While English is the world’s most widely-spoken second language, being monolingual can only get you so far in the global marketplace. The internet and the world of international business are increasingly multilingual.
And if you’re wondering which non-English language is the most useful, then we’ve got an answer. More than 660 people, based in different countries, responded to our online poll.
And there was a clear result - almost half of respondents voted for Chinese. This was well ahead of the other two options, Spanish (36 per cent) and German (15 per cent).
The comma is the Cinderella of punctuation marks. It's often overlooked and causes confusion for native English speakers and learners alike. We all know what a full stop or a colon is for, but a comma can seem indecisive and wishy-washy.
In many languages such as German there are firm rules for when to use a comma or not. That’s not always the case in English - and it can seem like an apologetic afterthought. Even a semi-colon has more substance to it; and how could you draw a winking face without it?
Scottish products such as whisky and tartan are famous around the world, but they’re far from the only exports. Last year a record number of Scottish businesses began exporting, with products ranging from software to seafood, tea to television programmes.
Recent figures from the Scottish Government show that exports were worth almost £40 billion in 2012. And it's not just large, well-known names that are adopting an increasingly global mindset.
More than a billion people around the world celebrated the Chinese New Year, with fireworks, parties and parades – including a parade of horses in Sydney! The Spring Festival is now well underway, with festivities traditionally lasting for 15 days until the Full Moon, on February 14th this year.