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VIDEO: “Afrikaans Basics” (Polyglot Gathering 2014)

A few weeks ago I attended the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, where I gave two talks: the first being a basic introduction to Afrikaans for those interested in learning it, the second about improving your reading and comprehension. The first of those is now available! Unfortunately for this talk I was placed in the smallest room which had no video …

Language and politics: when is multilingualism a political act?

Recently it was announced that for the first time in 20 years, Hebrew classes have been reintroduced by Hamas to the university syllabus  in the Gaza strip. Hamas apparently intends to entirely reintroduce Hebrew teaching to secondary schools as well, despite great resistence from the local population. However, Hamas insists that it is important for the Palestinians to “know the …

All you need to know about Afrikaans

Seeing as it’s Christmas, I thought I’d share with you all something very special. This is going to be the first in a series of posts about specific languages, in which I will go through some basic background info, crash-course some grammar, give you a few example phrases and put up lots of pretty pictures on the way. Today’s language …