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Idaho Linguists Help Preserve Somali Languages

Idaho Linguists Help Preserve Somali Languages

06/08/2015

Linguists from Boise State in Idaho (USA) are joining forces to help preserve languages from Somalia from potential extinction. Michal Temkin Martinez and Jon Dayley are currently in the process of compiling the first-ever Somali Chizigula-English dictionary which they hope will be used by native speakers and linguists. The project will hopefully secure the future of…

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Facebook seeks next billion users in Africa

Facebook seeks next billion users in Africa

24/07/2015

Facebook’s growing investment and interest in Africa has received some heavyweight publicity of late. The social media site has also opened an office in South Africa from where it aims to increase its audience across the continent. We have been tracking Facebook’s involvement in Africa for the past few years. Their Internet.org project is helping…

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BBC Hausa to Introduce Online Advertising

BBC Hausa to Introduce Online Advertising

03/07/2015

In an indication of the growing demand for Hausa language content, The BBC has announced it will introduce advertising to its Hausa language websites, as part of a wider strategy to commercialise its foreign language news sites. From statements made by The BBC it is clear they have identified the region as holding huge potential….

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African Language Education Policy for South Africa

African Language Education Policy for South Africa

19/06/2015

On this blog we have long been tracking the increased calls for African languages to reclaim their places within education systems. In South Africa, as part of a new African languages policy by the Department of Basic Education, South African schools will soon be teaching African languages as part of the curriculum. We strongly believe…

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Last Ditch Effort to Save Ancient African Language

Last Ditch Effort to Save Ancient African Language

10/06/2015

The Guardian, UK, is reporting a fascinating story of a 95-year-old woman who is helping in a last ditch effort to preserve an ancient African language very close to extinction. According to the newspaper, Hanna Koper and her two sisters are thought to be the last remaining speakers of the San language N|uu, which is…

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Sheng Street Language Helping to Heal Tribal Divisions

Sheng Street Language Helping to Heal Tribal Divisions

25/05/2015

A Kenyan street language is helping to reduce tribal tensions and unite young people. So impressed are observers of the language’s influence that a social media platform promoting it will form the crux of a presentation at this year’s eLearning Africa conference. If you follow our blogs you might have come across the language before…

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Airtel Spots App Localization Opportunity in Malawi

Airtel Spots App Localization Opportunity in Malawi

19/05/2015

We talk a lot on this blog about the need to localize content for the African market; mobile phone company Airtel have recently announced they are partnering with an App store developer to bring more of such content to Malawi. Airtel Malawi has made an agreement with neXva, who provide white labelled app stores, to help…

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Cambridge academics unlock African street language

Cambridge academics unlock African street language

02/05/2015

The Ugandan government is being helped by Cambridge academics to understand an urban language that was originally used as code by criminals – but is now being used among Ugandan youth. Many of the country’s cool kids now speak Luyaaye rather than the traditional native languages of Kiswahili, English and Luganda. Originally Luyaaye was a…

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Teach our Kids African Languages Not Foreign Ones

Teach our Kids African Languages Not Foreign Ones

14/04/2015

In an interesting development in South African politics, The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called on the Minister of Basic Education to make African languages compulsory in schools rather than pushing foreign ones such as Mandarin. “This begs a question of whether schools in China will teach IsiZulu or other African languages, as the Minister…

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Mobiles Increasingly Being Used for Reading in Africa

Mobiles Increasingly Being Used for Reading in Africa

18/03/2015

A leading mobile reading platform says that young Africans have increasingly taken up reading on mobile devices. Could this spell a translation boom? Through its mobile application, Worldreader, a not-for-profit organisation, allows people in low income countries to access books and stories through mobile phones.  Started in 2010, it also hands out e-readers and e-books…

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