March 1, 2017
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The language of music

Anyone who enjoys a night at the opera will have noticed that English plays a minor role in the art form compared with the language’s ubiquity in the world of popular music. There are operas in English – Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for instance – but the dominant language of […]
February 1, 2017
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Language and the law

Today, the sight of diplomats at the UN or other international conferences all plugged into earphones, listening to speeches that are instantaneously translated into several languages is a familiar sight. But simultaneous interpretation is actually only 70 years old, developed specifically for the most famous court proceedings in history, the […]
January 1, 2017
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Languages needed for future business success

Thanks to the long reach of the British Empire and the worldwide impact of US culture in the 20th century, English is currently the first language of international business. But as globalisation brings businesses closer together and new markets emerge across the world, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies who […]
December 1, 2016
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Most translated books around the world

The greatest literature has the ability to transcend national and language boundaries. Many classic books have outgrown their modest beginnings and local readership to feature in libraries and bookshops all over the world. In today’s global economy, popular authors set out to appeal to not just national but international markets. […]