The European Commission stresses its commitment to promoting multilingualism in a press statement to celebrate the European Day of Languages on the 26th of September…
According to a European Commission memo issued to celebrate the European Day of Languages on the 26th September, Ioannis Ikonomou, who is a translator for the European Commission, speaks 32 languages. Ioannis was born in Irakleio, Crete. He studied linguistics at the University of Thessaloniki before pursuing an MA in Middle Eastern languages and cultures at Columbia University in the United States. Ioannis has worked for the Commission since 2002. He will be one of the speakers at this week’s ‘Multilingualism in Europe’ conference in Cyprus…
YouTube, the video hosting platform, is using Google Translate technology to translate videos into over 300 languages – from Turkish to Tagalog to Tswana – in order to reach wider audiences. CNET reports how video producers can use the automatic caption translation service that uses Google Translate to translate into over 60 languages or the new service which translates more uncommon languages by letting users integrate the YouTube Video Manager with the Google Translator Toolkit. Read more on the YouTube Creator blog post.
This Friday sees the launch of “To say goodbye”: an animated documentary film based on the Spanish Civil War oral histories of “Los Niños”, which will have its premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival on 28th September. This film highlights the significant work of Alicia Pozo-Gutierrez from the Department of Modern Languages and others involved in this project. See the film website for more details.
Why not start a new language this year and add to your employability? You can take a language module as an option through the Curriculum Innovation programme – choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To find out more, follow the Curriculum Innovation or Language Module links…
Learning a language in a small, informal group can be a fun and flexible alternative to joining a language class or learning on your own. Find out more about the language clubs run by Lifelong Learning and the languages you can choose – each club is facilitated by a native or near native speaker and the focus of the group is decided by its members.
News and analysis from around the world can be accessed online in English and 32 different other languages from the BBC World Service website. The written news reports and audio files can be accessed via PC or mobile devices, including smartphones, and saved locally for you to use again. Use these resources if you want to receive up to date news in your own language or if you want to improve a language you are learning by following news and current affairs from different regions.
The BBC World Service offers a whole range of English language learning materials online. Learning English pages contain, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation activities alongside interactive quizzes, news and current affairs and the site’s long-lived soap cartoon, Flat Mates, which lets the audience decide the story-line. Use the site too for specialist areas such as business or sport-based language and to acquire a phrase a day.
Choose from one of ten languages and learn a language at lunch-time! Staff and students can choose from Arabic Beginners, Classical Greek Beginners, Dutch Beginners, French Beginners, German Beginners, Italian Beginners, Japanese Beginners, Mandarin Chinese Beginners, Portuguese Beginners and Spanish Beginners. The cost is £65.00 for 12 weeks. There is more information about these and evening courses on the Lifelong Learning website.
It has just been announced that languages will make up one of the core elements in the new English baccalaureate qualification which will replace GCSEs from 2017. See the Guardian’s Education pages for more details of the EBacc.