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· July, 2010

Stories about Language from July, 2010

Trinidad & Tobago: Up Paramin Way

“This village is stunning – the scenery, the variety of panoramic views, and even the crops on the steep hillside are mesmerising”: MEP Caribbean Publishers visits the village of Paramin,...

South Africa: Translation of Miriam Makeba's Hapo Zamani

“Thanks to our Facebook page, African music fans from South African and Kenya were able to get the story behind this late Miriam Makeba song,” writes Chale of African music...

Spain: First Online Galician Newspaper Closes Down

The first monolingual Galician online newspaper Vieiros [gz] has closed down after 15 years because of financial problems. In a melancholy post, Galician reporter McShuíbhne says the loss of language...

Bangladesh: The Quality Of English In Bangla Medium Education

Aminul Islam Sajib explains why he had to write a letter in English memorized from the book instead of writing creatively during his school examination.

Algeria: The Origins of the Berbers

Where did the Berbers originate from? Algerian linguist Lameen Souag attempts an answer here. Please read the comments too.

Syria: A Sample of Syrian Proverbs

The Arabic language is rich with proverbs. A sample of Syrian proverbs can be found here.

Panama: Slang and Colloquialism Dictionary

The blog Así es mi país: Panamá shares [es] a list of Panamanian slang and colloquialisms with their corresponding definitions.

Philippines: Dayo and the Filipino Migration

The Marocharim Experiment designates the Filipino word “dayo” as descriptive of the Filipino experience of migration: “Diaspora assumes exile, deportation, the removal of identification. ‘Dayo,’ like ‘pakikipagsapalaran,’ represents the hope...

Lebanon: “Looks like Beirut” Award

Lebanon News: Under Rug Swept periodically awards the “Looks Like Beirut” Award “in recognition of the work done to keep the overused, worn-out, tired cliché “…looks like Beirut…” alive. It...

India: Indian English

Indian tweeps are joining in large numbers to gather a lot of Indian English phrases using #indianenglish hashtag. Enjoy!

Lebanon: Don't kill your language!

Is the Arabic language being murdered? Dany Awad comments on a new awareness project taking part on the streets of Beirut, imploring passers-by not to kill their language. See photos...

Japan: Basic English skills, a must for today's workers

In a post titled English necessary for today’s Japanese workers? [en] Adumu at Mutantfrog reflects on a recent debate on the state of English in Japan.

Philippines: Discrimination Against Filipinos in Baltimore Hospital

Four Filipina staffers of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in Baltimore City were recently fired from their jobs for speaking Filipino during their lunch break. Bloggers share their views...

Morocco: The Complexities of Language

Charlotte is an anthropologist who, for the past year and a half, has been conducting field work in Morocco. Her research is focused on "how the complexity of Moroccan society’s...

Kazakhstan: Kazakh blogs on national issues

Lately I have often seen posts about national problems in Kazakh language blogs. I am going to review some of them. Ainash Esali in a post titled “The government should...

Equatorial Guinea: Portuguese as its Third Official Language

An online petition [pt] against the entry of Equatorial Guinea to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) has been launched by Portuguese and Mozambican organizations. Brazil and São Tomé...

Mexico: Technology Changing the Spanish Language

Jesus analyzes [es] how Internet users have modified the Spanish language to fit new technologies; for example, referring to a person that uses Twitter as a “twittero,” or Spanish-speaking users writing “lol”...

Europe: Multilingualism Video Contest

If you live in Europe, are between 18 and 35 years of age and can speak more than one language, then send in a short on multilingualism to an online...

South Korea: (iPhone 2) A Hierarchical Society Cannot Make an iPhone

Korean corporates who feel comfortable with hierarchical formation are facing an uphill battle with Apple's creative, horizontal network.

China: Proposal to use more Mandarin in TV provokes Guangzhou citizens

A recent proposal to use Mandarin instead of Cantonese in the TV news programs of Guangzhou, the capital city of China’s Guangdong province, has been strongly opposed by local residents....

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