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  • Apr 17, 2012
  • 02:01 PM

Want to get ahead this century? Learn an Asian language

Yuko Kinoshita / The Conversation
In language study, students learn far more than is being taught. With skill-based training as a launchpad, they get a glimpse of life within a different cultural framework, experiencing affinity with unfamiliar worlds — and people. In Japanese, for example, we express respect or appreciation to others as an ingrained and important part of communication.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 10:16 PM

At home in Chinese

Mei Jia / China Daily
Critic Zhi An believes Arai is probably the only non-native speaker of Chinese capable of writing creatively in the language. Her books, mainly collections of short stories and essays, attract a large readership, cutting across age groups. They love her honesty and insight in describing cross-cultural experiences.
  • 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
  • 03:23 PM

700 sites set up for language students

Zheng Xin / China Daily
More than 700 foreign language training institutions have been set up in Beijing to encourage people to learn another language, according to the Organizing Committee of Beijing Speaks Foreign Languages Program. In addition, the government has developed lectures popularizing foreign languages and introducing other cultures to enable people to get involved in picking up another language.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 08:08 PM

Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

Daisy Sindelar / RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she moved to the Czech Republic was how to open her mouth wider when she spoke. As a native-born Estonian, she simply wasn't in the habit. "In Estonia, we speak slowly," she said. "We almost don't open our mouths when we speak. We don't have to articulate the words. It's our nature. It's colder there, and people spend more time inside, and that's why we're like this.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:37 AM

Japanese language contest held

The News International
The Japanese cultural centre in town was host to a Japanese reading and speech contest on Sunday afternoon where young Pakistani men and women delivered speeches and read passages in Japanese, thus displaying their language skills.
  • 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 13, 2012
  • 07:31 PM

Users say Siri struggles in Japanese debut

Josh Ong / Apple Insider
Apple added Japanese language support to Siri last week with the release of iOS 5.1, but some Japanese speakers are having trouble being understood by the voice assistant.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 04:38 PM

Unique languages, universal patterns

Peter Dizikes / MIT News
In turn, the similarities between English and Japanese underscore a larger point about human language, in Miyagawa’s view: All its varieties exist within a relatively structured framework. Languages are different, but not radically different. Dating to the 1950s, in fact, much of MIT’s linguistics program has aimed to identify the similar pathways that apparently unrelated languages take.
  • Feb 17, 2012
  • 02:20 PM

Siri may get Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language support in March

Rue Liu / SlashGear
According to a report by Chinese technology website DoNews, Apple is preparing its Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant feature to support Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The update is expected to arrive for the iPhone 4S sometime next month.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 03:27 PM

Land of the Rising Zun: Yiddish to Japanese Dictionary Has 28,000 Entries

Ross Perlin / The Forward
Sadan pegs the number of Japanese proficient in Yiddish at fewer than 20, though more have partial knowledge of the language. All, he says, are driven by “healthy intellectual curiosity and interest in traditional Ashkenazic culture, which, unlike modern Israeli culture, seems to have much in common with traditional Japanese culture.”
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 11:53 PM

Language hurdle trips up Indonesian nurses

Makiko Yanada / The Daily Yomiuri
JAKARTA - More than half of 104 Indonesian nurses who came to Japan in 2008 through a bilateral economic partnership agreement to obtain nursing licenses have returned home, due mainly to difficulties meeting Japanese language requirements, it has been learned.
  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 09:44 PM

Found in Translation: Professor Shares Japanese Literary Wealth Through Arduous Translation Projects

Rob Seal / UVA Today
Successfully translating a Japanese novel or essay collection into English can take years – even decades – and is both a science and an art, according to University of Virginia professor Michiko Wilson, who is about to complete two such projects.
  • Dec 08, 2011
  • 11:44 PM

Gujaratis know the language of business; learn Chinese, Japanese

Yagnesh Mehta,Bharat Yagnik / The Times of India
In Gujarat, good economics decides which language Gujaratis speak. As chief minister Narendra Modi looks to China and far-east countries, including Japan, for investment, youngsters from the state are queuing up to learn Chinese and Japanese in big numbers. While private Chinese classes are running full batches for the first time, Gujarat Vidyapith has started its first-ever Japanese course, giving into its growing demand.
  • 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 ...
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Knowledge of Japanese language, culture crucial to WW II success in the Pacific

Don Pilcher / The Bellingham Herald
Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture by the U.S. military was crucial in prosecuting the Pacific military effort in the Second World War. Bellingham residents Irwin and Carole Slesnick published a book in 2006 about the use of Japanese interpreters during the war and during the occupation of Japan. Entitled "Kanji & Codes," it provides a fascinating account of the training and use of Japanese interpreters by the military.
  • Jul 12, 2011
  • 05:54 PM

Can Learning Japanese or Chinese Help Dyslexia?

Kristina C. /
Learning Japanese or Chinese can help students with dyslexia, the neurologically-based learning disability: That might sound counter-logical, given that dyslexics have difficulties with language-based tasks. But because both Japanese and Chinese use character-based writing systems instead of an alphabet (though Japanese also has another writing system, kana, which is based on phonetic sounds and more similar to an alphabet), they can be more easy for some dyslexics to grasp.
  • 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.
  • May 15, 2011
  • 08:35 PM

Why can’t Asian Americans speak their native tongue?

Northwest Asian Weekly
A child can be bilingual if the parents speak both Asian and English languages at home. But there are unusual circumstances. “Most of the third-generation Japanese Americans don’t speak Japanese,” said Charlene Grinolds.
  • May 13, 2011
  • 09:39 PM

Culver City Celebrates 40 Years of Language Immersion

Winter Johnson /
For El Marino Language School teacher Liz Mejia, the 40th anniversary of language immersion in Culver City has special meaning—she was one of the program’s early students in 1972 at Linwood Howe Elementary.
  • May 08, 2011
  • 09:06 PM

Japanese, Chinese popular at high schools

Bae Ji-sook / The Korea Herald
More and more high schools are selecting Chinese and Japanese as their second foreign languages, elbowing out French and German, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said Sunday.
  • May 04, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Finding on Dialects Casts New Light on the Origins of the Japanese People

Nicholas Wade / New York Times
Researchers studying the various dialects of Japanese have concluded that all are descended from a founding language taken to the Japanese islands about 2,200 years ago. The finding sheds new light on the origin of the Japanese people, suggesting that their language is descended from...
  • May 04, 2011
  • 12:53 PM

English - Arabic and Japanese - English Translations Skyrocket in Times Of Recent Crisis Reports Globalization Index of One Hour Translation

According to One Hour Translation's Globalization Index, following the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, a 31% increase in demand was noted for translations from English to Arabic and vice versa. Further, following the nuclear and humanitarian crisis in Japan, an increase in demand for Japanese – English translations...
  • Apr 29, 2011
  • 01:03 AM

Increasing Interest In Foreign Languages

Copenhagen Capacity
It is somewhat easy to pronounce a phrase or two, but to master a language, an Asian dialect in particular, is difficult. Regardless, Danish citizens are eager to learn the ways of unfamiliar idioms as enrolments in evening classes and university courses are rapidly increasing.