Whether you’re planning to watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbour, or the ball drop in Times Square, the countdown to 2013 has begun! But how do you wish friends around the world all the best at midnight?
Most digital marketers will know how tricky it is to keep text within character limits. In a Google ad, the big challenge is getting your message across in just 70 characters. Twitter’s 140 character limit is well known, which can result in imaginative shortenings or confusing “txt spk”. And while Facebook doesn’t include the same restrictions, it’s generally thought that keeping it concise helps.
The economic crisis in Southern Europe has hit graduates hard, with youth unemployment rates close to 50 per cent in some countries. It’s hardly surprising that many are thinking of emigrating to countries such as Germany, where there’s a high demand for skilled workers.
Do you guglear or google ha da? Or maybe you’re using l’Gagel in Hebrew?
A lack of language skills could be damaging the ability of British companies to trade abroad.
The United Nations has six official languages, the International Olympic Committee has two, but the European Union has no fewer than 23. For most of its history, the EU has treated the languages of all member states as equal.
It’s a common question for people thinking of learning a new language – how hard is it? And how long will it take me to be proficient? Many of us already have perceptions of how difficult languages are. For example, Spanish is relatively “easy” for English speakers, while Finnish and Japanese take much longer to master.
It’s the most widely spoken mother tongue on the planet, with more than a billion speakers. But much of what people think they know about the Chinese language is wrong!
Translation is sometimes referred to as the “world’s second oldest profession”. From Ancient Egypt to the present day, translators and interpreters have played a vital role in building relationships between communities and facilitating trade. And now it’s more important than ever in an increasingly globalised world.
Did you know French is an official language in 29 countries around the world? And it’s commonly used in at least seven more in Africa, Asia and Europe. It’s also the official working language of the United Nations (along with English) – as well as the Olympics!