Thursday, September 14, 2006


A Celebration of cultural diversity is due to take place later this month to mark the European Day of Languages.

The event, which is currently in its fifth year, is an initiative driven by the Council of Europe to highlight the importance of learning languages. In honour of the occasion, the Bath School of Languages - also known as Languages United - in Walcot Street will be hosting a special workshop to provide an opportunity for people to develop an increased understanding about the languages and cultures of different countries from native speakers.

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Medical Student Training Looks at Cultural Differences

Physicians treating refugees and immigrant populations face a minefield of potential cultural gaffes. They should not touch a Muslim man during the initial interview. A nod of the head may mean "no" instead of "yes" if the patient is Albanian. Among Latinos, the head of the family, not the patient, makes treatment decisions.

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Diversity is good for all, expert says

Companies could be losing business and employees if they aren't embracing diversity, says Rick Griffin, training and educational coordinator for Maricopa Workforce Connections.

A retailer with an all White staff could be unconsciously driving away minority customers, for example. "A customer who is African-American or someone with a disability may not relate," he said. "Or older customers who see a lot of young people working there . . . may feel a lack of trust."

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US study concludes immigration does not threaten English language

Many U.S. citizens are wrongly concerned that Latino immigrants will force America to speak Spanish, possibly even creating a bilingual country. According to an academic study published on Wednesday, these fears are entirely unfounded.

A report in the Population and Development Review found that, far from threatening the dominance of English, most Latin American immigrants to the United States lose their ability to speak Spanish over the course of a few generations. By the third generation, most descendants of immigrants are "linguistically dead" in their mother tongue. This applies statistically to nearly all immigrant categories, not just Hispanic.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:35 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Rethink on school language study

Government ministers are said to be reconsidering their decision to drop compulsory language lessons for England's GCSE students.

Modern foreign language study at Key Stage 3 - 14 to 16-year-olds - was made optional two years ago. Since then the numbers of pupils taking qualifications in French and German, in particular, have plummeted.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:34 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

word of the day: fanfaronade

fanfaronade \fan-fair-uh-NAYD; -NOD\, noun:
1. Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
2. Fanfare.

George Manahan made his debut this week as music director of New York City Opera, and it is difficult to imagine someone laying claim to a major podium with less of a fanfaronade. -- Justin Davidson, "A Director's Toil Pays Some Dividends", Newsday, September 21, 1996

But like a demure singer in a long gown who is surrounded by chorus girls in sequined miniskirts, the statue may seem slightly lost amid the fanfaronade. -- Richard Stengel, "Rockets will glare and bands blare to celebrate the statue", Time, July 7, 1986

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:32 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

book release: "Leveraging Diversity at Work"

Understanding the power of diversity and using key methods to maintain a harmonious workforce are the subjects of a new book that will be available Thursday on

"Leveraging Diversity at Work," written by Kim Olver and Sylvester Baugh, will be released via the online book retailer at a cost reduced from its $19.95 cover price.

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UK think tank calls for greater understanding of workplace diversity by SMEs

Recent findings from a survey held late last year showed that the British workplace is cultural melting-pot. A third of all workers surveyed by human capital consultants Penna plc for its ‘meaning at work’ research said they had been able to meet people from different walks of life through work, whilst a quarter of respondents felt work had helped to increase their knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

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expats profit from car rental market in doha

Car rental companies are mushrooming in Doha with several Qatari and expatriate entrepreneurs now turning to this business which is considered more profitable and easy to set up.

Industry sources say that the emergence of a "floating population" in Qatar, an outcome of the economic boom, has given a boost to such business enterprises. Demand for rental vehicles has gone up drastically over the past few years, prompting several new entrepreneurs to try their hand in this area.

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internet use up 30% in hungary

There were about 1,034 million internet subscriptions in Hungary at the end of June, 31.2% more than twelve months earlier, and were up 2.9% from the previous three months, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Wednesday.

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over 2/3 of czechs don't have internet at home

Over two thirds of Czechs aged over fifteen (some 71 percent) have no access to the Internet at home and most of them even do not own a computer, according to a poll made by the firm Factum Invenio in August.

Over a half (53 percent) of Czechs aged over fifteen use the Internet. Eighty percent of people aged 15 to 29 use the service, while in the age group of 30 to 44 years it is 64 percent, and among people between 45 and 59 years it is 48 percent. As for older people, every sixth uses the Internet.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:29 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: erudite

erudite \AIR-yuh-dyt; -uh-dyt\, adjective:
Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; learned.

In front of imposing edifices like the Topkapi Palace or Hagia Sophia are guides displaying Government-issued licenses. Many of these guides are erudite historians who have quit low-paying jobs as university professors and now offer private tours. -- "What's Doing in Istanbul", New York Times, February 23, 1997

The works of Baudrillard, Deleuze, Guattari and Virilio are filled with seemingly erudite references to relativity, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, etc. -- Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Fashionable Nonsense

Posted by Kwintessential at 5:14 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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