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Plan to Promote French Across Canada

The government of Québec is proposing the celebration of an annual Francophonie Day as part of...

Anglophone Quebecers Object to French Policy

Only about 10% of Quebecers use English as their primary language.Many of them argue that recent proposals for language policy in the province—Bill 96, for example—are further consigning Anglophone Quebecers to the margins of...

Avant and Linguacious Donate Ukrainian Books to Refugee Children

Avant Assessment, the developer of online language proficiency tests in more than 40 languages, and Linguacious, an independent children’s book publisher based in Iowa whose books have been translated into over 20 languages, have...

Hindi Conflict Reignites in India

The conflict over whether or not India should have Hindi as its national language has once again ignited after the Union Home Minister of India, Amit Shah recently said that people belonging to different...

Russian and French Media Blocked

Last month, Russia blocked access to the websites of Radio France Internationale and the Russian-language service of The Moscow Times in the latest restrictions on media since Russia invaded Ukraine. The Moscow Times, whose English-language...

Nicaragua Demands Language Academy Closure

At the end of last month, the Nicaraguan government asked the parliament to close the Nicaraguan Academy of the Language (Academia de la Lengua de Nicaragua), which was founded 94 years ago, and accused...

Enthusiasm for Chinese Grows in Liberia

Chinese language and cultural studies will be offered as an undergraduate degree course for the first time at the University of Liberia and other colleges in the West African country, which came to being...

Promoting Spain’s Linguistic Diversity

Last month, directors from the Cervantes Institute (Spanish), the Ramón Llull Institute (Catalan), the Etxepare Euskal Institutua (Basque), and the Galician Culture Council (Gallego) met in Santiago de Compostela to assess progress since the...

Dread and Delight as Québec Passes Strict French Law

Called Bill 96, Canada’s Québec province passed into law its fiercely fought French language bill last month. The new law will impose penalties on businesses and organizations that don’t switch exclusively to the French...

Belarus Restricts Lithuanian Education

According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belarus will no longer allow students in its two Lithuanian-language schools to study in their native language. Instead, they’ll study in either Belarusian or Russian, with Lithuanian...
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