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 …

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 …

Gaeilge (Irish)

Languages Gaeilge.ie: Irish is one of the oldest and most historic written languages in the world. The earliest evidence of this 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 …

Ayöök Vocabulary from Santa María Ocotepec (Maaxïnkojm), Oaxaca, México

Photo: Ron Mader, Ceramics (Some rights reserved) Here are key Ayöök (Mixe) words and phrases used in Santa María Ocotepec (Maaxïnkojm) and translated in Spanish and English. If you have not started to learn Ayöök, this is a great time to start as this we approach the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032). Planeta.com is …

Yugambeh

Indigenous Languages The Yugambeh-speaking people are the traditional custodians of the land located in southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales, now within the Logan City, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, and Tweed City regions whose ancestors all spoke one or more dialects of the Yugambeh Language. The Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre aims to record and promote …

Adjectives

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Adjective = a word or phrase describing a noun Examples Also seehttps://www.planeta.com/category/language/adjectives QuotesAdjectives absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that order in the slightest you’ll sound like a …

Language Links

Photo: Royston Rascals, Kool (Some rights reserved) What would insiders like others know about language ? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesWhy are we learning languages in a closed world?The key to cracking long-dead languages?World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientistsHow Morality Changes in a Foreign LanguageThe Glossary of …

Sámi Language

Image: Wikipedia This page spotlights the Sami languages with headlines, vocabulary, and resources. Headlinesreindeer-herders-an-app-and-the-fight-to-save-a-languageCouncil of Europe recommends that Finland grant permanent funds for promotion of Sámi languagesEurohpa ráđi áššedovdit ávžžuhit Suoma stáhta čujuhit bissovaš ruhtadeami sámi giellabargui ja ovddidit olbmuid áddejumi sámegielainSámi languages making gains in Finland Sami SayingsEverything in nature has a soul.Walking in …