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ITI Supports #1000words   

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting is lending its support to the 1000 Words Challenge being run by Speak to the Future The Campaign for Languages.

The campaign’s objective is for Britons to improve their poor reputation for language learning, by studying a new language to a standard that will enable them to at least hold simple conversations. While this obviously does not compare to the many years of language learning undertaken by its members as professional translators and interpreters, ITI nonetheless supports the aim of raising awareness of the importance of language learning among the population.

ITI’s Chairman, Iwan Davies MITI, is taking up the challenge personally, by attending a Scottish Gaelic Beginners class organised at UHI Perth College’s Pathways Learning Centre. Iwan explains, "As a professional linguist, I know how easy it can be to focus on my professional needs in language learning, and to neglect the many rewarding opportunities there are to learn a new language even if I'll never use it in my translation career. That's why I'm taking this opportunity to learn Scottish Gaelic, and why I would encourage ITI members to take up the challenge too! Mar sin leibh!"

ITI members are encouraged to either put their linguistic talents into learning a new language, or to help someone else achieve the 1000 Words Challenge in one of their working languages. Sign up to the challenge on the Speak to the Future website.

An article is also available on the bbc website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24231822.

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