Visitors to the 2012 Job Day talk about their experiences of trying out interpreting in our practice booths.
What are the social and health benefits of learning languages and how can speaking several languages make life more interesting? We interviewed Itesh Sachdev, professor of Language and Communication at SOAS University of London. His research focusses on the benefits of multilingualism.
Did you know about the complexities of multilingualism in Malta? English, Maltese and even Italian are all used to communicate with other islanders. There have been significant changes in the status of the Maltese language since Malta joined the EU: “We didn’t have a culture of translation. The fact that Maltese is an official language [of the EU] has created something which actually didn’t happen before. I think it has given Maltese more status in peoples’ minds. It is no longer the language of the poor and uneducated. I think the ideal for a country like Malta, which is tiny, is that our heritage should be a heritage of bilingualism. We should be giving our children a possibility of growing up with a minimum of two languages, which for us was always a reality,” explains Dr Sandra Vella, senior lecturer at the Institute of Linguistics, University of Malta. To find out more, watch our interview with Dr Vella and Professor Ray Fabri, Chairman of the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Malta.
Arabic might not be an easy language to learn, but it can lead to many opportunities in the West and the East. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations and has 295 million native speakers worldwide. In Europe there is an interest in learning more about Islamic culture and tradition; learning Arabic is an integral part of this. “Language can open paths for understanding and for dialogue between world’s civilizations” comments Dr Imran Alawiye, the author of ‘Gateway to Arabic’, a series of textbooks for teachers and students.