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  • 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 16, 2012
  • 06:33 PM

Timor-Leste’s Language Policy: The Boulder On The Shoe – Analysis

Victor R Savage / Eurasia Review
Timor-Leste has chosen Portuguese as its official language of government, though Tetum remains the other official language. This language policy, a return to its colonial heritage, has future implications for the state’s development and geopolitical relations in the region.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 08:19 PM

Indonesian Language Schools Note More Diverse Mix of Foreign Interest

Ronna Nirmala / Jakarta Globe
As fewer students enroll in Indonesian language classes at Australian universities, more foreigners are signing up for them at schools in Indonesia. “From my observations from year to year, the number of foreign students who want to learn Indonesian is increasing,” Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, the rector of the University of Indonesia, said on Monday.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 05:24 PM

Australia rapidly losing Indonesian language skills (audio)

Karon Snowdon / ABC Radio Australia
At the current rate of decline, the teaching of the Indonesian language will be almost completely absent from the Australian education system within a decade. That worrying state of affairs is outlined in a new report handed to the government today.
  • Nov 30, 2011
  • 11:47 AM

The lost decade: learning Asian languages

Greg Jericho / ABC Online
As someone who has not always been Julie Bishop's biggest supporter, it was rather intriguing to find myself nodding as she put forward the idea that the teaching of Asian languages be made mandatory in schools. This desire for Asian language education is a rather interesting position for a member of the Liberal Party to take ...
  • Aug 04, 2011
  • 06:07 PM

Twitter Update: New Funding, New Languages

James Lee Phillips / IBTimes Canada
Since 2008, when Twitter first became available in Japanese as well as the original English, the social network has consistently added additional language options. The addition of Dutch and Indonesian makes for eleven total languages, but the method may be even more significant that the total.
  • Jul 21, 2011
  • 12:34 PM

Languages on Papua Vanish Without a Whisper

Jakarta Globe
Who will speak Iniai in 2050? Or Faiwol? Moskona? Wahgi? Probably no one, as the languages of New Guinea — the world’s greatest linguistic reservoir — are disappearing in a tide of indifference.
  • Jun 11, 2011
  • 04:16 PM

Asian languages a priority for WA students

Yasmine Phillips / Perth Now
Despite one billion people speaking China's official language across the world and the state's business and tourism leaders urging more students to learn it, the number of WA children opting to study the language is low.