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Language and Memory

Chiac and its Growing Popularity Amongst Young People

You might not have heard of Chiac, an Accadian French language with noticeable influences from English and a selection of Canadian aboriginal languages, but it is becoming increasingly popular in southeastern New Brunswick, Canada. Most of its speakers are Francophone and can be found primarily...

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Galician Culture in the UK

In April 2018 REGA-UK was launched and announced that their first event, celebrating the Day of Galician Literature, would be held in London on 13th May. According to the event description, the aim of this new group is to promote and offer a wide range of Galician cultural activities in the UK....

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The Sword Reforged and Macunx VR

According to legend, when Sigurðr Sigmundsson came of age, he asked his foster father, the dwarf smith Regin, to forge for him a sword. Regin did so, and brought to Sigurðr a magnificent blade. Sigurðr took the blade and tested it by swinging it against the smith’s anvil. The sword...

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Book fairs across the world

Just a few days ago, on 10th April 2018, the 47th London Book Fair kicked off. This event, which runs annually, sees about 25,000 publishing professionals come together to negotiate rights and to sell content across various different platforms including print and TV. The fair was originally...

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Russian Course Launching Soon!

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our first Russian course soon! We know many of our users have been waiting for a Russian course for a long time. We're very pleased to let you know that all the materials for the course have now been completed and we are in the final stages...

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Building 'castells' in Catalonia

In 2010 Catalonia's 'castells' were inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 'Castells' are human towers built by members of groups known as 'colles castelleres' to mark festivities and celebrations. The towers are often built in front of the...

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Regueifa: Improvised song in Galicia

In Galicia regueifa is a form of popular improvised poetry. The Vigo Tourism board define it as 'improvised sung dialogue, full of rhyme, rivalry, irony and most of all, humour' and state that it is used to 'test the famous Galician retranca (malicious wit)'. Regueifa sees two or more people...

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Translating children's literature

In January 2018 Avery Fischer Udagawa wrote a blog post in which she described how happy she was to see a translated children's book feature on the shortlist for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. Clementine Loves Red, originally written in Polish, was authored by Krystyna Bolgar and...

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Units of time: From the flick to the jiffy

On 22nd January 2018 Facebook announced that they were launching Flicks, a flick being 'a unit of time, slightly larger than a nanosecond that exactly subdivides media frame rates and sampling frequencies'. News sites across the world picked up on the story and published it under headings ranging...

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Promoting the use of Luxembourgish

Last year Luxembourg's government released a 40-point action plan to cement the renewed popularity of the Luxembourgish language. According to figures from Luxembourg's National Institute of Languages, quoted in The Guardian, the number of adults enrolled on Luxembourgish courses in 2016-17 ...

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