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Stories about Languages

28 September 2015

Text-to-Speech Software Teaches How to Pronounce Words in Quechua on Social Media

Hinantin is a project aiming to develop Quechua-related software that spreads the indigenous language online through various social networks.

22 July 2015

Singing Lullabies to Preserve the Butchulla Language

The Butchulla language, spoken by the people native to Fraser Island in Australia, faced extinction in the 20th century. It is now being revitalized thanks to the Butchulla Language Program.

9 July 2015

Australian Kids Are Learning the Warumungu Language With a Radio Cockatoo’s Help

A white cockatoo named Pinangkarl is a central character in radio program and audio podcast "Pinarra Aku" teaching Australian children about the Warumungu Aboriginal language.

Readers Can Now Enjoy Little Red Riding Hood and Other Fairy Tales in the Cree Language

Through the efforts of a blogger, popular fairy tales and fables are now available in the Cree language in an attempt to encourage greater literacy in this native language.

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences of revitalizing their native languages through the Internet and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

9 May 2015

Bringing the Muisca Language Back from Extinction, One Word at a Time

Even though the indigenous language Muisca is extinct, a group of Colombians are using wikis, mobile apps, and social media to breathe new life into the language.

3 July 2014

How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World's Languages

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.

25 June 2014

How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

19 June 2014

Crowdsourcing Helps Bangladeshi Students Read With Their Fingertips

Banglabraille is a new project using Unicode and crowdsourcing techniques to create textbooks for tens of thousands of visually impaired students in Bangladesh.

9 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day in the Mixe Language!

Mexican visual artist Silvana Ávila wants to wish mothers around the world a Happy Mother's Day with postcards in the Mixe language, an indigenous tongue spoken in the state of...