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· June, 2010

Stories about Language from June, 2010

Global: Greek to English, Chinese to Russian, and Spanish to Macedonian

Wikidioms is a new online resource that aims at helping translators to cope with this challenge of translating idioms. Below is an interview with Wikidioms' founder Pavel Kats, and with...

Japan: Questionnaire about English ability

What Japan Thinks translated the results of a questionnaire about “when Japanese feel most ashamed about their lack of English”. The number one situation? “When a foreigner asks me the...

Guide to Vietnamese Restaurant Menu

Viet World Kitchen provides a useful guide to understand Vietnamese restaurant menus

Martinique, Guadeloupe: French Football Flop now Racial Controversy?

The French national football team has been through some rough times prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but the past three days have stirred up old issues around "Les...

Taiwan: Where is the mainland?

Tim Maddog at Taiwan Matters discusses the use of the word “mainland” by people in Taiwan to refer to China. He argues it is part of an indoctrination effort by...

India: Fallacy Of English Medium Education

Ram Bansal at India in Peril criticizes some Indian English medium educational institutions which forbid Hindi and have no provision of Hindi to English translations or vice-versa in the curriculum.

Hong Kong and China: Local languages

Wangbo discusses the relation between language and identity in China and Hong Kong by referring to a blog post written by Luqui Luwei.

East Timor: “Government needs a proofreader?”

The Lost Boy identifies the grammar errors in a press statement released by the Ministry of Defence and Security of Timor Leste

India: The art of swearing

Rimi takes a humorous dig at contemporary use of language and swear words. She writes, pen dripping nostalgia, of days gone by when swearing was a ‘smorgasboard of wit, quick...

Israel: IDF Poetry Slam Between Druze, Bedouin Soldiers

Picture this: Druze and Bedouin Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers sitting in a room singing call and response poetry to each other in the ancient Arabic style of Zajal. The...

Brazil/Bulgaria: Domain Name Debate

Following the debate initiated in January 2010, Eternal Remont blog discusses the ongoing case of the Cyrillic Internet domain name of Bulgaria “.бг” which is, allegedly, too similar to the...

Taiwan: Chiayi Sound Project

“Chiayi Sound Project initiated from 2008. It mainly focuses on field recording in southern Taiwan – Chiayi, the recording topics include oral history, nature environment, folk music, industry, religion and...

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