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Puppets, animation and song breathe new life into endangered...

By Miragenews.com – A new YouTube series that features puppetry, animation, song and live action is helping keep an ancient Indigenous language alive. ‘Thudaan Diini’, or ‘Red Road’ in the Guugu Yimithirr language, is an innovative series created by the Pama Language Centre, funded through our Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program.

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‘Culture is language’: why an indigenous tongue is...

By William Costa, The Guardian – The Paraguayan Guaraní language is a rare regional success story. But its own popularity is a problem for smaller languages. On a hillside monument in Asunción, a statue of the mythologized indigenous chief Lambaré stands alongside other great leaders from Paraguayan history.

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This Six-Year-Old Could Be Part Of A Revival Of The Ojibwe...

By Ben Meyer – At first glance, the YouTube video simply shows a young girl playing with Legos at her home. But if you listen closely, it’s something more. Six-year-old Wren Gotts is describing her Lego creations, by color, in Anishinaabemowin, the traditional Ojibwe language. Wren patiently holds up each piece, explaining it in the language...

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Rage against the dying of language

By Alexander Adams – Today 7,000 languages are spoken. Fully half are expected to die out before the year 2100, continuing a centuries-long trend. Half of all people in the world speak 25 main languages. Every year these large linguistic groups expand at the expense of the smaller languages. Natural disaster, legal suppression and forced...

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What are endangered languages, and how can we save them?

By Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary – Human language is a means of communication which is not witnessed to the same extent in much of the rest of the animal kingdom. It allows for an intimate understanding of each other, and enables an individual to express emotions that physical movement is incapable of conveying. Without language, our...

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Indigenous Languages Showcased at Mother Tongue Film Festival

By Penelope Poulou – Every year, the Mother Tongue Film Festival, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, showcases films about indigenous cultures that celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity. Most of these films have been made in indigenous languages from all over the world. VOA’s Penelope Poulou spoke with curators and...

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Puppets, animation and song breathe new life into endangered...

By Miragenews.com – A new YouTube series that features puppetry, animation, song and live action is helping keep an ancient Indigenous language alive. ‘Thudaan Diini’, or ‘Red Road’ in the Guugu Yimithirr language, is an innovative series created by the Pama Language Centre, funded through our Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program.

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Endangered Language Taught: Student graduate learning an...

By Sarita Patel – A group of students wanting to learn an endangered language will graduate virtually after a seven-month course they worked on through the COVID-19 pandemic. They started their course back in November at the Westbank Youth Centre in Westbank First Nation and had a goal of finishing Nsyilxcn 1, the first book of Nsyilxcn...

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Interview with Isela Xospa, Náhuatl language digital activist

By Rising Voices – For several years I have joined causes, projects and goals of different organizations that focus on the preservation of the environment, the revitalization of indigenous languages ​​and the safeguarding of traditional knowledge and culture of indigenous peoples. This is how the “Exchange of knowledge and digital activism...

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Tech tools for language learning

By Dawn Mills – The four basic skills of language learning are reading, writing, speaking and listening. With increased access to tech tools in today’s classrooms, attending to the development of speaking and listening skills has become easier. Review these three tips to use English Language Arts tech tools to facilitate progression in all...

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8 effective and creative ways to learn a new language as an adult

By Mara Leighton – There are a lot of excuses for not learning a second language, especially as an adult. Many of us know the oft-repeated adage that children under the age of 7 are best-equipped to pick up a new one. But before you lead your whole life believing that you’ve missed your window, you might want to take a glance at the 2010...

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How Fluent Forever became the most funded app in Kickstarter...

By Zainab Hasnain – Did you study a language for multiple years in high school or college? Did you learn a language while studying abroad? Now ask yourself if you could hold a basic conversation in that language if somebody fluent were to come up to you right now. If you’re like me, and hundreds of other people, you likely can’t. When I try...

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