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· August, 2007

Stories about Language from August, 2007

Ukraine: Crimea

On the last day of summer, here's a translation of LJ user drugoi's photo report on his trip to Crimea, one of the favorite summer tourism destinations in the Soviet...

Russia: “Anti-Akhmatova”

Languor Management writes about Tamara Katayeva's “600-page assault on the literary legacy Anna Akhmatova”: “This reminds me of Emma Gerstein's Moscow Memoirs, which was supposed to have debunked Nadehzda and...

Romania: Esquire

The Romanian edition of Esquire is to be launched next week. Owlspotting writes: “Esquire will be a novelty on the Romanian magazine market, and the first outlet to promote long-form...

Russia: Novaya Gazeta in English

Robert Amsterdam and Sean's Russia Blog link to Novaya Gazeta's recently launched English-language site featuring translations of some of their investigative stories. Sean wrote in a reply to a reader:...

Arabeyes: It's All in a Sign

Signs are an important means to get first-hand information or advertise messages necessary for everyday life. But what happens when the signs are misleading and don't serve the purpose they...

Jamaica: Bilingual?

“The very worst thing to do is to pretend that no language difference exists, and to proceed as if you are being fully understood”: Francis Wade examines the language barriers...

Trinidad & Tobago: Costly Mistake

“For an event that is asking people to pay $100,000 per plate you would think that they would at least get the invitation right!” Now is Wow has a bone...

Bermuda: Responsible Headlines thinks newspapers “have a responsibility to be more accurate” in their headlines.

Estonia: Russia

Yet another blog battle is raging in the comments section of Edward Lucas’ post on the Russo-Estonian relations.

Russia: Speaking Russian Properly

Megan Case writes about a somewhat annoying initiative to get everyone to speak Russian “properly.”

Albania: Poetic Grammar

Wu Wei attempts to study some Albanian grammar and concludes that Albanians “must spend a lot of time dreaming or writing poetry.”

China: New Web Vocabularies

Josie Liu from China in Transition blogs about the documentation of new web vocabularies by Ministry of Education. However, many netizens found themselves nearly illiterate in front of a list...

Israel: Firefox and Israeli Blogs

Ouriel Ohayon wonders why Hebrew Israeli blogs “are not working well or not working at all with Firefox.”

Estonia: Gay Pride in Tallinn

All About Latvia shares his thoughts on Tallinn and the Gay Pride Parade there.

Jamaica: Bridges to Memory

“The poems…are rooted in the crucible of the Caribbean/African American Diaspora”: Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot features Jamaican author Marva McClean as she discusses her new book of poetry.

Russia: St. Pete Pics; A. Kostia's Short Story

Random pictures from St. Petersburg, including one of a pub called Puberty – at Megan Case's blog. Also, a translation of A. Kostia's short story, Mama.

Korea: National Hero or Terrorist

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘terrorists’? The word is at the center of a controversy over a lecture given on Korean modern history by a foreign...

Syria: US Afraid of Arabic

Syrian blogger Yaman asks: Who is afraid of the Arabic language, following an outrage in the US over a T-shirt which has the Arabic inscription Intifada written on it.

Bahrain: Top Tips for Secret Smokers!

Children are the future, right? Some bloggers in Bahrain are not too optimistic. We find others who are fed up of religious leaders, are enjoying watching people, and are smoking...

Russia: “Criminal Moscow”

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow posts his old translation of the intro to Nikolai Modestov's Criminal Moscow: A Documentary Chronicle of the Lawlessness of the '80's and '90's.

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