Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

Aug 14, 2014

'Vape,' 'binge-watch' added to Oxford Dictionaries

Britain’s Oxford University Press said Thursday it is adding the words “vaping” and “listicle” — along with other new entries, from “time-poor” to “Paleo diet” — to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Editors for the site track and analyze some ...

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

| Jul 27, 2014

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

The Osaka Prefecture Board of Education is pushing through a raft of initiatives to shake up English-language education, chief among them the introduction of TOEFL at top-performing high schools, which will be taught by an elite group of teachers earning approximately ¥8 million a ...

States laud bilingualism at graduation

Jun 29, 2014

States laud bilingualism at graduation

When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from her high school in western Oregon state this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. She is one of more than a dozen students at Corvallis High School who ...

May 28, 2014

Tokyo to boost foreign-language signs, info ahead of 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is stepping up a joint project with the central government to add foreign languages to guide boards and other information sources for the 2020 Summer Games. Some 10.36 million people came to Japan from abroad in 2013, topping the government’s ...

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

May 19, 2014

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from “selfie” to “poutine.” Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep — while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple ...