Tag: Africa

A Voice for English Teachers in Africa

America-jin desuka? Nai, Africa-jin desu. Back in 2009, as I sat at a train station in Kobe, Japan, waiting for...

Beyoncé in Kiswahili

Beyoncé has released a song featuring lyrics in Kiswahili, one of Africa’s more widely spoken languages. The song, “Spirit,” is featured on the Lion King album produced by the star, which is the soundtrack...

South Africa’s Language Question Remains Unanswered

The governing African National Congress (ANC) held a rally in Sharpeville (suburban Johannesburg) on March 21 to celebrate Human Rights Day and to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, widely regarded as the inaugural event in the...

Anglophones Seek Split in Cameroon

English and French still demarcate the lines of a violent conflict in Cameroon. This situation has worsened in the two years since 2016’s police clashes (see LM, December 2016). According to the Washington Post, what...

Rwanda Revives French

Rwanda replaced French with English as its language of education a decade ago, but French is now experiencing a revival. French was the most-widely spoken European language in the once Belgian colony until it...

Ancient Script Found in Sudan

In northern Sudan, archaeologists have uncovered a trove of new artifacts at the necropolis of Sedeinga, an ancient Nubian city. Tablets, lintels, and steles...

Should Americans Learn African Languages?

According to the 2011 census, just .03% of Americans speaks an African language. However, the United States was ranked third for capital investment in African countries in 2014 begetting the argument that more Americans...
Afro women using tablet computer in the park

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...

Chinese Developments

Partnership in Pakistan... To promote Chinese language and culture in Pakistan, the Confucius Institute, the University of Karachi, and Islamabad’s Preston University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the teaching of Chinese in...

Portuguese from Cape to Cape

Brazil may be the Portuguese powerhouse, but the language is still alive and well in Africa With a population of just 10 million people, Portugal has seen its language go global thanks to the dynamism...
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