Friday, December 22, 2006

Buon Natale nel Mondo

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

Thursday, December 21, 2006

European Babel?

New year, new members, new languages, and more translation and interpretation. The number of official languages at the European Union will rise to 23. The newest languages are Irish, Bulgarian, and Rumanian. Translators and interpreters are being hired to meet the demand created by these new languages.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Speak Irish?

As of January 1, 2007 Irish (Gaelic) is going to be the 21st official working language of the European Union. Officials are working furiously to create enough translators and interpreters to accommodate the needs. Ireland itself is planning to become a bilingual country. The government will launch a policy with 13 key objectives for the Irish language in the near future.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Bianco Natale: Mina

Video di Mina che canta Bianco Natale (White Cristmas).

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Tongue-Tied British?

British kids are happy to be tongue-tied. As soon as they had a chance to drop French, teenagers at a school in Manchester were very happy to do so. Only 15 out of 100 signed up for French. Interest in German was even worse and the school decided not to offer it at all. “Languages are hard," according to some British students. Of course, math is just as hard. Dropping math also as soon as they can? British adults don’t do much better at languages when compared to other Europeans. Out of the 25 European Union countries the UK only beats Hungary in the proportion of its citizens able to have a conversation in a second language. A study by the European Commission showed that 30 per cent of people in the UK were able to do this, compared to 91 per cent in the Netherlands, 88 per cent in Denmark, 62 per cent in Germany and 45 per cent in France.

And Not Tongue-Tied Tuscans

97% of students in Tuscany (the people residing in the region around Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, etc.) speak English, according to a study by the Crusca academy.