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Stories about Language

20 February 2017

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

12 February 2017

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

Rising Voices

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

1 February 2017

Fake, Fraud, False, Fabricated: Finding the Vocabulary for Truth in News

NewsFrames

Dwelling on "fake news" can raise questions about the overall limitations of fact-driven reporting, but we see it as an opportunity as well.

31 January 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

15 December 2016

Japan's ‘Kanji of the Year’ Choice Refers to the Olympics, Political Scandal and Trump

The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.

9 December 2016

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Rising Voices

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

21 October 2016

Ecuador Workshop Connects Digital Activists for the Good of the Kichwa Language On the Internet

Rising Voices

In an effort to bring together digital activists in Ecuador, a recent workshop was held in Otavalo to continue the movement to promote the Kichwa language online.

4 October 2016

The Updated Australian National Dictionary Is Here to Teach You ‘Dinkum’ Aussie English

The second edition of the Australian National Dictionary has an additional 6,000 entries from down under to help you learn the local lingo.

2 October 2016

Botched English Translation in Kyoto Implies Elderly People Are “Terrible Drivers”

"Why has the English translation ended up like this? This is offensive to elderly people and unacceptable coming from an international city."

25 September 2016

9 Things to Love About Afghanistan

Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?

23 September 2016

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

20 September 2016

Emojis Created for and by Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Rising Voices

Indigenous language digital activists are making culturally diverse emojis available for use in electronic communication as a way to promote their native culture and language.

18 September 2016

Nursery Rhymes Like the Incy Wincy Spider, Animated and Translated Into the Yoruba Language

Rising Voices

A Nigerian mother living in the diaspora is creating online videos of Yoruba-language nursery rhymes for all children to maintain their Yoruba roots.

28 August 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Rising Voices

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

20 August 2016

Ha'e Kuera Ñande Kuera: Reggae and Hip-Hop Expanding the Guarani Culture by Dialoguing With the World

Rising Voices

Meet the musical group created by Mbyan youths from Misiones, in Argentina, who compose their realities in the Guarani language and use citizen media to talk about identities.

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

9 August 2016

Learn About Australian Rules Football, Animal Names and More in the Kaurna Language

Rising Voices

How do you say koala in Australia's Kaurna language? Karuna Warra Pintyanthi's video project teaches viewers that and much more.

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