4 Blogs that Renovated your Global Language Skills in 2013

Pascale Chauvot

15 Jan 2014

Here are the most popular blogs published on Views on Global Language Learning blog. These are definitely worth reading one more time.

We Speak the Same Language Skills, But Why Don’t I Understand You?

Speaking the same language does not always ensure mutual understanding. The example of British and American English is probably the best way to illustrate this. Slang, cultural references, accent and pronunciation can often get in the way and create confusion when US and UK nationals are working in the same team. Read more.

Keep it Simple: The Case for Plain English

English is described as the international language, however not everyone has necessarily a good level of both written and spoken English. With easy to understand structure and vocabulary,
plain English can reduce the risk of misunderstanding and confusion when working in an international context. Read more.

Speaking Globally, Communicating Locally

Recent polls and surveys are showing a steady decline in foreign language skills in the UK. Experts and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office high ranking diplomats fear that this situation could harm the country’s diplomatic efforts and stress the need to focus on language skills when implementing promotion criteria for diplomats. Read more.

Business English, Spanish, or Mandarin: Which Holds the Most Potential for Today and the Future?

English is commonly described as the world’s lingua franca. However, history has shown us that a language cannot retain this position forever. In this article, Communicaid questions the position of English as the business language and looks at its potential successors: Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Read more.

 



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