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This year's winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film is the Polish film, Ida. But is it getting more difficult to persuade us to read subtitles for two hours? By Vincent Dowd, Arts correspondent, BBC World Service radio
How accessible are foreign language studies to students in North Korea, either academically or self-taught? What languages do they have access to and what are the popular ones?
In terms of language learning, we’re a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool – anxious about diving in and not convinced of the joys of taking the plunge, writes John Worne in the Telegraph.
Learning a second language in early childhood has long been known to boost brainpower. Now a new study suggests that the effects extend to those who learn a language from the age of 10 onwards.
Constructed languages, or ‘conlangs’ as they are known, have always fascinated diehard fans. Could their creators be on the frontier of how we define language?
According to a Guardian survey of young people and language learning, more than four in ten students of Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese say they would “have difficulty understanding, speaking or writing anything”
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