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November 2006

Mike Ullmann: Let's put an Olympian effort into languages
Next week Lord Dearing will publish his interim report on the state of languages in Britain.
(The Independent, November 30th, 2006)
Do women really talk more?
A bestselling book claims that women say an average of 20,000 words a day and men only 7,000. Can it be true? We wired up two writers to find out.
(The Guardian, November 27th, 2006)
Taxi drivers face language tests
An influx of immigrants prompts Wrexham Council to consider language and local knowledge tests for cabbies.
(BBC News, November 27th, 2006)
Cooish Gaelic festival kicks off
A festival celebrating the Gaelic language and culture begins on the Isle of Man.
(BBC News, November 25th, 2006)
Honour for Pc who learned Polish
A police officer is honoured after learning Polish to help Wrexham's growing immigrant community.
(BBC News, November 24th, 2006)
Taste of Orient for London pupils
Pupils at a London school are given a taste of the Orient in a project linking them with a Beijing school.
(BBC News, November 24th, 2006)
Teens opt out because they can
Alarm bells are ringing as English and Welsh GCSE students are abandoning foreign languages in droves. The question is, how do we get them back?
(The Guardian, November 14th, 2006)
Welsh are 'the best English speakers'
They are renowned for celebrating their own language, as well as the power of their poetry and the glory of their choirs. Now the Welsh have been praised for speaking English sometimes better than the English themselves.
(The Independent, November 10th, 2006)
It's Hinglish, innit?
Hinglish - a hybrid of English and south Asian languages, used both in Asia and the UK - now has its own dictionary. Is it really a pukka way to speak?
(BBC News, November 8th, 2006)
New slang enough to make celebs Wallace and Gromit
Of all the trappings that go with fame, this must rank as one of the least welcome. Rhyming slang is increasingly peppered with references to famous folk, and has become enough of a social phenomena to warrant a new book.
(The Guardian, November 6th, 2006)
Ancient tongues and modern twists
The Queen's reference to annus horribilis was a witty use of language, says Harry Mount.
(The Telegraph, November 4th, 2006)
A million fingers are tapping out a challenge to the tyranny of spelling
The texting generation may yet realise George Bernard Shaw's dream of liberating the English language for all of us.
(The Guardian, November 3rd, 2006)
Schools 'ignored' languages edict
Schools ignored a ministerial edict aimed at getting more pupils doing GCSE languages, a survey suggests.
(BBC News, November 1st, 2006)
Tough talk on net language issue
The Internet Governance Forum is grappling with how to make web access as wide as possible.
(BBC News, November 1st, 2006)
news archive

August 2005
Icelanders speak up for languages
East End Cockney accent 'fading'
Muslims 'want surmons in English'

September 2005
Manx Gaelic revival 'impressive'
UK 'loves languages after all'
Tingo, nakkele and other wonders

January 2006
Web to preserve Romani heritage
Mind your PMQs? It's eff this and eff that
The C word

August 2006
Armageddon isn't upon us
Why are fewer students choosing to study foreign languages at GCSE?

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