An article in today's paper said that Australians are falling behind in the area of second language speaking. We are a country of migrants but only a third of the population speaks a language other than English fluently. A percentage of these are of course our own indigenous population. Many Asians and Europeans are multi-lingual and language skills will become more and more important as the world shrinks. Purely English speakers cannot rely on everyone knowing English even though it is widely spoken.
How impressive it is to hear the players in the Australian Open being interviewed in English when it isn't their first language. No doubt many of them could manage an interview in French or another 'foreign to them' language as well.
How many of you can speak more than one language? I can just about manage in French, German and Italian--or I could if I had a brush up. Far from fluent!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This is me smiling because January has been a very good month!
The Wild Rose Press has accepted my book Strings Attached for their Champagne Rose line. No details as to release date yet or even if they will keep the title but I'm really really happy to find a home for Hannah and Jack.
Yesterday I had official confirmation of the acceptance of my second book for Avalon. It will be released in October. Not sure of the title but at the moment it's called 'Coming Home'.