Donate today to keep Global Voices strong!

Our global community of volunteers work hard every day to bring you the world's underreported stories -- but we can't do it without your help. Support our editors, technology, and advocacy campaigns with a donation to Global Voices!

Donate now

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Stories about Language

9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

28 September 2015

Text-to-Speech Software Teaches How to Pronounce Words in Quechua on Social Media

Rising Voices

Hinantin is a project aiming to develop Quechua-related software that spreads the indigenous language online through various social networks.

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

10 September 2015

An Animated History of How the Cherokee Have Adapted Their Language for Technology

Rising Voices

This is the video story of how the Cherokee language has adapted and evolved over time to be used with the newest communication technologies introduced to society.

27 August 2015

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

9 August 2015

Making the Culture and Language of Peru's Nomatsigenga People Accessible and Enduring

Rising Voices

The Cultural Archive of the Nomatsigenga Language and Culture promises to be a blueprint for indigenous knowledge preservation in South America.

8 August 2015

Hong Kong Chinglish Page Conquers the Local Internet Overnight

You think an actor like Jackie Chan lacks rice? What spring are you upping?

23 July 2015

Shipibo Stories Pass to the Next Generation—With a Little Help From Digital Media

Rising Voices

In the Peruvian Amazon, the Chariboan Joi citizen journalism project has been training young Shipibo to digitally capture traditional stories from their elders to preserve their language and culture.

22 July 2015

Singing Lullabies to Preserve the Butchulla Language

Rising Voices

The Butchulla language, spoken by the people native to Fraser Island in Australia, faced extinction in the 20th century. It is now being revitalized thanks to the Butchulla Language Program.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

12 June 2015

The Newly Updated Indic Keyboard App Now Supports 22 Asian Languages

Rising Voices

A mobile input app called Indic Keyboard's newest release now supports language input in 22 Asian languages including 18 Indian languages apart from English, with 54 input layouts.

7 June 2015

Will Icelanders One Day Ditch Their Language for English?

Icelandic identity is, according to a popular poem, land, nation and tongue. Remove one, and the others collapse. So, will the Icelandic nation survive if the Icelandic language dies out?

2 June 2015

Readers Can Now Enjoy Little Red Riding Hood and Other Fairy Tales in the Cree Language

Rising Voices

Through the efforts of a blogger, popular fairy tales and fables are now available in the Cree language in an attempt to encourage greater literacy in this native language.

31 May 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

Rising Voices

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

29 May 2015

‘Go to Sleep, My Child’ With Lullabies from Around the World

Rising Voices

Lullabies are universal in that it helps babies connect to language while providing soothing sounds for sleep. Explore lullabies from around the world.

23 May 2015

This Mexican Author Says Languages Aren't Straitjackets, but Tools to Start a Bilingual Conversation

Cristina Rivera Garza used to publish only in Spanish, but after 25 years in the US, she says writing in both Spanish and English brings tremendous richness to her experience.

18 May 2015

Join the Gathering to Connect Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Colombia

Rising Voices

Together with local partners, Rising Voices is pleased to announce the open call for participation for an Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering set for June 18-19 in Bogota, Colombia.

15 May 2015

A Viral Music Video in China Pokes Fun at Xiaomi CEO’s Imperfect English

After Lei Jun’s English skills were mocked following a short speech at one of the tech giant's product launches, Chinese are once again asking—Is English important for business internationalisation?

12 April 2015

For the First Time Ever, Judges in Peru Pass Sentences in Quechua and Aymara

Aymara and Quechua have been official languages in Peru for decades, but only in 2015 did judges for the first time employ the languages in their official sentences.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site