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Digital fasting: my year without news

March 7, 2016

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When did you last check the news? Was it a minute of updates from the car radio, between ads and songs? A headline floating across a shiny digital screen on your way to buy lunch? A notification on your iPhone? A link from a friend’s Facebook feed bookmarked for later? For me, it was about […]

(Still) learning Bangla: an interview with My Bangla Diary | আমি বাংলা শিখছি: আমার বাংলা ডাইরি

January 12, 2014

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This is a cross-post taken from the terrific blog, My Bangla Diary আমার বাংলা ডাইরি, which charts the joys and challenges of learning Bengali. It’s definitely worth checking out, as it provides lots of tools for learning Bangla – my favourite is the English-Bangla translation project of Winne the Pooh! I wanted to share it […]

Learning Bangla: Ami Bangla Sikkhi

February 29, 2012

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Bangladesh means Land of the Bangla Speakers, and in this country, speaking Bangla is as much a way of expressing your national identity as it is a way of expressing yourself. Last Tuesday, February 21, marked a particularly important day for the Bengali identity and language – International Mother Language Day. Although it is an […]

Amar desh, amar shopno: voices of young Bangladeshis

September 26, 2011

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Amar desh, amar shopno. My country, my dream. Bangladesh is a nation of young people. About 50 million people, or one third of the population, make up the youth of Bangladesh. In Boda last week, in the far northwest of Bangladesh, about 50 of these young people met at a Youth Against Hunger forum to […]

Chinglish – adventures in new languages

May 27, 2011

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English may well be considered the closest thing we’ve got to a “global language”, but anybody who thinks that our native-speaker status gives us a linguistic upper-hand is very mistaken. Depending on which websites you visit and which newspapers you read, there are approximately 300 million English learners in China. According to a study by […]