Two advocacy groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday alleging a North Carolina school district's treatment of three Latino families was discriminatory because it did not provide important information in Spanish.
A rare letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte in English will go to the auction block in France on Sunday.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush recently argued in an op-ed that Hispanic voters will represent the margin of victory in the 15 swing states that will decide who will win the race for the White House. Is his political intuition right? And if it is, how do both parties significantly increase their chances of winning the Hispanic vote?
Charles Garcia says issues and candidates get Hispanic votes, not party lines.
The linguists have spoken and they have decided -- "Occupy" is 2011's word of the year.
China's state-owned broadcaster has launched an aggressive international push to extend the country's influence, opening a new headquarters in Washington that will broadcast English-language programming from the heart of the US capital.
Despite the fact that it seems to be in the news almost every day of the week, China -- impossibly vast and fascinatingly diverse -- remains a travel destination with an unquestionable mystique. As exciting as that sounds, it also makes travelling to China for the first time an incredibly daunting prospect. To help you venture into the unknown, here's our first-timer's guide to the most populated land on the planet.
Maria Jose Martinez Waldner grew up speaking Spanish and English at her home in Buenos Aires. Several years ago she decided to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language that is rarely heard in Argentina.
Latin America is pulling out the stops to get more Chinese tourists. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.
This rural community in the southeast corner of Iowa is one of the last places you would expect to find a large number of students who don't speak English, yet English language learners have had a huge effect on the schools there, according to Columbus Community Schools Superintendent Rich Bridenstine.
"YOU SEE, what we need here is some cleaning-up liquid, some disinfectant. Would it be possible for you to bring me some?"
One of my first jobs in China was teaching English through songs on CCTV, China's national television station.
As trade between South Africa and China continues to grow, young kids in Pretoria are learning to speak Chinese.
OMG! It is no longer a just a teenage expression, but officially a word found in the dictionary.
By far, my greatest interests in life are words and humor. I'm obsessed with both, which is why my favorite comedian is the late George Carlin -- the funny man most obsessed with how we talk. Nothing has ever floated the boats of my two obsessions more than a good Carlin DVD or book.
Naming a law firm Plentiful Knowledge and Victorious in Our Pursuit of Gold may come across as a bit boastful in the United States. Even as a motto, it sounds brazen and egotistical.
Last month, Google unveiled its latest innovation, an app for phones that can near-simultaneously translate speech from one language to another.
Teaching Mandarin is a growing trend across schools in the United States, where the number of students enrolling in Chinese language and cultural programs has tripled in recent years.
China is funding language programs in some U.S. public schools, but not everyone is on board. CNN's Chris Welch reports.
Each year the English language takes a fresh beating, but in 2010 it was intensified more than ever by the widening reach and quickening pace of the internet.
Linguists announced Monday they have identified an endangered language known as Koro that is spoken by about 800 people in northeast India.
If you've ever struggled to learn Arabic or felt overwhelmed just looking its symbols, now you can blame science.
Wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration: Ebonics translators.
As CNN's Jeanne Moss reports, Sarah Palin has invented a new word, and she's not making any apologies for it.
An event as big as a volcano that disrupts transportation around the globe might be expected to have its name added to the English lexicon, perhaps meaning "to cause widespread disruption," an English-language monitor said Tuesday.
Can you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull? Neither can the media. CNN's Jeanne Moos avoids volcanic name-dropping.
A college senior studying Arabic says he was wrongly detained for almost five hours last summer after an airport screener found his Arabic-English flash cards and a book critical of U.S. foreign policy.
Communications technology has shrunk the globe, but there remains one large boundary to all this togetherness: language.
One of the Internet's great promises is that it's the ultimate democratizer. It's open to everyone and allows all people to communicate.
One of the Internet's great promises is that it's the ultimate democratizer. It's open to everyone and allows all people to communicate.
Twitter users may value brevity in their messages, but that doesn't mean they don't think about the social implications of language.
Should we have a gender-neutral way of saying "he or she"? CNN.com's Elizabeth Landau takes a look.
This was the summer of $4 a gallon gas - and its impact on Americans is reflected in our lexicon.
A dictionary's cull of archaic terms has brought language mavens onto the ramparts
For more than a decade, as the immigration debate has swelled on both sides of the border, the Mexican government has been quietly providing money, materials and even teachers to American schools, colleges and nonprofit organizations
When it comes to the World Championship of the French-language version of the erudite board game, Senegal is the team to beat
J.K. Rowling said Monday that her efforts to halt a publisher's "Harry Potter" lexicon have been crushing her creativity
CNN's Sohn Jie-Ae is in Seoul and Kyung Lah is in Tokyo reporting how the rocky U.S. economy effects those areas.
The BBC has launched an Arabic-language television news channel in a bid to challenge Al-Jazeera and other popular Middle East TV news outlets.
With 22 states holding their primaries and caucuses on February 5's "Tsunami Tuesday," the candidates now find themselves trying to win the support of the different ethnic communities that can deliver a bloc of votes
After six months of deadlock, the country's factions formed an emergency coalition. But with security being stepped up, the hard work has already begun
Here you will find various video clips of Nancy discussing her pregnancy and the twins. Nancy tells viewers she's having a boy AND a girl! • Baby Talk Nancy Grace talks with Lori from Arkansas about how her babies dance to the theme music. • Baby Talk Nancy talks with Sharon from Pennsylvania about the heartache she feels with some stories. • Baby Talk Nancy talks with Eva from New Jersey about her latest sonogram. • Baby Talk Nancy Grace jokes with Nicole from Ohio about having triplets. • Baby Talk Nancy Grace talks with Lisa from Pennsylvania about seeing the sonogram of her twins. • Baby Talk Nancy Graces talks with Melinda from Colorado about what the theme music does to the twins. • Baby Talk Nancy Grace talks with Stacey from New York about the twins doing a back flip. • Baby Talk Kimberly from Tennessee is excited for Nancy. • Baby Talk Amy from Ohio congratulates Nancy on her twins. • Baby Talk Nancy Grace talks with Geri from
Al-Jazeera broadcast Monday an audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden calling on al Qaeda and other groups in Iraq to unify their forces and speak with one voice, that of the Islamic nation.
CNN's Senior Arab Affairs Editor Octavia Nasr describes a new audiotape purportedly released by terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
NYC school a 'madrassa'?
Google revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site Tianya.cn, indicating a foray by Google into social networking in the world's second-largest Internet market.
Google Inc revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site Tianya.cn, indicating a foray by the global search leader into social networking in the world's second-largest Internet market.
The burger giant declares war on the definition of 'McJob' as low-paid, dead-end employment. Its first target: the OED
French-speaking politicians see a better chance of claiming the top job in the country's upcoming election, but the favorites remain Flemish
If you are more than about 45 years old, you probably can't forget when you first heard a 1972 monologue by comedian George Carlin titled "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." Ordinarily w...
The most important imports in the Daytona 500 Sunday are not the three Toyota Camrys that will be in the field for the first time. Instead it will be Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian-born rookie driver.
With advice on everything from how to get a raise, to where the tech jobs are now, to the best way to get a rude co-worker to shut up, here are excerpts from some of the top Ask Annie columns of the year. By Fortune's Anne Fisher
After blocking Wikipedia for nearly a year, Chinese authorities in October allowed access to most of the online encyclopedia's English-language entries and, in some cities, to the Chinese-language ...
Dear Annie: A friend of mine sent me a very funny column you wrote last summer about annoying workplace jargon ("Business Buzzwords that Make You Gag"), but I have a different problem. I work in an office with well-educated people who are perfectly capable of expressing themselves without recourse to foul language, yet every other word out of their mouths is f*** or sh** or some such. I have no problem with the occasional expletive, but this constant stream of obscenities is really starting to get on my nerves. Is it realistic to think that I can do anything about this, or should I just keep trying to tune it out? -Weary Ears
If you want to take the temperature of Japan's economic relations with China, forget recent heated exchanges over Japan's World War II legacy. Focus instead on something cool--really cool: the tiny...
(FORTUNE Magazine) - If you want to take the temperature of Japan's economic relations with China, forget recent heated exchanges over Japan's World War II legacy.
Money. Power. Attraction. Sounds like the stuff Univision's telenovelas are made of.
Flip on Univision or Telemundo on any given night, and in between the melodramatic telenovelas and campy talk shows, you'll see the biggest consumer brands in the world pitching their products in Spanish. It would seem every major company, from car makers to fast food franchises, is trying to reach the nation's fast-growing Hispanic population, now more than 40 million strong.
Spanish language broadcaster Univision is "muy caliente" on Wall Street these days.
On 52 nights last season the most watched television network among 18- to 34-year-olds was not ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, or even youth-oriented outlets like the WB and UPN. It was Univision, the Spanish-...
The mood was tense at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., early last year. The top two dozen executives of Sears Roebuck & Co. were gathering for a strategy session with Eddie Lampert, the...
The mood was tense at the Bel Age hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., early last year. The top two dozen executives of Sears Roebuck & Co. were gathering for a strategy session with Eddie Lampert, then 42, the billionaire hedge fund manager who had just engineered an unlikely takeover of their venerable but struggling company.
Farmers are campaigning to remove from dictionaries the term "couch potato" which they say makes the vegetable seem unhealthy and is bad for its image.
The response from the "vocabularians" was so "ginormous" that the lexicographers let out a "whoot."
The Bush administration is planning to expand the reach of its Arabic-language satellite channel, Alhurra, into Europe, an official overseeing the network said Sunday.
As the tremendous extent of the damage caused by the Asian tsunamis becomes apparent, a number of performers are stepping up to help.
As television heavyweight "Seinfeld" returns to prime time this week, viewers are reminded of the impact sitcoms have on pop-culture psyche -- and their contributions to our vocabulary.
It makes all the political sense in the world: take your wedge issues -- abortion, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research -- and aim them at a population whose membership in the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian churches exceeds 90%.
IN THE EARLY 1990s, WANG ZHIDONG JUMPED INTO THE SEA, as the saying goes. The Beijing University graduate left a secure job to set up his own firm in an abandoned school near a street so crowded wi...
Here's an investment strategy to help counter the slowing economy: Identify a fast-growing industry and single out the one player that dominates that flourishing market. Adding shares of such a com...
Here's an investment strategy to help counter the slowing economy: Identify a fast-growing industry and single out the one player that dominates that flourishing market.
An advocacy group Friday accused sandwich chain Subway Restaurants of being "anti-American" because the tray liners that the company is currently using in Germany display an obese Statute of Liberty and a German word that it claims is a pejorative term for Americans.
Juan Catalan has never watched "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the HBO comedy series starring comedian Larry David. "I don't even have HBO," he says with an easy laugh.
Forget about that dream vacation at the beach for a moment. If you are a student, between jobs, or just ready for a change, don't pass on a chance to spend a few weeks or a few months working overseas.
FCC Commissioner Michael Powell said Wednesday he is calling for a dramatic increase in fines for broadcasters that allow the "F-word" and other obscenities on the air.
Once a decade, Merriam-Webster rewrites its best-selling collegiate dictionary, adding new words, new definitions of old words and specialized words that have become part of everyday life. These da...
Didier Benchimol lives in Paris. He grew up in Paris. He went to college in Paris. He runs a company founded in Paris and based in Paris. But from the moment he gets to work in the morning till he ...
There is no easy way to spot financial trouble before it occurs, but there are telltale signs that the risk of a rout is higher than a company's stock price might suggest. And you don't necessarily...
There's been a lot of bad news out there in the world economy lately. Supposed economic superpowers like Germany and Japan have fallen on hard times; Asian tigers that thought the future belonged t...
When Nely Galan was a high school sophomore, she wrote a letter to Seventeen magazine about her rough experiences in an all-girl Catholic school. The editors were so impressed that they gave her a ...
Ana Hernandez, 23, a pharmacist's assistant, and her husband Jose, 21, a maintenance worker at Disney World, speak English while at work in Orlando. But when they learned they were expecting twins ...
WHO SAYS American companies can't compete against Japanese giants on their home turf? In the past three years U.S. semiconductor makers have nearly doubled their market share in Japan, to 20%, and ...
WHEN IT comes to Hispanic marketing, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Remember Braniff's blooper? The airline's ads told Hispanics to fly en cuero -- or ''naked.'' Tropicana advertised jugo...
CONSIDER the Japanese salaryman. Along with tens of thousands of his countrymen, he comes to live and to work in America. His migration is born of spectacular success -- the rise of his homeland as...
STUCK WITH dusty old computer programs that are incompatible with the latest hardware? Want to peddle military software to the Army, but your package doesn't meet the Defense Department's new progr...
July was a hectic month for Lexicon, a small manufacturer of electronic terminals and modems that link computers over phone lines. In less than two weeks the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, company was s...