Category: language-learner

The History and Politics of the French Language

August 01, 2017

The politics of the French language is an interesting case that ties together language and the state. Foreign companies planning to do business in France are well advised to learn something about French language politics and culture before…

The Growing Importance of Arabic in Business

July 18, 2017

When a language gains prominence around the world, there is a rise in the demand for speakers of that language in governments and businesses around the world. Higher salaries and unique job positions attract and motivate employees, while…

The Many, Many Languages Of the European Union

July 14, 2017

The European Union continues to be a strong proponent of multilingualism, prioritizing and promoting language diversity. That emphasis on multilingualism has permeated many parts of life in the EU. Students often learn at least one foreign…

The Hero of the American Revolution Who Didn’t Speak English: Honoring Baron von Steuben’s Contributions

July 04, 2017

The Fourth of July is an American holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence from the British Empire in 1776 (sorry ULG’s London office). Like more formal holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving, Americans use this holiday as an excuse…

Speaking Around The Boot: The Regional Languages of Italy

July 03, 2017

When most of us think of the Italian language, Standard Italian comes to mind – “ciao bella, come stai?” and “buon giorno,” and so on. In fact, Toscano, or the Italian originally written by the medieval poet Dante and spoken in the Tuscan region…

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