DO YOU PARLES…? ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN THE PACIFIC

Do you think that you have to know Tongan, Tahitian, Marshallese, Bislama, or some other Pacific language in order to get by in Oceania? Well, it surely is nice to be able to talk with the locals using their mother tongue, but in the Blue Continent it isn’t really necessary. If you can speak English or parles français, you will be just fine. … More DO YOU PARLES…? ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN THE PACIFIC

MARSHALLESE 13.0: WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY?

When you’re learning a foreign language, you’re often wondering: what does it mean? when to apply which grammar rule? where to put this or that word? why is the proper pronunciation so difficult to master? I’m sure you, dear learner, have asked yourself these questions hundreds of times. And although I would love to answer them for you, I simply can’t. But instead, I can tell you (all) about the WH-words in Kajin M̗ajel̗. Interested? … More MARSHALLESE 13.0: WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY?

MARSHALLESE 12.0: MY ENEMY – UNCERTAINTY

Learning a foreign language is never easy. Even if you enjoy it, even if you’re good at it, it is always a hard job. You have to grasp the pronunciation, understand the grammar, memorize the vocabulary, and then put it all together to be able to make the simplest sentence. But the funniest thing is that all this isn’t the worst. So what is? … More MARSHALLESE 12.0: MY ENEMY – UNCERTAINTY

MIND YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

Each year, on 21 February, we celebrate International Mother Language Day. Around this time we talk a lot about preserving minority and indigenous tongues. We promote, we encourage, we exchange ideas. But the truth is, one day to celebrate multilingualism is simply not enough. One day will not make a difference. One day will not save hundreds of disappearing languages. To merely try to do that, we need 365 days. … More MIND YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

“PACIFIC LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION” BY JOHN LYNCH

There are people who like reading about languages. For all sorts of reasons. Some are interested in linguistics, some in a country where a certain tongue is spoken, some in simply broadening their knowledge. All they have to do is choose the right book. Which, sometimes, is not as simple as you think it is. … More “PACIFIC LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION” BY JOHN LYNCH