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…]

‘Amelie’ To Go To Broadway

The highly acclaimed French language film ‘Amelie’ is to be adapted as a musical for the stage and brought to Broadway in New York. The 2001 film starring French actress Audrey Tautou tells the story of a waitress in Paris who sets out to make it her mission to make other people happy.

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Give More Than Just Chocolate This Easter!

french_film_chocolatAs it will soon be Easter, why not give a language gift instead of chocolate? Easter is celebrated every year usually sometime between late March and late April, depending on the date of the full moon. This year it falls on 24 April 2011. [Read more…]

Harry Potter and the 64 Translations

With the penultimate instalment of Harry Potter’s new adventures just released … it is not only on a screen near you – but all around the world!  The new film, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), will be released in different languages in many countries across the globe.  However, it won’t be dubbed into as many languages as the Harry Potter books, which have been translated into a staggering 64 different languages, including Ancient Greek and Latin! [Read more…]

Give A Budget Language Gift

Living Language French CalendarWant some new gift ideas?  We all know how money-conscious we have to be nowadays. With this in mind, we have hand-picked our top language gifts on a budget.  Give your friends, families and colleagues a very different gift this year – give them a language gift and let them get their language advantage! Happy holidays! [Read more…]

The Oscars 2010

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ® were held on Sunday 7th March 2010. The winner of the Oscars ® in the foreign language film category was The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) from Argentina.  Other nominees are: [Read more…]

Laurel and Hardy … filmed in French & Spanish

Did you know that Laurel and Hardy, the 1930’s comedy movie stars, reshot a number of their films in French, Spanish, Italian and German?

Laurel and Hardy couldn’t speak any foreign languages, so had voice coaching, and often used native language speaking supporting cast members. These language versions helped to boost their popularity internationally. Pardon Us was reshot in all four foreign languages. Chickens Come HomeBlotto and Below Zero were re-filmed in French and Spanish.

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Na’vi – the Language of Avatar

Linguistics expert Professor Paul Frommer, from the University of Southern California, is the man behind the fully functioning alien language in the hit film, Avatar.

He replied to an email from James Cameron looking for a linguist to come up with an alien language and the pair worked together for four years to develop the Na’vi language used in the film.  Professor Frommer spent many hours on the set, helping the cast members fine tune their alien language speaking abilities. [Read more…]

Lions at the Venice Film Festival

The ‘Lions’ will come out again at the 66th Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) in Italy between 2 and 12 September 2009. The ‘Lions’ are the Lion Awards given to the films within different categories at this prestigious film event. The Golden Lion is given for Best Film.  [Read more…]

Cannes Film Festival 2009

cannes-film-festival-2009_webCannes: not your average seaside resort but a beautiful, trendy resort on the Cote d’Azur, France no less. The Cannes Film Festival: not your average local film festival, but one of the biggest and most prestigious showcases of the world’s best film-making. The 62nd Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) runs from 13 – 24 May 2009.   [Read more…]