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· February, 2015

Stories about Language from February, 2015

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here's a Guide

Did you know "2m1" means "tomorrow"? Or that "C'est de la balle" means "That's great"? For anyone lost, we've collected some tips to help you understand the lingo.

Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets

Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.

Tanzanian Schools Will Teach Students in Swahili, Not English

President Jakaya Kikwete launched a new education system in Tanzania last week that, among other changes, will introduce Swahili as the language of instruction in schools.

Indigenous Tweets Highlight International Mother Language Day in Australia

The Translation Detail Everyone Missed in the China Internet’s Incredibly Surreal Anthem

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

Tweets in Russian account for over half of the 6,342,294 tweets in our dataset. English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French are the other common languages in tweets about Putin and Poroshenko.

Argentina Creates Registry of Interpreters of Indigenous Languages

Tweet in Your #MotherLanguage to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity Online

The world speaks thousands of languages, but you wouldn't know it by looking at Twitter. You can help change that by sending out tweets in your #MotherLanguage on February 21.

Are We Witnessing the Death of ‘Uh'? Um, Maybe — and Not Just in English

We humans have been using expressions of hesitation for a long time. Linguists are now noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from "um" to "uh."

The Tajik President's 82-Year-Old Former Maths Teacher Cannot Pass an Exam to Register as an Opposition Candidate

'All politics is local.' In Tajikistan, politics is even more local than usual.

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