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In Zimbabwe, Chinese offenses soar but Mandarin court interpreters are missing

The magistrate floundered his hands bewildered. The accused, a Chinese gold miner, shot his workers twice in thighs when they asked for their wages but he could...

Education Begins with Language

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has...

Russia Criticizes Uzbek Language Policy

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this month that supporters of the Uzbekistan government’s plan to enforce the use of Uzbek in the civil service were “obviously in...

Botswana to Introduce Swahili Language in Local Schools

Botswana plans to introduce Swahili language in the southern African country’s local schools, according to Fidelis Molao, the country’s minister of basic education. Speaking at a language-teaching...

Spain’s ‘Wealth of Bilingualism’

The director of Spain’s Instituto Cervantes applauded the country’s linguistic diversity and said that people should “understand...

French Program for Refugees Shows Success

A French parliamentary report presented to the National Assembly last month found that significant progress has been made since 2018 in helping refugees and asylum seekers to...

Inner Mongolians Protest Chinese Language Classes

A new directive in the Inner Mongolia region is causing parents to protest. The directive will require three subjects — language and literature, politics, and history —...

New Research Shows Certain Languages, English Included, May Spread COVID-19 Faster

A new study suggests that English speakers create more droplets in the air when they talk, which may make them more likely to spread COVID-19. The amount...

Abu Dhabi Announces Five-Year Plan to Promote Arabic

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed, chair of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has approved the Arabic Language Center’s strategy for 2020 to 2025, which will focus on a...

Sep. 23 is International Day of Sign Languages

September 23 is the United Nations' International Day of Sign Languages and this year's theme is "Sign Languages are for Everyone!" The result of a 2017 initiative...
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