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Snowden studying language, will work in Russian team

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is now studying Russian and is going to work in tech support for one of the largest internet companies in Russia, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Voice of Russia.
 
"He is studying Russian now. As to his working in a Russian team, I’ve already said he is going to work in tech support of one of the largest companies," Kucherena said.

"You should understand that this kind of job first of all requires one to have expertise in computer software and programs," he added.

Kucherena refused to disclose how much Snowden is going to be paid. "We don’t want to disclose this information," the lawyer explained.

He also gave no details on which website Snowden will be working for.

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Russian language second most popular on Internet

Russian has become the second most popular internet language among users of the World Wide Web, head of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation Nikolay Nikiforov announced today while speaking at the international forum "Open Innovations".
 
"As regards the number of subscribers of broadband access to the Internet, Russia occupies the fifth place in the world and it is at the first place in Europe", Nikiforov said.

"At the same time, the number of Russian-speaking users around the world is so great, that our language is the second most popular on the World Wide Web". In his opinion, this fact creates "positive preconditions for further development of the high-tech economy in our country".

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Happy International Teachers' Day 2013!

Happy International Teachers' Day to all the teachers out there! It is a special day for the appreciation of teachers and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. What role did your teachers play in your personal and professional development? Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/russiankeys

Caroline Wyatt: my career in languages

The BBC defence correspondent's language skills have taken her around the world on assignment.
I don't know whether having German as a language helped persuade the BBC to give me a place as a news and current affairs trainee in 1991. I suspect that it may have made me stand out a little bit. It certainly helped me get a foot on the foreign correspondent ladder as a stringer in Berlin.
I couldn't have done that job without the language. Most people in eastern Germany had learned Russian rather than English as their second language behind the Iron Curtain, so it would have been impossible for me to work there as a correspondent without German in the early 1990s.
Equally, I wouldn't have got the job as BBC Paris correspondent without functional French. During my interview, I was asked to do a "live" obituary in French of a leading politician, talking about how he would be remembered. Those dastardly BBC interviewers certainly tested our language skills. It was a real challenge, and I was very glad by the time I staggered to the end of it.

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Translating your business into success when exporting overseas

Overcoming language and cultural barriers, as well as logistical hurdles, can help boost your company's growth abroad.

A new study from OC&C Strategy Consultants suggests UK retailers could potentially achieve overseas online revenues of £28bn by 2020. Growth in overseas sales is set to increase four times faster than domestic sales. Considering that current overseas ecommerce revenues are at around £4bn, that's a lot of potential.

So what exactly can companies based in the UK do now to take advantage of that predicted demand? Well, translation and localisation are important aspects of how a company is perceived abroad, so translating your website is a good start.

Research from the Common Sense Advisory shows 72% of customers abroad would rather buy products that provide information in their own language. Language is more important than price, say 56%, so that means translating could improve your sales and margins.

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