Story in Trouw about a German teacher who can’t speak German. This wouldn’t be so freaky in jobs-for-the-boys Spain, where the most important requirement of a foreign language teacher in the public sector is that they have a bagful of certificates in the local languages. The result is that most foreign language teachers aren’t very good, and that parents need to fork out for private tuition. An excellent and experienced English teacher I know who works for the military recently took the state English exam in order to avoid problems with the crats. At the end the examiners asked him how they’d done.
- Socialists preaching inequality
Spanish socialists were against the Iraq war because they don’t think it important that other people should be able to enjoy
- More evidence of increasing popularity of Spanish in Europe
And a quick trawl of Spanish collections of phonetic equivalents, the closest many of the natives get to learning a foreign
- Language exams
John Chappell quotes a letter from Maria Pilar Pellegero of Ripoll in La Vanguardia as an example of the Catalan ethnocracy’s
- How regional language policy in Spain is pissing off foreign investors
Here’s most of the second half of an article dealing with the Air Berlin affair in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a MOR
- Miraculous almond tree cures eczema
And it’s free.