Spanish America

More than 10% of American residents now speak only Spanish at home, up from 7.5% in 1990, according Bill Frey, a senior fellow in demography at the Milken Institute. He writes: “Toy manufacturs, for example, upped their production of bilingual …

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Languages Living Together

After reading about languages doing battle in Romania, it’s nice to see that languages can coexist in Lebanon: Lebanon, a former French mandate country, is a good illustration of how the French and English languages don’t have to be in …

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Democracy, Translated

According to this NY Times story, Vietnam is requiring that anyone who wants to launch a Web site get government permission first. Here’s the story. What jumped out at me was this mention of what happened to someone for posting …

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Globalization of Beauty

In this NY Times article, thin is becoming beautiful in a country where just the opposite had been the case. Another reason to hate globalization, unless of course, you’re thin. TweetShareShare

Flags in Search of Countries

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) “UNPO is an international organisation created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the world´s principal international organisations, such as the United Nations.” TweetShareShare

Vote, vota, bumoto…

“Los Angeles County is urging its citizens to vote, vota, bumoto or hay bo phieu. In fact, residents there will have seven languages to choose from when they cast their ballots on Election Day: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese …

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