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· October, 2008

Stories about Language from October, 2008

Slovakia: Google Now Translates From Slovak

The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia reports that Google has added the Slovak language to their online translation service.

Trinidad & Tobago: Book of the Week

Caribbean lit-blog Antilles picks as its “Book of the Week” Ian McDonald's Selected Poems, which it describes as “a long-overdue survey of the career of one of the Caribbean's most...

Jamaica: See Me, Come Live With Me

“Many people decide to live in Jamaica because they love the energy and vibe of the culture. Yet, there are those who decide that this is country is far too...

Brazilian myths and haunts on the Lusosphere – Part 2

On the first article of this series, we searched Brazilian websites that could tell us some stories about the haunts and the mythical beings of Brazilian folklore. Now, in the...

Lebanon: Arabic Names

Reflecting on the meanings of Arabic names, A Diamond's Eye View of the World shares this list of the names of mostly Lebanese personalities – and how their names translate...

Bahrain: Naked truth?

Maldita, a Filipina in Bahrain, wonders why anyone uses automatic translators; instead of “You are not worth anything” she got the translation “You do not have clothes“…

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Joe the Metaphor?

“‘Joe The Plumber’ stopped being real and became a metaphor, and as a storyteller who delights in metaphors, the discussion suddenly became more interesting,” says Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp of...

Hong Kong: Teaching English

Joyce's lau blogs her brother's experience in teaching English in Hong Kong and finds out “this is why Hong Kong English levels are declining“.

Brazilian myths and haunts on the Lusosphere – Part 1

The first of three articles that will take us around the virtual campfire to hear stories about ghosts and enchantment from Brazilian folklore: Cuca, Negrinho do Pastoreio, Boitatá and Curupira,...

Korea: Hangeul Proclamation Day

On the 9th of October, the day to celebrate the creation of the Korean writing system [Hangeul] returned. Since it was canceled as a national holiday, every year there has...

Lusosphere: The origins of the American Banjo in Africa

Emerson Santiago [pt] writes at Patafurdia Magazine about akonting, the musical instrument found in Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau in West Africa. “The Portuguese colonizers and the North American slaves owners...

Japan: Verbal gaffs and Japanese politics

Blogger Ken writes about verbal gaffs in Japanese politics [ja]. Ken uses the example of a recent statement by Minister Nariaki Nakayama, which the blogger says became a gaff because...

Kazakhstan: Language, Economics and Foreign Policy

The Kazakhstani authorities have again brought up the issue of state language. Kazakh language has been heavily depreciated in the Soviet times against the background of inculcation of Russian language....

Barbados, U.S.A.: Sorry, I Misspoke

Living in Barbados has a chuckle at the incorrect grammar being used in the media in recent weeks.

Jordan: On Madrassas

Jordanian MommaBean is in distress. Her daughter goes to a Madrassa – which translates to school in Arabic.

Syria: Selma Hayek – Lebanese or Lesbian?

Syrian Dubai Jazz links to news sources in which Mexican actress Salma Hayek's Lebanese descent is confused with being a lesbian.

China and U.S: Mischievous dubs

Inside-Out China compares the culture of mischievous dubbing in the U.S and China.

Russia: “Alice in Wonderland” in Swahili

LJ user tapirr (RUS) compares illustrations in the original Alice in Wonderland to those in a Swahili-language edition.

Jamaica: Raising the Bar

Active Voice says that the Jamaican Olympians “have raised the bar very high” – and wishes that the Jamaican media would follow suit.

Guyana, U.S.A.: On Mavericks

Litblogger Signifyin’ Guyana dispenses some advice to Sarah Palin “and her vocabulary advisors”.

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