German envoy's strong pitch against govt decision raises eyebrows

 German Ambassador Michael Steiner's lobbying against government decision to scrap German as third language in about 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas is being frowned upon by the government which sees it as incompatible with an envoy's role.

German envoy confident of finding a solution to language teaching issue in KVs

 Invoking German writer Johann Goethe and Rabindranath Tagore, German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner today expressed confidence of finding a solution to the issue of dropping of German as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas.

German vs Sanskrit controversy created 'deliberately': Irani

 HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said a controversy over German being replaced in KV schools has been created "deliberately" and asserted that its continuation as third language would have been a violation of the Constitution.

Angela Merkel raises German language issue with Modi at Brisbane

 India's move to drop German as an alternative to Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the issue today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who assured her of looking at it within the confines of the Indian system.

Irony that Hindi is not used more in official work: Rajnath Singh

Although three-fourths of the Indian people know or speak Hindi, it is ironic that the language is not used more extensively in official work, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday as he pitched for its use regularly in government offices.

Monitor your toddler's speech with this App
Monitor your toddler's speech with this App

A new App can help parents monitor the speech, language and communication development of their toddlers.

Computer games may give you larger English vocabulary
Computer games may give you larger English vocabulary

Scientists have found that those who play computer games regularly have a larger English vocabulary than non-players.

Daniel Radcliffe learning Japanese

`Harry Potter` star Daniel Radcliffe has been learning Japanese. Radcliffe, 24, said he is finding it quite tough at the moment as he is only just started, reportedly.

Learning music enhances language, reading skills of disadvantaged kids

A new study has demonstrated that reading and language skills of disadvantaged children can be enhanced by learning to play a musical instrument or to sing.

PM Modi wins hearts, proposes `HIT` formula for Nepal`s development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday won the hearts and minds of Nepalese people when he began his gripping address to the Parliament in Nepali language, recalling his previous visit to the country as a pilgrim.

Language-split Belgium teeters back into crisis

Belgium risked plunging into a fresh political crisis on Wednesday after attempts to form a coalition government collapsed amid allegations Flemish nationalists were not committed to keeping the country together.

Advisory on social media for Hindi-speaking states only: MHA

Government today hit back at the opposition parties saying the controversy over promotion of Hindi on social media platform was "wrong and unwarranted".

Physically fit kids have `superior language skills`

Researchers have claimed that kids who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses during reading than their less-fit peers.

Interpreter to use language skills to improve Japan-China ties

An interpreter for a series of delicate Japan-China meetings hopes to use his language skills as a bridge between the two countries, at a time when bilateral relations remain tense amid a territorial dispute and conflicting views of wartime history.

Just 30 minutes of music training improves language

Do not junk your singing or classical music training class as there is a healthier side to it. Just half an hour of simple music training daily increases blood flow to a particular area of brain that processes language skills.

Raptors exec Ujiri fined for obscenity

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $25,000 by the NBA for using obscene language in public before a playoff game against Brooklyn, league commissioner Adam Silver said Monday.

Humans are born with basic fundamental knowledge of language

A new study has revealed that humans are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language.

Language `evolution` may help shed light on human migration out of Beringia

Researchers have said that evolutionary analysis applied to the relationship between North American and Central Siberian languages may indicate that people moved out from the Bering Land Bridge, with some migrating back to central Asia and others into North America.

Kids rely on sounds of new nouns more than their meaning

The new study reveals that four-to-seven-year-old children rely on the sounds of new nouns more than on their meaning when assigning them to noun classes, even though the meaning is more predictive of noun class in the adult language.

30% class III kids have problems with multiplication: Survey

Sixty-six per cent of Class III students in the country are able to answer mathematics questions correctly but 30 per cent still have problems handling simple multiplication, a survey released today said.