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Cool Language Translation images

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Some cool Language Translation images:

100 Women Initiative

Image by Medill DC
Participants from the “100 Women Initiative,” a program that hosts female entrepreneurs and social activists from around the world, plug in their headsets for language translation at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony. (Photo by Roshan Nebhrajani/Medill News Service)

099/365 the day of the finnish language

Image by rosipaw
April 9 is the day that Mikael Agricola, the founder of written Finnish, died. It is also the day Elias Lönnrot, the compiler of our national epic, the Kalevala, was born. This coincidence has made this the Day of the Finnish Language.

So I went to see Mr Agricola in front of our Cathedral, where his statue now stands. A very appropriate place for this clergyman and bishop, who was one of the leaders of the Protestant reformation in our country back in the mid-16th century. It was his remarkable achievement to produce the first ABC book, where he set the rules for written Finnish. He also published the first Finnish-language translation of the New Testament, striving for making it possible for each Finn to read it in their own language. So it’s also very appropriate that his statue carries a book in his hands.

My language is deep in my heart, although by raising a bilingual daughter, the concept of mother tongue has got slightly blurred in my mind. I wonder what language she will speak to her children in the future. Today I’m also thinking of the immigrants in our country, and how they are coping with the several languages in their lives. It’s worrying to meet linguistically totally confused students in my English classes. Who will make sure that they will learn to read and write at least one language properly?


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    Very interesting thoughts. Unfortunately I am not bilingual but often wish that I would commit to taking classes. The question regarding linguistically confused students is very interesting and I think true. Interesting.

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    Thanks for sharing a bit of history. I love to learn about others as I think it helps make me a better teacher. My son spoke Chinese before english. We were living in China at the time and we realized all the kids picked up chinese to find a common thread. He was only 18 months old :-) I also think bilingual is important in our global society. I wish I had it!!

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