Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Poster Aotearoa New Zealand – Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is a popular, government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language. The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalization, learning, and public usage. Māori Language Week is celebrated annually in September …

South Africa Slang

Photo: Flow Communications, Flag (Some rights reserved) Here we translate South African English and a bit of Afrikaans to American English, and Spanish. Howzit, my China! Don’t check me skeef. Ag Shame = I feel sorry for you (often sarcastically used); also: how sweet! (e.g. in reference to a child, or a young animal) – …

August 19 is World Photography Day

Photo: NASA Goddard, Earth (Some rights reserved) August 19 is World Photography Day, a day to pay homage to the history of photography, celebrate the present and leave a positive trail for the future. World Photography Day originates from the invention of the daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839 The French Academy of …

Gaeilge (Irish)

Languages Gaeilge.ie: The earliest evidence of Irish is is preserved in Ogham inscriptions dating from the fifth century. Now Irish can now be found in more than 4,500 books, on the television, on the radio, in the newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Wikipedia: Irish (Gaeilge), sometimes referred to as Irish Gaelic or just Gaelic, …

Afrikaans

Languages Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a West Germanic language and a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million. Lekker dat jy die taal probeer praat! = Nice that you …

Impactful

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Impactful = Having a great effect Recommended ListeningLanguage and it’s problems (9:40) UsageOpen education movements are operating as independent silos and may be more impactful if efforts were put into unifying them into a more synergistic whole. @pgstaceycreativecommons.org/2017/03/22/open-education-global-2017… Planeta.com

Improving Signage

Photo: Ron Mader, La Paz = Peace (Some rights reserved) Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Good signage obeys three simple rules: 1) The information is clear.2) The information is accurate.3) The information is where the visitor is looking. Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads visitors …

French

France Flag French = the Romance language of France, also used in parts of Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, in several countries of northern and western Africa and the Caribbean, and elsewhere CelebrationsMarch 20 is French Language Day. #FrenchLanguageDay Recommended Listening arteradio.com silenceradio.org Gender assignment in French – An explanation for why words are assigned either …

Māori

Indigenous Peoples The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of Aotearoa New Zealand who arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. Questions Are there celebrations / events / talks in connection with the International Decade of Indigenous Languages? What are the …

Sierra Juárez

Photo: Bosque de Ixtán (Some rights reserved) Oaxaca’s Sierra Juárez is home of Guelatao San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Ixtlán de Juárez, Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, Santa María Yavesia, and Santa Catarina Lachatao What connects these communities are the forests and Indigenous histories. All well and good, so our questions lean toward the practicalities of visiting in a responsible, conscious, …