Effort to nix English immersion in Arizona finds support
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly two decades after getting Arizona voters' approval, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020.
Tory leader grilled on abortion in Canadian election debate
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and opposition party leaders grilled the leader of the Conservative party Wednesday night on his personal beliefs on abortion in Trudeau’s...
Cherokee Nation plans $16M investment in language program
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The new chief of the Cherokee Nation plans to invest $16 million into the Oklahoma-based tribe's language preservation program, including a new cabinet-level position...
2 Greta Thunberg books coming out in the United States
NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir.
Review: A captivating new novel about word-obsessed twins
"The Grammarians: a Novel" (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG), by Cathleen Schine
Cathleen Schine's captivating new novel, "The Grammarians," centers on a pair of identical twins named Daphne and...
Yes, Oui, Si, and Hai: Interpreters ready for Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Alexandre Ponomarev is the chief interpreter for next year's Tokyo's Olympics. He speaks more than a half dozen languages: Russian, English, Spanish, French, German, Danish and...
Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A linguist renowned for his work with Alaska Native languages has died.
Michael Krauss died Sunday, a few days before his 85th birthday, the Fairbanks Daily...
Lebanese daily publishes blank edition to protest crisis
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's only English-language daily protested the country's deteriorating economic and political conditions by publishing a blank edition Thursday, calling it an "alarm...
Alabama community opposing ‘Festival Latino’ event
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some residents of a rural Alabama community are complaining about a Spanish-language event planned for this weekend featuring live music and bull riding, but a local...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between U.S and Iran (all times local):
Iran's state TV English-language channel has released video of a...
Puerto Rico gov apologizes for private chat that drew ire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor apologized late Thursday for profanity-laced comments he made in a private chat to describe a former New York City female government official...
US-England game averaged just over 7 million viewers on Fox
The Americans' 2-1 victory over England in Tuesday's Women's World Cup semifinal averaged nearly 8 million U.S. viewers on English- and Spanish-language television.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Americans' 3-0 win over Chile set a record for the most-watched group-stage Women's World Cup match on U.S. English-language television.
Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says...
Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state...
In Cannes, making sure cinema isn’t lost in translation
CANNES, France (AP) — On one afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Massoumeh Lahidji could be seen on a rooftop terrace interpreting Farsi into English for the Iranian director Asghar...
Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line
PLIEUX, France (AP) — Europe's taboos are falling away.
Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into...
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...
The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate
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.
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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.
Eritrean, Ethiopian leaders call new peace example to Africa
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.
Institute aims to create a new generation of Lakota speakers
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.
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.
Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary
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.