Tag Archives: foreign language skills

‘Allo, allo’ Brits left tongue-tied by their language problems

The British have long been notorious for their lack of ability in foreign languages but there are signs that, far from becoming more cosmopolitan as paid-up members of the European Union, they are getting worse. According to recent research by the British Council, 82% of British people consider themselves unable to communicate well in a […] … learn more→

China revisited Part Two

Before I last visited China twenty years ago, I spent some time with a friend of mine who taught Chinese. With his help, I learned a few key phrases such as Ni Hao which means hello, Xie Xie which means thank you, and Zai Jian which means good bye. I probably learned two or three […] … learn more→