Tag Archives: foreign language

Thinking Aloud: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Israel’s Other Arabic Speakers

Nov. 29, 2014 by Darius  Israel’s Knesset is set to vote on a bill that would, in addition to explicitly declaring Israel to be the national homeland of the Jewish people, downgrade the Arabic language’s status in Israel from an … Continue reading

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Quick Thought to Amuse and Edify

This map shows the most commonly spoken language, other than English and Spanish, in each US state.  There are a few surprises!  I saw it at Mental Floss (http://mentalfloss.com/article/56714/most-commonly-spoken-language-each-state-besides-english-and-spanish), but the map was originally produced by Ben Blatt of Slate.

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Thinking Aloud: “Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China”

Apr. 2, 2014 by Darius  Earlier this week I saw University of London professor Enze Han talk about how China’s ethnic minorities have responded to the Chinese government’s attempt to promote a “national identity”: do they contest it or do … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: France and Africa’s Francophonie

Mar. 25, 2014 by Darius  It was a year ago today that the former president of the Central African Republic fled the capital, abandoning the country to the Seleka rebel movement.  In the time since, the Central African Republic has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Crimea, Past and Present

Mar. 1, 2014 by Darius  Although western Ukraine may have been happy with President Viktor Yanukovych’s departure earlier this week, the Crimea in southeastern Ukraine very clearly has not been.  Why?  What’s special about Crimea?  Well, for starters, until 60 … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Demystifying Arabic Words in the News

Feb. 24, 2014 by Darius  There are a few Arabic terms that crop up quite frequently in the Western media.  Because of the nature of what’s reported on, most of these words and phrases are negative in context even if … Continue reading

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