Thursday, December 29, 2005

Translating the New Testament into Gullah

There are about 10,000 speakers of Gullah (LA Times, free subscription), an English dialect going back to the seventeenth century. It’s spoken mostly in the Sea Islands off South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The total number of speakers may reach as many as 250,000. Now they even have the New Testament (De Nyew Testament) in Gullah, sometimes also called Geechee. The language may have developed as a statement of defiance as slaves talked without their masters understanding. For some, it developed as a practical way of communicating. About 3,000 copies of the De Nyew Testament have been sold.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Bilingual Teachers: Spain to the Rescue

The shortage of bilingual teachers in parts of the US forces some school districts to seek them in Spain.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays Around the World

English Merry Christmas ; Happy Christmas
Italian buon Natale
Spanish feliz Navidad ; feliz Pascua
French joyeux Noël
German frohe Weihnachten
Russian с Рождеством
Arabic ميلاد مجيد
Chinese 圣诞快乐
Afrikaans geseënde Kersfees
Albanian gëzuar Krishtlindjet
Aragones goyoso Nadal ; goyosa Nabidá
Aymara suma navidad
Basque Eguberri on
Brazilian Portuguese feliz Natal
Bresciano bu Nedal
Breton Nedeleg Laouen
Bulgarian Честита Коледа
Byelorussian З Калядамi
Calabrese buon natali
Caló bounnez funtandal
Catalan bon Nadal
Cornish Nadelek Lowen
Croatian sretan božić
Czech veselé Vánoce
Danish glædelig Jul
Dutch prettige Kerstdagen
Esperanto feliĉan Kristnaskon
Estonian häid jõule
Finnish hyvää joulua
Flemish vrolijke Kerst
Furlan bon Nadâl
Galician bo Nadal
Greek καλά Χριστούγεννα
Hebrew חג מולד שמח
Hindi क्रिसमस मंगलमय हो
Hungarian Kellemes Karácsonyi Ünnepeket
Icelandic gleðileg jól
Indonesian hari Natal
Irish Nollaig Shona
Japanese クリスマスおめでとう
Korean 즐거운 성탄, 성탄 축하
Latin Natale hilare
Latvian priecîgus Ziemassvçtkus
Leonese Bon Nadal
Lithuanian su Šventom Kalėdom
Malagasy tratrin'ny Krismasy
Maltese il-milied it-Tajjeb
Manx Nollick Ghennal
Maasai enchipai e kirismas
Mokshan Roshtuva marxta
Mudnés bòun Nadèl
Napulitano felice natale
Norwegian god Jul
Papiamentu bon Pasku
Persian کريسمس مبارک
Polish Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Portuguese feliz Natal
Punjabi ਕਰਿਸਸ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ
Quechua paqariku atawsami
Rapanui here noere
Romagnolo bon Nadél
Romanian Crăciun fericit
Serbian срећан Божић
Slovak vesele Vianoce
Slovenian srečen Božič
Swahili heri kwa sikukuu ya Noeli
Swedish god Jul
Tagalog maligayang pasko
Traditional Chinese 耶誕快樂
Triestino bon Nadal ; bone feste
Turkish Mutlu Noeller
Ukrainian З Рiздвом Христовим
Valencian bon nadal
Venetian bon Nadal
Welsh Nadolig Llawen

Bilingual Santa?

Santa Claus speaks español.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Freedom of Speech in English only?

In the “good old days” some immigrant kids were hit by teachers for speaking a language other than English. Kids are no longer hit but sometimes still receive unfair treatment. A high school student in Kansas City, KA was suspended for speaking Spanish in the hall. Superintendent Bobby Allen of the Turner School District soon rescinded the suspension and also issued a personal apology. Some other kids of Hispanic background are apparently receiving less than professional treatment by school officials at Hardy Elementary School in Texas. Parents of Hispanic kids have complained that their sons and daughters have been yelled and unfairly punished by their teachers.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wanted: Bilingual Teachers

If you are a bilingual teacher looking for a job, check out the Philadelphia School District. The Head Start program at Luis Muñoz-Marin School is staffed by English-speaking teachers. Parents in the North Philadelphia community are not happy at all. In Philadelphia, 14 percent of the student body is Latino. However, only 4 percent of the teaching staff is Latino and most are not bilingual.