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Lenneberg’s theory on the optimal age to learn a second language

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Whilst nagging us to do our French homework, we’ve all had our parents lament: “I wish I paid more attention during my French classes when I was at school.” They’re not alone. A survey by the British Council found 53% of adults regret not taking advantage of learning other languages at school. It seems to […]

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

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Last month saw the annual award of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of literatures most prestigious awards that has previously been bestowed on such literary greats as Salman Rushdie, Kingsley Amis, Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro. What was once restricted to authors from the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe has been opened up to […]

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Translating Emoji

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Do you ever use Emoji in business communications? Come on, admit it 🙂 If you do, don’t worry, you are not alone. Being in the language translation business, we keep our finger firmly on the pulse of developments in language across the world. Language evolves so following modern trends and keeping up with the changes […]

UK Solar Eclipse

The Sun-eating Dragon is back!

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If you were in the UK over the past few weeks then undoubtedly you’ll have seen the excitement that the broadcasters, in particular the BBC, approached the solar eclipse. There was something uniquely British about the coverage on the day of the eclipse – not many other broadcasters would devote so much time and money […]

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday – The new language of retail

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At the end of last month we witnessed a brand new cultural juggernaut on these shores in the shape of Black Friday With a thoroughly American pedigree, it’s remarkable that the British public has accepted the concept of Black Friday into their consciousness. What’s even more amazing is the uncharacteristic fervour with which British consumers […]