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Bahasa Lessons Required for Immigrants to Indonesia

Indonesia’s government is introducing a regulation that requires companies to offer training in Bahasa Indonesia, the country’s official language, to foreign employees. The requirement comes after considerable media coverage portraying an influx of Chinese...

Danish Language Classes Supplement Denmark Tax Cuts

A new tax deal set by the Danish government will place stronger conditions for entry to social welfare programs and payments for foreign citizens. The tax cut, which amounts to 5 billion kroner, aim...

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...

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...

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...

$3 Million for Irish Language

Irish language groups have received increased funding. According to the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech, the Department is allocating new funds to the Irish language along with the Gaeltacht (areas of Ireland...

Hindi Speakers Asked for Cooperation

Indian president Ram Nath Kovind has asked Hindi speakers to give more respect and time to regional languages and their speakers in an attempt to head off anti-Hindi sentiment across the country.During the Hindi...

CIA Partners with Baruch College to Recruit Top Linguists

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has launched its Signature School Program at Baruch College, a senior college in The City University of New York system. The program will deepen cooperation between the CIA and Baruch...
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BBC launches Pidgin Portal

The BBC has launched a new online section that delivers news exclusively in Pidgin for West African audiences. Pidgin is a language spoken by over 75 million Nigerians. While the number of speakers is...
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Vietnamese on Rise in Japan

Nearly 400 Japanese students of varying ages took the country’s first national Vietnamese language exam last month.Education insiders said the test reflects Vietnam’s rising importance in the region. The test, which reportedly took two years...