Language

‘Britain’s best hope of renewing and defending Western civilisation is to recognise that the English language has conquered the world without a drop of blood being spilt’

Sacre bleu! Why bother learning any French when in France you’ll just be humiliated? Let’s study Mandarin, or Arabic, or Spanish in schools instead.

As has been the case for hundreds of years, the appointment of Pope Francis was announced in Latin. But the BBC and Sky News didn’t know their quas from their elbows

The author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was a great conservative writer

New poetry by Sarah Skwire

Delving into the various linguistic predicaments of Samuel Beckett reveals the beautiful complications of his writings.

Learning a foreign tongue opens up an entirely new spectrum of cultural rewards, yet state schools are failing to emphasise their importance

Review of The Appointment by Herta Müller; Perlmann’s Silence by Pascal Mercier; and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity