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Stories about Languages

Q&A: Meet Sok Socheat, Bunong language activist

Please meet Sok Socheat, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during June 17-23, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Bunong language, spoken in Cambodia.

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Who fact checks online disinformation in West Africa’s Bambara language?

Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

Q&A: Meet Fikri Ansori, Rejang language activist

Please meet Fikri Ansori, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during June 10-16, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Rejang language, spoken in Indonesia.

Interview with Claudio Hernandez, Mixtec language digital activist

Learn more about Claudio Hernandez. He is the host of the @ActLenguas Twitter account during April 13-19, 2020 and will focus on the Mixtec (Tu’un Savi) language, a variant of...

Q&A: Meet Bali Subalian, Bunun language activist

Please meet Bali Subalian, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during June 03-09, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Bunun language, spoken in Taiwan.

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

Q&A: Meet Biyanto Rebin, Javanese/Indonesian language activist

Please meet Biyanto Rebin, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during May 27-June 02, 2020. He will be sharing his work with Indonesian and Javanese, both spoken in Indonesia.

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

Q&A: Meet Tumi Tanakyuwan, Thau language activist

Please meet Tumi Tanakyuwan, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during May 20-26, 2020. She will be sharing her work with the Thau language, spoken in Taiwan.