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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 […]

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 […]

Foreign language skills needed to boost trade

Foreign language skills needed to boost trade

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One of the biggest barriers facing UK companies with the potential to export overseas is a lack of foreign language skills, according to a study undertaken by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The lobby group believes the remedy for this lies in compulsory language lessons for children as young as seven.       The […]

Can UK universities still rely on international students?

Can UK universities still rely on international students?

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Last week, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) issued new figures on undergraduate enrolment in UK universities for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. While this isn't a comprehensive metric on the number of students who'll be starting degree courses come September, it offers some valuable insights into the volume and breakdown of applicants […]

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Business Translation Services & The Decline of Foreign Languages – Video

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Business Translation Services – Students choosing to study language at A level is declining at a dramatic rate. A recent article published on The Telegraph website has reported that A Level languages are in crisis. We take a look at the article in today’s video and discuss the importance of having a nation proficient in […]

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Doing business abroad: Where’s riskiest?

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In order for a business to compete in today’s global economy, effective supply chain management is critical. Whether tiny cottage industries or enterprise-scale organisations with thousands of geographically distributed employees, companies worldwide rely on collaborative relationships with international partners in order to prosper. This can, for obvious reasons, be something of a balancing act. An […]

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Business travel on the rise – but what about language learning?

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There are many indicators that global business and international commerce are on the rise. One of these is the stories appearing left, right and centre that indicate how many individuals are jumping on planes and trains to distant shores for reasons related to their job. Only this week, Easyjet announced that it has managed to […]

What's the difference between translation and interpreting?

What’s the difference between translation and interpreting?

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As disciplines, interpreting and translation are closely related. So closely related, in fact, that many people would struggle to differentiate between the two. Indeed, in workplaces across the world, the terms are commonly – though incorrectly – used interchangeably, even by those directly benefiting from the services of translators or interpreting professionals. Such confusion is, […]

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US named top economy for entrepreneurship

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The US has been named number one in the world for entrepreneurship, after the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index found the nation pipped Australia and Sweden – second and third, respectively – to pole position, ahead of 119 other countries around the globe. The assessment found the US, the world’s largest economy, to be absolutely at […]