Full story - January 25, 2017
Kenyan language activist Kennedy Bosire has co-edited an online dictionary of his mother tongue, Ekegusii, also know as Kisii.
Ekegusii is spoken by about two million Kenyans but has been losing ground to Swahili and English. Now it is taught in some schools, thanks to local language activists assisted by American linguists.
Full story - January 16, 2017
In English, Trump's name connotes a certain grandiosity, but how well does it translate into other languages? This week on the World in Words podcast, translating Trump.
Full story - December 23, 2016
Students Andries Jacobi, Nienke Kooi and Fardau de Vries attend a trilingual (Dutch, Frisian, English) public school in Koudum in the Dutch province of Friesland.
You may have never heard of Frisian. But it is spoken by more than 300,000 people, and its revitalization is a model for other small, struggling languages.
Full story - December 14, 2016
A word that continues to catch a lot of people's attention post-election: cuck. This slur, which has roots to the old word "cuckold," has been adopted by white supremacist groups, or the so-called "alt-right."
Full story - November 21, 2016
How did Swahili go from a small Bantu dialect spoken in Zanzibar to a major language all over the African continent?
Full story - November 17, 2016
Standing Rock is more than a movement for clean water rights. It's also where the Lakota language is re-inventing itself.
Full story - November 09, 2016
A teacher and her students at an advanced Arabic class at a private school in Dubai.
Young Emiratis find it easier to communicate in English than Arabic, which is their mother language. How did that happen?
Full story - November 04, 2016
When you don't speak English, going to the hospital in the US, can be a frightening experience. This was the case for many Mexican farm workers living and working in the Salinas Valley who neither spoke English nor Spanish. Natividad Hospital in Salinas found that four of the most popular languages spoken in the hospital were Native Mexican languages. So, the hospital piloted a program to train indigenous language speakers to become medical interpreters.
Full story - November 03, 2016
Kimberly Medina, 19, votes during the U.S. presidential primary election at Gates Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, on  June 7, 2016. Californians will vote Nov. 8 on a ballot measure that seeks to overturn a ban on bilingual education.
We know much more about bilingualism now than we did 18 years ago, when Californians voted to ban bilingual education. So what does the research tell us?
Full story - November 01, 2016
Laguna tribal members Jenni Monet and her grandmother June Sarracino.
The Keres language, spoken by the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico, is dying. When younger tribal members tried to revive it, they were blocked by elders fearful that spiritual essence of the language would be lost.