Death Notebook

Photo If I should die in a car wreck, may I have Van Morrison on my tape deck. – U-Li La Lu, Poi Dog Pondering Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want (now it’s over) / Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do. – They …

Ellipsis

Buzzwords Ellipsis = three dots (…) Also see: Typing awareness indicator Quotes In my case — in the particularly high-stakes conversation at hand — it was the bubble that popped up to indicate typing, then disappeared to show he had stopped. Then came back up to show typing, then went away again. Then returned for …

Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival

Logo The Mother Tongue Film Festival – mothertongue.si.edu – is a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History. The festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of screenings in Washington, D.C. All events are …

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 celebrate 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 …

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Poster 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 …

New Zealand Slang

New Zealand Map Our guide to slang in New Zealand Favorites awesome = great bach = (pronounced ‘batch’) holiday home beauty = doozy bob each way = supporting both opposing sides box of birds = standard response to the inquiry “How are you?” bro = friend cheers – thank you choice aye bro – nice …

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. 2019 Te Matatini 2019 Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 Questions Are there celebrations / …

Ayöök Vocabulary from Santa María Ocotepec (Maaxïnkojm), Oaxaca, México

Photo: Ceramic Cup Here are key Ayöök (Mixe) words and phrases used in Santa María Ocotepec (Maaxïnkojm) and translated in Spanish and English. If you have not started to learn Ayöök, 2019 is a great time to start as this is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Planeta.com is celebrating the year by updating guides …

Australia Slang

Word cloud Even a drongo can use a dongle! Traveler Tip: If you are uncertain about a particular expression or word, just say, ‘Hang on a moment, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about.’ Featured Words Billabong Bushwalking Makarrata Walkabout Top Faves: Waddaya reckon? Arvo = Afternoon As fit as a mallee bull = …