Figures released this week by the Scottish Qualifications Authority show that Spanish has overtaken German for the first time to become the second most popular language at Higher after French. A shortage of German teachers and a feeling that the language is unfashionable, despite its economic importance in Europe, has led to greater numbers of schools switching from German to Spanish. At the same time, there has been a corresponding pressure from parents who holiday in Spain, in both the independent and state sectors, to offer Spanish, as well as other languages.
Meanwhile, a Spanish girl I know sporadically is making little progress with her English because every time something is said to her in that language she improvises the nearest amusing phonetic equivalent in Spanish. A brief search reveals a minor industry dedicated to this entertaining way of disguising the traditional Spanish lack of interest in other languages. You may prefer the German, the Chinese, the Zulu [sic]…, but my favourites on this page are mock-Arabic:
- beso: saliva-va-saliva-viene
- divorcio: se aleja la almeja
- Señorita, bájese de la moto: Maja, baja la raja de la Yamaha
And so on and so forth. Bite that wax tadpole, people.
- Spanish, most popular elective extra-curricular language in English higher education
Now ahead of French, while German is being overtaken by Chinese.
- Teachers/examiners with less skills than pupils/examinees
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
- Napoleon couldn’t write French
“I am dying before my time, murdered by the English oligarchy and their hired assassin. The English people will not delay
- The japanish writer Haruki Murakami awarded with the 23th Premi Internacional Catalunya
We’re talking the front page of the website of a Catalan government whose words consist of endless recycling of the cliché
- Home schooling in Spain
God knows there are reasons enough to want to do it: school failure rates, currently 30% and rising; the lack of