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· January, 2010

Stories about Language from January, 2010

Ukraine: UK Ambassador's Ukrainian Vocabulary

Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, writes on how the Ukrainian phrases he is learning reflect the political, economic and social situation in the country.

Tunisia: Language Choices

In this post entitled Arabic, French or English: for “whom” the bell tolls? the Third Ijtihad talks about the use of languages in speaking with others.

Poland: Anglophone Blogs

Polandian reviews Poland's Anglophone blogosphere.

Hungary, Slovakia: Open Borders, Assimilation, Nationalism

Hungarian Spectrum writes about nationalism, assimilation, open borders, Hungary's minorities and the Hungarian diaspora in the neighboring countries.

Korea: Translating The Tweets Of Novelist Lee Oisoo

Lee Oisoo is a Korean novelist and artist who has been described as "an eccentric, a genius and a lunatic". When he set up a Twitter account last year he...

Jamaica, Haiti: Making sense of it all

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts a poem for Haiti.

Japan: Website Localization

Motoko discusses the need for foreign websites to be localized into Japanese: If your website is not in Japanese, it would have little to no chances of being found in...

Jamaica, Haiti: Using the Language

Jamaica's Active Voice says: “Trust the Brits to do the right thing. While our newswomen and men are contorting their mouths reproducing peculiar versions of the Queen's English, British broadcasters...

Russia: Project Aims To Translate Popular Blogs Into Russian

The World Wide Web now hosts a new project that aims to make English-speaking blogosphere more accessible to Russians. Inoblogger [RUS] is a Web site that will be translating the...

Kenya: Kiswahili an optional subject

Bumni writes about the decision to make Kiswahili an optional subject in Kenya: “The subject will no longer be a compulsory paper in the Standard Eight national examinations…”

Japan: QT is a Variation of ReTweet

Satomi Uchimura explores the meaning of QT (Quoted Tweets), which is used in some parts of the Japanese twittersphere.

Africa: Free Kiswahili synthetic voice for Freedom Fone

Brenda writes about free Kiswahili synthetic voice for Freedom Fone, a project of Kubatana in Zimbabwe: “In recognition of the competitive mobile phone tariffs prevailing in east Africa and the...

Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: Aid

Trinidad and Tobago's Pleasure blog posts a poem in honour of the Haitian earthquake victims.

Russia: Largest Political Community Online Removed And Restored

The recent case of the most popular political online community demonstrated how easy it is to limit free expression on RuNet and revealed the willingness of online audience to defend...

Egypt: English Loan Words

"Egyptian" Arabised English is taking the Twittersphere by storm. Tarek Amr collects reactions from #EgyEnglish in this post which explains how bilingual Egyptians have included English words in their dialect.

Taiwan: Teaching anthropology in Hualien

Kerim Friedman writes about his experience teaching anthropology at Dong Hwa University in Hualien.

China: Welcome back, Yeeyan

Ethan Zuckerman wrote on the significance of Yeeyan, a collaborative translation website, in bridging the English and Chinese world. Yeeyan was temporary offline in December and now back to normal.

Morocco: First Indigenous TV Channel Launched

The View from Fez reports on the launch of a long-awaited Amazigh language TV channel by the Moroccan government on Wednesday. It is the first government-funded TV channel in the...

Slovakia, Hungary: Happy New Year!

The relations between the two neighboring countries, Slovakia and Hungary, went bad last year - but some Slovak and Hungarian citizens are trying to improve the situation by launching an...

Top 10 Internet phrases in China In 2009

ESWN translated a local forum CNNB's review of the top 10 Internet phrases in China in 2009.

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