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  • Apr 24, 2012
  • 01:21 AM

Medical scanner to reveal how brain processes languages

Marie-Louise Olson / The National
The magneto-encephalography machine, which was unveiled yesterday at the inauguration of New York University Abu Dhabi's Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, will be able to analyse language processes in the brain faster and more efficiently than current neuroscience technology.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 08:09 PM

Gaza's Hamas rulers to introduce Hebrew

Fox News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A senior Hamas official in Gaza says the territory's militant rulers intend to begin teaching Hebrew for high school students beginning next year. Ziad Thabet, the education ministry undersecretary, said Monday the government is trying to find and train teachers.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:56 PM

What does cheese have to do with preserving languages? (audio)

Radio Australia
The importance to preserve languages is the topic of discussion in this week's social segment with community linguist Vaso Elefsiniotis, Dr Simon Musgrave from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University and the Chair of Endangered Languages from the University of Adelaide, Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:53 PM

Foreign languages - Russian army officers’ weapon

Ilya Kramnik / Russia & India Report
For the first time in the history of the Russian Armed forces the All-army Olympiad on foreign languages among cadets of military universities is being held in the Moscow Military University on April 18-21. In the course of the military education reform, the number of hours assigned on the study of foreign languages, has considerably increased.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:29 PM

The Future of Chinese Language Education

Gaston Caperton / Huffington Post
Every year since 2007, the College Board and Asia Society have joined forces to host the annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC). Today it has grown to become the largest conference of its kind in North America, and it has become one of the premier forums for sharing ideas and best practices related to Chinese language and culture education.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:28 PM

Odisha Government not interested in Sambalpuri Language

Prafull Sharma / OrissaDiary
At present there are demands for inclusion of 38 more languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India. These are Sambalpuri, Chhattisgarhi, Rajasthani, Bhojpuri, Nagpuri, Pahari (Himachali), Angika, Banjara, Bazika, Bhoti, Bhutia, Bundelkhandi Dhatki, Garhwali (Pahari), Gondi, Gujjari ,Ho, Kachhi, Kamtapuri, Karbi...
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:25 PM

Next year in Hebrew

Abby Wisse Schachter / The Jewish Chronicle
Hebrew is the Jewish people’s religious language and its national language. To understand Hebrew is to be permanently linked to the Jewish past, present and future. Problem is, few American Jews know Hebrew and fewer still recognize that this ignorance is a problem.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:17 PM

New centre for study of translation set up

Gulf Times
The institute will offer a comprehensive array of related linguistic activities, unique to the Gulf region, encompassing postgraduate education in translation and interpreting, high-level language training, research, and international-standard translation and interpreting services.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:15 PM

Právo: Czechs learn other foreign languages besides English

Prague Daily Monitor
Almost all young Czechs know some English now compared with the early 1990s and the latest experience shows that the knowledge of one more foreign language is an advantage on the job market, depending on business trends that now put emphasis on Spanish, Russian and Chinese, daily Pravo writes Friday.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:14 PM

Small Effort, Better Maltese! A new book by Charles Saliba

Gozo News
Gozitan author, Charles Daniel Saliba has just launched his latest book on the Maltese language. This one, featuring the latest developments in Maltese orthography, is aimed at self-learners who want to bring their knowledge up to date and to improve their grammar and spelling.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:02 PM

Coushatta Tribe strives to revive native language (video)

Holly Carter / KPLC
The Koasati language of the Coushatta Indians has been a part of their culture for decades. But in recent years, it's disappeared, dissolved, English now the popular language on the reservation. Tribal leaders are trying to change that through new language classes that are aimed at preserving Koasati.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:02 PM

New Native Language App Starts Small, WIth Animal Names in Four Tongues

Leeanne Root / Indian Country Today Media Network.com
A new American Indian language app hit the iTunes store January 20 that features translations of animal names from English to Diné, Lakota, Mvskoke and Ponca. The menu screen offers a choice of four languages. Once a language is chosen, a short list of animals appears from which to choose.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:34 PM

Languages: The Digital Sounds of Bésiro (Chiquitano) (audio)

Eddie Avila / Global Voices Online
...in the city of Santa Cruz, a group of young linguists led by Ignacio Tomicha Chuve, has started a project called Monkox Bésiro as a way to put the Bésiro (Chiquitano) language on the digital map. This language is spoken the Chiquitano people in several provinces in the Santa Cruz and Bení departments with estimates that between 20,000-60,000 speakers still remain.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:29 PM

Only right people can develop Urdu language: Dr Durrani

Manzoor Qadir / Daily Times
ISLAMABAD: The government should select right people with vision to prepare a group of linguistic experts the way experts are groomed in other fields, if it is genuinely interested in the development of Urdu language, said Dr Attash Durrani, the founder and head of Urdu Informatics Project at the National Language Authority (NLA).
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:24 PM

Ancient language controls crime rings (video)

Crystal Gutierrez / KRQE News 13
SANTA FE (KRQE) - Some gang members serving prison sentences are using an ancient language to try to keep control of their criminal organizations on the outside as corrections officers work fast to crack the code. Capt. Joe Lytle said the inmates are sending out messages written in Nahuatl, a 1,400-year-old Aztec language.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:18 PM

Language students build bridges between two continents

Luo Wangshu / China Daily
Beijing Foreign Studies University was approved by the Ministry of Education in 2005 to start its Icelandic program three years later. It is still the only university in China that has such a program. Zhang Yuchong, 23, who is also studying Icelandic, said he is worried about his career prospects after graduation. "But I don't regret studying Icelandic as my major," he said. "It has opened a door for me to a unique culture, and I love it."
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 06:07 PM

Study: Interpreters in ER limit medical errors

MSNBC
The study, done at two pediatric ERs, found that when Spanish-speaking families had access to a professional interpreter, 12 percent of translation slips -- such as adding or omitting certain words and phrases -- could have had "clinical consequences," like giving a wrong medication dose. But mistakes like that were about twice as likely if there was no interpreter or if the translator was an amateur...
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:55 PM

Timor Leste, Tetum, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia or English?

J. Ramos-Horta / Jakarta Post
Timorese leaders and people, though islanders, are very outward-looking, open to cultural influences, eagerly learning and absorbing the good (and bad) we see, read and hear around us. We are among the most polyglot people in the world. A very large percentage of us manage as many as three to five languages — a native language, Tetum, Indonesian, English and Portuguese.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:50 PM

Pidgin Language Book Launched In Abuja

Catherine Agbo / Leadership Newspapers
“It is not as easy as it seems because we speak it every day and we assume that it is very easy to write pidgin but it’s just like in English language where you have people who can speak the language very fluently, grammatically perfect but when it comes to writing it is a bit difficult and its same with what is now known as Nigerian Pidgin,” he said.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:28 PM

Language shoots are still growing

Alice Te Puni / Gisborne Herald
IT was school holidays across the nation but, in Gisborne, free te reo Maori classes enticed intermediate-level speakers back into the classroom. About two dozen students attended the four-day wananga called Te Kawae Hue, which means “young shoot still growing”.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

Saving a "dying" laguage thru song

Asian Journal
When a Pangasinense steps in another province, give him a week and he could speak the native language in the area and converse with its natives. But when a person from another land comes to Pangasinan, it would seem forever for him to study and speak the native tongue.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:15 PM

'Bahasa rojak affecting Malay language'

AsiaOne
Bruneians should lessen the use of bahasa rojak or Malay infused with other languages in conversation, said the head of Magazine and Journal Planning Department at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP).
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:12 PM

Irish celebrities practice their sign language for Limerick exhibition

Nick Rabbitts / Limerick Leader
The unique aspect of the exhibition is that it features some of Ireland’s leading celebrities having a go at Irish sign language - considered to be the State’s third language.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:06 PM

UN celebrates Chinese Language Day

Rebekah Mintzer / Xinhua
Chinese is one of the six official languages of the world body along with French, Spanish, Russian, English and Arabic. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) introduced language days in 2010 to celebrate each official language and encourage cultural diversity and mutual understanding.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 04:43 PM

President responding to people's wishes through Trilingual SL

Disna Mudalige / Ceylon Daily News
The 10 year national plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka provides the blueprint for the first determined effort by any administration since 1987 to seriously implement the provisions for a Trilingual Sri Lanka already available in the law with the passing of the 13th amendment to the constitution, said Presidential Adviser and coordinator of the Special Presidential Initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka, Sunimal Fernando.
  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 04:30 PM

I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here's How

Gabriel Wyner / Lifehacker
Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process landed on "a pretty damn good method for language learning that you can do in limited amounts of spare time." Here's the four-step method that you can use, too (and you don't have to invest hundreds in a language course like Rosetta Stone).
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 06:36 PM

The literary festival breathing life into the Welsh language

Daily Mail
History has tried hard to consign the Welsh language to the linguistic scrapheap. But the launch of Dinefwr Literature Festival packs another punch in the ancient tongue's fightback. The first-ever bilingual Welsh festival will be held over three days from June 29 to July 1 at the National Trust’s rather lovely Dinefwr Park and Castle, in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 06:02 PM

24% of Web Content is Now in Chinese, Will Soon Surpass English [Infographic]

Steven Millward / Tech in Asia
A new infographic shows that Chinese will soon overtake English as the dominant language online. At the end of 2011, 27 percent of web content was in English, while 24 percent was in Chinese. Despite that, the graphic’s creators, the digital agency Smartling, lament that the web is still not bilingual enough, with “56 percent of online content [being] English-only.”
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 05:52 PM

Belgium's German-speaking cantons ponder their position

Richard Connor / Deutsche Welle
As well as Belgium’s French and Flemish-speaking regions, a handful of municipalities speak German. But, with increasing division between Flanders and Wallonia, the eastern Cantons have been looking at their options.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 01:14 PM

Best translator apps for Windows Phone

Ben Griffin / Know Your Mobile
We'd still urge you to give learning a language a go, but until then there are a few augmented reality apps that can translate on the fly. They are also some of coolest applications to show anyone who's yet to see what a smartphone can do as it almost looks like magic.

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