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· September, 2007

Stories about Language from September, 2007

Poland: Football, Language, and Journalism

Our Man in Gdansk writes about one Argentine football player's attempt to learn Polish.

Mauritius: Is Kreol inferior in Mauritius?

Mauritian blogger, Jean Lindsay, asks: “How can I accept that Kreol, my mother tongue, is inferior to other languages spoken in Mauritius?”

The Baltics: Unity Day; Latgallia

Marginalia writes about Latgallia, and the history and politics of the Baltic Unity Day, marked on Sept. 22.

Ramadaning in Kuwait

Ramadan, food and shopping were top priorities among Kuwaiti bloggers last week. Abdullatif AlOmar takes us on a tour of Kuwaiti blogs which include a shopping trip at a hypermarket...

Ukraine: The Language Issue

Victor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions is pushing for a referendum on granting Russian official status as a national language, in addition to Ukrainian. Below is a selection of views...

Lebanon: Language Differentiating Islamic Movements

Bech raises this question among others: “Is there something that differentiates Islamic movements from other movements?“ And he answers, tentatively: “The difference is in the language used as representative of...

Who Owns the African Blogosphere?

The second Digital Citizen Indaba took place on September 9, 2007 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Discussions during the Indaba centered on issues of blogging, cyber-activism, language and...

China: Boboing

Yee introduces a Chinese version of boing boing called boboing. It's news are translated from boing boing.

Blogging in Neo Patwa

When bloggers want to reach a wider audience for their message, there is a strong incentive to post in English in order to cross the global language divide. Blogger Jens...

Egypt: Arablish?

Blogger Arima from Egypt talks about Arablish in this hilarious post. Arablish is a “form of speech that mixes Arabic with English. It is widely used among Arab Western-educated elites.”

Latvia: N. Irish Football Fans and Russian Nationalists

All About Latvia writes about an encounter between Northern Irish football fans and Russian nationalists in Riga.

China: Has Crazy English gone crazy?

“Stand up, those who refused to be slaves……,” This is what Chinese national anthem tells. But in a class by Li Yang in Crazy English, over 3000 students kneeled down...

Russia: “Putin's Plan”

A few days ago, LJ user drugoi photographed a political ad on Leninsky Prospekt in Moscow and posted the picture on his blog. The ad read: "Putin's Plan - Russia's...

Japan: NOVA unable to pay its employees

James at Japan Probe reports the news that NOVA, Japan's largest chain of English schools suffering from a deepening financial crisis, has postponed paying its English teachers this month.

Africa: The challenge of non-profit incubation

Ethan writes about the Kamusi Project: “Evidently, Kamusi has had a conflict with Yale, which hosted the project. According to the Kamusi website, the project “has been ordered to remove...

Introducing Global Voices in Malagasy

The Malagasy language is spoken by 17 million people, and is the national language of Madagascar. It is only the 55th most spoken language in the world, but it is...

China: River Crab With Three Watches

Rebecca explains the political meaning of “river crab with three watches” in China in RConversation.

Latvia, Russia: Language Issue

Marginalia writes on the “language issue” in Latvia – and in Russia: “Over at the corner store, after years of learning to shop in Russian, I finally asked whether the...

Estonia: Setumaa; Kevade

Itching for Eestimaa visits the border region of Setumaa and watches Kevade, a 1969 Estonian film.

Estonia: Nashi-in-Estonia Interview

Itching for Eestimaa translates an interview with a “Nashi-in-Estonia Kommisar.”

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