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Stories about Language

6 December 2014

Spending Christmas Eve Alone? Japanese Has a Word for That

"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."

3 November 2014

This Virtual Museum in Lebanon is Winning Censorship Battles

Thalia Rahme reports on the state of censorship in her country Lebanon, through an interview with those behind the Virtual Museum of Censorship.

18 August 2014

A Gathering of Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico

Rising Voices

Global Voices, through its Rising Voices initiative, is co-organizing the Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering to take place in Oaxaca, Mexico in October 2014.

13 August 2014

100 Young People Are Vying for the Title of World's Best German Language Student

The Goethe-Institut's German Olympiad has attracted competitors from Afghanistan, New Zealand, Cameroon, China, Romania, Iran and many other countries this year.

5 August 2014

5 Free Apps, Podcasts and Blogs to Learn Quechua

Rising Voices

Quechua does not enjoy much official support in Peru, its country of origin, but new generations are using technology to learn and disseminate the languages belonging to this family.

27 July 2014

Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia's Medical Language Gap

Rising Voices

A new project that aims to enrich Wikipedia articles related to medical subjects in many world languages has been given a $10,000 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.

14 July 2014

China Detains Star News Anchor Rui Chenggang Amid Widening Anti-Corruption Campaign

Authorities led him away from the TV studio on Friday just before his show went on air.

12 July 2014

A Summer Reading List from Global Voices French-Language Contributors

Need some summer reading material? Here's a reading list of mostly Francophone authors recommended by the GV community.

3 July 2014

How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World's Languages

Rising Voices

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.

1 July 2014

Want to Do Some ‘Timepass’ (Kill Some Time)? Spice Up Your Vocabulary With #IndianEnglish

Trending hashtag #IndianEnglish took a tongue-in-cheek look at how Indians have co-opted the English language and made it distinctively their own.

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