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  • 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 12, 2012
  • 03:41 PM

'British Raj promoted Urdu'

The Express Tribune
“The textbook tale that British colonial rule in the subcontinent harmed the development of Urdu is false,” Dr Tariq Rehman, Dean of School of Education at Beaconhouse National University, said in a lecture at the Forman Christian (FC) College University on Tuesday.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 08:18 PM

Let's Talk About Privacy (but not in Russian or Hindi)

David Talbot / Technology Review
The world is increasingly talking about privacy these days. But when people try to read the actual privacy policies of major social networking sites – they often must do so in English.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 04:20 PM

Hindi 'Encouraged' In Tufts University

Eurasia Review
The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate is encouraging the Tufts University administration to offer Hindi courses. In a meeting on April one, it reportedly passed a resolution to this effect. About 20 percent respondents in Fall 2011 Senate Survey indicated that if made available, they would take Hindi courses, reports suggest.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 09:43 PM

Write Angle — India versus Bharat

Ziya Us Salam / The Hindu
Quietly, though not so imperceptibly, Hindi is undergoing a change. Not just the spoken language but even the written word. Gone are the days of chaste Hindi, the times when the language drew heavily from Sanskrit, then settled to be the preferred mode of discourse in the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.
  • 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 17, 2012
  • 11:42 PM

100 Years of Hindi

Jaskiran Kapoor / Indian Express
Though Landour Language School started primarily to teach Hindi, it added other Indian languages to its profile over the years. “In pre-Partition India, Urdu was the most sought-after language. It was replaced by Gujarati and Tamil as the most popular languages in the following years. Now, Hindi is drawing the most students,” says Datt, attributing the trend to India’s reputation as an emerging economic power.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 01:38 PM

Bilingual dictionaries to promote India's mother tongues

Madhusree Chatterjee /
New Delhi : The campaign to preserve vernacular mother tongues and make knowledge accessible to students through translation across the linguistic arc has taken a big stride with a new bilingual dictionary series in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada from the source language, English.
  • 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 04, 2012
  • 01:41 PM

Urdu and the bilingual Pakistani

Aakar Patel / The Express Tribune
There is a very attractive bilingual quality to the urban Pakistani because of his knowledge of Urdu. This comes out in Pakistan’s news television. The urban Indian reads and writes mostly in English, and so speaks a broken version of his mother tongue. In Pakistan, one is likely to find many more people who know Urdu almost as well as they know English.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 10:50 AM

Indian languages losing their cyber-vitality

Jayadevan PK / Economic Times
Efforts at making Indic computing - creating scripts and software for Indian languages - easier have been taken up by the government, non-profit groups and language institutions but much ground needs to be covered. And if things don't happen fast, these languages will face virtual extinction.
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 03:15 PM

'We want to spread importance of Hindi on national level'

Kiran Dahitule / DNA
Our aim is to make Indian languages a source of livelihood in India. We want to spread the importance of Hindi language on national level and reinforce the importance of regional languages in specific regions. Indian languages should be given due weightage in all walks of life, especially in education system and jobs.
  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 11:53 PM

English-Hinglish, Angrezi-Fangrezi

Tripti Lahiri / Wall Street Journal
...The order said that the Hindi being used in government documents is too “pure,” meaning it’s heavy on words derived from the classical language Sanskrit. That’s hurting Hindi’s popularity, the department said.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 08:12 PM

‘Prefer 'hinglish' over pure Hindi’ Govt

Zee News
New Delhi: In a bid to overcome problems posed by difficult Hindi words, Government has asked section officers to use their "hinglish" replacements for easy understanding and better promotion of the language. The order issued by the Rajbhasha unit of Ministry of Home Affairs was recently re-circulated in various offices after it was officially mentioned that such puritan use of Hindi generates disinterest among masses.
  • Nov 26, 2011
  • 10:16 PM

Bollywood learning new languages for the South

Ameya Chumbhale / The Economic Times
Don 2 follows in the wake of Ra.One in more ways than one. It is not just the next Shah Rukh Khan starrer. Much like Ra.One, it will also be dubbed and released in the southern markets, reflecting Bollywood's increasing efforts to encash on the film markets in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 10:29 PM

Englishmen develop love for Hindi

Swati Chandra / Times of India
VARANASI: Hindi language is witnessing a renaissance among the NRI and Englishmen who are living in the United Kingdom. The trend to learn Hindi language is gaining momentum in the foreign country, says Usha Raje Saxena, a woman from eastern Uttar Pradesh and an NRI for over 40 years.
  • Nov 20, 2011
  • 02:03 AM

MPs suggest simplification of the Hindi language

Zee News
New Delhi: Hindi should be made simpler to increase its ability to serve as a link language, some Members of Parliament have suggested. "Some Members stated that Sanskritisation of Hindi will limit its ability to become a link language. Thus the effort should be towards making Hindi simpler rather than more Sanskritised," said a statement issued by the HRD Ministry.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 12:09 PM

Indian languages goes Global

Navjyoti Dalal / Daily News & Analysis
For a couple of hours every day, the study at this flat in Waterfront, Kalyaninagar turns into a melting pot of sorts. Every day some words of Portuguese, Russian, German, Finnish, Korean, and Italian find their translations in Hindi (and sometimes English) into some notebooks.
  • Aug 10, 2011
  • 01:33 PM

Is Hindi our National Language?

Article 343 of our constitution dictates that "the official language of the Union shall be Hindi in Devanagari script," it also puts forth English as the other official language. The status of being the official language will not automatically make a language the national language. The law and the constitution have to give this recognition, which in Hindi's case has not happened.
  • Jul 24, 2011
  • 03:06 AM

The murder of linguistic history — II

Tariq Rahman / The Express Tribune
While the word Ordo — from which comes the English word ‘horde’ — does, indeed, mean ‘military camp’ in Turkish, this is not the only name for the ancestor of the language we now call Urdu. Indeed, the oldest name for this common ancestor of both present-day Urdu and Hindi was Hindi, Hindvi and sometimes Hindui.
  • Jul 23, 2011
  • 05:03 PM

Not just the written word

Sahana Charan / Bangalore Mirror
Bangalore-based Wikipedians are spearheading an experimental initiative, the Oral Citations Project to overcome the lack of published material in emerging languages on the online encyclopedia initiative, the Oral Citations Project to overcome the lack of published material in emerging languages on the online encyclopedia.
  • Jun 17, 2011
  • 10:16 PM

Language can unite

Zubeida Mustafa /
MORE than six decades after Partition, India and Pakistan continue to be locked in disputes which even take them to the brink of war. It is difficult to believe that people who had lived side by side for centuries now refuse to recognise the commonalities in their culture and languages. Against this backdrop comes a breath of fresh air in the form of a new book that focuses on social harmony rather than cultural discord.
  • Jun 13, 2011
  • 02:09 PM

Hinglish is in vogue in PU

B K Mishra / Times of India
PATNA: What is the medium of instruction in Patna University (PU) colleges and departments? It is neither Hindi nor English. Ask any faculty or scholar of PU about it, and he would say that it is a mixture of Hindi and English. Hinglish, indeed.
  • May 30, 2011
  • 03:13 PM

Khichri language

Gargi Gupta / Business Standard
...“Chutnefying English” would thus mean adding chutney, or spicy Indian elements, to English. Playing further with semantics, one could say that by choosing the phrase as this book’s title, the editors answer the very fundamental question that Harish Trivedi poses in his foreword – “what is Hinglish ... is it the use of Hindi words and syntactical elements in English, or the use of English words and syntax in Hindi?”...
  • May 16, 2011
  • 08:55 PM

Hindi university: Gandhi's dream turned into reality

Vaibhav Ganjapure / Times of India
MYSORE: It was Mahatma Gandhi's dream during his stay in Sevagram, Wardha. He wanted Hindi to be promoted at the global level. 13 years down the line, the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University is doing its job to perfection.
  • May 15, 2011
  • 08:37 PM

Tis Hazari judges have to use Hindi

Times of India
NEW DELHI: Hindi may be the national language, but the judges still swear by Queen's English. As the judges continue to use English for their judicial work, they have now been directed to use Hindi in the day-to-day work.
  • May 15, 2011
  • 05:50 PM

To an unscripted future

Manjul Bajaj / Deccan Herald
All around us Indian languages are dying more quickly than you can utter the words “our multilingual heritage.” I ask myself, as a modern Indian who is more comfortable in English than in my mother tongue, am I a victim of this trend or its perpetrator?
  • May 11, 2011
  • 08:28 PM

Language, Aaj and Kal

Lindsay Pereira / Mid-Day
Is Hinglish -- that curious mix of English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi-- fast becoming the language of choice in urban India? A recent book release, the intriguingly named Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish, proves that the hybrid is very, very, hip.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 11:26 PM

India struggles to find Hindi words for English science terms

Samanth Subramanian / The National
For the last six years, Mr Kumar has been the chairman of the Commission for Scientific & Technical Terminology (CSTT), a 50-year-old government body that tries to find or create words in Hindi and other Indian languages that capture the meanings of the exploding glossary of new technical terms in English.
  • Apr 26, 2011
  • 11:55 PM

Britain to allow those who know Indian languages to be jury

Economic Times
LONDON: The inability to understand, read or write English language would no longer be a hindrance to serve as a British jury member deciding immigration cases. People who only know Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu or Gujarati are equally welcome.