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  • Dec 18, 2011
  • 08:04 PM

Language referendum to be pointless, but potentially harmful to Latvia

Uldis Ozoliņš / Latvians Online
The entire effort may seem to be a waste of money and time. But its purpose may nevertheless have been achieved—to drive a wedge between Latvians and Russians in Latvia, perhaps even to sour Latvia-Russia relations, to show the relentless way in which various Russian forces insist on dominating independent Latvia.
  • Dec 15, 2011
  • 10:25 PM

Saeima votes against Harmony Center's “compromise amendments” on state language

Baltic Times
RIGA - Today [Dec. 15] Saeima rejected Harmony Center’s “compromise amendments” to the Law on State Language, which envisaged the use of minority languages in communication with state and municipal institutions in those Latvian cities, towns and regions where a given ethnic minority makes up at least 20 percent of the population, reports LETA.
  • Dec 13, 2011
  • 10:49 PM

Kyrgyzstan: Online Crowdsourcing Project Wades into Language Politics

Nate Schenkkan / EurasiaNet
Djumashev is one of the initiators behind “We Want Kyrgyz Language in Google Translate” [], an ambitious grassroots effort to do exactly what the name says: add Kyrgyzstan’s state language to the 58 tongues made mutually comprehensible by Google’s powerful online translation tool.
  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 01:38 PM

Language inquisition: Estonia gets tough on Russian speakers

In a bid to escape its Soviet past, Estonia is forcing people to speak the local native language or risk losing their jobs. But the law, aimed at establishing a national identity, threatens to silence the Baltic state’s large Russian minority. ­The social ad on a TV urges the Russian minority in Estonia to learn Estonian – in a rather amusing fashion.
  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 12:03 PM

Russian to be official language in Latvia

The Voice of Russia
The Central Election Commission of Latvia has collected the necessary signatures to assign the Russian language the status of the second official language. According to preliminary data, it has been signed by 146,000 people.
  • Nov 29, 2011
  • 04:33 PM

Initiative to make Russian an official language closes in on target

Andris Straumanis / Latvians Online
With two days left in the campaign, supporters of amending Latvia’s constitution to make Russian the second official language are about 11,000 signatures short of meeting their target, according to new data released by the Central Election Commission in Rīga.
  • Nov 28, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Russian, but not English still remains an international language for Kyrgyzstan - Roza Otunbayeva

Tolgonai Osmongazieva / 24
“Russian, but not English still remains an international language for Kyrgyzstan,” the president for transitional period Roza Otunbayeva stated at today’s conference “Language policy in Kyrgyzstan’s education: analysis of the situation, the prospects of multilingual education”. According to her, the Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek languages have the equal correlation in the republic.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 09:50 PM

Narva City Council Fails Language Review

Ingrid Teesalu / ERR
Although the nation’s official language is Estonian, the Narva City Council is holding most of its meetings in Russian, which according to the Language Inspectorate violates the law.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 12:02 PM

Russian language initiative now has more than half of required signatures

Andris Straumanis / Latvians Online
An initiative that could make Russian an official language in Latvia now has more than half the signatures needed to get the parliament to consider amending the country’s constitution, according to figures compiled by the Central Election Commission in Rīga.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 11:04 PM

Initiative for Russian as Latvia’s second state language moves forward

Andris Straumanis / Latvians Online
More than 39,000 registered voters so far have signed on to an initiative to make Russian the second official language of Latvia, according to results released by the Central Election Commission in Rīga.
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 05:43 AM

At French immersion school, a love for Russian

Robert Samuels / The Washington Post
To find the public school with the largest reported number of tweens learning Russian, look not in New York City, Alaska or anywhere else known for enclaves of immigrants from that country. Instead, peer into Room 213 at Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Prince George’s County....
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 05:36 AM

Russian linguist wants to rescue dying Doukhobor language

Betty Ann Adam / Vancouver Sun
SASKATOON — Saskatoon and Russian researchers are fighting to rescue a Saskatchewan Doukhobor language that is on the brink of extinction. Linguist Veronika Makarova had recently immigrated from Russia when she met a group of elderly Doukhobors singing and speaking an unusual form of the language.
  • Oct 18, 2011
  • 05:22 AM

Kazakhstan's Russians Don't Want Russian Language Downgraded

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Leaders of Kazakhstan's Russian community have criticized an open letter by Kazakh intellectuals calling for Russian to be stripped of its status as an official language, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 04:18 PM

One Language, No Unity

Oleg Varfolomeyev / Transitions Online
KIEV, Ukraine--Russian and Ukrainian, being very similar languages, are understood by everyone in Ukraine. But if somebody addresses you in Russian in Lviv, he must be a tourist. In this formerly Polish town, now the unofficial capital of western Ukraine, Ukrainian rules the streets. In eastern Donetsk, meanwhile, a person speaking with a Lviv accent would be regarded as an alien.
  • Aug 15, 2011
  • 04:10 PM

Craze for foreign languages

Vinay Lokesh / Times of India
...When asked about the growing trend, Vincent Vasanth Kumar, co-ordinator of one of the French learning centre said, Learning foreign languages boosts their career prospects and is a value addition to their curriculum vitae as there is a huge demand for translation and interpretation in the IT sector, he said.
  • 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.
  • Aug 03, 2011
  • 11:43 PM

Moldova: Attack on Journalist Causes Online Debate on “Language Issue”

Diana Lungu / Global Voices Online
An incident of violence against a Moldovan journalist has brought about active online discussions regarding the long-protracted animosities between the Moldovan majority and the small Russian minority in the country.
  • Jun 24, 2011
  • 12:39 AM

Why there are no films in original language shown in Kyiv any more

Oksana Faryna / Kyiv Post
...The reason for not showing films in the original language with Ukrainian subtitles is a question of habit. The tradition of dubbing stuck with many viewers since the Soviet times. Film critics say that many Ukrainians tune out when they hear a foreign language on screen and find subtitles irritating.
  • Jun 21, 2011
  • 11:13 PM

Kyrgyzstan: Minority Children Need More than State Language

Kate Lapham / EurasiaNet
In Kyrgyzstan, where memories of last June’s ethnic violence are still raw, children’s futures risk being entangled in a flourishing nationalist impulse. As the country attempts to move beyond the tragedy, some officials are increasingly calling for education solely in the state language, Kyrgyz. Such a move risks not only hurting the development of minority children, but Kyrgyz kids as well.
  • Jun 18, 2011
  • 03:11 PM

In Central Asia, Russian wave ebbs away

Clare Nuttall / Russia Beyond the Headlines
In Central Asia, the Russian minority is dramatically shrinking. In Kazakhstan, Russians assimilate; elsewhere, they wait with the proverbial suitcase under the bed.
  • May 24, 2011
  • 09:16 PM

Protodeacon Kurayev called Sts Cyril and Methodius "Orthodox Tolkien"

"There is a wide-spread belief that Saints Cyril and Methodius created the Old Slavonic language and alphabet. In fact, that is not the case. They created the Church Slavonic language and alphabet. This is an artificial language and an innovation creative project," Father Andrey told Interfax-Religion Tuesday after addressing thousands of people who attended the concert dedicated to the Day of Slavonic written language and culture held at the Vasilyevsky Spusk Square.
  • May 19, 2011
  • 09:47 PM

Latvian ombudsman backs proposal to toughen language policy

RIA Novosti
Latvian human rights ombudsman Juris Jansons came out on Thursday in favour of a proposed tenfold increase in the fine for Latvian citizens who do not use Latvian language when carrying out official duties, his press service said.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 11:34 PM

12th World Russian Conference Opens in Shanghai

The 12th World Russian Conference kicked off in Shanghai on Wednesday at Shanghai International Studies University.
  • May 03, 2011
  • 01:06 PM

Appalachian holds Russian language institute for high school students in July

Appalachian State University
BOONE—High school students who have been studying Russian online through the N.C. Virtual High School have an opportunity to attend a two-week institute at Appalachian State University focusing on the Russian language and culture.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 09:19 PM

Twitter Adds Support for Russian, Turkish

Hilary Scott / PC Magazine
Twitter this week added support for Russian and Turkish, meaning you can now tweet in nine different languages. At the beginning of this year, Twitter added Korean to its list of languages, and it announced the new addition of Russian and Turkish in a Tuesday blog post.
  • Apr 21, 2011
  • 01:13 AM

Mistranslating Hollywood

Michele A. Berdy / The St. Petersburg Times
...But the puns, connotations and associations in film titles make them tricky to translate. Glancing at racks of DVDs, I find both hits and misses — and another opportunity to expand my Russian.
  • Apr 20, 2011
  • 10:08 AM

Two languages of Kazakhstan

The Voice of Russia
There are several reasons for this “do be status” of two languages for Kazakhstan – Russian and Kazakh. First reason is, of course, national composition, because there are Russians living there and the Kazakh majority...
  • Apr 18, 2011
  • 12:51 AM

Misinformation about Russian schools in Estonia being spread in Europe

Laas Leivat / Eesti elu
The Russian School Association in Estonia, in a letter sent to the European Council and to the OSCE, accused Estonia of violating human rights in its program of reforming the Russian language school system.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 11:58 PM

Languages top election issue in Finland

Finnish voters who will go to the polls in parliamentary election this Sunday are more concerned about the language situation in the country than in a long time. According to election observers, the language debate will this year be of major importance for voters’ preferences.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 11:13 PM

Why do Ukrainian-speaking parents have Russian-speaking children?

Oksana Mykoliuk / The Day
It’s been over 15 years now that the Social and Political Psychology Institute at the Ukrainian Pedagogy Academy has been monitoring and analyzing the Ukrainian youth — their values, social interactions and the factors that influence the formation of their mentality and culture.