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Bilingualism in fashion

Photo by Robert Brinkschulte

Born in Ottawa and raised in Victoria, young Canadian fashion designer Paul Davis studied in Montréal and Paris before going on to Berlin, where he now has his own menswear label. Convinced that knowing English and French is the key to success in the fashion industry, Paul shares his story.

Let's talk about Europe!

The 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages was held in September 2011. For the past decade, this annual event has focused on promoting multilingualism and raising awareness among Europeans of the continent’s rich linguistic heritage. Here is an overview of the languages spoken on the...

Linguistic Duality on the Big Screen

With an English- and French-speaking cast, Kevin Tierney’s French Immersion is the latest bilingual Canadian film. But several other full-length features produced in Canada also show, each in their own way, Canada’s two official languages side by side. Here are a few examples.

Linguistic Duality Day: Celebrating two languages in the public service

On September 8, Linguistic Duality Day will be celebrated throughout the public service. But why exactly are we celebrating?

Young people celebrate Acadia

In mid-August, Acadians celebrate their culture and community. As this period coincides with World Youth Day, Beyond Words met with some young people to find out what Acadian Day means to them.

American stars who speak French

It may not be front page news, but a number of American actors speak French very well. In honour of Independence Day in the United States, Beyond Words features a few of them.

Revitalizing the Francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador

Affectionately called the “Pays du bon Dieu,” the Port-au-Port peninsula is home to one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest Francophone communities. Beyond Words would like you to meet some people who are working hard to make sure it stays that way.

The beginnings of a dialogue

To learn more about Aboriginal languages and cultures, the Beyond Words team met with William Commanda, an elder of the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin community in the Outaouais region of Quebec.

Scholar of the Forgotten

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, what better time to feature a story of Marianna O’Gallagher, a woman of rare passion who dedicated her life to chronicling the history of Quebec’s Irish community.

La Francophonie on the big screen

The 17th annual Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone de Vancouver will take place from February 17 to 27, 2011. Beyond Words spoke with Régis Painchaud and Lorraine Fortin, the festival’s two key organizers.

Chinese: A brief biography of an enduring language

This year, we ring in the Chinese New Year at the beginning of February. To mark the occasion, Beyond Words presents a brief glimpse into the evolution and characteristics of Chinese languages.

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