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· January, 2008

Stories about Language from January, 2008

Estonia: Fewer Stateless People

Itching for Eestimaa reports that the number of Estonia's stateless persons continues to decrease.

St Vincent & The Grenadines, Belize: Palacio Gone To Soon

St. Vincent blogger Abeni knew the late Belizean musician Andy Palacio personally and says: “News of his death…triggered all those memories of yesteryear. Gone at 47 which seems too soon.”

Armenia: Indigenous Language Blogs

While most blogging from or about Armenia has been in English or Russian, The Armenian Observer is pleased to discover that the number of Armenian language blogs is slowly but...

Belarus, Latvia: “Ploshcha”

Marginalia watches Ploshcha (“The Square”), a film about the March 2006 mass protests in Minsk – “and watching it is a good way to mark Ceauşescu's birthday and Suharto's death”...

Jamaica: Greetings from Jamaica

Francis Wade blogs about the sweetness of Jamaican greetings.

Armenia: Language Problem

Armenia continues its reports on life as a volunteer from the Armenian Diaspora living and working in the country. In particular, the blogger says, knowing Russian can be a disadvantage...

Tunisia: An Introduction

The "Tunisphere" is a group a passionate Internet users and bloggers even if their number is not as high as in neighbouring countries like Morocco. Naruto introduces us to some...

Jamaica, St. Lucia: Hardwick's Eulogy

“Derek Walcott's prodigious gifts, even in the face of tragedy, continue to amaze me”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp links to the Caribbean writer's eulogy of Elizabeth Hardwick.

China: What are landlords like?

Joel from DANWEI translated local blogger 10 years chopping of timber's post on “What are landlords like?” The post touches upon the labeling of “Landlord” for political and ideological control.

The Balkans: “Jestdej”

Sleeping with Pengovsky posts a copy of the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ – spelled phonetically by Croatian musicians: “… For all of you native speakers out there – if you ever wondered...

South Korea: Youtube Enters

Michael from Scribblings of the Metropolitician has been asked to make a welcome video for Youtube Korea. The slogan is YT Korea – fighting.

Belize: Mourning Palacio

As Belize continues to mourn the death of Andy Palacio, Belizean posts a short bio of the country's most iconic musician.

China: T-shirt with Chinese Character

Alpar shows a t-shirt with Chinese characteristic, with slogans and pictures of eight prides and eight shames, harmonious society, city management teams’ violence (zh).

Ukraine: Crimean Politicians

Orange Ukraine writes on how Crimean politicians “are asking for testing of Ukrainian language to be conducted in Russian” – or else they wouldn't let the country's PM enter the...

Japan: Language as Long-term Visa Requirement

Debito has an elaborated comment on the Japan government's proposal on making Japanese language a requirement for long-term visa. Ampotant criticizes BBC's report for creating an impression that Japanese don't...

Japan: Japanese a Requirement for Residence?

James from Japan Probe asks whether Japanese language be one of the qualifications for obtaining long-term residence visas in Japan? The Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura thinks so.

India: Violence and Language

Arre Kya Baat Hai! reflects on language and violence after reading an article by Efraim Medina Reyes.

Singapore: No Fake Accents

Fauzirassul is gonna get cross at any fellow Singaporean faking their accents.

Mozambique: National languages and African identity

João Craveirinha debates national languages and African identity on Moçambique Online Blog [pt]. “The fear of the emergence of a pseudo-tribalism movement was the excuse for not to teach our...

Morocco: Arabic Classes

Cory, from Morocco, is taking Arabic classes. Read all about it here.

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