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· June, 2009

Stories about Language from June, 2009

Bahrain: What Does “Madrasah” Mean?

Bahraini blogger Cradle of Humanity is currently in the United States, and she recounts a misunderstanding that took place when she was asked if there are any madrasahs in Bahrain…

Russia: Buckwheat

Russian Blog posts an ode to buckwheat.

“Lao help Lao” mentality

Buc Kee Kark, writing for Lao Voices, analyzes and criticizes the “most enslaving Lao help Lao” mentality.

Russia-India: A medieval journey to India

Jost A Mon discusses his own and other translations of the 15th century memoirs of Russian merchant's Nikitin odyssey to India and elsewhere.

China: When plans overtake change

Maryannodonnell has some very interesting interpretations on Shenzhen government political slogan: “Plans overtake change”.

Bahrain: Should “Native Speakers” Be Given Preference?

Bahraini blogger Cradle of Humanity was angry about a recruitment advertisement at a college which stated that native speakers of English would be given preference, so she wrote to complain:...

Trinidad and Tobago: Fighting Words

From Trinidad and Tobago, Mauvais Langue calls the Prime Minister's choice of words “improper, inappropriate, and tasteless for the political arena.”

Japan: On How to Perceive the Japanese Web (Part One)

Reporter Yuka Okada from the Japanese tech news site ITmedia brandished her well-regarded interviewing skills for a one-on-one session with Mochio Umeda. The result was “The Japanese web is ‘disappointing':...

Iran: FaceBook in Persian

Cyrus Farviar reports Facebook is about to launch its Persian-language version of the social networking software.

Iran: Google translates Persian

Several bloggers welcome this news that Iranians can now translate, in Google Translate, any text from Persian into English and from English into Persian — whether it's a news story,...

Philippines: Word of the year

Morofilm is nominating the word “scripted” as the word of the year in the Philippines.

Pakistan: Chinese And Japanese Characters On Public Transport

Doodh Patti notices that “over the past few years, Chinese and Japanese characters have increasingly appeared on Pakistani public transport as decorations.”

India: rights of the linguistic minorities in Mizoram

Musings of a Chakma discusses the violations of the rights of the linguistic minorities in Mizoram by the state government.

North Africa: Berber Books Online

Lameen Souag links to Berber books available online for downloading.

Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas: Online Poetry

Antilles interviews Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel, the editor of the online poetry journal tongues of the ocean.

Haiti: All Things Haitian

“Haitians are passionate, intelligent, dynamic. Artistic and creative”: The Haitian Queen explains why she chose her blogging moniker.

Indonesia: Wayang Kulit

The traditional wayang kulit is a famous shadow puppet play in Indonesia. lekhikaa blogs about a project to make the wayang accessible to foreigners.

Russia: Aleksandr Pushkin

Russian Blog marks poet Aleksandr Pushkin's 210th birthday.

Japan: Social translation tool

Masaru IKEDA from Asiajin introduced some social translation tools that are designed to fill up the gap between human profession and computer’s imperfectness.

Cayman Islands: Native Tongue

Islas Bellas says “there has been a little bit of a debate going on and around about speaking English while in Cayman.”

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