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1:41am

Mon July 8, 2013
Parallels

Call Centers Call On Multilingual Portuguese

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:04 am

New employees train for call center work at Teleperformance Portugal, an outsourcing company in Lisbon. The outsourcing industry is adding thousands of jobs while other Portuguese industries shed them.
Jose Faria Courtesy of Teleperformance Portugal

Filipa Neves speaks five languages but still couldn't find steady work in her native Portugal. So she was about to move to Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa, where the economy is booming.

But she sent off one last resumé — to a call center. It was sort of a last resort. She'd heard the stereotype.

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4:12am

Wed June 19, 2013
Parallels

Parvum Opus: Followers Flock To Pope's Latin Twitter Feed

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 7:40 am

Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a Latin expert at the Vatican, says people from all walks of life are following the pope's Twitter feed in Latin.
Sylvia Poggioli/NPR

Against all Vatican expectations, the pope's Twitter account in Latin has gained more than 100,000 followers in six months and continues to grow.

Followers are not exclusively Roman Catholics or Latin scholars, but represent a wide variety of professions and religions from all over the world. Some go so far as to claim that the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st-century social media.

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5:31am

Mon June 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Tweet,' 'Geekery' Make The Oxford English Dictionary

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 7:48 am

An Oxford English Dictionary.
Caleb Jones AP

11:32am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:38 am

Sen. Tim Kaine.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

During Tuesday's debate on the Senate's immigration bill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the floor and launched into an almost 13-minute speech in support of the bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

That's not the news. The fact that Kaine delivered it in Spanish is, because it's the first time a senator has delivered a full speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English.

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5:58am

Wed June 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Germany's Longest Word Gets The Ax

Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket in Berlin, Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

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