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· August, 2009

Stories about Language from August, 2009

Israel: When Translations Go Wrong

Literal translations aren't always your best bet when moving between Hebrew and English, explains How to Be Israeli. She writes that the movie title “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” which...

East Timor: Abe Barreto Soares’ Poetry for Nation Building

He calls himself a “wanderer like anyone else” but Abe Barreto Soares is also a poet, a translator and an active blogger. In this interview, he talks about Timorese nationalism,...

Nepal: Taking Oath In Hindi

Parmananda Jha, the new Vice President (VP) of Nepal stirred controversy when he took his oath in Hindi language. According to a latest court order “Mr. Jha has still some...

Japan: Hazy yet Familiar IT Vocabulary

Motoko Hunt discloses “top IT words that many Japanese don’t understand – secretly“.

Laos: Foreign languages in schools

Laos students are required to study French and English languages. In some border areas, Chinese and Vietnamese languages are also taught to students.

Poland: More on “Lemko Land”

Raf Uzar travels “down south to deepest, darkest Lemko Land.”

Hungary, Slovakia: Newest Tensions

Hungarian Spectrum (here and here) and The Reference Frame report and comment on the Slovak-Hungarian tensions.

Russia: ‘The Coronation’ by Boris Akunin

Jost a Mon reviews The Coronation by Boris Akunin, among other “foreign” crime fiction items.

Ukraine: In Chinese, Yanukovych is Yushchenko?

Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy's Net.Effect writes: “It turns out that when you use Google Translate to translate (from Chinese to Russian) the expression “Vote for Yanukovych” (Yanukovych was Kremlin's...

Philippines: Ungrammatical Constitution preamble?

The Free Lancer asks if the preamble of the Philippine Constitution is grammatically flawed.

Haiti: The Revolution & Human Rights

Repeating Islands reports that an international colloquium, scheduled to take place in Port-au-Prince, will examine “the universalization of the social, economic, political, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of human rights in...

Greece: Armenian singer passes away

Unknown to most Armenians, but loved by many Kurds for his songs sung in the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish, Aram Tigran has passed away in Athens, Greece. Born in 1934...

Tajikistan: Language is the key to national self-determination

Botur Kosimi comments on a recent bill in the Tajikistan parliament that concerns the status and role of the Tajik language in the nation.

Slovakia, Hungary: New Slovak Language Law

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the new Slovak language law and reviews Hungarian reactions: “Is this a new effort to fuel nationalism despite, or perhaps because of, membership in the EU?”

Russia: The Meaning of “Avos'”

Russian Blog explains the notion of “avos'”: “One of the most exciting things that are ‘really Russian’ because they work only in Russia.”

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