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Common Challenges for Spanish to English Translators

Translators have quite an interesting job that is full of challenges. No two tasks are ever alike, which makes for an especially dynamic job, but also ensures that the translator is in a constant state of learning and must constantly adapt to different writing styles, topics and dialects.


Where do our alphabets come from?

Not many of us take the time to think about the symbols we use to communicate via writing, but the truth is that the alphabet didn’t just appear out of thin air. explains how our writing systems evolved. 


Want to influence the world? Map reveals the best languages to speak

Many books are translated into and out of languages such as English, German,and Russian, but Arabic has fewer translations relative to its many speakers. (Arrows between circles represent translations; the size of a language's circle is proportional to the number of people who speak it.) 


Los cerebros bilingües están mejor equipados para procesar datos que los monolingües

Una nueva investigación demuestra que las personas bilingües procesan información de forma más eficiente y con menor esfuerzo que aquellas que conocen un único lenguaje. Concretamente, el estudio indica que la gente bilingüe tiene un mayor control inhibitorio para descartar la información irrelevante y así poder concentrarse mejor en la importante. 


La lengua que se aprende al nacer nunca se olvida

Durante una exposición temprana a un idioma, el cerebro forma representaciones de los estímulos sonoros que componen el lenguaje, pero hasta ahora no se sabía si el cerebro las mantenía o las degradaba con la ausencia de la exposición continua a la lengua. (fuente)

19/11/2014 European Union European Union

Des commissaires polyglottes feront-ils une Commission multilingue ?

Alors qu'une dérive vers le « tout anglais » est régulièrement dénoncée au sein des institutions européennes, plusieurs des nouveaux commissaires sont particulièrement polyglottes. Pour Stéphane Lopez, représentant de l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l'UE, cemultilinguisme des profils aura un impact sur l'utilisation des langues. 

12/11/2014 France France

The number of speakers in all our language communities in France is declining at a fast pace

This was on of the key conclusions reached by all languages representatives at NPLD's recent conference in Paris attended by the French Government, the Council of Europe, deputies of the Assemblée Nationale and the main representatives of the language communities in France and from across Europe.  

07/11/2014 Spain Spain

Educación se marca como objetivos el plurilingüismo y la mejora en la red de centros educativos y Cultura incluye nuevas ayudas

La Consejería de Educación y Cultura cuenta con una partida presupuestaria

de 1.063.651.992 para el año 2015, lo que supone un incremento del 3,6 por

ciento respecto al año pasado; el PREX-CREX e IU piden que se convoquen

oposiciones y el PSOE critica que se consolidan "los recortes"


05 noviembre 2014 

29/10/2014 European Union European Union

The latest news on multilingualism across Europe

Although the new European Commission decided to reduce the role of multilingualism, European countries continue to promote it.

Check out next month's upcoming conferences

October 2014


Languages for the Future - British Council Report

Which languages the UK needs most and why

November 2014


XV International Conference on Minority Languages, 28-30 May 2015, Belgrade, Serbia!

Minority languages in education and language learning: challenges and new perspectives 

International conferences on minority languages have been taking place on a regular basis since 1980. Their focus has always been on the minority languages, and with special emphasis on European values of multilingualism and plurilingualism, and in line with European initiatives and documents regarding the maintenance, status, revitalization and place and role in educational systems of these languages. The primary objective of the 15th ICML is to look at results achieved so far, recognize examples of good practice and identify problems and challenges and propose new perspectives in the area of minority language education.


New European Commission: threat to multilingualism

Multilingualism appears to be under threat as a decreasing interest at EU level is marked with Juncker's new Commission. Although the European Parliament has shown strong support for endangered languages and linguistic diversity, the Commission's portfolio for DG Education and Culture is being reduced, with a shift in focus towards employment. It is true that employment is very important for the European economy but regional languages also play a key role in today's society. These lesser-used, smaller-scale and minority languages are likely to be negatively impacted by this change, and the potential positive contributions brought about by languages in general are perhaps being overlooked.


AThEME project: Advancing the European Multilingual Experience

Multilingualism in Europe has many different facets. Several European countries are officially bilingual, but Europe is also made up of a multitude of regional and heritage languages. In fact, according to a recent survey1, over 50% of European citizens can converse in more than one language. There is huge variety in those who can be classed as multilingual. For example, people may acquire a second language as young children, teenagers or adults. Some people might speak one language at home and a different language at work, whereas others might speak different languages with different family members. Different speakers also have different levels of proficiency.

These are just some of the reasons why Europe is the perfect test case for studying how multilingualism works at all levels of society.




The Economist explains: how dictionary-makers decide which words to include

EARLIER this month the Oxford Dictionaries added a number of new words to its online collection. (This is not to be confused with the flagship Oxford English Dictionary.) As usual, Oxford included buzzy internet- and youth-inflected coinages such as "neckbeard", "side boob" and "mansplaining". And as usual, internet commenters seemed nonplussed by what seemed to be a venerable institution (ie, Oxford) validating teenage slang. How do lexicographers decide what goes into the dictionary?


LangOER network aims at enhancing teaching and learning of less used languages through OER/OEP

3-year network (January 2014- December 2016) supported by action KA2 Languages of the Lifelong Learning Programme, European Commission

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European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) RECIT EEE-YFU
European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI) Literature Across frontiers European Federation of National Institutions for Language
CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe) Mercator European Network of Language Diversity Centres Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)
European Association for Terminology Federal Union of European Nationalities European Publishers Council
European Council of Artists (ECA) Europa Esperanto Unio - EEU European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
Federation of European Publishers European Forum of Vocational Education and Training Culturelink
European Theatre Convention Eurolang EUNIC in Brussels
Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste ALTE European Federation for Intercultural Learning
European Council of Literary Translators' Associations Club de Madrid EUROCLIO

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