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· July, 2009

Stories about Language from July, 2009

Sri Lanka: English Language Standards

Niranjan Dias Bandaranayake at Groundviews discusses about the deteriorating standards of English teaching in Sri Lanka.

Jamaica: On Writing

More on what makes a writer, from Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp.

What is Team Building in the Filipino Language?

Letters to Mindanao looks for the Filipino equivalent of the word teambuilding.

The Balkans: Language Issue

Gray Falcon writes about the language issue in the former Yugoslavia – here and here.

China: Chinese Internet Memes For 2009

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated a series of drawings that show some of the most popular terms in Chinese Internet 2009.

Turkey: The Turkish of Dr. Oz

Talk Turkey commends Dr. Oz (of Oprah fame) for his ability to speak perfect Turkish while lecturing to Turkish medical students. “Sure he has an accent. Sure he sounds like...

China: Memorable Quotations from Qin Gang

Qin Gang is the spokesperson of Foreign Ministry. C.A. Yeung from Under the Jacaranda Tree cites a number of memorable quotes made by Qin in his weekly press conference.

Syria: Focus on Ability

Syrian blog Common English Mistakes Podcast continues its series of podcasts [Ar]. This episode focuses on the use of the word ability.

Pakistan: Urdu Transliteration Tool

Saeed at PakFellows blog discusses about the latest developments in the Urdu transliteration tools for ease of computing in Urdu language.

Africa: Challenges for African language study in America

A podcast from African Online Digital Library about challenges and possibilities for African language study in America.

India: No shortcuts please, this is business!

The world is not Orkut, says Harini Calamur at POV, so people will do well to mind their language – especially when it comes to business communication.

India: How History helped shape ‘Indian English’

In this post, PNH at Desicritics reflects on the impact of Indian history and culture on the English language.

Arab World: Trouble for Gay Travels in the Muslim World

The first gay book to have been ever translated into Arabic after being originally printed in English has run into problems straight off the press. Katharine Ganly reports on blogger...

India:Vandalism of Tamil-Brahmi sites

Varnam writes about the importance of conserving the ancient Tamil-Brahmi scripts and rues the vandalism of the historical Tamil-Brahmi heritage sites.

Guyana: Writing's Purpose

From Guyana, The Intellectual Elite finds himself “preoccupied with the purpose of writing.”

Russia-Ukraine: State, nation and language

Ukrainiana points out the basic flaw in Russian Premier Putin's pretensions of 17 million Russians living in Ukraine, by stating the fundamental difference between state- and nationhood, language and ethnicity...

Jamaica: Who's “Bad”?

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp writes about “bad” words and the art of storytelling.

Morocco: Learning Arabic

Ahmed, at Moroccan group blog Blafrancia [ar], links to a news article which says that more foreigners interested in learning Arabic as a foreign language have started intensive summer classes...

Azerbaijan: Alphabet(s)

In Mutatione Fortitudo laments the state of the Azerbaijani alphabet and the various changes it has seen since the 1920s.

Japan: Eight endangered languages in the Japanese archipelago

In February UNESCO presented the Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, giving an accurate and worrying description of the languages considered endangered (about 2,500). Among these eight belong to...

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