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The world’s most spoken languages and where they are spoken

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

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The world's most spoken languages and where they are spoken

Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

English has been the dominant global language for a century, but is it the language of the future? If Mandarin Chinese is to challenge English globally, then it first has to conquer its own backyard, South East Asia.

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Mandarin-English dictionary



rions un peu

Monday, September 19th, 2011
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Why more languages spell jobs

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Children should be introduced and exposed to different languages such as Spanish, French and German from a young age.

An interesting letter explaning why languages are necessary to find a job.

Irish schoolchildren are the worst in Europe for learning foreign languages

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Almost one-fifth of teenagers leave school without a foreign language, according to a new study.

The average secondary school student in Europe was learning more than one foreign language in 2008, but 19pc of their Irish counterparts left school without one.

Only 3pc of Irish primary school students learn a foreign language, lagging well behind the EU average of 79pc.

But the figures could be skewed in favour of non-English speaking countries.

The report, compiled by the EU’s statistical office ahead of European language day tomorrow, does not include the numbers studying Irish or English.

The Department of Education says that 81pc of secondary pupils study three languages — Irish, English and a European language.

– Sarah Collins in Brussels

Irish Independent