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Paraguay Offers Korean in Schools

Starting this year, middle and high school students in Paraguay can learn Korean as a second foreign language subject, according to the Ministry of...

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Macron Backs Ban on Gender-Inclusive French 

In France, the Senate, including President Macron, has voted in favor of a proposed law banning the use of gender neutral and gender inclusive language...

University Trains Mexican Indigenous Language Teachers

On October 12, the date which commemorates the beginning of the European conquest of America, the new University of Indigenous Languages of Mexico (ULIM)...

Russian Schools Begin to Offer Swahili and Amharic

In Russia's capital Moscow, three schools have introduced the teaching of either Swahili or Amharic as a second foreign language this fall. According to Sputnik...

Campaign for Official Recognition of Catalan

The Catalan government has launched a Europe-wide PR campaign in the midst of negotiations to reform the list of official European Union (EU) languages....

Mandarin Learning Boom in Rwanda

As relations between China and many African countries strengthen, a Mandarin learning is booming all over the continent.  In Rwanda, Chinese languages are gaining prominence...

Universidad de Salamanca hosts Dia de las Lenguas Africanas

On October 20, the Faculty of Philology at the University of Salamanca in Spain is hosting Dia de las Lenguas Africanas, or the Day...

Mali drops French as an official language

In a constitutional change, Mali, the eighth-largest country in Africa, has dropped French—its official language since 1960. The new constitution is reported as having an...

Sign officially becomes South Africa’s 12th language

Last month in Pretoria, South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa made sign language the 12th official language during an official ceremony at the Union Buildings. The...

Non-Native Speakers Failing on English Medium Courses in Sweden

A new study by Swedish language researchers has suggested a marked negative impact on students in higher education when taught in English, if they...

Record Numbers for Taiwanese Hokkien Test

Last month in Taipei, more than 20,000 applicants took Taiwan’s Hokkien Language Proficiency Exam, the highest number of candidates since Taiwan’s Ministry of Education...

Danish Becomes More Gender Neutral

The official Danish dictionary of spelling, the Retskrivningsordbogen, will be relaunched in 2024 as part of a growing effort to make the Danish language...

Australian Referendum May Boost Indigenous Language Education

On 14 October, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognize the First Peoples of Australia...

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