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· January, 2012

Stories about Language from January, 2012

Iran:American Accent for Persian Speakers

This video shares insights for Persian first-language speakers who wish to improve their pronunciation, word stress, and intonation in American English.

Bhutan: Promoting National Language

Penstar protests against the tendency of some Bhutanese newspapers to undermine Dzongkha language and suggests that the national language needs to be promoted everywhere.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Favourite Proverbs

“I consider them to be expressive and beautiful in a way that is so Caribbean”: Abeni blogs about West Indian proverbs.

Greece: Cretan Masterpiece “Erotokritos” Translated into Turkish

Stella Tsolakidou of the Greek Reporter website writes about the recent publication of the Cretan literature masterpiece “Erotokritos” in Turkish. Erotokritos is a 17th century epic romance, and has been...

Malaysia: Ministry Blames Google Translate for Website Errors

Don’t wear “clothes that poke eye” and remember the “Mongoose fight” uniform for official functions. These are some of the funny English translation errors in the website of Malaysia’s Ministry...

Ukraine: Gasprinsky Crimean Tatar Library

Back in Nov. 2011, Peace Corps volunteer Barb Wieser guest-blogged about her work at the Ismail Gasprinsky Crimean Tatar Library in Simferopol, Crimea, at Uncataloged Museum blog.

South Africa: Braille Burgers and Social Media

A fast food chain in South Africa  delivered 15 burgers to organizations for the Blind: through social media, the story of those 15 burgers reached more than 800,000  people, letting...

Global Voices Aymara: Experiences in Translation in 2011

Some members of the Global Voices in Aymara translation team write about their experiences in 2011, which for them reached a milestone for growth in terms of the number of...

Global Voices in French: Translators’ Choice 2011

In 2011, volunteer translators at Global Voices in French translated hundreds of articles and updates on world events and we'd like to say "'Merci!". We've asked them which translation struck...

Peru: Sugar Labs Community Says Goodbye to Aymara Translator

José Henry Alanoca Laura, an Aymara translator for the open-sourced Sugar Learning Platform, has passed away. The Peruvian Sugar Labs community sends a message of condolence through the blog Somos...

Philippines: Davao Tagalog

RM Bulesco blogs about what he calls “Davao Tagalog,” a mongrel language combing Cebuano, Tagalog, and other Filipino languages that is spoken in the southern Philippine city of Davao.

Jamaica: “Official” Languages

Under the Saltire Flag is proud of the job his uncle has done as Chairman of Jamaica’s electoral committee, following the country's recent general elections, noting that he “made one...

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