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· January, 2009

Stories about Language from January, 2009

China: Name Change for the Minzu University of China

Highpeakspureearth discusses the cultural political implications in the recent change of English name of “the Central University of Nationalities” to “Minzu University of China” (MUC) (since November 20th, 2008).

Russia: iPhone Apps

Siberian Light reviews “the best Russian iPhone apps.”

Czech Republic: A Fairy Tale; Travel; Language

Czechmatediary writes about travel to Telc, Moravia, which is also called the “Moravian Venice”; posts a Czech fairy tale about the 12 months; and asks a linguistics expert about the...

Azerbaijan: Language Lessons

Linda in Azerbaijan details the trials and tribulations of learning Azerbaijani. Despite the difficulties, the Peace Corps Volunteer says she is determined to learn the language at the highest level...

Iran: BBC launches new Persian TV channel

The launch of BBC Persian TV on January 14, attracted praise, enthusiasm, suspicion, and in one word: attention! Iranian bloggers are expressing their opinions on this new channel, and they...

Jamaica: Praying in Patois

Iriegal shares her thoughts on the production of a Patois Bible: “I just want to say $60 million dollars is a lot to invest…there is so much controversy in translating...

Bangladesh: Learning English

Kotha-Chhilo (something to say) thinks the politicians and cricketers of Bangladesh should take English language courses to express themselves freely to international media.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Nihad Hasanović

An interview with Bosnian writer Nihad Hasanović – “one of the most interesting and intriguing young writers in the space of Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian language” – at Jasmin's Heart...

Latvia: Book Publishing VAT Up From 5% To 21%

Very belatedly, links to Peteris Cedrins’ reporting and musings at Marginalia on the history of book publishing in Latvia and the outrageous VAT increase on books from 5 percent to...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Pre-Inauguration Poem

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp pens “a simple lyric, for Barack Obama”.

Hong Kong: Election Consultation Deferred… It's Dog-Speak!

If constructive questions like the election consultation became "dog-speak" in the eye of top ruling elites (in the form of Freudian slip), what's the function of the Legislative council? Although...

Syria: Mideast Youth in Arabic

Mideast Youth has launched an Arabic website, writes Rima, from Syria.

China: Bu Zheteng

ESWN discusses various possible translation of “bu zheteng” in President Hu Jintao's speech last week.

Lebanon: Arabic with Hebrew accent in US TV

As'ad AbuKhalil, a Lebanese professor of political science based in U.S., observes that every interpreter of Arabic on mainstream US TV news channels speaks with a Hebrew accent.

Azerbaijan: Off the Air

Following the recent ban on foreign radio broadcasts in Azerbaijan, Thoughts On The Road registers its disappointment with the move. Although Radio Free Europe will now concentrate on expanding its...

Japan: Teaching Buddhism by sign language

A blogger at Toppei no Minna Chigatte Minna Ii (トッペイのみんなちがってみんないい) introduces a website where it is possible for deaf followers to download the .wmv files and the original texts of...

Rwanda: The myth of the lack of hospitality

Morgan in Rwanda debunks the popular myth amongst expats living in Rwanda that Rwandese are not hospitable and don't invite people over for dinner. She concludes: “knowing how to communicate...

Languages and dialects of Mali

Mali Travel Diaries writes about Mali's multilinguism, a country where French is the official language and 50 others are spoken.

Brazil: Reform won't unify Brazilian and European Portuguese

Fabio Said believes that the Portuguese language spelling reform will not make the main variants of the language uniform. Commenting on a BBC news which states otherwise, he argues: “In...

Pakistan: State of the Punjabi Language

Aamna at Lahore Metblogs discusses about the state of Punjabi language in Pakistan.

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