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As Movies And Videogames Go Global, New Jobs Open For Humanities Grads

Forbes – George Anders

“Create a popular U.S. movie, and you’ll want local-language versions of everything from T-shirts to trailers — fast! Come up with a dazzling videogame, and you’ll be scrambling for people who can convey an orc’s powers in languages ranging from Thai to Portuguese. Finding raw translation skills turns out to be the easy part. (Lots of online marketplaces and translation boutiques offer contract workers at every imaginable price point.) What’s trickier — and crucial — is to set up oversight systems to ensure everything gets executed properly. As a result, there’s booming demand for an intriguing class of experts, called localization specialists, localization managers and localization engineers. They pay attention to cultural sensitivities, so a joke that’s harmless in one culture doesn’t become offensive in another. They also devise checklists and templates to guarantee that each country’s build-out stays on track and gets done efficiently.”(more)

Which Language Should You Take in College?

Study Breaks – Lexi Lieberman

“In high school, most students are allowed to pick from a select, few languages to study: Spanish, French, Latinetc. Upon entering college, the options are expanded. This can be an exciting opportunity for you to learn a new tongue, or, it can be a waste of time studying a language that will never be relevant to your life and will, unfortunately, be quickly forgotten after the class is completed. So, what language should you take in college? Before you answer this, you should consider a few other questions: What are you interested in studying? Where do you see yourself living or working in the future? Is there a culture or country you want to learn more about?.”(more)

2 languages are better than 1

The Fiji Times – Bhawna Kundra

“Multilingual students are able to communicate and interact with people from different communities. A potential employer values this asset so it opens up employment opportunities. Doors are around the world can also be opened by developing language-oriented skills. In the competitive modern world, multilingualism is progressively becoming a necessary and demanding skill in order to get a decent job in growing global market. The ones who speak one language will begin to be left behind the in interconnected global economy. Employers also believe the ability to speak a second language shows the aspiring employee is motivated and driven to learn new skills.”(more)

Are Chinese-English bilingual schools the future of primary education?

The London Telegraph – Guy Kelly

“In 2013 David Cameron said that, “by the time children born today leave school China is set to be the world’s largest economy. It’s time to look beyond the traditional focus on French and German and get many more children learning Mandarin.” Two years later, on a schmoozing tour of Beijing, then Chancellor George Osborne announced a £10m investment to ensure 5,000 British students were learning Mandarin by 2020. Osborne’s goal is noble, but uptake remains slow. In 2015 just over 3,000 students sat a Mandarin GCSE, compared to more than 150,000 French exams and 50,000 plumping for German. Following the opening of Hatching Dragons, a Chinese-language nursery across town in Barbican, the philosophy of Kensington Wade is that children need to be started in Mandarin far earlier than GCSE level. “The best way of learning any language is by immersion from very young, and for a very difficult language like Chinese, that’s especially important,” says Professor Hugo De Burgh, Kensington Wade’s chairman and founder, who named the school after Sir Thomas Wade, who wrote the first Chinese-English textbook in the 1860s.”(more)

Helping your child succeed: Summertime: A great time to begin learning a foreign language

Marianas Variety – Jane Elizabeth Hamilton

“Children who study one or more foreign languages during their school years reap numerous personal, cognitive and academic benefits. Through foreign language study, they learn about different cultures and ways of life, and expand their views of the world. Additionally, they have higher scores on tests of academic achievement than their monolingual peers. Below are some details about the benefits of foreign language study: Personal benefits. One advantage of studying a foreign language in school is the exposure it gives students to different cultures, beliefs and ideas, and new ways of thinking. Individuals who can understand, speak and read in more than one language have the ability to communicate with more people, read more diverse types of material and benefit more fully from traveling in other countries. As students learn about different cultures and different ways of life, they expand their horizons and understanding of the world.”(more)

3 Corporate Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language And Why You Should Care

Forbes – Brian Rashid

“At the pace with which businesses are expanding the world over, this is not the time for you to remain a monolinguist. With the evolving business landscape, and thinning borders. It would be a huge disadvantage for you as an individual or business-person to be limited to just one language. You’d be doing yourself a whole lot of disservice.”(more)