FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth school officials are retooling the English as a Second Language program they offer refugee students from non-Spanish-speaking countries because fewer such...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House approved hate crimes legislation Tuesday that doesn't specifically list gender identity, age or gender among its protected traits, although the lawmaker who...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The way most of us speak today is shaped in part by how long ago our ancestors gave up chewing tough, raw meat.
It's widely known that languages evolve as societies develop...
Bill rejected to offer driver’s license materials in Spanish
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota representatives have shelved a bill that would have directed the state to offer driver's license applications and written tests in Spanish.
Study says court reporters not accurate with black dialect
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are times in court when Qawi Abdul-Rahman, a Center City-based defense attorney, gets the sense that folks listening didn't understand a piece of testimony.
Albanian designated Macedonia’s 2nd official language
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Albanian has been designated the second official language in Macedonia, which has a substantial, and restive, ethnic Albanian minority.
The move ends a months-long standoff between the left-led government and Macedonia's conservative President Gjorge Ivanov, who had refused to sign off on the law saying it was unconstitutional and unnecessary.
The law was published in the government gazette Tuesday after being signed by parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi.
University of New Mexico project works to save Zuni language
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Libraries is working to preserve the Zuni language as part of a new digital initiative.
The school recently announced it has digitized books and posters published by Zuni Pueblo's bilingual education department.
Arin Peywa, a student and a member of Zuni Pueblo, says the new collection will be a great tool for those who use the Zuni language and who want to keep it alive for future generations.
Florida coach apologies for tirade that went viral
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Florida prep school basketball coach is apologizing for a profanity-laced tirade that went viral.
Mike Woodbury from The Nation Christian Academy in Port St. Lucie, Florida, tells the Portland Press Herald in Maine that, "I have to be a better person than that."
Boko Haram has been repelled, Cameroon’s leader declares
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president says Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago.
Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state.
The order signed this week directs the state education commissioner to work with partners to promote indigenous languages in public education, KTOO Public Media in Juneau reported .
Region in Ukraine’s west bans Russian-language books, movies
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A regional council in western Ukraine has passed a motion to ban all Russian-language books, films and songs in the region.
The legislature in the Lviv region voted on Wednesday to "impose a moratorium on the public broadcast and use of Russian-language content" until Russia withdraws all of its troops from Ukraine. It was not immediately clear how the ban would be enforced.
Teacher in upstate NY resigns over syllabus controversy
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A teacher in upstate New York has resigned after he handed out a syllabus that contained profanity and language some considered offensive.
Judge orders 32 Florida counties to help Puerto Rican voters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge ordered 32 Florida counties to provide sample ballots in Spanish so Puerto Rican voters can use them to navigate English-only ballots in a ruling Friday that was often sarcastic and scolding.
Facebook adds Alaska’s Inupiaq as language option
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Britt'Nee Brower grew up in a largely Inupiat Eskimo town in Alaska's far north, but English was the only language spoken at home.
Today, she knows a smattering of Inupiaq from childhood language classes at school in the community of Utqiagvik. Brower even published an Inupiaq coloring book last year featuring the names of common animals of the region. But she hopes to someday speak fluently by practicing her ancestral language in a daily, modern setting.
Romanian or Russian? A geopolitical issue in Moldova
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Japan's ambassador to Moldova is fluent in the country's official language: Romanian. But in a geopolitical twist, the mayor of the eastern European nation's second-largest city is a Russian speaker who needed a translator when he met the diplomat last month.
The Latest: Google acts against Iranian influence operation
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on tech companies and election interference (all times local):
Google says it has disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other Google accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster for a political influence campaign.
The company said Thursday that it disabled 39 YouTube channels, as well as six blogs on Blogger and 13 Google Plus accounts. Some of them were sharing English-language political material in the United States.
Australian political challenger known for hard-right stances
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Peter Dutton, the government lawmaker who has challenged Australia's prime minister for his job, is publicly perceived as a hard man and a leading hard-right conservative. His face is associated with turning back asylum seekers boats, stripping citizenship from extremists and striving to increase the English-language standards for migrants who want to gain citizenship.
Tribes, Pocatello clash over airport lease language
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes says it wants an apology from the city of Pocatello because of discriminatory language used in city lease agreements at the Pocatello Regional Airport.
Grandma sees red on foul blue streak by Browns player on HBO
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass rushing skills in training camp.
Spanish use is steady or dropping in US despite high Latino immigration
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on deadly wildfires in Greece (all times local):
Prosecutors in Macedonia are investigating social media posts and comments that used racist and xenophobic language in discussing the wildfires in Greece that have killed dozens of people.
The Public Prosecutor's office said in a statement on Wednesday that it is gathering evidence, working to identify possible suspects and evaluating if the articles and comments violate Macedonian law.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands Sunday at a concert celebrating the end of a long state of war.
A visibly moved Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, clasping his hands over his heart, addressed the crowd in Ethiopia's official language, Amharic, on his first visit to the country in 22 years.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Tribe hopes a new documentary will help preserve its fading native language that only a few people speak.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — In one of the world's more unusual diplomatic encounters, Ethiopia's new prime minister has met with a humanoid robot.
The chief of staff for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has shared online a photo of Monday's meeting with Sophia, who has gained global attention for using facial and speech recognition to help engage in conversation.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Dawn Frank breaks from the interview to answer a family text message. Her daughters attend Stanford University. When they text back home to their mom and aunts on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, it's often in Lakota.
"We're just sharing logistics on a family event," said Frank, vice president for instruction at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle. "Here," she points to the final expression, laughing, "They're just asking if there'll be coffee."
Alaska broadcaster known for Yup’ik stories dies
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native broadcaster who helped preserve the Yup'ik language and culture one story at a time died Monday. John Active was 69.
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CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb has rescinded a resolution that made English its official language.
Carpentersville's then-trustees said the 2007 measure was intended to encourage assimilation and discourage illegal immigration, The Chicago Tribune reported . Current village officials say the resolution only caused controversy.
PHOENIX (AP) — Until recently, Lilly Mucarsel has spoken Spanish just about everywhere since arriving in the United States from Ecuador three decades ago: at the library, the movies, the grocery store. She raised three daughters who also speak Spanish and are passing on the tradition to her American-born grandchildren.
Letter says state is failing its Latino students
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A letter signed by superintendents from several Rhode Island cities says the state is failing its Latino students.
The Providence Journal says the letter sent to the state education commissioner Monday says the state's English language learners score the lowest in the country on a national assessment of various subjects.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A grocery store in San Diego subjected Hispanic employees to harassment and a hostile work environment by implementing a no-Spanish language policy, federal officials said Thursday.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has voted unanimously to declare a "linguistic emergency" for Alaska Native languages.
The vote ends a weeklong debate about whether the resolution should have included the word "emergency," the Juneau Empire reported .
The resolution will return to the House where it originated, and representatives are expected to agree with a handful of changes made in the Senate.
LONDON (AP) — The flags of more than 50 nations are flying outside Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth II prepares to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future.
Airline rolls out effort to speak Hawaiian on flights
HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers flying Hawaiian Airlines may soon get a complimentary language lesson as the company amplifies efforts to preserve traditional Hawaiian by incorporating it into everyday business.
Carnegie Mellon University hosts ‘Talking Black in America’ Pittsburgh premiere
"Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language," is the first feature-length documentary devoted to African American speech, and attempts to remedy misconceptions and resulting marginalization, according to a news release.
The film will have its Pittsburgh premiere at 4 p.m. April 11 in Carnegie Mellon University's Rashid Auditorium.
Speaking their language: Gophers gymnasts Ivy Lu, Lexy Ramler on everyone’s lips at NCAA regional
With its kips and saltos and Yurchenkos, gymnastics has a language all its own. That vocabulary presented a pair of distinct challenges to the Gophers Ivy Lu and Lexy Ramler, giving them a special appreciation for their sports lingo.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attack on 18-year-old Cuban-American and Parkland activist Emma González for not speaking Spanish by an Iowa Republican congressman's campaign staff highlights the pressures U.S.-born Latinos face on language.
Profanity, Calls for Harm to Pilots Comprised Hundreds of Longmont Airport Complaints
Vulgar language and messages wishing harm upon Mile-Hi Skydiving pilots written in all capital letters comprised hundreds of the complaints against Longmont's Vance Brand Municipal Airport filed by a Niwot man last year.
Records of the complaints filed by John Palmer over the course of 2017 show he actually made 1,042 complaints — 217 of which were not officially logged due to what was deemed as excessively explicit and inappropriate content.
The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Much of what is seen in "Black Panther" is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.
"The clicks are no joke," Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said recently, calling isiXhosa "one of the hardest languages on the planet."
Michigan House votes to make English the state’s language
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — House lawmakers want to make English the official language of Michigan.
Republicans led the way in passing a bill Thursday that would require its use in public records. State departments and local governments still could publish documents in other languages.
Lansing — Michigan's Republican-led House on Thursday approved legislation that would make English the official state language and require its use in public records, a change supporters said would largely "codify" existing practice.
Most Democrats bemoaned the bill, however, calling it an unnecessary and divisive change that would marginalize immigrants and other residents who are not proficient in English.
Centuries-old Alutiiq translation guide found in Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A centuries-old primer for Russian to Alutiiq was found during a routine check of a Kodiak museum's artifacts.
Kodiak was first colonized by Russian settlers in 1763 and was a Russian colony for more than 100 years until the Alaska Purchase in 1867.
Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews
MADRID (AP) — A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.
Ladino, a language taken abroad by Spanish Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century, uniquely preserves many elements of medieval Spanish, but some fear it is dying out.
Spanish or Catalan? Planned school policy shift sparks anger
MADRID (AP) — Spain's conservative government is considering changes to make it easier for parents in Catalonia to choose Spanish over Catalan as the main language in their children's schooling.
The move, if confirmed, would go against decades of regional policies prioritizing the native Catalan language in classrooms while offering a limited number of lessons in Spanish grammar and literature.
Macron rejects growing nationalist demands in Corsica
BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm in the face of growing nationalist demands in Corsica Wednesday, rejecting calls for increasing autonomy in the once-restive Mediterranean island.
Linguistic divide poses problem to Korea Olympic hockey team
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea face a widening linguistic divide after 70 years of division, and that is a challenge for the rivals' first-ever joint Olympic team as it prepares for the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
The Canadian coach of the joint women's hockey team said Monday her squad has made a three-page dictionary that translates key hockey terms from English into South Korean and then into North Korean for better communication among the players and herself.
Dems blast push for English-only communication in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — When state Rep. Pedro "Pete" Marin moved from Puerto Rico to Georgia with his family in 1995, he and his wife Nereida each had to apply for a new driver's license.
Although they had been licensed drivers in Puerto Rico for years, the Marins had to take the same written exam that Georgia teenagers do. But to pass the road-rules half of the written test, Nereida Marin needed help, her husband recalled, because her English at the time wasn't strong enough.