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Stories about Languages

1 May 2017

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

19 April 2017

Strategies to Strengthen the Pisbi and Potón Languages in El Salvador Through Community Engagement

This is the fifth update about the "Revitalization of the Potón and Pisbi Languages in El Salvador" project, whose objective was to strengthen the identity of the Lenka and Kakawira...

6 April 2017

Indigenous Languages in El Salvador Reemerging After a Difficult Past

This is the fourth article about the the linguistic and cultural context of "Revitalization of the Potón and Pisbi Languages in El Salvador" project, promoting the development of multimedia material...

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

5 April 2017

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

4 April 2017

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

28 March 2017

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

17 March 2017

Working with Guatajiagua Youth to Revitalize the Potón Language in El Salvador

A group of young people, members of the Association of Lenca Communities of Guatajiagua, organized the recording sessions and an introductory course in journalism based on indigenous communication.

15 March 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

1 March 2017

Looking Back at the 2017 Mother Language Meme Challenge

Language communities around the world took part in the 2017 Mother Language Meme Challenge as a fun way to celebrate linguistic diversity on the internet.

17 February 2017

Making Kwak̓wala Language Learning Fun For Her Students With a Little Help From Memes

“Let’s paddle one canoe to get to where we want to go," says Pewi Alfred, a Kwak̓wala language teacher and promoter of the Mother Language Meme Challenge.