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‘It restores my soul’: pandemic offers unexpected boon to Guam indigenous language learners

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Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel, a 58-year-old retired professor in Ohio, is trying to study her mother tongue. CHamoru, Guam’s indigenous language, is dying, with just 20,000 of the 168,000-strong population of the is...

‘It’s 100% cool Cymru 2.0’: pumping it out on Welsh language music day

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Gwion Ap Iago, half of the duo Roughion – sometimes billed as Wales’s answer to the Chemical Brothers – is in no doubt that this is “a moment” for Welsh language music. “A lot of people are learning Welsh, a lot of pe...

‘My film language? Sega and Nintendo’ – Larry Achiampong brings a gamer’s pizzazz to the gallery

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The first voice you hear in Larry Achiampong’s new film, Wayfinder, is that of his eight-year-old daughter, Zael. “The beginning of every story starts at the end of another,” she says, with the endearing hesitancy of ...

‘Powerful experience’: Lorde releases mini-album in Māori language

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Lorde has released a mini-album of tracks in Māori, describing the project as “powerful” and a “starting point” of a journey. The New Zealand singer re-recorded five tracks from her Solar Power album in te reo Māori, ...

‘Race against the clock’: the school fighting to save the Ojibwe language before its elders pass away

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Northern Wisconsin’s only Ojibwe immersion school built a successful program to revitalize its language. Then the pandemic upended the tribe’s lifeIn the deep forest of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal reservation, sixt...

‘She’s creating her own language’: Christine Sun Kim’s unique sound art

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At the Queens Museum, artist Christine Sun Kim’s newly completed mural features the words TIME OWES ME REST AGAIN, scrawled in black, spanning a crisp white wall, 40ft high and 100ft wide. The familiar action lines yo...

‘The vehicle for my feelings’: how sign language helped a deaf author find her voice

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In the years since I wrote my first book, deaf creatives have undeniably gained mainstream visibility, particularly in film and television. Thanks to the tireless work of deaf and disabled advocates, the majority of d...

‘We feel pride’: old Western gets new life dubbed in Navajo language

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Manuelito Wheeler isn’t sure exactly why Navajo elders admire Western films. It could be that decades ago, many of them were treated to the films in boarding schools off the reservation decades ago. Or, like his fathe...

40,000 jobs at risk as foreign pupils shun UK language schools

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Language schools for foreign students are being “devastated” by a combination of post-Brexit red tape and the impact of the pandemic, threatening the future of a £3.2bn industry, tourism leaders have warned. A report ...

BBC to resume English language reporting in Russia

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The BBC is to resume English language reporting in Russia after it had temporarily suspended its coverage to assess the implications of the country’s new media law. It paused the work of its news reporters and support...

Boris Johnson says he would not repeat ‘offending language’ about Muslims as prime minister – politics live

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Independent review into alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative party finds anti-Muslim sentiment at local association and individual levels

British Sign Language to become recognised language in the UK

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British Sign Language (BSL) is on course to become a recognised language, after the government backed a proposal by a Labour MP. The private member’s bill, introduced by Rosie Cooper, aims to improve accessibility for...

Britons getting less tolerant of racist language on TV, Ofcom finds

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Britons are increasingly concerned by the use of racist and transphobic language on television but much more tolerant of swearing, according to the media regulator’s latest investigation into changing social attitudes...

Can you say Squid Game in Korean? TV show fuels demand for east Asian language learning

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Whether it’s down to Squid Game or kawaii culture, fascination with Korea and Japan is fuelling a boom in learning east Asian languages. Japanese is the fastest growing language to be learned in the UK this year on th...

Chilean indigenous language vanishes as last living Yamana speaker dies

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An indigenous language from South America’s extreme south has all but vanished after the death of its last living speaker and guardian of its ancestral culture. Cristina Calderón died on Wednesday, aged 93. She had ma...

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