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The world’s second language

By Mark Williams

English is such a weird language.

Foreign languages and the British

By Mark Williams

English is considered the lingua franca of our era. Although native English speakers are about 5% of the world’s population

Let’s get Britons talking: the 1,000 Words Challenge

By Mark Williams

The UK has a reputation for a general aversion to learning foreign languages. Well, this might change, thanks to

Language skills in the UK

By Mark Williams

The British Academy launched a report about the demand and supply of language skills in the UK in February 2013. Key findings of this report, Languages: The State of the Nation, include:

English is “Business Serious” in Japan

By Richard Michie

This great entertaining article on The Tyee demonstrates how the English language is used and turned around in Japan.

Does English translate as the global language?

By Richard Michie

Today I was driving and listening to Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme. I love Radio 4 because it’s constantly challenging

Americanisms (or how to rile the English)

By Richard Michie

There’s nothing more guaranteed to get on the nerves of the British than Americanisms.

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