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  • 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 11, 2012
  • 04:52 PM

International Arabic language conference to discuss its future

Yousuf Muhammad / Arab News
According to the rector, the conference will discuss five main themes: The role of Arabic language sections in universities to upgrade the level of Arabic language and literature, local dialects, Arabic and language and modern means of communications, the role of contemporary Arabic language works, and the concerns of the language in the age of globalization.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 04:48 PM

South Sudan: Is Arabic Language a Bouncing Ball About to Take Its Place Amongst Local Languages?

Emmanuel Monychol / AllAfrica.com
..It means that Arabic language, whether it is Africanized or pure still has a room in South Sudan, since South Sudanese are Sudanese, who have been influenced over the years by Arab cultural heritage, a Sudanese culture amidst other African cultures and languages in the South. Although Arabic language has been chucked out in the constitution, it still hangs over us like a bouncing ball about to fall down and takes its place.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 03:28 PM

Do Moroccans Speak Arabic?

Matt Schumann / Morocco Board News Service
Arabic is unique in its diglossia. This term refers to the fact that Arabs speak multiple 'Arabics', usually a 'high' variety, or the Modern Standard Arabic referred to above, and a 'low' variety, i.e. the colloquial Arabic dialects. In other words, the Arabic that is printed in books is different from the Arabic that people grow up speaking, or their mother tongues.
  • Apr 08, 2012
  • 08:22 PM

Poor Arabic language curriculum, teaching plague education system

Iman Sherif / Gulf News
Dubai: Why do Arab students grow up and graduate with poor knowledge of their own mother tongue? A concern has emerged in the past years about the future of the Arabic language and challenges learners are currently facing in assimilating the language.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:39 AM

Overcoming a language barrier in my own country

Thamer Al Subaihi / The National
...One solution to this quagmire for an Emirati who isn't in Emirati circles would be to take up lessons in Emirati dialect. Shaima Al Sayed began offering such lessons more than a year ago and to my and her surprise, there are many Emiratis in the same boat. When she started her courses she only had foreigners in mind, but to her shock, numerous locals approached her.
  • Apr 01, 2012
  • 07:35 PM

Student swallows tongue in Arabic attempt

Franklin, New York - Lindsay Martin, 16, was rushed to the hospital Sunday after reportedly swallowing her tongue during Arabic class at Franklin High School.

Franklin is one of few high schools in the US that teach Arabic. "The language is known for its range of difficult-to-pronounce guttural consonants," said teacher Jafar Moffatopolis, "but I've never seen this before." ...
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 02:18 AM

Use Of Arabic Language For Official Correspondence Banned In EES

Peter Lokale Nakimangole / Oye! Times
...The circular warned of the continued usage of Arabic language that clearly contradicts the South Sudan’s supreme transitional constitution and that of EES; the circular also targets citizens who ignorantly use the language for official communication in the public or for correspondences in the government offices.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 02:15 AM

Interest drops in Turkey’s minority language courses

Vercihan Ziflioğlu / Hürriyet Daily News
Private courses launched in recent years to teach Turkey’s minority languages have not attracted much attention despite the minimal fees they charge, and some believe the lack of interest in such courses has to do with Turkey’s long-lasting policies.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 02:09 AM

IT insiders see huge potential for growth in Arabic apps

The Daily Star
BEIRUT: International IT corporations and software developers see huge potential for growth in Arabic-language mobile applications. Speaking during a series of workshops held ahead of the ArabNet Digital Summit 2012, which opens Thursday in Beirut, IT insiders noted that smartphone sales are gradually dwarfing those of personal computers.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

New Languages Democratising Social Media in the Middle East

Journal of Turkish Weekly
Digital communication, as a way to share information and debate ideas, is now central to many parts of life. One prominent example is the focus on online activity in contentious political activities. Twitter and similar networks have been hailed as important tools of communication and organisation for opposition movements to authoritarian regimes.
  • Mar 24, 2012
  • 01:41 AM

Diplomat lauds history of Arabic language, literature

Maggie Spini / The Chronicle
The background of Arabic language and literature, such as pre-Islamic poetry and the Quran, provides historical context to contemporary Middle Eastern issues. Ernst noted that by the 10th century, Arabic writers covered a wide range of subjects, including religion, grammar and philology. He added that many non-Muslim groups, including Arabic-speaking Jews, contributed extensively to Arabic literature through their own writing.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 05:40 PM

Manifesto details Arabic in crisis, new council formed in Beirut to promote language

Nayla Baraki / The Daily Star
The manifesto says that “most public education teachers [in the region] are not competent in Arabic, whether in writing, speaking or reading; they are the ones responsible” for preparing and training students.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 08:47 PM

English Language Fleeing 'Anglophone' South Sudan (part I)

Atem Yaak Atem / AllAfrica.com
English language in what is today the State of South Sudan has played a pivotal role in education and government. As mentioned earlier before English was a medium of education in schools of Southern Sudan during the colonial times and even after "independence" of Sudan in 1956. However, when the military took power in 1958 it soon embarked on the twin policy of Islamicisation and Arabisation, including Arabicisation of the entire country.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 03:13 PM

What foreign language do students most want to learn?

Rebecca Walker / USA Today
A recent USA Today College poll indicated that 44% of students would enroll in a Spanish course for their next foreign language course. The numbers quickly tapper off after that — with Chinese being the second most popular language at 11%, and Arabic attracting 9% of students. Closely trailing are the three languages that are commonly found in universities across the country —- at least at the beginner level: German, French, and Italian all tallied in 8% each.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:33 PM

In which brain do you read?

University of Haifa
Readers whose mother tongue is Arabic have more challenges reading in Arabic than native Hebrew or English speakers have reading their native languages, because the two halves of the brain divide the labor differently when the brain processes Arabic than when it processes Hebrew or English.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:57 AM

Now playing: Bard in 37 languages

Sarju Kaul / The Asian Age
For the first time, it is hosting 37 international companies, including two from India, to present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Theatre companies from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will present plays in 37 different languages during the six-week drama festival, Globe to Globe, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival due to run till November.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 09:01 PM

Jewish, Muslim scribes keep calligraphy art alive

Bernat Armangue / Seattle Post Intelligencer
JERUSALEM — In a world overwhelmed by electronic gadgets that have changed the way we read, write and learn, the Jewish and Islamic arts of calligraphy have preserved their methods for generations.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 07:59 PM

National Anthem Strikes A Chord In Iraq

Radio Free Europe
Iraqi lawmakers are expected to vote soon on a controversial proposal for a new national anthem that would alter the Arabic-language anthem to make room for verses in the minority Kurdish and Turkoman languages.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 11:46 PM

Arabic deserves a fair hearing in DIFC Courts

Habib Al Mulla / gulfnews.com
The UAE is an Arab country. The official language of the country is Arabic. The DIFC is an entity created by a federal decree. Hence, it is logical for the DIFC Courts to use Arabic as a language of practice alongside English, which is the language of the business community in the DIFC.
  • Mar 11, 2012
  • 01:15 PM

How does God's word sound? May depend on translation

John Przybys / Las Vegas Review - Journal
"I've been asked repeatedly if the translations I've worked on are translations of the King James, for example, assuming a translation from English to English," said Green, who also is New Testament editor of the Common English Bible, released in 2011. "So when I explain that it is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic, in a few cases, and Greek, people are surprised and they wonder if Bible scholars actually know those languages."
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 05:51 PM

South Sudan: Let Us Help These Students Learn English

AllAfrica.com
Although we are an independent nation and have chosen English as our lingua franca, since we still have the hangover of the Arabic in our universities and parliaments we should not dismiss the demand of our students who have studied up to university level in Arabic to continue till they graduate if they are to produce expected dissertations for their qualifications. Learning a foreign language is not difficult.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 05:45 PM

Translating Twitter into languages read right to left isn't easy

Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times
Twitter now comes in 28 languages. The newest ones -- Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic and Urdu -- were added just this week. Those four languages posed a particular problem to Twitter's team of translation volunteers because they are read from right to left, rather than left to right. Therefore the translation required not just word challenges, but technical and design challenges too.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 01:28 PM

Kader Khan designing courses for Arabic, Urdu speakers

Mauli Buch / Times of India
For over 40 years we have known Kader Khan for his humour and dialogues. But now this Kabul-born Bollywood actor is immersed in academics. He has designed courses for studies in Arabic and Urdu languages and says education can remove lot of misconceptions about religion.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

Is There Too Much English on the Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Zoe Fox / Mashable
The amount of Arabic on the Internet — 3% of all sites in 2011 — has increased by 2500% since 2000. Similarly, Russian’s current 3% share is up 1800% in the last decade. China added more Internet users in three years than people in the U.S. And China, India, Iran, Nigeria and Russia have added the most new Internet users in the last five years.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 12:51 AM

Twitter Moves Right-To-Left, Adds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu

Josh Wolford / WebProNews
In January, Twitter added four new right-to-left languages to their Translation Center, the crowdsourcing project that allows users from multiple different languages to help translate Twitter (the service, not the actual tweets). Now, they’ve announced that the work is complete and you can now interact with Twitter in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu.
  • Mar 02, 2012
  • 04:59 PM

ALECSO suggests more varsities teach science in Arabic

Abdul Hannan / Arab News
The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) said the Arabic language is the mainstay of the identity of all Arabs as well as the protective shield of their culture to contain the treasures of their heritage and embrace the creativity of contemporary intellectual and literary pursuits.
  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 03:06 PM

French loses ground to English, Arabic teeters on ledge

Paula Jahn / The Daily Star
“Why do you need the French language?” asks Asmar. “Nothing is in French, everything is in English.” But not only French is under threat; signs abound of an even greater squeeze on Arabic. Older Lebanese complain that Arabic has been contaminated by English expressions, resulting at worst in a pidgin language that bears little resemblance to what they spoke as youths.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 03:35 PM

NMC to mark World Arabic Language Day

WAM - Emirates News Agency
UAE will mark the World Arabic Language Day on Thursday and Sharjah will be hosting a ceremony on this occasion under the patronage of H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 12:14 PM

Tunisians Debate Role of Arabic Language in National Politics

Farah Samti / Tunisia Live
Recent controversy sparked by a member of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly’s difficulty communicating in Standard Arabic has reopened a debate about the role of language in Tunisian national identity.

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