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Spanish Senate Adopts Controversial Language Rules

January 24, 2011
Business in Spain's upper parliament can take place in any of five languages following a new ruling. Senators may now choose between Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Valencian and the Basque language of Euskara. Previously, everyone spoke Castilian, the first language …       » read more

Film Director Takes Novel Approach to Translation

January 24, 2011
The controversial French director Jean-Luc Godard used what the media dubbed "Navajo translation" in his latest film, Film Socialisme, which opened in Canada late last month. Instead of providing word-for-word translation, he added English subtitles that replace full sentences …       » read more

Study Suggests Bilingual Toddlers Have the Edge in Learning

January 24, 2011
Canadian researchers have reported that bilingual children have a "cognitive advantage" over unilingual children the same age. A study carried out by Concordia University and York University in Canada, together with l’Université de Provence in France, put 63 toddlers to the test …       » read more

Comedy Star's Next Film to Be Spanish-Language Comedy

January 18, 2011
Hollywood actor Will Ferrell is slated to star in a Spanish-language comedy. The funnyman, who made his name in the 1990s on NBC's Saturday Night Live, will appear alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in the movie. The film, as yet untitled, will parody the increasingly …       » read more

Quebec Union Troubled by French Students Opting for English Colleges

January 18, 2011
A Quebec teachers' union has revealed why increasing numbers of francophone students are choosing to attend English-speaking colleges. Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), known in English as the Quebec …       » read more

French President Speaks Native Language Badly, Say Critics

January 18, 2011
Language purists have decried the President of France's linguistic skills, accusing him of vulgarity and mangling the French tongue. Nicolas Sarkozy has long been criticized for his relaxed approach to grammar and vocabulary. In his public speaking, he favours slang and discards …       » read more

Ex-Florida Governor Says Conservatives Should Engage Hispanics

January 09, 2011
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has called on Republicans to step up efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters, following electoral changes that will change their political influence. "The conservative movement must …       » read more

French Journalist Accused of Plagiarizing US Work

January 09, 2011
A controversial TV journalist in France faces allegations that he stole almost 100 pages of text from the French translation of an American biography. French news magazine L'Express said that Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, one of France's most famous new anchormen, had lifted material from …       » read more

Belgium Deadlock as French and Dutch Turn Down Agreement

January 09, 2011
A proposed solution to the linguistic divides that have kept its citizens apart for centuries has failed to unite Belgium. Animosity between French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders has been consistent throughout the European country's history, although the conflict …       » read more

US Troop Brings French Skills to African Camp

January 03, 2011
A US Air Force officer has been putting her French language skills to use in Africa, the American Forces Press Service has reported. Captain Sylvia Kim, of Los Angeles, volunteered to be a medical planner on behalf of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in Djibouti. French …       » read more

Spanish-Language TV Series Tops Holiday Ratings

January 03, 2011
The December 27 finale of a Spanish-language "telenovela" drew in enough viewers to make it the top-rated show of the evening in the competitive 18-49 demographic. Soy Tu Dueña, broadcast by Spanish-language network Univision as Women of Steel, gained 2.7 million viewers in …       » read more

Hispanic Nations Celebrate December 'April' Fool's

January 03, 2011
Pranksters in Spain and Latin America celebrated the Hispanic world's version of April Fool's Day on December 28. Although it is an official feast day of the Catholic Church, El Dia de los Santos Inocentes is also the day when merrymakers in Spanish-speaking countries traditionally …       » read more

 

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