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Macron unveils plan to boost French, 'language of liberty'

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled plans to get more people speaking French, saying the "treasure shared by 700 million people" belonged to all and should be given more prominence in the EU ahead of Brexit.

France's most anglophone president on a mission to push French

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron, whose mastery of English is unprecedented among French leaders, will on Tuesday unveil his strategy to promote his native language, aiming to make it the first language in Africa, "maybe even the world".

Making French great again: Macron looks to Africa

Paris - He's France's most anglophone president ever, who reaches for the language of the old foe when telling global audiences that "France is back", or that he wants ecologically to "make our planet great again.

French language eyes 'le comeback' as Britain leaves Europe

Apo - Once upon a time speaking French was easy in Brussels, but things have changed.

Macedonia adopts law to boost Albanian language status

Skopje - Macedonian parliament on Wednesday passed a law bolstering official use of the Albanian language in the Balkan country, despite protests from the rightwing opposition who argue the move will endanger national unity.

Luxembourgish makes a comeback, bids for EU approval

Luxembourg - You may not be able to pronounce it or even have heard of it, but Luxembourg's national language Letzebuergesch is making a comeback and fighting for official European Union recognition.

Macedonian President vetoes law boosting Albanian language

Skopje - Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed Wednesday a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, saying it could endanger its "unity and sovereignty".

Macedonia boosts Albanian language status

Skopje - Macedonia's parliament on Thursday adopted a law giving greater status to the Albanian language in the Balkan country, a move that the rightwing opposition claims will endanger national unity.

Ukraine language reform fuels identity fears among ethnic Hungarians

Uzhgorod - The central street in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine is buzzing with life.

Allowing AI to learn words in the flow of dialogue

A new technique has been developed that enables artificial intelligence systems to learn words in the flow of dialogue. Improving linguistic reasoning is a step towards more effective artificial intelligence.

Teng bong! Minority languages on the rise in Singapore

Singapore - Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin.

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called "inclusive writing" in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.

Purists alarmed over moves to make French less macho

Paris - Moves to make French more female-friendly have sparked impassioned debate in France, with an appalled Academie Francaise warning of a "mortal danger" to the language of Moliere.

Armenia's plans on teaching Russian raise fears of Moscow influence

Yerevan - Armenia plans to increase teaching Russian in schools in a move that has sparked widespread concerns that Moscow's influence is growing in the ex-Soviet state.

Croatia school removes Melania Trump English ads

Zagreb - Billboards featuring a glamourous image of US First Lady Melania Trump and the caption: "Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English" were supposed to attract students to a language school in Croatia.

Epic quest to document 'miracle' of Hebrew language

Jerusalem - The bespectacled man with two pens in his shirt pocket and a black skullcap atop grey hair points to his computer screen and explains an epic project spanning generations.

New language allows robot to follow commands

Boston - Massachusetts Institute of Technology technologists have developed an 'Alexa-like system' that allows robots to understand a wide range of commands that require contextual knowledge about their surrounding environment and the objects within it.

Cameroon halts 'terror' trial of anglophone leaders

Yaound - Cameroon's President Paul Biya halted on Wednesday the trial of leaders of the nation's English-speaking community who stand accused of terror-related charges over their fight for Anglophone rights in the French-majority nation.

South Korea's 'Poop School' to change name

Republic Of Korea - A South Korean elementary school whose name means "shit" has decided to adopt a more fragrant moniker, school officials said Friday.

Digital games improve mental health of refugees

Ankara - Digital platforms can help refugee children to better assimilate into a new society, helping with language and education, and also in addressing the mental health issues that inevitably accompany the traumas of escape.

Meet the new last word in English: zyzzyva

London - Eating a tasty meal with chana dal or doenjang washed down with a gin daisy could well foster a nice feeling of hygge. Just hope you don't find any zyzzyva on your plate.

At the end of the world in Chile, a culture on the brink

Puerto Williams - Just outside the southernmost settlement in the world, an 89-year-old woman is the last native speaker of her people's ancient language and struggling to ensure she does not take it to her grave.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Common language spells divisions in the Balkans

Sarajevo - Nicotine addicts in Bosnia are warned three times on their cigarette packets that "Pusenje ubija" ("Smoking kills") -- but this isn't an attempt to hammer home the health message.

Rap, a universal language, in service of endangered ones

New York - Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

Rap, a universal language, in service of endangered ones

New York - Rap has been called a universal language -- but it can also be a tool to preserve languages at risk.

DRCongo, home to a tenth of the world's languages

Kinshasa - "I haven't once spoken my mother tongue Kilokele in the 62 years I've lived in Kinshasa. None of my nine children speak it," says Charles Tongohala.

In Romania, Latin holds out

Pitesti - Just like Asterix's small village held out against the Romans, 2,000 years later in Romania a fight is on to keep Latin alive just as it dies elsewhere in Europe.

Paris region orders French spoken on building sites

Paris - The Paris region has passed a new rule obliging labourers on public building sites to use French, copying action taken elsewhere in France to squeeze out foreign workers.
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