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Chinese To Be Taught In UK Schools

David Cameron announced today that Chinese will be taught in most British schools under a new deal which will see the provision of Mandarin teachers to secondary schools. The programme will ensure that all secondary school students will have the option to learn Mandarin.

Polish more popular than English in Edinburgh schools

Polish is now more popular than English in Edinburgh’s primary and secondary schools. 96 languages are in use with over 3000 having a foreign tongue. Punjabi and Urdu are in second place whilst Arabic is third.

The number of children with English as a second language has almost doubled since 2005 and the enlargement . . . → Read More: Polish more popular than English in Edinburgh schools

Bulgarian Music Idol – English Translation

Bulgarian Music Idol contestant sings Maria Carey’s ‘Without You’… erm, sort of. Check out the English translation of what she is actually singing. Ouch!

“Live long and prosper” a variation on an ancient Egyptian blessing

“Live long and prosper” or “Tich tor ang tesmur” in Vulcan was originally spoken in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. However, the less-known reply is “Peace and long life.”

This format is similar to common Middle Eastern greetings (“Shalom Aleichem” in Hebrew and “Salaam alaykum” in Arabic), meaning “peace be upon you”, and its . . . → Read More: “Live long and prosper” a variation on an ancient Egyptian blessing