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How British is Britain?

<b>The British identity is more attractive to younger people than the elderly, according to analysis of data from the 2011 census, writes Mark Easton for The Editors, a programme which sets out to ask challenging questions.</b><p>In England and Wales, the generation least likely to have ticked the box marked …

Great Britain

Giving net lessons to the world’s poorest

We are in the midst of an online education revolution, aimed at benefiting us all. But how do we help the two-thirds of the population with no internet access – that is, those who would benefit the most from access to these tools?<p>The last few years has witnessed a revolution in online learning, …

Teaching In The Cloud: How Google Docs Are Revolutionizing The Classroom

Support the news<p>Any experienced English teacher knows the drill: on the dreaded due date, students bring printed copies of their essays to class, …

Do you speak English?

For the first time in history, the world now is close to having a global language so that people from all corners of the globe can communicate with each other without recourse to interpreters and translators. This language is, of course, English. The reason why English has become so dominant is …

How Quickly Did Your Country Adopt the Internet?

The World Wide Web is 25 years old. Looking back, it's tough to imagine a world without phrases like "vlog," "GIF" or "Klout score." I mean, how did …

Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

It seems hardly a sentence is spoken in Berlin that doesn't have an American English word in it.<p>One word that especially grates — and I confess to a certain bias, having learned German as a toddler when it wasn't so Americanized — is a word pronounced "sogh-ee." Or, as Americans say it,</i> …

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.<p>The study was conducted by three …

Africa

Internet access is no longer a luxury | Africa Renewal Online

It is early morning in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The traffic jam along Ngong Road, one of the city’s main feeder roads, stretches for kilometres …

Why some English words are controversial in China

<b>Nowadays, if you eavesdrop on Chinese people's phone conversations, it is commonplace to hear English phrases popping up here and there, like "Okay", "Cool" and "Bye bye".</b><p>In today's Chinese publications, English abbreviations and acronyms also pop up frequently without any Chinese translations: …

English explodes in India - and it's not just Hinglish

<b>Anyone who travels beyond Delhi and Mumbai to India's provincial cities will notice English words cropping up increasingly in Hindi conversation. While some of these terms fell out of use in the UK decades ago, others are familiar, but used in bold new ways.</b><p>Picture the scene. I'm chatting to a …

Economic Growth Threatens World Languages

Many world languages may become extinct due to economic growth, a new study suggests.<p>Already today, several of the world's nearly 7,000 languages …

David Crystal - Texts and Tweets: myths and realities

David Crystal - The Effect of New Technologies on English

Global Language Network - Cesar Hidalgo

David Crystal - World Englishes

David Crystal - Will English Always Be the Global Language?