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· November, 2006

Stories about Language from November, 2006

Tanzania: IT related words in Swahili

  30 November 2006

Jesp wrote about the difficulties of accumulating a proper Kiswahili vocabulary as an IT professional in Tanzania. This is what he did not know when he was writing his post, “The Kamusi Project has a list of 700 IT related words translated from English to Kiswahili, made publicly available in...

Syria: Study in Japanese

  28 November 2006

How to explain Newton's law in Japanese when your mother tongue is Arabic and you are fluent in English, but not that comfortable in Japanese? Yazan, seems to be struggling in his studies in Japanese!

Esperantoland through Pictures / Esperantujo tra Bildoj

  22 November 2006

Only one more month until Esperanto Day! If you would like to participate you can sign up here, especially if you would like help with translation. Nur unu monato ĝis Esperanto-Tago! Se vi volus partopreni, vi povas enskribiĝi ĉi tie, speciale se vi deziras helpon je tradukado. Welcome back for...

Reunion: “Our Creole Stolen By a Guadeloupean”

  17 November 2006

Blogger Pierrot Dupuy laments (Fr) that Reunion will be represented by a Reunion-based Guadeloupean professor at an International Creole Festival taking place in Mauritius from December 1st to 3rd. Adds the blogger, the Festival will feature: “a culinary festival, a conference on Creolity and a mega concert featuring Zouk Machine,...

Kazakhstan: Kazaksha

  17 November 2006

KZ Blog has a lengthy report on the Kazakhstani government's Kazakh language promotion policies and the anxieties felt by the large population that only uses Russian.

Voices from Kazakhstan

  17 November 2006

Kazakh President in Aralsk by lambro “Kazakhstan invented a national chess game. Introduced a new chess piece “President”. It can go as it wishes and take whatever it wishes to take”, jokes LJ user kubekov (RUS). President's New Initiatives It is usually a case in Kazakhstan that the President starts...

Hong Kong: cantonese soundbite

  10 November 2006

Alex was surprised by both the Hong Kong reporter and Margaret Chan, the newly elected WHO Director-General's performance in the official press conference (zh): a Hong Kong reporter insisted to repeat an earlier (English) question and asked Chan to reply in Cantonese in order to get a “soundbite” eventhough the...

Romania: Spelling Changes

  9 November 2006

The spelling of the Romanian word for “scissors” has been changed by a committee, and many people learn about it from their kids, the hard way, reports Andy H of Csikszereda Musings.

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