Languages at work

Series of activites, ppts, etc. to understand the importance of learning languages for the 21st century global workforce.

Duncan "We rely on the predominance of English...this can put us at a disadvantage"

Try out these French quizzes for your basic language knowledge.
Try this advanced French proficiency test.

Crazy mistranslations
Hotel elevator, Paris:
Please leave your values at the front desk.
Translations spotted on a menu, Paris:
Chicken of the chief (poulet du chef)
Omelette with the plugs (omelette aux lardons)
Gratin of lawyer to the three cheeses (gratin d'avocat aux trois
Plate of crudenesses (assiette de crudités)
Sign on a metal-detector scanner in France:
People with peace-maker do not pass


Ethiopia, Hotel:
To call room service, please open door and call Room Service. Please call quiet, people may sleep.


Hotel, Seoul:
Choose twin bed or marriage size; we regret no King Kong size.
Supermarket, Hong Kong:
For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.
Outside a dress shop, Hong Kong:
Ladies have fits upstairs.
An advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest methodists.
In a Tokyo shop:
Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are the best in the long run.
Information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner, Japan:
Cooles and heates: if you want just condition of warm air in your room, please control yourself.
Car rental brochure, Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.
Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan:
Stop. Drive sideways.
Dry cleaner's, Bangkok:
Drop your trousers here for the best results.
Instructions on a Korean flight:
Upon arrival at Kimpo and Kimahie Airport, please wear your clothes

Languages at work:national information resource on careers with languages from the UK

These case studies illustrate clearly how people use languages in the world of work.

Activities for class

CV activity:
Francophone businesses: