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Archives for Mulitlingualism

Today exactly four years ago, I embarked on a mission to spend one year travelling all 27 member states of the EU while investigating cultural diversity and interviewing over 2 700 young Europeans. Today three years ago, I completed the very same mission, compiling a massive list of 366 articles, most of which were aggregated… » read more

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Language cross road

Multilingualism is a major topic on the European agenda. In general, it is an asset that is reserved for smaller countries, with `odd` languages. Large countries like the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France can afford the arrogance of not caring about foreign languages. Smaller countries cannot. Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Malta, Cyprus and all of Scandinavia depend on their language skills to maintain their positions in the global market. Such need to learn foreign languages could also be expected of Hungary. Located right in the middle of the European Union, bordering all major language groups existent in the EU, it could form an ideal European linguistic cross road. But only the capital Budapest seems to take advantage of that situation.

Posted by Bruno