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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.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

Apartheid had mercy on indigeneous languanges

It is disturbing to me at least that most political leaders speak their languages in the UN, but all Africans, bar our Arabian brothers in the North, read their prepared speeches in their colonial masters languages, this is in English, French or Portuguese.
  • Apr 07, 2012
  • 10:59 PM

Portuguese-language courses prove highly popular

Alex Taylor / The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Only a few months after its official opening, the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center in Ashrafieh has seen a rush of Lebanese students eager to learn Portuguese and explore cultural and familial ties to the country.
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:28 AM

US Demand for Portuguese Increasing

Language Magazine
As language departments are downsized, or cut altogether in U.S. universities, the demand for Portuguese is growing. Although Portuguese has always been an important world language, it has only recently been recognized as an important language for business and international relations.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 07:23 PM

Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages

Jacob Aron / New Scientist
Software that invents languages by mashing up words from existing languages could help translate foreign texts for speakers of little-used tongues. Luis Leiva and Vicent Alabau at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, were inspired by the film Blade Runner, in which characters use a street language called "Cityspeak", a mix of languages including Japanese, Spanish and German.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:42 AM

TIMOR-LESTE: When do mother tongues divide?

A proposal to sanction the use of indigenous languages in primary schools in polyglot Timor-Leste has divided members of government, civil society and educators, raising questions about how language can spur harmony - or discord - in the young nation.
  • 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 13, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

FLAD: Portuguese language initiative for teachers and learners – Contest

Portuguese American Journal
Lisbon-based Luso American Development Foundation (FLAD) has announced the creation of the Portuguese language learning project “Reading in Portuguese” [Ler em Português] which objective is to support the teaching and learning of Portuguese at the high school level in public and private schools the United States.
  • Feb 23, 2012
  • 08:22 PM

East Timor to trial multilingual education (audio)

Radio Australia
East Timor's Ministry of Education says it will go ahead with a pilot program to teach young students in their own minority language, despite vocal opposition from some civil society groups. The Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education trial will see schools in three district teach children from pre-school age to grade three in a local language as well as in the official languages of Portuguese and Tetum.
  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 10:46 PM

East Timor: A Former Colony Mulls the Politics of Teaching Portuguese

Brendan Brady / Time
In 2001 an assembly elected to draft a constitution for newly independent East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, chose Portuguese and Tetum as the official languages of the nation, to be used in parliament, schools and other public venues. Notably, the constitution and founding laws were drafted only in Portuguese.
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 01:47 AM

Portuguese spelling reform takes effect

Portuguese American Journal
In Portugal, while the spelling system has already been adopted by some media outlets, school textbooks and education materials have been allowed a six-year transition period. Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world by an estimated 250 million speakers. There are different forms to write Portuguese among the many Portuguese speaking countries. The new Orthographic Agreement has adressed the linguistic variations by creating a single spelling system.
  • Nov 30, 2011
  • 05:27 PM

CPLP: Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture – Canada

Portuguese American Journal
...As a result, it was announced the launching in Canada of the Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture promoted by the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) to be celebrated every year on May 5th.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 04:21 PM

Namibia: Agreement On Portuguese Language Signed

Catherine Sasman / The Namibian
DEPUTY Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga and Portuguese Secretary of State and Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Luís Brites Pereira yesterday signed an agreement on the introduction of Portuguese in Namibian schools.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:39 PM

EC highlights existing EU strategies on languages but respects national competences

Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
The Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Ilda Figueiredo (GUE/NGL, PT) raised the issue of the increasing difficulty to get Portuguese language teaching for children of Portuguese migrants in the EU. The second question, posed by MEP Ramón Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE, SP), concerned the provisional suspension of the Aranese language law by the Spanish government.
  • Jun 12, 2011
  • 12:53 AM

Government silent on fate of French and Portuguese in schools

Gauree Malkarnekar / Times of India
PANAJI: Goa University's French and Portuguese departments are set to die a slow and steady death after the introduction of Konkani/Marathi as compulsory subjects under the government's new education policy.
  • May 21, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Mozambique: Portuguese, the Language of Mozambicanness

Jornal @Verdade / Global Voices Online
While the existing data [pt] show that the majority of Mozambicans communicate using 43 national languages [pt], the Portuguese language is considered one of the elements of national unity. According to Mia Couto [pt], “the Mozambican government did more for the Portuguese language than centuries of colonization (…) its own national interest...
  • May 20, 2011
  • 06:43 PM

Cape Verde: Creole and Portuguese Languages, an Unofficial Pair

João Miguel Lima, Sara Moreira / Global Voices Online
A recent speech by the Minister of Culture of Cape Verde, Mario Lucio Sousa, in Parliament stated [pt] the need “to make the Cape Verdean language official, as envisaged by the Constitution, pairing with the Portuguese language.”
  • May 13, 2011
  • 08:23 PM

Twitter seeks Portuguese translators

Social networking site Twitter has not yet been translated into Portuguese and has signaled the start of work for translation of the Twitter tools. An official post on the social network currently states: "Twitter proudly announces the opening of the Translation Centre in Portuguese. Be part of this community".
  • May 12, 2011
  • 11:00 PM

Children celebrate their roots

Phil Devitt / Fall River Spirit
Students in Portuguese classes at six local high schools and Fall River's Espirito Santo Parish School celebrated Portuguese Language Day at Bristol Community College last week, feasting on malassadas, listening to live Azorean rock music and watching a documentary...
  • Apr 24, 2011
  • 01:03 AM

China encourages promotion of Portuguese-language talents

Vítor Quintã / Macau Daily Times
Macau needs to further promote education in Portuguese-language talents to make the most of its competitive advantages, the vice-chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Peng Sen, said yesterday.
  • Apr 24, 2011
  • 01:00 AM

World Bank Faults Itself for Slow Progress in East Timor

Brian Knowlton / New York Times
This had been the main language of instruction before the Indonesian occupation, when Timor was a Portuguese colony, and the new government restored it as an official language along with Tetum, an indigenous language.