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Beyond Words Podcast: Episode 13 The Language News Report

Episode 13: The Language News Report

Welcome to ALTA’s Beyond Words Podcast. Our podcasts provide listeners with the latest language news, language-related interviews, and language lessons that can be applied to real-world situations. They’re always brief, always informative, and always entertaining.

During the Language News Report, you’ll hear summaries of the last two weeks’ top language-related stories. You can listen to the podcast on our website or download it for later playback on any standard MP3 compatible device.

This week, you’ll hear about unqualified interpreters in Afghanistan, the Oxford English Dictionary 2.0, and the difficulties involved when reading Arabic. We hope you enjoy listening!

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Articles in this week’s Language News Report

Whistleblower Claims Many U.S. Interpreters Can’t Speak Afghan Languages (watch the video)
DEA seeks Ebonics experts to help with cases
Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary
Health Speaks begins pilots in Arabic, Hindi and Swahili
Reading Arabic ain’t easy

Other noteworthy language-related articles
Learning in two languages from PRI’s The World
Are dying languages worth saving? (watch the video)
South Africa gets new Zulu dictionary, first in 40 years
Google to play live interpreter using smartphones
With rookie interpreters for help in diamond heist case, police lost in translation

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