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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.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

Spain alarmed as White House Spanish website vanishes

Barcelona - Spain voiced alarm Monday as the US White House's Spanish-language website vanished after Donald Trump came to power, saying removing it was "not a good idea" in a country with millions of Hispanics.

Quel disrespect! France's Macron hit for speaking English

Paris - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has come under fire from the far right for showing disrespect for the French language by daring to address a conference in English.

'People's traitor' named Germany's worst word of 2016

Berlin - A panel of German language experts on Tuesday chose "Volksverraeter" (traitor to the people) as the worst word of 2016, saying the term often used by right-wing activists to insult mainstream politicians had Nazi connotations.

Father of Esperanto snubbed in Polish home town

Varsovia - Maybe they should have said "Pardonu, li ne estas fama sufiĉa" -- which is of course Esperanto for "Sorry, he's not famous enough".

Austria marathon election hatches word of the year

Vienna - It was long, ugly and plagued with scandals.

Toddler robots designed to understand how children to learn

Interactive learning of machine could help researchers to understand how children learn new words, according to a new study. Evidence suggests children effectively learn new words in same way as robots.

Children 'forget Ukrainian' as schools drop classes in rebel area

Donetsk - Valeriya Turbay says she's forgetting how to speak Ukraine's official language as schoolchildren in the bastion of the pro-Russian rebels get fewer lessons after two years of war and an onslaught of Kremlin-inspired instruction.

Syria's Kurds restore ancient names to Arabised towns

- On a dusty road in northeast Syria, a woman and her four children stand beside a freshly erected green sign for Joldara, the Kurdish name of her village known for decades as Shajra.

Nazi jargon revival causes alarm in Germany

Berlin - Long-banished German words and phrases linked to the country's Nazi past have been revived by far-right politicians railing against the migrant influx, sparking comparisons to the 1930s.

'Bogan', 'ranga', 'rurosexual' added to Australian dictionary

Sydney - Heading Down Under where locals are "dry as a dead dingo's donger" and beachgoers don "budgie smugglers", but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things 'Straya.

'Bogan', 'ranga', 'rurosexual' added to Australian dictionary

Sydney - Heading Down Under where locals are "dry as a dead dingo's donger" and beachgoers don "budgie smugglers", but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things 'Straya.

'Bogan', 'ranga', 'rurosexual' added to Australian dictionary

Sydney - Heading Down Under where locals are "dry as a dead dingo's donger" and beachgoers don "budgie smugglers", but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things 'Straya.

Last words: language of China's emperors in peril

Bejing - It was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. But 71-year-old Ji Jinlu is among only a handful of native Manchu speakers left.

My name? Make it simple: Czechia!

Prague - Czech Republic and/or Czechia? Ever since gaining independence after their peaceful split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czechs have been poring over a correct short form for their country's name.

Fed up with long name, Czech Republic says call us 'Czechia'

Prague - The Czech Republic on Thursday said it was tired of its long and unwieldy name and would like to be called "Czechia" from now on.

Sick, bad, wicked: London's colourful slang on the rise

London - Sitting on the floor of a rehearsal room in east London in leggings, T-shirts and headbands, a group of teenage dancers laughed about how quickly their language changes, rattling off "old" words still unfamiliar to many older English speakers.

French purists vexed at demise of circumflex

Paris - French linguistic purists voiced online anger Thursday at the loss of one of their favourite accents -- the pointy little "circumflex" hat that sits on top of certain vowels.

France to 'modify' AZERTY keyboard to improve French writing

Paris - The French are known for being sticklers about the correct use of language, but they have discovered something is getting in the way of perfect prose: the AZERTY keyboard.

British PM attacks isolation of Muslim women

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday said more needs to be done to help Muslim women learn English to tackle discrimination and gender segregation in their communities.

Op-Ed: People who swear may have greater command of language

New York City - Those who don't swear often tend to regard those who do as resorting to expletives because they are unable to express themselves through a verbal argument. New research turns this upside down, indicating those who swear often have a wider vocabulary.

India's Sanskrit speakers seek to revive 'dead' language

New Delhi - In a tiny flat in a rundown alley in New Delhi, Rakesh Kumar Misra is working against the odds to bring India's ancient Sanskrit language to the country's millions.

Germany names 'refugees' word of year

Berlin - Linguistic experts on Friday named "refugees" the most important word in Germany in 2015, as it has dominated debate in a year when the country is expected to record a million requests for asylum.

S.African students win university language victory

Cape Town - After months of turmoil at South African universities, student protesters on Friday won the right to be taught in English at Stellenbosch University, the intellectual home of Afrikaners during apartheid.

‘Binge-watch’ is word of the year 2015

London - The English language continually evolves, with some words rendered archaic and new words adopted. For 2015, Collins Dictionary has included several words that are, apparently, becoming commonplace.

Using long, complex words doesn't make you look smart

You might think that using long and complex words makes you look smart, but it doesn't, according to new research UCLA Anderson School of Management. Throwing in a complex word can actually make you appear less intelligent.

Google wants your help in making Translate work for refugees

Google is asking the public for help in making its Translate service work better for refugees. It says that the massive influx of refugees into Germany is causing it headaches as German to Arabic is one of the hardest translations for a computer to make.
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