http://www.bbc.com - A BBC interview with the tough head of Hanban, the body charged with promoting Chinese culture and language, does little to dispel suspicions of political control, says John Sudworth.
http://www.straitstimes.com - Lifestyle Movies - LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Six European, two Latin American and one African film have made the shortlist for the foreign language Oscar, announced in Los Angeles last Friday. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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http://www.dw.de - We may know him best as the devilishly handsome provocateur of films such as "Ocean's Eleven" but Brad Pitt may be about to receive a somewhat more salubrious title - the "Keeper of the German Language" for 2014.
http://www.thelocal.se - Swedes enjoy a high level of self-confidence with regard to their English abilities, a new survey has shown, although one expert has questioned whether this belief is misplaced.
http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com - Skype Translator's real-time translation service has the potential to help Skype for Business users clear the language hurdles that can hinder international communication.
http://www.theguardian.com - I plan to learn Spanish in the new year – but wonder if there is an effective alternative to £200-a-term classes
http://www.wsj.com - Tribe’s adaptation of animated movie classic seeks to revive use of native language among young members.