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Stories about Language

1 April 2015

Radio Ambulante Reimagines Latin America’s Most Beloved News Source—the Radio

Radio Ambulante co-founder and executive producer Daniel Alarcón talks about the radio program’s journalistic lineage, the new immigrant reality, and stories that blow borders to bits.

Students Connect With Their Community Roots at Bolivia’s Aymara Indigenous University

Rising Voices

A new citizen journalism project is bringing the voices of Aymara students from the Túpac Katari Indigenous University in Bolivia to the web.

27 March 2015

Bringing the Muisca Language Back from Extinction, One Word at a Time

Rising Voices

Even though the indigenous language Muisca is extinct, a group of Colombians are using wikis, mobile apps, and social media to breathe new life into the language.

7 March 2015

Some Italians Are Demanding Their English-Speaking Leaders ‘Say It in Italian’

Italy's prime minister likes to use English phrases to describe his reforms, which has sparked a campaign urging politicians to "say it in Italian."

5 March 2015

‘Eat My S***, Mother****ers!': A Newly-Elected Councillor Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

A city councillor who struggles in Tajikistan's state language, Tajik, has used the language to hit back at her critics in a rather rude way.

28 February 2015

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here's a Guide

Did you know "2m1" means "tomorrow"? Or that "C'est de la balle" means "That's great"? For anyone lost, we've collected some tips to help you understand the lingo.

26 February 2015

Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets

Rising Voices

Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.

19 February 2015

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

RuNet Echo

Tweets in Russian account for over half of the 6,342,294 tweets in our dataset. English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French are the other common languages in tweets about Putin and Poroshenko.

14 February 2015

Are We Witnessing the Death of ‘Uh'? Um, Maybe — and Not Just in English

We humans have been using expressions of hesitation for a long time. Linguists are now noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from "um" to "uh."

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