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Who still wants to learn languages? | Education | The Guardian

A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

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Who still wants to learn languages?

The new GCSE results show foreign languages are in severe decline – with the number of children learning French and German falling most dramatically of all. Aida Edemariam asks what this means for our universities, our economy, and the future of Britain.

The note sent last year to all staff had what is, for anyone in paid work these days, a familiar structure and a familiar tone. First there was the obligatory self-congratulation: Queen’s University Belfast was, and would continue to be, “one of the best universities on these islands”. In fact, there was a new aim – to be among the top universities in the world, with a new PPE department, more psychology, more drug research. Unfortunately, this meant some “tough decisions” also had to be made. A total of 103 staff would be let go – and the German department would cease to exist.

via Who still wants to learn languages? | Education | The Guardian.

Strange Random German Language Quote:

Some German words are so long that they have a perspective. Observe these examples:

Freundschaftsbezeigungen.

Dilettantenaufdringlichkeiten.

Stadtverordnetenversammlungen.

These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions.

Mark Twain: Appendix D of A Tramp Abroad, “That Awful German Language”

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  1. August 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    This is about “live” lenguages, but what about latin, ancient Greek and others?

    Why is important a lenguage that nobody speak? The same important of a poem that few people remember…

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