2019 – International Year of Indigenous Languages

Photo: Tienda Ayuuk, Clay Rabbits Mark your calendar. 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages (Año Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas). Hashtags: #iyil2019, #2019iyil Planeta.com will be updating relevant features that showcase successful language conservation campaigns including Dizhsa Nabani,  #UsaTuVoz , Kumoontun, and Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Suggestions are welcome …

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Photo New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Dates for the 2019 Māori Language Week are September 9-15. Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is a popular, government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language. The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalization, learning, and …

February 21 is International Mother Language Day

Poster: International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrated linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #dilm, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and …

Sámi Language Conference

The Sámi Parliament hosts the Sámi Language Conference in Tromsø, Norway February 4-5, 2019. The conference venue will be the Clarion Hotel ‘The Edge’. Marking the official kick-off of the Sámi Parliament’s language campaign, this conference will be the first major commemoration of the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages in Sápmi. Sámi municipalities, language …

Language Links

Photo: Royston Rascals, Kool Links related to language presented in somewhat random fashion: Twitter @awad @MacqDictionary @wordspy @risingvoices @IndigenousTweet @BnZunni @elChilamBalam @NavajoWeb @livingtongues @LanguageLog @stevenbird @nyborrobyn @mayhplumb @blillehaugen @aikumaproject Soundcloud The Allusionist https://soundcloud.com/kumoontun Play Think you can identify global languages? Play the Great Language Game. Headlines http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181207-how-ai-could-help-us-with-ancient-languages-like-sumerian worlds-languages-traced-back-single-african-mother-tongue-scientists how-morality-changes-in-a-foreign-language the-glossary-of-happiness language-immigrants-multiethnolect/420285 digital-language-divide The word-hoard: Robert …

Tourism Definitions

Artwork Truth is, we’ve been beleaguered by definitions of tourism long before Planeta.com launched in 1994. Spotlight Agritourism Community Tourism Conscious Travel Culinary Tourism Exploring Ecotourism Ethnotourism Community Tourism Indigenous Tourism Irresponsible Tourism What is responsible travel? Smart Tourism Sustainable Tourism Essay New terms are springing up such as coffee tourism and smart tourism. there …

Buzzword Bingo 2018

Poster: Image: Warming stripes What are your favorite words of 2018? We are curating our annual collection of new words, old classics, and the inbetween, that came to attention/usefulness in 2018. Buzzword Bingo 2018 Bilingual Signs Coddiwomple Deepfake Digital Transformation Dispensary Flexitarian Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) Lifelong Learning Positive Travel Bias Rain Shadow Single-Use …

Love Notebook

Poster:  Fall in Love What does your heart say? – Mixteco greeting (Na ca anun) Ma sa sa’ laa ch’ool (mah sah sah laa ch’ohl) (literally, is there happiness in your heart?) Sa in ch’ oo’ (sah een ch’ohl), (Yes, my heart is happy.) – Maya Q’eqchi Expression, Belize This eye looks with love This …

Māori

Photo The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand / Aotearoa. They arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. September 10-16 are the dates for the 2018 Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. The theme …

German = Deutsch

Photo German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and (co-)official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein; it is also an official, but not majority language of Luxembourg. Major languages which are most similar …