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From the Independant. Many animals and plants threatened with extinction could be saved if scientists spent more time talking with the native people whose knowledge of local species is dying out as fast as their languages are being lost. Potentially vital information about many endangered species is locked in the vocabulary and expressions of local […]

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Languages Politics

The Power of Language

When we worked among the Kouya we were always surprised at how family terms were fairly fluid. For instance any male of your own generation was a brother and a woman in your family of the generation above you could be called ‘mother’. People had no trouble recognising who their mother was, but family closeness […]

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Christian Life Languages

Three Words in A Strange Tongue

Dave Burke has a super New Year’s message based around three Aramaic phrases on his website. This isn’t complex linguistic stuff, but rather a heart warming devotional based on the words of Scripture. Well worth a read at the start of the year. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible […]

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Languages

English as a foreign language

Jeremy Clarkson is not my favourite commentator, but even I have to admit that he uses the English language wonderfully. His article in today’s Sunday Times is terrific and well worth a read by anyone who loves languages (warning – xenophobic content). I’ve just spent the week in Moscow with a Russian publisher whose English […]

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Languages

It’s Hinglish, innit?

Another language related post… Having lived and worked in a Francophone environment for years, we often include French (or, more rarely, Kouya) words in our conversation even when there is a perfectly good English word which we could use. This phenomenon is a part of life for most people in the world who live in […]

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Humour Languages

Translators make an ass of themselves!

There is a fantastic translation related story on the BBC Website. Apparently, mistaking two similar words in Urdu led Scottish firefighters to recommend that people escaping from a burning building should clutch a donkey to help break their fall! This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to […]

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Africa Languages Politics

Language and Politics

The BBC has an interesting article on the way that language is influencing the way that people vote in the Democratic Republic of Zaire. It is hard for people who live in broadly monolingual situations to understand the way in which language diversity can impact every aspect of life in countries like the DRC. This […]

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African Bible Commentary

Many thanks to Andrew Jones (tallskinnykiwi) for posting information about the New Africa Bible Commentary. This publication by SIM is described as being the first one-volume Bible commentary to be written in Africa by Africans for African churches. It certainly is good news to see a commentary written by Africans and addressing the questions that […]

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Bible Translation Christian Life Languages Mission Theology

Learning to Speak Human

Bible Translation is essentially about communicating the Gospel; finding ways to re-express the eternal truths of the Scriptures in a new languages. However, communicating the Gospel is not merely a task for the specialist, it is something that every Christian is called to be involved in. Brian Russell has started a series of posts on […]

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Languages Travel

(Not Bible) Translating

One of the things which I often do at conferences is help with the simultaneous interpretation from English to French. Because I was involved in facilitating our recent meeting, I didn’t have time to do any translating, however, on the last night we had a communion service and I sat in the booth and gave […]