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About the Turkish Language

About the Turkish language See also: Turkish language History The earliest forms of the Turkish language were written in Orkhon script. During the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turkish was influenced mainly by Arabic and Persian. The primary writing system was based on Arabic and Persian script. Due to the difficulty of learning the script only about 10% of the Ottoman Turkish population were literate. Atatürk...

First Chinese Degree in Nigeria

The inexorable rise of Chinese in Africa is continuing with Nigeria’s University of Lagos starting its first degree program in Chinese. At least 25 students have been admitted into the University of Lagos in south western Nigeria to study the Chinese language at degree level in the institution. Duro Oni, the university deputy chancellor in charge of management services, disclosed...

Alaska Home to Rare Russian Dialect

Linguists to compile dictionary from septuagenarian speakers by 2014. A Russian settlement in Alaska that became isolated from the Russian Empire when the U.S. bought the Alaska Territory in 1867 still speaks a rare Russian dialect that has become the new object of study for Russian linguists. The town of Ninilchik is the site of an endangered dialect of the Russian...

Poly Aims to Share ALL the World’s Languages

Poly began after a successful Kickstarter campaign last year as an open source, modern software built to share and learn languages in text and video. The project was created by Wikitongues founders and directors Daniel Bogre Udell and Frederico Andrade, who aimed to document and teach every language in the world. Wikitongues began in 2012 when Daniel Bogre Udell...

English in America

A British Transition With a population of over 8 million, New York City is one of the most culturally diverse, technologically efficient and linguistically varied cities in the world. However, with no official language of the United States, English remains the de facto national language, serving the city and its neighbors daily. As the majority of New York City’s inhabitants...

Ontario to Open First French-Language University

The Canadian province of Ontario is proposing to create a new French-language university, the first of its kind in the majority English-speaking province, giving French-speaking students more opportunities to study in French. In consultation with the...

Perth, Australia

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Broaden your horizons in Perth, Western Australia! Each year, hundreds of American students travel to Perth to get a quality education and experience the unique Australian lifestyle. So... why Perth? Here are 8 great reasons to study abroad in a place that is rated "the world's fifth most liveable city"! (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2009) 1. World class education Perth's universities, vocational institutions,...

Belarus Opens First Chinese Department

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Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU) will open Belarus’ first Chinese language and culture department in the new academic year, according to MSLU Rector Natalya Baranova. The department plans to enroll nearly 300 students. “We have long been preparing for this. We already have the lecturers and teaching staff for...

Arabizi Sparks Fears for Arabic’s Future

At a conference in Dubai last month, fears were raised that the trend among young Arabs to speak either a foreign language or a hybrid popularly known as "Arabizi", heavily populated with foreign words, may jeopardize the future of Arabic. According to Dr Muna Al Saheli, one of the participants at the Second International Conference on Arabic Language, "We do...

English in America: Niagra Falls

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Niagara Falls After stealthily blending in with the masses of Manhattan Island for five weeks, my inner-backpacker told me it was time for an out-of-city adventure. I contemplated Montauk and Green Mountain, pondering over maps and lack-luster tourist guide books, until I finally decided on what was both an obvious and predictable location; Niagara Falls. My reasoning was, despite the...