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· September, 2009

Stories about Language from September, 2009

Japan: Lessons in Communication from the Hatoyama Essay

When an online Op-Ed piece by current Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama appeared in the New York Times just days before the Lower House elections last month, national reaction ranged from...

Morocco: Teaching Tamazight

Jamal Elabiad, author of the blog A Moroccan Voice in English, discusses the limits of teaching the Tamazight language in Morocco.

Bangladesh: The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

“If manpower is our strength, proper foreign language training at home will be a small step in equipping them better to settle down in foreign territories. A change of perception...

China: Crowd sourced translation and the issue of copyright

Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated an article by Janson Yao discussing the crowd-sourced translation of The Lost Symbol in relation to the issue of copyright infringement.

Laos: Monk Chat Blog

The Monk Chat program in Vientiane is a venue where Lao monks and foreigners can exchange in dialogue about their culture and religion.

India: Bangla Blogs

Diganta at The New Horizon informs that two new Bangla (Bengali) blogging platforms have been launched by Bangla speaking people in India.

Dominican Republic: three poets

Repeating Islands features a new bilingual edition of poems by three women writers from the Dominican Republic: Aída Cartagena Portalatín, Angela Hernández Núñez, and Ylonka Nacidit-Perdomo. “Each of them addresses...

Suriname: a word for freedom

“It’s hard for me to imagine a language or dialect without a word for ‘freedom'”: Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp reviews a new documentary film about the Surinamese poet Trefossa.

Hungary: Finno-Ugric or Indo-European?

Hungarian Spectrum writes about disagreements on the origin of the Hungarian people and the Hungarian language.

Moldova: The Language Issue

Scraps of Moscow writes about Moldova's “‘linguistic’ divides.”

Jamaica: Truth & Laughter

“If death is the closing parenthesis on the fiction of every human life, then humor is the asterisk that proclaims the dignity of human life despite the many absurdities”: Jamaican...

Jamaica, Barbados: Sandiford Speaks

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp features writer Robert Sandiford in his own words.

Belarus: Google Translations

Siberian Light is testing Google's newly-added Belarusian language translation tool.

Maldives: Arabization Of Dhivehi Language

“I am against Arabising Maldives’ unique language and culture, and so I will never use ‘Dhivehi alphabets with dots’ in order to accommodate Arabic language,” vows Hilath.

Bahamas: International Literacy Day

Bahamian bloggers Womanish Words and tings mash dedicate their posts to the marking of UNESCO’s International Literacy Day.

Palestine: A Change Of Language

In Gaza, Abu el Sharif has decided to start blogging in English instead of Arabic: “I really need to be more rude, and talk a little more about the shit...

Myanmar: “I'm your doll” phrase

Dawn translates a song from Myanmar in English and explains that the “I'm your doll” part of the lyrics is a popular phrase in the country.

Translator of the week: Boukary Konaté in Mali

Boukary Konaté teaches French and English in a high school in Mali. Joining Global Voices in French has steered him onto a new path: he is now involved in Web...

Morocco: Teaching “Berber” in Schools

A BBC News piece on the teaching of "Berber" languages in Morocco has got the blogoma talking. The article, which outlines the educational options for learning and studying the language,...

Jamaica: Reggae Shows Cancelled

As Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton suffers from the cancellation of international shows thanks to his homophobic lyrics, The Wickedest Time says: “I don't get offended by the music, mainly...

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