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Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the...

Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive?

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Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive? Copyright free image Copyright free: USC Libraries Special Collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
A new project, 68 Tongues, 68 hearts, aims to help keep the indigenous languages of Mexico alive.

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

What is Applied Linguistics?

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What is Applied Linguistics? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Updated 30 Mar 2016
Something... to do with... language, maybe? If you're not sure about what Applied Linguistics is, start here...

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language?

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language? Creative commons image Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
A new set of guidelines offers law enforcement officers ways to ensure language skills aren't a bar to understanding your rights when arrested.

"I was so depressed yesterday..." - or were you?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
Using phrases relating to mental health to add drama to your conversation can have unintended consequences, warns Zsofia Demjen.

David Bowie: identity is creativity

David Bowie: identity is creativity Creative commons image Mike Burns under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art, says Frank Monaghan.

May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages

May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Which language has Jabba the Hut's name literally translated to Jabba the Forester? How can you translate Yoda's syntax into other languages? Find...

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation Creative commons image At By At under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
Manga artist, folklorist and icon Mizuki Shigeru has died. Nevin Thompson explains the role he played in Japanese culture, and why he'll be so...

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda? Creative commons image Adam Cohn under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
English is the official language of Uganda - but this shouldn't be at the expense of other languages, argues Judith Nakayiza and Medadi...

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Getting started on classical Latin

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Getting started on classical Latin Copyrighted image Copyright: The Art Archive/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin...

Cànan nan Gàidheal

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Mar 2016
’S e dùthaich ioma-chànanach a tha ann an Alba an-diugh. Tha a’ Ghàidhlig, Albais agus Beurla, còmhla ri cànain Eòrpach agus eile a tha nise san...

Gaelic in modern Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Mar 2016
Modern Scotland is a multi-lingual country. Gaelic, Scots and English, along with newer introductions from Europe and beyond, all influence the way...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 Feb 2011
Are you interested in learning more about one of Europe's oldest languages? Or would you simply like to brush up on your Welsh? Then look no...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 May 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners to speak and understand simple Chinese (Mandarin) in a wide range of practical, everyday situations, and explores aspects of...

Vivace: intermediate Italian

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Vivace: intermediate Italian Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop your confidence in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Italian, while gaining insights into many aspects of everyday life in...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module introduces key concepts relating to languages, language learning and plurilingualism. You will develop intercultural skills and...

Andante: beginners' Italian

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Andante: beginners' Italian Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Learn to speak and understand Italian in various practical situations, and get a real feel for Italian life with this carefully structured...