Britain’s Reluctance To Learn Languages Will Cost Us Dear

A recent article in The Guardian once again highlights the serious lack of language skills in the UK.  With even lower numbers of young people learning languages and the rise of the importance of global trade with countries such as China, Brazil and Arab-speaking countries, there is a fear that the UK is going to get left behind in the competitive global market.

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Global Communications Provider Adds Websites In Seven New Languages

An industry leading e-fax communications provider – j2 Global Communications Inc – has expanded its services to another 11 countries. Due to this expansion the provider now has websites in seven new languages to include Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Romanian. These seven new language-specific websites are in addition to their current eight language-specific websites in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian and Polish ensuring j2 Global Communications has a strong international presence.

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‘Chinglish’ – A New York Comedy Explores Cultural Barriers

A recently opened comedy in New York’s Broadway called ‘Chinglish’, is causing a stir for all the right reasons. The play opens up conversation about the communication gap between the English-speaking world and China, but in a light-hearted way. It makes light of the cultural barriers which can happen when an English-speaking person tries to communicate or do business with a Chinese-speaking person. The play is in English and Mandarin Chinese.

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