This is a brief review of translation and language news from around the world, along with the links to the relevant content. Let us know if you come across interesting online content!

Time’s Abby Abrams reports on the result of recent study from MIT showing that trying harder may in fact make certain aspects of learning a new language more difficult.

Europe in the UK attended the Translating Europe Workshop organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting at London’s Europe House on Friday 11 July. The topic was training the next generation of translators.

And the winner is… Spanish. According to data from One Hour Translation, during the first half of 2014 translations into Spanish were the most popular.

Reiji Yoshida of The Japan Times reports on Japan’s PR operation involving 80 million Yen earmarked for the translation of books into English. This is a piece of news that may be of interest to our Japanese to English translators…