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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)

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)

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)

Why Learning A New Language Is Always A Good Career Move

The Huffington Post – Ryan McNunn

“In a global economy, simply telling your potential employer that you have what it takes to get the job done doesn’t cut it anymore. Hiring managers at top firms weigh in many factors – some of which might be out of your control. In trying to land that dream job, you may find yourself outmaneuvered by a well-connected candidate or, in many cases, simply pitted against more accomplished peers. In spite of tough competition, there’s a way for you to stand out: master a foreign language.”(more)

Mandarin Month: How Important is Stroke Order When Learning Chinese?

The Beijinger – Hannah Mei-Grisley

“When you first start to learn Chinese, it can feel rather overwhelming. There’s no alphabet, four (five including neutral) tones, complex characters, and pinyin to get to grips with. With so many parts to juggle, it is understandable if your teacher spares you the added challenge of learning the correct Chinese character stroke order (笔顺 bǐshùn) when you first begin. Despite the fact that most phones and computers have the ability to write Chinese characters by inputting pinyin, learning the stroke order is important if you want to improve your fluency in Chinese.”(more)