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· October, 2010

Stories about Language from October, 2010

Egypt: Unauthorized Hebrew translation of a novel

M. Lynx Qualey, commented on the latest news that Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany has lashed out at an unauthorized Hebrew translation of his most popular novel “The Yacoubian building“.

Japan: Speaking Beatles to communicate

An American blogger at InsideHalton.com said [en] she used Beatles’ lyrics to communicate with Japanese people and teach English. [via japundit.com]

Mozambique: English influencing spoken language

Mosanblog [pt] looks at how the introduction of English words is rapidly influencing colloquial Portuguese in Mozambique.

Paraguay: Immigrant to Spain shares her experience in guaraní

Camino al Paraguay [es] posted a video of a Paraguayan woman talking about her experience as an immigrant in Spain in guaraní.

China: Protest over “Mandarin only” education program

Angry Chinese blogger looks into the recent protest in Qinghai by Tibetans against the introduction of “Mandarin only” education program.

Georgia: Teach and Learn English

Dream is Destiny [GE] posts the addresses of the blogs established by some of the 350 native English-language speakers documenting their stay in Georgia as part of the new official...

China: Student protested against the removal of Tibetan textbooks

A student protest took place in Qinghai Tongren at 8am October 19 against the removal of Tibetan textbooks at schools. (Via Twitterer @Iahu and RFA has posted the video to...

Video: Collaborative online reading of Don Quixote

One of the most loved works of literary fiction, Don Quixote, has come to life through YouTube. Hundreds of volunteers are reading fragments of Miguel de Cervantes' work and uploading...

Guyana: How Time Passes

The Signifyin’ Woman takes comfort in Guyanese poet Martin Carter's “startling look at how time can be measured” as she mourns the sudden passing of her sister.

Bhutan: Effects of globalization on language

Mfox at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog discusses how globalization affects the local languages.

Africa: Fellowship for Promotion of Indigenous African Languages

The Kasahorow Fellowship, now open for the first time to students across Africa provides a USD$500.00 award for the study, promotion and development of indigenous African languages.

Latvia: General Elections

Reactions to the outcome of the Oct. 2 general election in Latvia -at Baltic, Failed State Latvia?, and All About Latvia. Itching for Eestimaa writes about the New York Times’...

Sri Lanka: E For Eelam

Michael Meyler at Groundviews explains the different meanings of the word ‘Eelam” in Sri Lanka.

Translator of the Week: Haifa Alrasheed

Haifa Alrasheed is a Saudi blogger who both writes for Global Voices Online and translates for Arabic Lingua. Haifa's choice in the articles she translates for Lingua has always interested...

Jamaica: A Writer's Influences

“Some Caribbean writers still argue whether a Caribbean literary tradition exists. Dub Wise posits the continuation of that tradition…”: Geoffrey Phlip blogs about his influences for his latest book.

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