This article discusses findings from the University of Manchester, which show how being multilingual can have a positive effect on children’s futures:
One of the reasons given for this is the growing reliance of British companies on their staff’s language skills to serve worldwide customers.
To read the full journal article from University’s Multilingual Manchester project, click here.
Nigeria is often described as the ‘sociolinguistic giant’ of Africa, due to the fact that there are 522 different languages spoken by over 250 distinct ethnic groups. The main indigenous languages are Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. Despite the fact that Nigeria gained independence in 1960, English is still the country’s official language, although it is generally only used as a second language. A derived language called Nigerian Pidgin English, is often used as a lingua-franca, due to the Nigerian population’s linguistic diversity.
It is said that Frisian is the easiest language for native English speakers to learn, as it has a shared history and similar sounds to English. The language is native to part of the Netherlands.
There are 830 different languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, despite the fact that the population is just 7 million. It is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
An interesting interview posted today on the Guardian’s website about the importance of learning the local language when working abroad, and how having language skills can widen your career opportunities.
The Bible is available in 2,454 languages, making it the most translated book on Earth. Pinocchio is the book available in most languages after the Bible. Agatha Christie is the world’s most translated author.