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.
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
As a leader in interactive teaching and learning, at the Verbalists Language Network we talk a lot about inspiration. But what does it really mean for you as a teacher and how can you feel inspired yourself and become inspirational for others? Verbalists partner Céline Aloé talks about inspiration in our new episode of Speak Your Mind! READ MORE
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!
Do you feel – sophisticated, elegant, suave – when you speak French, or perhaps – curious, outgoing, and free – when you speak English?
The results of the study published in the Journal of Research in Personality suggest that our perceptions of the culture associated with a given language can impact our behavior.