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ABA Journal   March 7, 2014

Bilingual Lawyers Have a Leg Up in Many Niche Practice Groups

Lawyers looking for a leg up in hiring might consider talking the talk of foreign language. According to a survey commissioned by Robert Half Legal, 42 percent of 200 lawyers who are hiring officers see a need for more bilingual attorneys. Most needed (88 percent of those who saw a need) were Spanish-speaking attorneys, while Chinese-speaking skills ranked second at 9 percent.

The New York Times   March 6, 2014

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced on Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong, cutting obscure vocabulary words and making the essay optional.

The Independent   March 6, 2014

Students with English as a second language 'outperform native speakers' in GCSEs

Lord Nash, the Schools Minister, said students who speak English as an additional language (EAL) scored better grades in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) than native speakers. The worst performing group was...

The New York Times   January 28, 2014

Translation as a Performing Art

Thirty years ago I moved to Milan to work for an Italian art magazine called FMR. It was an odd and ambitious enterprise...

The New York Times   January 21, 2014

The 'How Are You?' Culture Clash

The question my Moscow-born friend Galina was referring to had nothing to do with Putin, or Pussy Riot, or the culinary ethics of adding ketchup to your pirogi. And yet, it is the back across which Russian-American relations are broken.

CNNMoney   January 16, 2014

The Hottest Job Skill is...

The Army, NYPD and State Department can't get enough workers with this job skill. Neither can Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, local courts and schools.

The Financial Times   December 26, 2013

Business is creating new forms of English

Bridgestone, the Japanese tyremaker, has announced that it is making English its official language, joining Rakuten, also Japanese, Lenovo of China and European companies such as Nokia and Airbus. But whether they make an official announcement or not, English is now part of the day-to-day life of any business with international operations, used almost every time people have a ...

The New York Times   December 26, 2013

Why Other Countries Teach Better

Millions of laid-off American factory workers were the first to realize that they were competing against job seekers around the globe with comparable skills but far smaller paychecks. But a similar fate also awaits workers who aspire to high-skilled, high-paying jobs in ..

The Financial Times   December 25, 2013

Learn Some Mandarin But Master English Too

Ditch your French and German textbooks and start learning Mandarin, David Cameron told the UK's school pupils after his return from a visit to China last week. The UK prime minister should be happy with any language skills his young compatriots manage to pick up. But it is true that...

The Independent   December 10, 2013

Ditch French and German lessons for Mandarin, says David Cameron as his visit to China draws to a close

David Cameron has thrown his weight behind efforts to prioritise the teaching of Mandarin in UK schools. The Prime Minister, speaking on the last leg of his visit to China, urged them to...

The Independent   December 9, 2013

Play's the thing: Globe Theatre wants learning Shakespeare to be fun, not a chore

The days of pupils sitting in rows reciting Shakespeare plays in the classroom may be numbered. Instead, teachers are being encouraged to use interpretive dance and drama to bring the Bard's words to life. These include using...

St Georges   November 18, 2013

Business English Common Mistakes

Business English common mistakes should be eliminated, so that...

St Georges   November 17, 2013

Steve Jobs Presentation Skills - VIDEO Business English

Steve Jobs Presentation Skills - something to marvel at. His keynote speeches were like a concert or a show, rather than the CEO of a big corporation speaking at an AGM. He elevated the art of public speaking to a new level with his own unique style. Can you imagine...

Financial Times   October 30, 2013

Who Owns English in a Global Market

Are the rules set by people who grew up speaking the language or those who learnt it later?

The Guardian   October 30, 2013

For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection by David Marsh -
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The New York Times   October 23, 2013

Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice

When have you ever seen a magician perform? What tricks do you remember? How do you think the magician did those tricks? Tell a partner what you saw.

The Financial Times   October 20, 2013

Fluent in English, Greek, French, Italian and dollars

Sir, On the subject of being bilingual or multilingual (Letters, October 17 and October 18) in response to Michael Skapinker's column ("Mystery of acquiring another language", October 17), the language...

The Financial Times   October 19, 2013

Ultimate Test for the (almost) Bilingual

Sir, While agreeing with Michael Skapinker ("Mystery of acquiring another language", Comment, October 17) that some people do appear able to learn languages more easily than others, and that the reason remains something of a mystery, I would add two further complications to the story.

The Financial Times   October 18, 2013

Dinner for Eight Mother Tongues

Sir, Michael Skapinker ("Mystery of acquiring another language", October 17) quotes an expert on bilingualism: "When you meet people who tell you they speak four or five languages fluently ... don't take this claim very seriously." The expert has clearly never visited...

The Financial Times   October 17, 2013

Mystery of Acquiring Another Language

Neurology helps to learn a language, but hard work is what matters

In 1987 I interviewed Robert Maxwell, the publishing and printing magnate, at his London headquarters in Holborn Circus. His death and disgrace were some years away. As well as the Mirror newspaper group, Maxwell headed the biggest...

The Guardian   October 15, 2013

Letters of Note: the Website That Revived the Fine Art of Correspondence

In our age of email and texts, letter-writing seems set for extinction. But millions have been flocking to a website to pore over the correspondence collected by blogger Shaun Usher

The Telegraph   October 10, 2013

Student Life: The Benefits of Studying in London

With many higher education institutions set in and around the city, London is certainly an attractive place to study, says undergrad James Connington.

The English Blog   October 7, 2013

Crossword: British Slang

Do you know what a plonker is? And how would you react if someone said they wanted to snog you? Improve your knowledge of British slang with this crossword. It's ace!

The Guardian   September 28, 2013

10 Grammar Rules You Can Forget: How to Stop Worrying and Write Proper

Guardian Style Guide author David Marsh set out to master perfect grammatical English - but discovered that 'correct' isn't always best. Here are the 10 grammar laws you no longer need to check.

The New York Times   September 26, 2013

How Do You Say 'Blog' in German?

WE Germans owe the English language a debt of gratitude. If English didn't lend us one or two little words every once in a while, we would probably call blogs "digitale Netztagebücher" and apps "Anwendungen für mobile Endgeräte." Even for German speakers, those don't exactly roll off the tongue.

The Guardian   September 24, 2013

Lunchtime Briefing: the 10 key stories of the day

Get up to date with today's news agenda.

The Guardian   September 23, 2013

Talk the talk: Maximise Your Prospects Using Languages

Personal endorsements from leading figures in the arts, sport, media, business, and politics demonstrate how learning languages can open doors to an array of careers and life experiences.

The Guardian   September 22, 2013

Quiz: How Much Do You Know
About lLanguages?

How many Welsh speakers are there in the UK? Who invented Newspeak? Where is Blackfoot spoken? Take our quiz and test your language knowledge.

The Guardian   September 21, 2013

Russian Literature is Best Sex Education for Young People, Says Ombudsman

Pavel Astakhov opposes introduction of sex education in schools and suggests reading the classics as an alternative

The Independent   September 21, 2013

Degree Overseas: The Pros of Studying Abroad

The idea of going overseas to study can be daunting, with visions of baffling languages or nights spent in isolation while you are gradually forgotten by your friends and family. However, the benefits of studying abroad...

Express   September 20, 2013

"We agreed disarm him"

The United States and Russia have agreed a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year. The American Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, meeting in Geneva, announced that...

The Telegraph UK   September 17, 2013

Internet Security: 10 Ways to Keep Your Personal Data Safe From Online Snoopers

The internet has changed our lives in countless positive ways, but it has a dark side. Personal privacy has been lost, leaving you at risk from shady individuals, companies and security agencies. But there are steps you can take to limit your exposure

The Telegraph   September 12, 2013

How to Eat in Restaurants on the Cheap

Food critic and journalist Matthew Fort shares his secrets on how to get the most from any visit to a restaurant. From the importance of looking locally to understanding how to read a menu, he explains what to keep in mind in order to come away from a meal with great memories rather than a nasty aftertaste

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Financial Times February 28, 2014

"Politicians can improve the world but only bit by bit. Try something small, that's easily reversed. If it works, scale it up. If not, you drop it"
Simon Kuper

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Every week we publish a business English tip concerning different aspects of business English. Topic areas include writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, exams as well as general English. Just click.

October 14, 2013: Methodology for Learning New Vocabulary

Here are some methods you can use to learn new vocabulary.
When you see a new vocabulary item (new word), always ask these questions:

Is it positive, neutral or negative?

Beautiful is a positive word
Ugly is a negative word
Negotiate is not positive or negative, so it's neutral

Is it formal or informal (casual)?

Cool is a casual word
Negotiate is a formal word

Is it a vocabulary item or an Idiom?

What did you do? (uses vocabulary)
What did you get up to? (uses an idiom / idiomatic phrase)
Negotiate is not positive or negative, so it's neutral

Does the word have a prefix or suffix that you know? (may give you a hint)

Prefix: Unhappy, unfriendly ('un' often a negative prefix)
Suffix: Careless, thoughtless ('less' often a negative suffix)
If you see a new vocabulary item, such as 'undisciplined', you can take a guess that it may be a negative word from looking at the negative prefix, even if you do not know what the word means.

Is it a noun, adjective, verb or adverb?

Can the word be used only as a noun?
Can the word be used as both a verb and an adjective?
Can the word by used as an adverb?

Which context / situation should the word be used in?

'Negotiate' is a strong verb for formal business situations, such as negotiating a contract with a client.
'Negotiate' should not be used in social situations like two friends arguing over paying for drinks at KTV.

Create your own example, preferably about your life,
to demonstrate (show) understanding of the new word; this makes it easier to remember.

I negotiated my salary package with the HR Manager.
I negotiate the delivery date and price with our clients.


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