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  • British translator cleared in leaked Iraqi memo case

    02/25/2004 2:09:13 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 4 replies · 158+ views
    CBC News ^ | 2-25-04
    LONDON - A British intelligence translator has been cleared of leaking a secret e-mail that alleged the U.S. wanted to spy on United Nations Security Council members before the war against Iraq. "The prosecution offer no evidence against the defendant on this indictment as there is no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction," prosecutor Mark Ellison told the court. Katharine Gun, 29, works at the Government Communications Headquarters, Britain's global surveillance centre. She was charged in November with breaching Britain's Official Secrets Act after an memo was leaked to the British newspaper The Observer. The newspaper reported...
  • Video of Trump's granddaughter reciting ancient Chinese poetry goes viral in China's social media

    11/16/2016 8:54:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 11/13/2016
    Trump granddaughter speaking Chinese. Ivanka Trumps daughter Arabella recites Chinese poem. Ivanka Trump's Adorable Daughter Arabella Speaks Mandarin. A video of Donald Trump's granddaughter reciting ancient Chinese poetry went viral once again on China's social media following Trump's presidential victory. Arabella has been studying putonghua since she was 18 months old, the Daily Mail reported. The clip was made to mark the Year of the Monkey, which ends January 27, 2017. The video was trending on Sina Weibo soon after Trump was announced as president-elect, with many users praising Arabella as "surprisingly cute and impressive."
  • Trump's secret weapon to make friends with Beijing is revealed! (tr)

    11/15/2016 2:03:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-15-16 | Dave Burke
    Donald Trump's election may have been greeted with skepticism in China, but it seems the President-elect may have someone he can call on to help smooth over relations with Beijing - his grand-daughter. A video of Arabella Kushner, daughter of Ivanka Trump, reciting a poem in Mandarin has gone viral. The five-year-old was recorded in February, but an Instagram post by her mother has been widely shared since Trump's election win. Wearing a traditional Chinese dress, Arabella recited the poem, which dates back to the Tang Dynasty, to mark Chinese New Year. It has been met with approval in China,...
  • Obama wants 1 million Americans learning Chinese by 2020

    09/26/2015 8:27:23 PM PDT · by traumer · 95 replies
    President Obama announced a new initiative Friday aimed at having 1 million American schoolchildren learn Mandarin Chinese over the next five years. The commitment by Obama would see the number of American students learning Mandarin quintuple; 200,000 students across the country are studying Mandarin today. Obama framed the initiative as a chance for the countries to learn more about each other. "If our two countries are going to do more together around the world, then speaking each other's languages so we can understand each other is a good start," Obama said.
  • How to learn 30 languages

    05/31/2015 8:01:33 PM PDT · by Cronos · 88 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 May 2015 | David Robson
    Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, Mandarin and Thai – they’ve barely spoken one language before the conversation seamlessly melds into another. Together, they pass through about 20 different languages or so in total. It can be difficult enough to learn one foreign tongue. Yet I’m here in Berlin for the Polyglot Gathering, a meeting of 350 or so people who speak multiple languages – some as diverse as Manx, Klingon and Saami, the language of reindeer herders in Scandinavia....
  • More primary schools to offer Latin and ancient Greek (UK)

    11/19/2012 5:04:54 AM PST · by Renfield · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-17-2012 | Graeme Paton
    All primary schools will be expected to teach foreign languages to pupils from 2014 as part of a major drive to boost education standards, it emerged. At least one subject from a seven-strong shortlist – French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Latin and ancient Greek – will be offered to seven- to 11-year-olds. The move – outlined in a consultation document published by the Department for Education – could result in a major rise in the number of pupils studying the classical languages at a young age....
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Keystone becomes hot election potato

    11/11/2011 6:45:54 PM PST · by Clive · 36 replies
    Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-11-11 | Mark Dunn
    OTTAWA -- The Americans gave the cold shoulder to an offer of a steady supply of Alberta crude, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper will get plenty of face time with potential energy buyers this weekend in Hawaii. And Harper could use the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit to ask President Barack Obama why he is stalling on the Keystone pipeline -- a project Harper once said was a "no-brainer" because of the number of jobs it would create on both sides of the border. The postponement of a decision on the $7-billion pipeline to Texas from Alberta until after next...
  • “I Really Want You To Do My Vice-America President.” (Ambassador Doofus Huntsman)

    11/01/2011 9:16:18 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | October 31 | Geoffrey Sant
    When asked on the Colbert Report to speak Chinese, Huntsman spoke one sentence and then “translated” his words as “I just said you ought to consider being my running mate for vice president.” The studio audience roared in approval. Yet in reality, Huntsman’s mangled Chinese would translate as: “I really want you to do my vice-America president.” In this brief and simple sentence, Huntsman managed to (incorrectly) insert the word America in the middle of the Chinese word for vice president (fu-zong-tong); made a less-than-ideal choice of verbs; and combined my and American vice president in a way that implies...
  • Hong Kong people rally to save Cantonese language

    08/01/2010 4:43:55 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies · 8+ views
    France24 ^ | August 1, 2010 | Admin
    Hong Kong people rally to save Cantonese language By admin Created 01/08/2010 - 12:59 More than 1,000 protesters rallied in Guangzhou and Hong Kong on Sunday against what they say is China's bid to champion the national language Mandarin over their local dialect Cantonese. Hundreds of mainland police officers were deployed to disperse protesters who gathered in People's Park in Guangzhou to call on authorities to preserve the Cantonese language and culture, Hong Kong broadcasters RTHK and Cable TV reported. "Guangzhou people speak the Guangzhou language!" some angry protesters chanted as the size of the crowd grew to about 1,000,...
  • The Modern Mata Hari Speaks Mandarin

    03/09/2009 10:10:14 AM PDT · by WellyP · 6 replies · 704+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 9 Mar. 2009 | Strategy Page
    "...March 8, 2009: Two Chinese women are being prosecuted for stealing American technology for China. A Maryland resident, Yaming Nina Qi Hanson, was caught exporting miniaturized autopilots for UAVs. An Illinois resident, Hanjuan Jin, was caught trying to get electronics design data (from her former employer, Motorola) to China..."
  • Friends of Artorius File with the SEC, demanding an investigation into Schumergate

    08/21/2008 3:29:10 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 7 replies · 163+ views
    artorius castus blog ^ | 21 Aug 08 | Patrick Truax
    Alleging misconduct, Artorius Castus and a number of private entities have filed papers with the SEC pushing for an investigation into the burgeoning IndyMac scandal. Next week, one these entities will be filing papers and producing evidence to the Department of Justice requesting an ivestigation into Schumer's leaked memo.
  • Only half [of] Chinese speak Mandarin

    03/07/2007 4:00:43 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 28 replies · 721+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2007
    There are hundreds of dialects among China's 1.3bn people Only about half of China's population can speak the national language, Mandarin, according to the state news agency Xinhua.More men speak Mandarin than women, and more urbanites speak the language than those in rural areas, Xinhua said. For many years now, the government has tried to increase the use of Mandarin, to promote social cohesion. But China has hundreds of dialects, some of which - such as Cantonese and Hokkien - have strong regional support. In a survey of 500,000 people around the country, the Ministry of Education found that...
  • Chinese dissident attacked at home (Georgia)

    02/19/2006 6:48:05 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 7 replies · 834+ views
    A home invasion and attack near Duluth a week ago has set off a political firestorm that may reach all the way to China. Peter Yuan Li said he was tied up and beaten in his Chatburn Way home by several men on Feb. 8. The men spoke Korean and Mandarin and left behind certain valuables, including a camcorder and television, but took his computers, a phone and his wallet, according to Li. They also demanded unspecified documents and pried open two file cabinets, he said. But Li claims it was no ordinary robbery. The culprits, he said, were Chinese...
  • In Asia, English is Useful but Mandarin is Rising

    01/12/2006 9:20:10 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 9 replies · 479+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/12/2006 | Simon Montlake
    In Asia, English is useful but Mandarin is rising By Simon Montlake Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor BANGKOK, THAILAND - Inside a brightly painted classroom, a circle of kindergarten kids sits facing their teaching assistant, a Filipina. "So what kind of present do you want from Santa?" she asks in English. "Do you want a toy? Who likes Barbie?" Some of the girls stick up their hands. "We also have a Barbie for boys. What's he called?" the teacher continues. Several voices overlap, all speaking in English. "Ken!" "I want boy Barbie!" "I too want, miss!" After the hubbub...
  • Chinese nannies are the latest New York trend

    01/11/2006 12:10:42 PM PST · by oblomov · 38 replies · 1,218+ views
    China Daily ^ | 1/6/2006
    Chinese au pairs are New York's latest fashion: Manhattan's elite wants to prepare its progeny for the economic world of tomorrow. Her parents are caucasian Americans, her home is a $1 million villa on the Hudson River and her favorite place to play is a swing in the yard. But when Hilton Augusta Rogers, aged 2, swings through the air on sunny mornings she doesn't express her joy in English. "Geng gao," she calls to her father Jim. "That means 'higher,'" he says, pushing the swing. The girl is happy and burbles in a child's Mandarin Chinese: "le, le," she...
  • As China Grows, More U.S. Schools Teach Mandarin

    11/21/2005 4:10:37 PM PST · by Westlander · 15 replies · 546+ views
    WNT ^ | Nov. 21, 2005 | Nancy Weiner
    BROOKLINE, Mass., Nov. 21, 2005 — At the Driscoll public schools in Brookline, Mass., the kindergartners already know more Chinese than most Americans will learn in a lifetime. The second graders can string sentences together, and the eighth graders are nearly fluent. In this school system, learning Mandarin is mandatory.
  • Smart New York kids chew on Mandarin

    04/02/2005 3:29:18 PM PST · by MadIvan · 207 replies · 3,409+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | April 3, 2005 | Sarah Baxter
    AMBITIOUS New Yorkers are rearing a generation of “little emperors” fluent in Mandarin so they will be equipped for a global economy that may come to be dominated by China.Chinese nannies who can bring up bilingual babies are sought after in Manhattan, and nursery schools are adding the language to their curriculums. Jim Rogers and Paige Parker are the parents of Hilton Augusta, a 22-month-old blonde, blue-eyed girl. She already understands as much Mandarin as English after her parents hired a Chinese nanny. Their apartment is decorated with words for objects such as table and chair in English and Chinese...
  • My name Big Watermelon. I like China. This girl Monica very fat

    07/25/2004 2:32:41 AM PDT · by Happygal · 46 replies · 1,989+ views
    Sunday Independent (Ireland) ^ | Sun, Jul 25 04 | Brendan O'Connor
    TRADING with foreigners has always been riddled with potential Lost in Translation moments. There are apocryphal stories told at business school about how, for example, the Pepsi slogan "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" when translated for Taiwan, actually meant "Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead". "Finger Licking Good" apparently translated into Chinese as "Eat your fingers off". My own favourite has always been the slogan for Frank Perdue's Perdue Farms. The slogan "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken" was translated into Spanish to mean "It takes a hard man to get a...
  • Expert: New 'must learn' language likely to be Mandarin (overtakes English in importance by 2050)

    02/27/2004 4:59:09 PM PST · by presidio9 · 47 replies · 317+ views
    AP ^ | Friday, February 27, 2004
    <p>The world faces a future of people speaking more than one language, with English no longer seen as likely to become dominant, a British language expert says in a new analysis.</p> <p>"English is likely to remain one of the world's most important languages for the foreseeable future, but its future is more problematic -- and complex -- than most people appreciate," said language researcher David Graddol.</p>