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Babel Film Festival 2013

The Babel Film Festival is the first film competition for minority films that use minority languages, dialects, slang, or sign language. The aim is to appreciate and promote cinema related to linguistic minorities, giving...

Afrikaans Phased Out

South Africa’s University of Pretoria has begun phasing out Afrikaans as its official teaching language and replacing it with English. This move...

Greek for Young Refugees

Greek schools are welcoming in more refugee and migrant children who have been stranded in the country. Major efforts by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs supported by UNICEF to get...

China Wants Filipino English Teachers

An English-teaching platform aimed at the $4.5 billion market for online language lessons in China is looking to hire 100,000 Filipino English teachers over the next five...

Protection for Turkey’s ‘Bird Language’

The whistled “bird language” used by small groups of Black Sea villagers in remote northern Turkey has joined a UNESCO list of endangered languages in need of “urgent safeguarding.” Around 10,000 people, mostly from the...

Indian Languages Outpacing English Online

According to a recent study, the growth of Indian language internet users is growing at 18% per year, so that by 2021 the total will reach 531...

Making Hindi Official at the UN

The Indian government is prepared to spend up to four billion rupees ($63 million) to make Hindi one of the official languages of the UN, according to the country’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj. Speaking...

Twitter Recognizes Swahili

Swahili (Kiswahili) has become the first African language to be recognized by Twitter. The network now recognizes Swahili words and offers translation of the widely spoken and written East and southern African language. However,...
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Dutch Shares Stage With Frisian in European Parliament

European Parliament is dedicating a session to Europe’s minority languages, and Frisian is getting its big debut on the Parliament floor, according to Dutch...

‘Due Status’ for Hindi

India’s New Education Policy, which is currently being formulated, will give Hindi its “due status,” according to the country’s minister for human resource development, Satyapal Singh. “When the education policy was introduced in 1835, Lord...