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Stories about Languages

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

As more tech companies attempt to provide translation and access to multiple languages online, controversies and challenges arise — especially when it comes to accuracy and cultural nuance.

Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

Indian type designer Sony Salma has recently created a new typeface for the Sorang Sompeng, an old and little-used alphabet of the Sora.

‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part II

"That's the idea of the series: to tell the Livonian story to the Latvian public, so they would better understand why Livonian is important."

‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part I

"There are only a few countries in Europe who have indigenous people, and Latvia is one of them."

FPCC's “Check Before You Tech” guide is now available in Spanish

The First Peoples' Cultural Council's resource guide "Check Before You Tech" is now available in Spanish for Latin American Indigenous communities.

The Mexican indigenous artists who are defying labels and stereotypes

"For us, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is not a celebration of labels, customs or exoticisms, it is a day that must acknowledge the systematic attempt to erase us."

Global Voices in Aymara launches new project to make digital security resources available in Aymara

GV in Aymara is launching a new project called "Apthapi Digital" with the aim of providing accessible resources and information about basic digital security for an Aymara audience.

Peru's state TV broadcasts 23 hours in Spanish daily but only 1 hour in indigenous languages

The lack of representation in television reflects how the Peruvian state, in its 200-year history, has treated its indigenous peoples: in a colonial, racist and discriminatory way.

Exchanges “Live” program will explore the potential for cross-regional digital language activism

Please join us in the 4th in a series of online exchanges about language digital activism to take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Túndé Adégbọlá's work bridges “the language gap of the digital divide for Africa” through technology

Hear from the founder of the African Language Technology Initiative (ALT-i) in Nigeria about their pioneering work to incorporate speech synthesis, automatic speech recognition, and language engineering for the benefit...

Q&A: Meet Noor Pamiri, Wakhi language activist

Please meet Noor Pamiri, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account from August 26-September 01, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Wakhi language, spoken in four countries, including...

Q&A: Meet language, education and development expert Pushker Kadel

Please meet Pushker Kadel, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during August 19-25, 2020. He will be sharing his work as a language, education and development practitioner in Nepal.

Q&A: Meet Rany Phok, Krung language activist

Please meet Rany Phok, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account from August 11-18, 2020. She will be sharing his work with the Krung language, spoken in Cambodia.