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December 2005

Bank robber's accent ruse
A building society was robbed by a man in a trilby hat and orange coat, who used a false French accent and pointed a replica gun.
(BBC News, December 20th 2005)
Schools to get language learning targets
Schools in England will have to ensure at least half their pupils study a foreign language until they are 16.
(BBC News, December 15th 2005)
Moroccans learn to write Berber
Morocco has been dominated by Arabic culture since the seventh century. Now, In a village school on the edge of Morocco's Atlas Mountains, Amazigh children are learning in their own language.
(BBC News, December 19th 2005)
Dutch set immigrants culture and language test
Would-be immigrants hoping for Dutch citizenship will need to pass a special test on Dutch language and culture, the country's parliament has ruled.
(BBC News, December 23rd 2005)
Your views on language learning
When BBC education correspondent Mike Baker discussed the government's latest moves to encourage language learning in England's secondary schools, BBC News online had a very large number of responses, from around the world.
(BBC News, December 23rd 2005)
'Treacherous' Blue Books online
A 19th Century report that became controversial for condemning the Welsh language has been published online by the National Library of Wales.
(BBC News, December 23rd 2005)
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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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