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Uganda Named Best English Speaking Country in Africa

Uganda Named Best English Speaking Country in Africa

16/03/2015

Uganda has been named the best English Speaking African Country in a study conducted by World Linguistic Agency. The study names Uganda as the best with Zambia and South Africa close behind. The study also sees Nigerians being credited for taking the spot for constructing good sentences that are grammatically flawless. The full list is…

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Translation in African Languages Crucial in Stopping Spread of Ebola

Translation in African Languages Crucial in Stopping Spread of Ebola

21/02/2015

In the last few months, the ebola outbreak in Africa has escalated into a possible global threat. On the continent, a lot of misconceptions still exist about how to prevent the disease. Critics claim the lack of available information in the languages spoken in areas where the disease has spread is largely to blame for…

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Xhosa Dictionary Embraces New Words

Xhosa Dictionary Embraces New Words

02/10/2014

This September, a new Xhosa-English dictionary was published by the Oxford University Press Southern Africa. The Xhosa word for ‘condom’ made it along with other new words adapted from modern language. In their article on The Times Live, Aphiwe de Klerk and Philani Nombembe state that after three years of research, the new Xhosa-English dictionary…

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Ghana Sees Calls for Local Languages in Schools

Ghana Sees Calls for Local Languages in Schools

22/09/2014

The Ghanian Minister for Education has stated schools should turn to Ghana’s local languages as the language of instruction in the country’s primary schools. Her opinion is backed up by the head of the  Department of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, who blames social media on the bad school results of the Ghanian youth….

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Will African Economic Success Lead to Language Extinction?

Will African Economic Success Lead to Language Extinction?

19/09/2014

Alarming news from the BBC! No matter how great economic success might sound,  new research has found it severely influences the languages spoken in a country. According to an article written by Rebecca Morelle, new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B revealed that in the most developed regions of the world,…

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Hausa Language Given Boost by BBC

Hausa Language Given Boost by BBC

16/09/2014

Good news for Hausa speakers – the BBC has announced that they will start to broadcast a news programme in the West African  language. The programme will take the form of 10-minute weekday bulletins. This will be the first time anywhere that an international broadcaster is going to air in the language. Hausa is spoken…

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African Language Teaching Introduced in  South African Schools

African Language Teaching Introduced in South African Schools

15/09/2014

Next year, close to 4,000 schools in South Africa will start African language classes in grade 1. This decision has been made based on a pilot project that ran in schools this year. In South Africa, the Department of Basic Education’s Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL) has recently announced an interesting new programme that…

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The Top 20 Languages in Nigeria

The Top 20 Languages in Nigeria

09/09/2014

Nigeria is booming!  The future looks bright and we at African Language Solutions predict the demand for language localization and translation into and out of Nigerian languages is going to boom too! As the caring, sharing type we thought we would invest some time in producing a report on the language landscape of Nigeria. With…

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Linguicide in Cameroon

Linguicide in Cameroon

09/09/2014

In Cameroon, the prevailing language in many fields, for example in court and in the media, is French. Not only does this mean the Anglophone inhabitants of the country are left out, this trend also seriously threatens Cameroon’s indigenous languages. Professor Peter Wuteh Vakunta, who works at the Department of Defence Language Institute in the…

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The Afrikaans Language Debate

The Afrikaans Language Debate

08/09/2014

According to Marianne Thamm, the Afrikaans language isn’t used very often by its speakers. In fact, she believes activists only use Afrikaans to discuss the language itself! This way, the activists have disabled all public discourse on the issue, she says. On the Daily Maverick, Marianne Thamm has written an interesting piece on the African…

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