When you are forced to stay at home, you have plenty of time to think. You may contemplate your life, reflect on who you are and what you have done so far. You may ponder your future and try to predict what it will be like. You may seek to figure out why certain things are the way they are. And me? Well, I can’t help but wonder why people still decide to learn foreign tongues. … More IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL LEARN LANGUAGES?
The world with only one language. An intriguing prospect? A scary one? Or perhaps quite attractive? If you have never given this thought a thought, let me paint a picture for you. And although I am no painter, I will try my very best to do it as vividly as I only can. … More WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT LANGUAGES?
When people think about languages, they rarely wonder about linguistic equality. As if it was something not important, something not worthy of their attention. Obviously, it is not one of the hot topics, and it probably won’t change anyone’s life, but you can’t deny that this is an interesting issue. Personally, I would say that all languages are equal. It’s just that some languages are more equal than others. … More ARE ALL LANGUAGES EQUAL?
As you may (or may not) know, at the beginning of this year I started learning Hawaiian. And if you are learning a certain language, it is always nice to brush up on your geography knowledge. But don’t worry, I won’t be telling you where the individual islands of the Aloha State or some of its culturally or historically important places are located. Instead, I am going to tell you what’s behind their names. … More WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE HAWAIʻI EDITION
Endangered languages have been a hot topic for quite a while now. Some people say it is absolutely necessary to at least try to save them, others dismiss the problem as unimportant. Which side are you on? Are you one of those guilty of neglect? … More GUILTY OF NEGLECT
Endangered languages. How can we save them? This one question keeps getting asked by linguists and language enthusiasts all over the world. And the answer is quite simple – we have to make sure that new generations learn them. But how exactly can we make this happen? Can technology come to the rescue? Can language learning apps be a solution? … More CAN APPS BE LANGUAGE SAVIOURS?
I am quite certain that many of you have wondered what the difference between a language and a dialect is. Well, I have. Many times in my life. And you know what? I still haven’t found anyone who would give me a straight answer. Because it seems that this particular question is the question that even linguists have trouble dealing with. … More A LANGUAGE OR A DIALECT?
When you decide to learn an unpopular foreign language, you often hear various “pearls of wisdom” from you relatives, friends, colleagues. Rarely do they smile at you, give you a thumbs-up, pat you on the shoulder, and say: “Wow, that’s so cool!”. Their words are more discouraging than encouraging, and suddenly you get the feeling that what you are doing is … pointless. … More EVEN IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE, DO YOUR THING ANYWAY
2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. That’s undoubtedly a wonderful initiative, but what does it actually mean? Well, completely nothing unless we – the people of this world – make a commitment to celebrate this year the way it deserves to be celebrated. I happen to have a few ideas how you can do just that; especially if you want to focus on the Pacific tongues. … More HOW TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES – THE PACIFIC WAY
When we talk about language, we often use different words to describe it. We say “indigenous language”, “vernacular language”, “official language”, “national language”, “first language”, “mother language”… That’s a lot of languages, don’t you agree? We are all familiar with these names, but do we know what they really mean? Are they one and the same thing? … More INDIGENOUS, VERNACULAR, OFFICIAL, NATIONAL