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'A Spoil of War': Egyptologists Demand Return of Rosetta Stone

British Museum, which refused its return in the past, says there's no official request now

(Newser) - Egyptian archaeologists and thousands of supporters are demanding the return of one of the British Museum's most prized artifacts, along with other Egyptian treasures, saying their continued presence in the heart of the British Empire "supports past colonial endeavors of cultural violence." An online petition launched last...

France Wouldn't Loan This to Queen in 1953. Now, a Change

Bayeux Tapestry is expected to be loaned to the UK

(Newser) - As the story goes, before Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, Britain asked France if it might borrow the storied Bayeux Tapestry. The answer was no. Heinrich Himmler was also unsuccessful in transferring it to Nazi Germany. The 220-foot-long tapestry, which is on permanent display in Bayeux, France, has not left...

Without French Teacher, School Uses Rosetta Stone

Parents in Quebec district aren't thrilled

(Newser) - A Quebec mom recently noticed her 11th-grade son hadn't had any French homework lately, and when she asked him what was up, she was more than a little surprised at his reply. "Of course we don't have homework, we don't even have a teacher," Andrew...

Web Puts 2nd Language at Your Fingertips

Online options, from free to pricey, abound

(Newser) - The days of chanting vocabulary words in a classroom and dozing off in the language lab are fading from memory as language instruction becomes increasingly available on the Internet. Freestanding smartphone apps are one option, and more structured instruction comes at a price—and sometimes no price at all. The...

Egypt Demands Rosetta Stone Back

But the British Museum's intent on keeping it

(Newser) - Egypt’s top antiquities official will head to Britain tomorrow in his quest to goad the British Museum into returning the Rosetta Stone. Dr. Zahi Hawass calls the stone an “icon of Egyptian identity,” and says the museum doesn’t really value it. “They kept it in...

Going Public in Bear Market Is Risky Bet for Rosetta Stone

Firm could make less money due to bear market

(Newser) - Rosetta Stone, the popular language-learning software maker, holds its initial public stock offering today—a risky move in a bear market, Jennifer Collins reports for Marketplace. Rosetta Stone’s profit has quadrupled since 2007, but it could make twice as much by waiting. It’s possible Rosetta needs cash now,...

JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks
 JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks 

JPMorgan, Nokia Lift Stocks

(Newser) - Stocks were modestly higher at the open today, after JPMorgan topped estimates in the first quarter and Nokia met them. The Dow inched up 31 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P rose 16.9 and 4.08 points, respectively. JPMorgan added 1.7%, while Nokia rose 12%. Traders were...

So, You Need to Learn Swahili?
So, You Need to Learn Swahili?

So, You Need to Learn Swahili?

Learning languages is labor-intensive. Here's how to get you up to speed.

(Newser) - Get ready for your business trip or vacation with these programs recommended by Porfolio.
  • Pimsleur Approach: 10-day courses offered in 40 languages.
  • Rosetta Stone: Promises competence in 2 weeks in 30 languages.
  • Teach Yourself: CDs and books offer 200 languages at varying speeds.

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