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UN Combats False Claims on Cantonese

Multiple recent posts on Facebook and Twitter that claim that the United Nations (UN) has officially defined Cantonese as a language and not a dialect and that it is...

Tensions over Hindi in India Rise

India’s Union Home Minister Amit Shah stirred a social media debate in the country on Saturday after he pitched Hindi as a common...

Multilingual Focus for UN Literacy Day

"about 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand" Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO...

Japan Takes Responsibility for Language

Japan’s parliament, the Diet, has responded to the steady growth of foreign residents by passing a law making the government responsible for...

Experts Not Hopeful on Vietnam’s English Targets

Education experts are expressed concern that the targets set for Vietnam’s foreign language proficiency are set to fail at a recent meeting on English teaching at colleges...

Ebola Crisis Sparks Language Research in Democratic Republic of Congo

Humanitarians and health care providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are questioning what language to use when communicating with people at risk...

500 Million Portuguese Speakers by 2100

According to José Luís Carneiro, Portugal’s secretary of state for Portuguese communities abroad, “By 2060, the Portuguese language is predicted to be...

Beyoncé in Kiswahili

Beyoncé has released a song featuring lyrics in Kiswahili, one of Africa’s more widely spoken languages. The song,...

House Boosts Language Funding in Defense Bill

Last month, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to include the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA) as an amendment to...

Macron Called to Protect French

In an open letter published in Le Parisien last month from the French Language Collective (Le collectif langue française) with over 100...
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