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Learning a Language for Travel: However, Whenever and Wherever You Want It

We discussed in the previous post (“Learning a Language: However, Whenever and Wherever You Want It”) that the most important thing when learning a language is to be clear as to why you’re doing it, before seeking your best option. In this case and in my opinion, learning a language for travel is one of the […]

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World Affairs Article: Let Languages Die

Esteemed linguist John McWhorter has published an article on the coming century in language evolution. Working on the idea that 90% of the world’s 6,000 languages will not survive to be in use in 2109, Mr. McWhorter then tells us why that’s not such a bad thing for him. The basis for his argument is […]

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Book Club Meeting #2

Just in time for Christmas, I have found “On the Death and Life of Languages” by Claude Hagege is now available at my favorite bookstore and I must say that I am intrigued. Here is a description from the publisher: Twenty-five languages die each year; at this pace, half the world’s five thousand languages will […]

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Specialized Translation Agencies

I recently read an article about the new national certification given to medical interpreters of Spanish in the United States. I think this is actually quite important, especially for the people who are receiving medical services. Unfortunately, these people have a very low level of education. In addition, they are looking to include languages besides […]

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The Importance of Language on Websites

As I was searching for something on the Internet, I came across a very interesting point that brings up a topic of great importance for us today. “If I can’t read it, I’m not buying it”. This is something often heard from people who are trying to make purchases online. A lot of companies have […]

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Language Statistics

•    Quantity of living languages: 6912 •    Quantity of language on the verge of extinction: 516 •    Language with the largest quantity of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese •    Language spoken by the largest quantity of non-natives: English (250 million native speakers versus 350 million non-native speakers) •    Country where the largest variety of languages are […]

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