Languages

Thinking in a Foreign Language Could Sway Your Moral Judgments

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Would you kill one person to save five? This cruel dilemma pits the principle of thou-shalt-not-kill against simple math: Five is greater than one. But presumably it’s a dilemma each person solves the same way each time, unaffected by superficial things like the language in which it’s presented. After all, we like to think we abide by a consistent moral ... Read More »

Marks on paper

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“Four treasures” –the ink stick, the brush, the paper and the ink stone on which the ink will be ground and mixed with water to create the black juice used for writing- and “eight eternity principles” –the “strange stone” (怪石), the “jade table” (玉案), the “iron pillar” (鐵柱), the “crab’s pincher” (蟹爪), the “tiger’s tooth” (虎牙), the “rhinoceros’ horn” (犀角), ... Read More »

Cameron Tells British Children to Learn Mandarin, Not French

Prime Minister David Cameron returned from his tour of China with a message for Britain’s schoolchildren: forget French and German, it’s time to learn Mandarin. David Cameron, prime minister of U.K., talks with students at a subbranch of Longjiang Road Primary School in Chengdu on Dec. 4, 2013. Source: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images A foreign language will be compulsory in primary as well as ... Read More »

Lose a language, lose a culture

There are now only seven native speakers of the Nuu language, a clicking language spoken by the Khomani community in South Africa. As increasing numbers of languages disappear, humanity loses cultural heritage but not only… the loss of a language has far more dire consequences than the loss of a culture. Ms. Ouma Aenki Kassie passed away on January 7 ... Read More »

India’s tribal people fast becoming lost for words

Of the 7000 languages now spoken across the world, only about 600 are expected to survive until the end of the century.The road runs out seven kilometres before the last village in India. Women and children of the Totopara village, where Toto is spoken, a language that UNESCO classifies as critically dangered. Photo: Raj Patidar Nestled at the edge of ... Read More »

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I know not a great deal about cars save what is the minimum required to keep me from harm. Yet on Christmas Day, when the veritable plague of hail descended upon Melbourne, denting all metal in its path, I knew that I had to remove my mode of conveyance from my aunt’s front yard, where it waited stoically for the ... Read More »

Estonia continues silly anti-Russian hysteria

The Russian language in Estonia is the language of the invaders, and for 50 years the Russians allegedly had been “the dominant race” in Estonia These statements were made by the Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Shortly before his visit to Switzerland, Ilves gave an interview to a local newspaper Der Bund. Much of it was devoted to the relations ... Read More »