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Freedom Day reflections: language, expression and responsibility
Spiderman hit the nail on the head when he said something like “with great power comes great responsibility”. The same applies to freedom, as Eleanor Roosevelt rightly said: With freedom comes responsibility. 22 Apr 2024 Read more

Our mother languages: What’s in it for us?
At the SU Language Centre, we share Unesco’s belief in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies, and we embrace the worldwide celebration of International Mother Language Day on 21 February each year. 21 Feb 2024 Read more

Unlock your career potential with a short course on effective office communication and documentation
In today's fast-paced business world, effective communication skills are essential for success. Whether it's drafting important emails, conducting meetings, or managing office documentation, the ability to communicate clearly and professionally can make a significant impact on anyone's career. If you're looking to enhance these crucial skills, the Effective office communication and documentation short course offered by Stellenbosch University Language Centre's dynamic Comms Lab might be the perfect opportunity for you. Managers are also encouraged to consider this course for their office staff. 4 Sep 2023 Read more

Africa Day 2023: Our Africa, our future
In commemoration of Africa Day this year, the Stellenbosch University Language Centre pays homage to the often overlooked yet crucial profession of interpreters in Africa, reflecting upon their significant contributions in bridging language barriers throughout the continent. 23 May 2023 Read more

Mother language, heart language
This week, Mother Language Day was celebrated internationally on 21 February: A day dedicated to the language in which our very first thoughts were verbalised. We're so different, but this is something that we all share. 23 Feb 2023 Read more

About a multilingual mindset
As a leading university in Africa, Stellenbosch University believes multilingualism matters. We believe that multilingualism is about more than just being able to use multiple languages. 28 Nov 2022 Read more

Why do translators translate?
In celebration of International Translation Day on 30 September, we've approached a few of the translators with whom the Language Centre collaborates to share with us why they do the work they do - why do they translate? 29 Sep 2022 Read more

The ripple effect of language
Most of us don't think much about language in the abstract as we go about our everyday lives. And yet, the language we use in our studies, in work contexts and in our personal relationships shapes perceptions of who we are, how we like to be in the world, and what matters most to us. 2 Aug 2021 Read more

Imagine a world without language. Is that even possible to imagine? Isn't language so intertwined with thinking that it's no use trying to think if you don't think in language? How would you access your own thoughts and communicate them if it's not encoded in some kind of language? 22 Apr 2021 Read more

You have a finalised, polished text to share with your readers - and it needs to be available in more than one language. You could ask your bilingual colleague to translate it (and hold your breath), or you could ask a professional translator to do the job. 21 Aug 2017 Read more

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