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Conor Maynard talks single, 'Take Off' book and pop music career Special

English pop star Conor Maynard chatted about his single "R U Crazy," his new book "Take Off" and he discussed his influences and dream duet choices; moreover, he gave advice to hopefuls who wish to go into music.
Digital Journal Report by Markos Papadatos

Offensive and shocking words get added to the Oxford Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) adds new terms four times a year, and this week roughly 900 words made their first appearance including "bathroom-break," "bestie", and four adjectives that refer to the highly offensive c-word.
In the Media by Jessica Jones-Langley - 2 comments

Hospital patient kicked out when requesting service in English

Montreal - A patient entered Verdun General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in an ambulance because of chest pains, but says she was kicked out when requesting that hospital staff speak to her in English, rather than French.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks

Louisiana lawmaker wants to defund library in favor of new jail

Come Saturday, members of a southern Louisiana community of 97,000 known as Lafourche Parish will vote on a controversial ballot proposal aiming to reallocate $800,000 a year from the local library budget to the funding of a new $25 million jail.
In the Media by Scott Tuttle - 1 comment

Commuting students: English lessons available on trains in France

Paris - For those in France wishing to improve their English, a new service started up this week. France's rail operator, SNCF, is offering English lessons, literally on the rails, to profitably pass commuters' travel time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Photo Essay: Boating along the River Thames Special

Henley On Thames - Possibly one of the most picturesque and quaint parts of the River Thames is the stretch between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow.
Digital Journal Report by Richard Milnes - 5 comments

British band The Heavy offer punk, funk, soul, and rock and roll Special

British funk-rock band The Heavy have been churning out their unique brand of neo-soul rock since 2007. On their third album, they embrace a varied palette of sounds, nodding at the past while embracing the future.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

British family of three found shot dead in southern Spain

Mijas - A British couple and their daughter have been found dead in a rented apartment in Mijas, southern Spain. The family was found to have been shot dead and police confirm it is a murder-suicide. (Updated)
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Video: Russell Brand reduces US TV anchors to nervous wrecks live

Russell Brand is an English comedian, author and movie star, known for being rather outspoken, especially when interviewed on TV. He completely floored the MSNBC anchors when interviewed about his upcoming world comedy tour.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Englishman wakes up from stroke speaking fluent Welsh

Alun Morgan, 81, suffered a severe stroke and when he came around he was speaking fluent Welsh, although he had never spoken the language before.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Santorum: Puerto Rico must adopt English language for statehood

San Juan - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Wednesday that he would support Puerto Rico for statehood if only it makes English its main language.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments

Skype takes English teaching to the next level Special

London - More than a chat and call service, Skype is now being used to teach English at various levels and across any geographic/political boundaries. And it costs a lot less than a traditional English teaching class.
Digital Journal Report by Ernest Dempsey - 2 comments

Taliban now publishing English Twitter updates on attacks

Kabul - Since the formation of the Taliban, its members detested modern technology and prohibited its fighters from accessing the Internet. But since using the Internet, including Twitter, to speak to the world, they are now doing it in English.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 4 comments

Debate heats up over English-only bills introduced in Minnesota

Saint Paul - A group of Minnesota Republican State Senators and Representatives have introduced similar legislative bills in the House and the Senate that would make English the official state language. The bills have been called racist and an attack on immigration.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

What does it mean to be English?

Just what does it mean to be English? Is there a peculiarly English identity? Academics and filmmakers will gather this week to thrash out this thorny question.
In the Media by Andrew John - 4 comments

School staff to be instructed in speaking and writing

Havant - Some members of staff at a UK school will be provided with instruction in how to speak and write, after inspectors said they were setting a bad example for students.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin

Frenchman becomes first limbless person to swim English channel

A Frenchman who had his arms and legs amputated after an electrical accident has become the first limbless person to swim the English Channel.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin

Study: Why reading Arabic is harder compared to English

Haifa - The brain’s right hemisphere is not involved in the initial processes of reading in Arabic, due to the graphic complexity of Arabic script. Therefore reading acquisition in Arabic is much harder in comparison to English, researchers have concluded.
In the Media by Subir Ghosh - 1 comment

Quebec politicians say too many English players on hockey team

Montreal - Some Quebec politicians said they feel that there should be more French-speaking players on the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 2 comments

Oxford English Dictionary has vault full of rejected words

Millions of rejected words lie in a vault owned by the Oxford University Press. Although they have not been accepted for print, there is still hope for many of them.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 2 comments

Britain declaring war on 'Americanisms'

British journalist Matthew Engel, a columnist on the Financial Times and contributor to the Daily Mail, has incited Britons to speak out against American words and phrases taking over the UK.
In the Media by Laura Trowbridge - 18 comments

Speak English, this is Alabama - learn it or leave

Montgomery - "This is Alabama; we speak English," says gubernatorial candidate Tim James. "If you want to live here, learn it." Requiring Alabama driver’s license tests in English only is a matter of public safety for the people of this state.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 30 comments

North Carolina college ESL department changing lives Special

Charlotte - It is 6 p.m. on a Thursday at Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus. The uptown grounds appear dead, except for room 314 of the Kratt building.
Digital Journal Report by Jerell Cuevas

Manchester United FC make up vital ground in soccer title race

In a crucial day for the destination of the Barclays English Premiership trophy, Manchester United FC, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, make up vital ground in their bid to become title holders for a record number of times.
In the Media by Vlad Bourceanu

New EU commissioner 'talking English'

German politician Günther Oettinger - the new European commissioner - has been ridiculed on YouTube for his bad English pronounciation.
In the Media by Riccardo Valsecchi - 3 comments

Clown Prince of Fast Food Teaching English to Young Swedes

An English-language worksheet featuring Ronald McDonald extolling the virtues of fast food is being used in some Swedish schools, to the chagrin of educators, outraging some parents, and apparently unbeknownst to the company.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Should the US Adopt Spanish as Its Second Language?

In places like Portland Oregon, there are large communities of Hispanics. Many residents there speak mostly Spanish, some not learning English. Advertised jobs frequently require Spanish. So should Spanish be accepted as the US second language?
In the Media by Carol Forsloff - 9 comments

Berlin court: Nazi slogans are legal in English

According to a federal court in Germany, where Nazi logos and slogans are banned, if citizens were to translate Nazi slogans into English, it would be legal.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 4 comments

Malaysia's ban on English raises concerns

Teachers of math and science in Malaysia will have to teach in the local language - Bahasa Malaysia - from 2012 as the government has decided to ban English in the two subjects, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
In the Media by Wang Fangqing - 1 comment

Drink to Your Health with Green Tea

If you were to ask people around the world to name activities commonly associated with the English, chances are drinking tea would figure quite highly on the list. And if recent research is anything to go by it might be one activity worth imitating.
In the Media by Chris Dade - 5 comments
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The Heavy's embrace of sonic variety may help explain the wide generational appeal of its fanbase. Page (far right) says he’s been “struck by how diverse the age range is” at various shows. “There are kids as well as people in their 60s! It’s such a variety. Initially you’re thinking, “Why isn’t it full of young girls?!” -but we’re attracting more people. It’s a broader appeal, so hopefully that means a greater lifespan (for the band) as well.”
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