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· February, 2012

Stories about Language from February, 2012

International Mother Language Day in Francophone Regions

February 21st is International Mother Language Day. Discussion of the origins of this celebration, and a brief review of current developments in French language and new technologies.

St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago: Priestly Poetry & A New Literature Partnership

Caribbean Book Blog interviews priest and poet Fr. Lambert St Rose, while Bocas Lit Fest announces “a new partnership that will work towards enhancing the Caribbean literary scene and help...

Colombia: Speaking Spanish is Hard and There is a Song About It

Song on the difficulties of speaking Spanish rings true with native speakers as well as those trying to learn the language. With humor, Colombian songwriters and performers Juan Andrés and...

The “Brazilebanese”, or Brazilians from Lebanon

The return of Lebanese immigrants and their Brazilian families to Lebanon has resulted in the creation of an important community of "Brazilebanese". This community has been making efforts to keep...

UK: Video Series to Showcase Local Poets

Highest Point is the first video in a series of nine which will showcase the work of poets in the United Kingdom.

China: A Portrayal of Portrayals of Cultural And Ethnic Stereotypes

One Chinese vlogger has gone viral with his impersonation of the accents of a few Asian neighbors and other cultures from around the globe. How much do these differ from...

Martinique: All together around Creole

The Creole language in the Caribbean and the cooperation between islands were recently discussed during the Creole-speaking Regions Days, as explained in this post on Tous Créoles [Fr Cr/Fr]. One...

Colombia: What is in a name?

The Born on December 31st documentary by Priscila Padilla exposes a human rights violation the Wayuu indigenous group have been under. Many of their national IDs, mass produced to get...

Bolivia: Chiquitano Indigenous Create Twitter Account to Promote Their Language

Members of the Chiquitano indigenous community in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, have created the Twitter account @monkoxbesiro [es] to promote the use of the Chiquitano (Bésiro) language in Bolivia.

Common Language in Southeast Asia

What should be the common language in the Southeast Asian region? Thai, Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Melayu? Kaewmala discusses this issue.

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