Indigenous Languages

Photo: Caldo de Piedra • Oaxaca, México Indigenous Languages are awesome. Mark your calendar. 2022-2032 is the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. We are updating some popular features on Planeta.com: Languages Events Features Recommended ListeningPass it on: preserving Indigenous languages – Awaye – A panel discusses the purpose of language revival – is it fluency, …

Afrikaans

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 tried …

Māori Language

Graphic New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Planeta.com spotlights the annual Māori Language Week. We are updating this page with key links, headlines and links to social web channels including Facebook and Twitter. Vocabulary is featured here. Key LinksMāori Language CommissionTe Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori FacebookTe Wiki o te Reo Māori Planeta.comhttps://www.planeta.com/maori-language-week-2019 HeadlinesNZ’s unique te …

New Zealand Slang

New Zealand Map Our guide to slang in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Favoritesawesome = greatbach = (pronounced ‘batch’) holiday homebeauty = doozybob each way = supporting both opposing sidesbox of birds = standard response to the inquiry “How are you?”bro = friendcheers – thank youchoice bro – nice onecotton wool – cotton ball (example)cracker = very …

Sign Language

Sign languages use the visual-manual modality to convey meaning. Language is expressed via the manual signstream in combination with non-manual elements. Sign languages are full-fledged natural languages with their own grammar and lexicon. Embedded Tweets WikipediaSign language Planeta.com

Language

Photo: Marco, Kumuntoon Language = Method of communication, spoken and/or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way Language, like food, is an excellent entry into another culture. At first, everything different is foreign and strange. It’s the shock of the new which hits some like a punch. Expand your linguistic comfort zone. …

Māori Language Week = Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020

Poster New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Announcing the dates for 2020’s Māori Language Week (September 14-20 or 14-20 Mahuru). Hashtags: #TeWikioteReoMāori, #MāoriLanguageWeek Māori Language Week = Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is one of Planeta.com’s fave celebrations, one that stands out as a practical model of inclusive experiences and smart communication bringing people together on …

Bilingual Signs

Buzzwords We are fans of bilingual signage. The case is made succinctly by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, aka Mark Spencer Turner (@Marcas_Mac) of http://marcas.scot who launched the hashtag: #bilingualsign A bilingual sign tells you more than just where you need to go. It tells you a country has more than one native language. It tells …

Ellipsis

Buzzwords Ellipsis = three dots (…) Also see: Typing awareness indicator QuotesIn my case — in the particularly high-stakes conversation at hand — it was the bubble that popped up to indicate typing, then disappeared to show he had stopped. Then came back up to show typing, then went away again. Then returned for what …

Language Revitalization

Lingo Cards Language Revitalization = an attempt to halt or reverse the decline of a language or to revive an extinct one Recommended Listening Native America Calling 07-11-18 The hard work of language revitalization – In small classes, informal groups or even online, Native language warriors are doing the hard work to keep languages alive. …