Posts Tagged ‘German’

The Value of Learning English

Friday, February 20th, 2009

economistAccording to a recent article in The Economist, a renowned British publication, the English language is playing an ever more central role in aiding communication between multi-lingual Europe. The Economist highlights the increasing number of printed and online articles being produced primarily in English by many well known members of the European Press. The article quotes Daryl Lindsey from the German publication Der Spiegel as saying “Europeans can read what other Europeans think about the world”. These changes herald failure for the European Union’s policy of “mother tongue plus two” which promotes the learning of two foreign languages, in practice usually French or German alongside English, in addition to the native language.

English appears to be winning out, claims the Economist, thus diminishing the need for native English speakers to learn another European language, a fact highlighted in a smaller uptake in German, French and Spanish classes inside schools in the UK and Ireland.

“Europeans will become bilingual , except for Anglophones, who are becoming monolingual “predicts the Belgian academic Mr van Parijs.

Based on an article in The Economist , February 14th 2009

Orientation Run | LSI Zurich

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

ZURICH – Despite the Euro 2008 football champtionship LSI Zurich (Switzerland) German students are out and about on a Zurich cultural orientation run, communicating with local people to discover as much as possible about Switzerland’s history, from legend William Tell to local Swiss Cuisine, sites and the Swiss mentality. The students managed “really well”, said American university student Brad, despite this being the first week or learning German. “You kindof have to use your hands and feet a bit, but hey, I understand directions and most Swiss people already – they’re really helpful”, said Juliana from Brazil.

A ‘cheesy’ evening | LSI Zurich

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Zurich – Can it get any cheesier??? We try and do our utmost for our students here at LSI Zurich, even if this means going out for traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue in summer – temperatures reaching between 32°C and 36°C. Japanese lawyer Akiko Isoda from Osaka initiated this ‘cheesy’ experience: “I know this is totally off-season, but this is my first chance to taste real Swiss food and real Fondue not coming from a package!”. Even LSI Zurich teachers were happy about the experience: “Eat a lot of cumin with the fondue and even your stomach finds Cheese Fondue enjoyable in summer.”