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· November, 2009

Stories about Language from November, 2009

St. Lucia, U.S.A.: New Book of Poetry

From St. Lucia, Caribbean Book Blog interviews Dr. Neal Hall about his new anthology of verse, Nigger For Life.

China: Chinese is the most difficult language

Uln has written three long posts to argue that Chinese is the most difficult language in the world. Part I, Part II and Part III.

Japanese concepts through images and videos

Lee at Tokyo Times defines the Japanese notions of wabi-sabi through photographs while the Through Eyes From Afar blog posts some videos to explain the concept of tsundere and yandere.

Russia: 6,5 percent of all Web sites are Russian

There are 15 million Web sites in the Russian segment of the Internet. They account for 6,5 percent of all Web sites available online. An average Russian Web site contains...

Africa: Google sponsors Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge

Google is pushing for more content on Kiswahili Wikipedia through Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge: We invite you to take part in this challenge to create Wikipedia articles in Kiswahili. We hope...

Taiwan: Introducing Best English Blogs

David on Formosa publishes a series of posts introducing some of the best Taiwan blogs in English(bridge bloggers).

Japan: Top 60 Expressions of 2009

Pink Tentacle has translated into English all of the “Top 60 Japanese words/phrases of 2009″, released by publisher Jiyu Kokuminsha: Included are plenty of references to Japan’s recent political shake-up,...

Guyana: Autobiographical

“I've always thought of autobiography as an attempt to leave behind–forever in memoriam–something more or less truthful about one's existence”: Signifyin’ Guyana wonders what the first lines of your autobiography...

Hungary: More on Imre Kertész's Interview

More on the Hungarian reactions to Imre Kertész's Die Welt interview – at Hungarian Spectrum. (Marietta Le's GV post about it is here.)

Japan: “Obamu”, Verb Form of “Obama”?

Anpontan‘s post about the word “obamu” (オバむ) , a Japanese word play that's a verb form of “Obama”, was picked up by James Fallows at the Atlantic and is making...

Japan: In a World with Automatic Translation

In a post titled "I especially want to read 'trivial information", Japanese blogger Chikirin gives a fresh perspective on what's important or not and why in automated translation of the...

Finland: The Language Issue

Nordic Voices writes about Finland's “language issue.”

U.S., Europe: Immigrant Writing; Diaspora Mentality

Maud Newton writes about a newly-published anthology of immigrant writing, “Becoming Americans.” Sublime Oblivion examines the views of “Russian political analyst & nationalist Konstantin Krylov” on “international diasporas” and “the...

Guyana: Must Get Mosquito

Guyana-Gyal has it out with a mosquito.

South Africa: South African national anthem for English speakers

South African national anthem for English speakers: What a great way to visually explain the South African national anthem for those of us who firstly don’t know it by now,...

Hungary: Comments on the Interview with Imre Kertész

The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has inspired Hungarian bloggers, too: they are discussing an interview with Imre Kertész, a Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author living in Berlin,...

Caribbean: French Literary Prizes

This week, two of the most prestigious French literary prizes were awarded to two French-speaking authors of African descent: The French-speaking Caribbean blogosphere has been buzzing over this double satisfaction,...

Albania: Giving Directions

A Nevada Yankee in King Zog's Court writes that “Albanians are so poor at giving directions that it's easier just to take the lost soul directly to his destination than...

Kenya: Are you Chikuyu or Ruo?

“Are you Chikuyu or Ruo?,” asks Proud Kikuyu Woman: “Lakini [lakini means “but” in Swahili] the one that initially used to surprise me is when I tell someone I’m Kenyan...

Russia: Snow and the Language

“In Russia Snow Walks…” – notes on the Russian language and the Russian winter, at Russian Blog.

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