1 million Londoners and tourists will join the street party, which every year becomes bigger, brighter and wilder.  

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Cabbies Learn Languages for the London Olympics

More than 3,000 cab drivers who work for Radio Taxis in London have been given MP3 and CD language courses so they are prepared for the influx of foreign tourists for the 2012 Olympics.  Under the scheme devised by Collins Language, drivers will learn useful phrases in French, Spanish and Chinese, and will have a flag on their cab to denote the language they can speak. [Read more…]

Internationalising Your Website

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Sarah Carroll, the Founder of Language Advantage, is speaking at UK Trade & Investment’s Internationalising your Website Workshop in London on Tuesday 25 May 2010.

The workshop will explore practical steps you can take to boost your international business performance online.  [Read more…]

Internationalising your Website

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Sarah Carroll, the Founder of Language Advantage, is speaking at UK Trade & Investment’s Internationalising your Website Workshop in London on Tuesday 10 November 2009.

The workshop will explore practical steps you can take to boost your international business performance online.  You will receive the latest web knowledge and tips so you can grasp the international opportunity that web 2.0 presents [Read more…]

Carnival In London’s Notting Hill!

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, is taking place on 30 and 31 August 2009 when the whole of West London will come alive.   On the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, over 1 million  Londoners and tourists  will join the street party, which every year becomes bigger, brighter and wilder.   [Read more…]

Tube Undergoes Language Upgrade

Ticket machines on the London Underground have been upgraded to operate in 17 different languages. Some of the touch-screen machines were already available in six languages – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, but will now be available in many more languages to cater for both tourists in the city and London’s own population who speak over 300 languages. [Read more…]

La Dolce Vita 2009

Experience The Sweet Life at La Dolce Vita, the annual celebration of the Italian good life in London.   The UK’s most influential Italian lifestyle event is returning to London Olympia in March 2009 for its fifth year! Renowned to deliver an authentic Italian experience for trade and consumer visitors alike.   [Read more…]