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  • Dec 30, 2011
  • 06:56 PM

To promote democracy, artist taps into power of Egyptian dialect

Marie-Jeanne Berger / Egypt Independent
Part of the inclusiveness of the campaign has to do with the language of the slogans, which are written in Egyptian colloquial. The significance of using dialect is that while it is considered the language of the people, it is rarely used in the political-media realm, and certainly was not utilized for any of the campaign posters advocating candidates over the past few weeks.
  • Dec 30, 2011
  • 06:26 PM

Arabic language flourishing in China

Ihab Shaarawy / Egyptian Gazette
BEIJING - A recent Arabic-speaking competition for Arabic-language students in China highlighted China’s great interest in Arab culture and also charted the future for the relations between the two cultures.
  • Dec 22, 2011
  • 11:12 AM

Israeli Arabs Enter Jewish Classrooms

Fox News
In an educational revolution of sorts, a growing number of Israeli schools are taking a novel approach to the instruction of Arabic: They're hiring Arab teachers.
  • Dec 20, 2011
  • 03:40 PM

Learning English remains a hard nut to crack

Arab News
Even though the Saudi government is making every effort to promote learning English as a second language at its schools and universities in addition to extending all financial and logistic support to establish this language for over 80 years ever since the Kingdom’s foundation in 1927, is it has not rooted itself yet in society.
  • Dec 14, 2011
  • 11:08 PM

UN in Armenia Marks Arabic Language Day

Hetq Online
Arabic Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 18 December, the date on which the United Nations General Assembly designated Arabic as the sixth official language of the United Nations in 1973.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 11:23 PM

Language Problem

Kaustuv Basu / Inside Higher Ed
In the weeks and months after 9/11, the talk in the United States was about the need to be better prepared to understand the culture and languages of the Middle East. There was a surge of college students enrolling in Arabic and Persian. More than a decade later, that initial surge is showing signs of slowing down even while the world focuses on the Arab world again as homegrown pro-democracy movements shake up governments in the region.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 08:45 PM

Google launches Voice Search in Arabic on iOS and Android

Nancy Messieh / The Next Web
Thanks to Google, you can now use Voice Search in Arabic on your iOS or Android devices. Because there are so many different dialects in Arabic, Google has provided the option to choose between 10 regional dialects including Egyptian, Lebanese, Bahraini, Palestinian and Qatari, among others.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 02:44 PM

South Sudan Republic, a Country Without One Common Language for All Tribes to Use

Isaac Matiok / AllAfrica.com
Many important challenges are ahead awaiting the Republic of South Sudan to be properly addressed by the Nation. Among them is the question of one language or mother tongue to be used commonly among all the people of South Sudan for communication. Unity is achieved through language and religion, but mostly one common language for the people of the country so that they can easily understand themselves when communicating.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:13 PM

Twitter study reveals explosion in Arabic 'tweeting'

AFP
The popularity of Twitter has soared in the Arab world over the past year, a study has revealed, reflecting the key role of the social networking site in the "Arab Spring" revolutions. Online Twitter messages, or tweets, in Arabic rocketed from 99,000 a day in October 2010 to over two million last month, social media monitor Semiocast showed in its study into the most popular languages used on the site.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:06 PM

Startup works Arabic script into your furnishings

Emma Gatten / The Daily Star
With their new company, Kashida, Hamady and Jamra turn Arabic letters into furniture. A taa becomes a chair, an ayn inspires a coffee table. “I feel that Arabic is our mother tongue, and it’s a dying language in the sense that we’re replacing it with French and English. So I’m proud to be working in Arabic,” says Hamady.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 04:29 PM

Time to 'rampas' and restore glory of Bahasa

Azmi Anshar / New Straits Times
THIS is what is suspected of the future of Bahasa Malaysia/Melayu: in a generation’s time, it is possible to be very familiar with the English language, even conversing on a market level, simply by learning and studying the Malay language in its current form.
  • Aug 10, 2011
  • 05:14 PM

Israeli nursing school rescinds ban on speaking Russian and Arabic

Jack Khoury / Haaretz
School of Nursing in Ashkelon tells students 'it is absolutely prohibited to conduct a conversation in a foreign language' on school grounds; Health Ministry instructed the school to withdraw the order.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 10:59 PM

A stir over sign language

Ofer Aderet / Haaretz
A recently discovered trove of documents from the 1950s reveals a nasty battle in Jerusalem over the hebraization of street and neighborhood names. This campaign is still raging today.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 08:52 PM

Lebanon's last Arabic scribes struggle in IT age

FRANCE 24
AFP - Lebanon's few remaining Arabic calligraphers, whose elegant script and interweaving words transport one to another era, are working to preserve an art form struggling to compete with new technology.
  • Jul 27, 2011
  • 01:19 PM

Old school printer exploits his passion for languages to the last letter

Annie Slemrod / The Daily Star
Languages, and Syriac in particular, are Chahan’s passion. But they began as a necessity. Born in Allepo’s Syriac quarter to a family from Odessa, he spoke Armenian with his mother, Turkish with his father, and Syriac in church. School was in French, and government activities were carried out in Arabic, so “from the age of 7 you needed to speak five languages,” he says.
  • Jul 26, 2011
  • 10:57 AM

Why Harry Potter's Latest Trick Is to Speak a Syrian Dialect

Bill Spindle / Wall Street Journal
...Should it be Egyptian dialect, the lingua franca of Arabic comedy? Light and airy Lebanese, a proven winner for sitcoms? Syrian Arabic, edgy, serious, well suited to drama? Khaleeji, the dialect of Arabs in the Persian Gulf, the region's most lucrative television demographic? Jordanian, which only recently made its television debut? Or the old standby, classical Arabic?
  • Jul 24, 2011
  • 07:11 PM

Expatriates learn to talk Emirati with course in 'Arabish'

Amna Al Haddad / The National
DUBAI //More than 40 expatriates can now converse in the local dialect after completing an Arabic class organised by an arts group. "How to Speak Emirati", a 12-week course of two-hour weekly classes, was conducted by Shaima Al Sayed and sponsored by Dubomedy Arts.
  • Jul 18, 2011
  • 06:43 PM

Qatar Bedouin's dialect losing status

Habib Toumi / gulfnews.com
Manama: Bedouin mothers prefer to use urban Arabic in public places rather than their native dialect to avoid being left out in the Qatari society, a study by Qatar University students indicates.
  • Jul 12, 2011
  • 05:50 PM

Arabic voiceovers: Dubstars

The Economist
EVERY Arabic-speaking country has its own lively dialect, each one a world away from the classical Arabic of the Koran and the modern, sterile-sounding version used by pan-Arab channels such as Al-Jazeera. Some have much in common; the Levantine tongues of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, for example. Those of Morocco and the rest of the Maghreb are gobbledygook to many Arabs. Fast-paced Egyptian, with its abundance of jokes and puns, is the cockney of the Arab world.
  • Jun 16, 2011
  • 12:01 AM

Building public spaces from fonts, in Latin and Arabic

Annie Slemrod / The Daily Star
In Beirut, where the rare street sign does exist, Latin letters are almost always present next to Arabic. This horizontal placement provokes more questions than perhaps a street sign should. Does the sign-maker, the municipality for instance, consider English or French to be equal to the country’s official language, Arabic? Are the signs aimed at foreigners as well as locals? Is this a residue of the country’s colonial past?
  • Jun 08, 2011
  • 12:36 PM

Turkey's religious affairs authority criticizes recitation of adhan in Kurdish

Today's Zaman
The president of the Religious Affairs Directorate on Tuesday expressed strong criticism of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) decision to have the call to prayer (adhan) recited in Kurdish, saying reciting the adhan in any language other than its original Arabic is unacceptable.
  • Jun 01, 2011
  • 10:03 PM

Recruiting policemen fluent in foreign languages to aid tourists

New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: City police will recruit 50 auxiliary policemen who are fluent in foreign languages to facilitate communication with tourists. City police chief Datuk Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah said they want to improve communication with foreigners as the language barrier is proving to be major problem.
  • May 22, 2011
  • 09:31 PM

New apps tackle Arabic translation

Erin Conroy / The National
But while electronic language translators are evolving to process street signs and utterances in real time, Arabic's cursive script and reversed word order make it more of a challenge than the European languages that have so far been the focus (the devices face similar problems with Asian languages).
  • May 22, 2011
  • 09:01 PM

English language threatens Arabic

Abbas Al Lawati / gulfnews.com
After 30 years of teaching her native language in the Gulf, Abu Wardeh has come to the conclusion that while English is an important language, its status as a global language is overshadowing other languages, including Arabic.
  • May 19, 2011
  • 01:52 PM

Arabic Chat Translator Transforms Social Media Analysis

SYS-CON Media
Basis Technology's Rosette Chat Translator converts Arabic chat alphabet, which uses English characters and numbers to represent the Arabic language, into standard written Arabic. Hoffman said the software will increase the efficiency and dependability of translations of Arabic...
  • May 18, 2011
  • 07:35 PM

Reading Arabic ‘different’ for the brain –new study

24dash
Arabic readers recognise words in a different way from readers of other languages a new study has discovered. This doctoral research at the University of Leicester is analysing the reading differences of individuals as well as across languages - and has shown dissimilarities in how Arabic readers recognise words.
  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:49 PM

Importance of translating from Persian to Arabic reviewed

Iran Book News Agency
Bidaj expressed sorrow about the weak status of translating in comparison to writing. And when asked “what is the importance of translating from Persian to Arabic and from Arabic to Farsi?” he said:” the first factor is geographic and border unity of Iran with Arab world. The second factor is 1400-year written history between Iranians and Arabs...
  • May 14, 2011
  • 03:43 PM

Volunteers teach languages to migrant workers

Annie Slemrod / The Daily Star
In Beirut on her biweekly Sunday out, Myarana, who is from Madagascar, is one of some 60 migrant workers who are learning English, French and Arabic at free language classes set up by the Migrant Workers Task Force, a group that aims to improve opportunities for migrant workers in Lebanon.
  • May 13, 2011
  • 07:22 PM

Arabic Language Study Flourishes in New Haven

Brad Drazen / NBC Connecticut
It's the official language of 26 African and Middle Eastern Countries,and now Arabic is officially a language of choice in the New Haven Public Schools.
  • May 09, 2011
  • 02:09 PM

Speak Like a Local With Eton Institute’s Emirati Conversation Course

PRLog
Dubai expats can now truly appreciate the UAE culture and the native language by taking a unique Arabic conversational course that focuses on the Emirati dialect.

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