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· September, 2008

Stories about Language from September, 2008

Afghanistan: Students on Hunger Strike

Azar Balkhi reports that following the language dispute in the Balkh province of Afghanistan, in which students of the local university entered into a clash with the police, the protesters...

Blogger of the Week: Sami Ben Gharbia

This week's Blogger of the Week is none other than Global Voices Advocacy Director Sami Ben Gharbia, known for his dedication to the fight against oppression and censorship. Sami is...

Japan: Name of new PM poses challenge for Canadians

At Canada de Nihongo (カナダde日本語), a Japanese blogger living in Canada describes how she can't stop laughing [ja] when people mention the name of Japan's new Prime Minister: although they...

Russia: Trezvost'/Sobriety

Russian Blog explains the usage of the Russian word trezvost’ (“sobriety”).

Jamaica, Guyana: New Book

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp focuses on a new book by Guyanese author Sasenarine Persaud.

Deaf Awareness Week: Striving for Quality Education

On this second part of the Deaf Awareness Week posts (part one), we bring you a perspective on education for the deaf, and the different challenges it implies. First, from...

Japan: The changing value of knowledge

Japanese Hatena user id:TomoMachi argues that now that everything on the Internet is so easily accessible to everyone, the value of simply “knowing something” is disappearing [ja]. User id:aureliano follows...

Ukraine: Critique of a Text on NATO Membership

The 8th Circle posts a detailed critique of Jeffrey Tayler’s piece in The Atlantic: “[…] in the process of attempting to make the case against Ukraine’s membership in NATO, Tayler...

Deaf Awareness Week: A different type of book signing.

Did you know that most deaf people who sign, consider sign language their first language and the written language as their second? I didn't, but thanks to the dozens of...

Taiwan: the need for mother tongue education

Talking Taiwanese has written a long essay on the importance of mother tongue education. He discusses how the Taiwanese language is neglected in the education system and the implications this...

Ukraine, EU: A Closer Relationship?

The EU's plan to finalize an Association Agreement with Ukraine in 2009 was made public at the EU-Ukraine Summit in Paris on Sept. 9. The media and bloggers greeted it...

Blogger of the Week: Leonard Chien

Today's Blogger of the Week series introduces us to Leonard Chien, English-Chinese translator and interpreter from Taiwan, and a Lingua powerhouse for Global Voices. When asked what he would chose...

Slovakia: Common Phrases in Slovak

The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia shares and explains some common Slovak phrases and even provides a test at the end of the post.

Japan: Hilarious Google translations

Blogger Cozy Ozy picks up a few simple sentences and compares English-to-Japanese machine translations [ja] from Google Translate, Yahoo, Excite and Korya Eiwa 2009. While translations by other services are...

Turkey: “Armenian Istanbul”

Sundry Translations and Other Tangentialia translates Mark Grigorian's LJ entries (RUS – here, here, here) on Istanbul's Armenian dimension.

Japan: Idiomatic Expressions

You can pick up some Japan idiomatic expressions at Yuki Sakuma's blog post.

Russia: Getting the Message Through

Kosmopolit comments on the difficulties for Russian leaders to get their message through internationally, when their political language does not come across to their audience.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: In Memoriam

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp is saddened over the passing of American poet Reginald Shepherd and also posts a poem in memory of the 9-11 firefighters, who lost their lives seven...

Bahrain: Lost in translation

Coolred, an American living in Bahrain, reflects on the difficulty of not knowing the language her children are being educated in: “As she quickly dug a book from her bag...

China: 2008 Internet Buzz Words Video

My mother doesn't know how to go online She looks very busy everyday She says the internet is no good Everything inside is very yellow and very violent Oh mama,...

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