English translation on France’s new ID cards angers traditionalists


English translation on France’s new ID cards angers traditionalists Verbalists – Education Beyond Borders Podcast

France’s new biometric identity cards, issued on August 2 last year, contain for the first time both French and English translations of all the fields, such as ‘name’, ‘address’, and ‘nationality’. This has sparked a big controversy. The French Academy, charged with defending the French language, is threatening to take the government to court over the use of English on the country’s new identity card.


Voices of vanishing worlds

Of the world’s 6,500 living languages, half will cease to be spoken by the end of this century. Most of these endangered languages are oral speech forms, with little if any traditional written literature. If undocumented, these tongues – each representing a unique insight into human cognition and its most powerful defining feature, language – risk disappearing without trace. READ MORE

The English learner’s guide to British phrases

British phrases, Verbalists

British English is much like the people of Britain themselves: down-to-earth and full of character. We compiled the list of our favorite British phrases, 25 of them, that we believe will confuse anybody who didn’t grow in the UK. These phrases aren’t just handy for holding a conversation though – they’ll also give you an insight into just how the Brits tick!


Learn English in London – best museums for students

London museums visits with My LONDON English learning program, Verbalists
Every summer, Verbalists Education & Language Network’s students explore the depths of secret London and wander around the top London museums and attractions while attending the famous English learning program My LONDON. With more than 1,000 galleries and museums in London to discover, this city offers the perfect opportunity to our students to develop their skills and learn new things outside the language classes.