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Paligsahang 'Iispel Mo!' kasadong-kasado na sa Enero 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:50 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Ang 'Iispel Mo!' ay pambansang timpalak sa pagbaybay sa wikang Filipino na batay sa mga umiiral na tuntunin ng Ortograpiyang Pambansa at Manwal sa Masinop ng Pagsulat

Have you ever tried inventing your own word?

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Did you know that the Greeks have a word that means 'a hunger for disaster?' Or that the Germans have a term for when you dread getting what you want?

Gwen Garcia asks Cebu schools to stop teaching in Cebuano

Dec 18, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The Cebu governor asks the local school board to pass a resolution reinstating English as the medium of instruction in K-12 schools

BASIC EDUCATION. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia blames mother tongue and Filipino instruction for low reading comprehension scores. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

KWF wants indigenous languages used in school papers

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The world in 2019 celebrates the Year of Indigenous Languages

Kadayawan Village - Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

P100,000 gantimpala naghihintay sa pinakamahusay na tesis at disertasyon sa wikang Filipino

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Tatanggap ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ng mga lahok sa Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda hanggang Oktubre 11, 2019

[OPINYON] Nagkaisa, pinagkaisahan, naisahan

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Hindi na tayo iniisahan ng mga corrupt na pulitiko. Dahil paulit-ulit na, kawatan na sila. Pero wala tayong kadala-dala. Sanay na tayong maisahan, kaya ang tawag na sa atin ay pinagsasamantalahan.

Mga kabataang Ilokano, sasabak sa pagsasanay sa pagpapalusog ng haraya

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Ikikintal sa mga kabataan ang halaga ng pagsusulat sa wikang Ilokano pati na ang pagsasagawa ng mga palihan upang mapaunlad pa ang kanilang malikhaing akda

Applications now open for assistant language teachers in Japan

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Applications are now being accepted for Assistant Language Teacher positions in the 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

[OPINION] Our languages are in trouble, so what?

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The education system has reinforced the narrow definition of success in terms of proficiency in two dominant languages: English and Filipino

Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

[OPINION] How our native languages benefit society

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

It is harder for governments to manipulate diverse populations due to a multiplicity of internal languages, cultures, and opinions

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bigyan natin ng pagkakataong yumabong ang Filipino

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Hindi isinasantabi ng Filipino ang wika nating kinalakhan at ang kulturang nagpausbong nito. Tulay itong naglalayong pag-ugnayin tayo sa kabila ng ating pagkakaiba-iba.

[OPINION] The benefits of knowing many languages

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:00 PM

But long-term policies threaten our multilingualism. Most high schools don’t offer any other language subjects, whether native or foreign, besides English and Filipino.

[OPINION] It's time to change how Filipinos see the national language

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM

We should have a neutral foreign language like English and Spanish as inter-ethnic lingua francas in our country

[OPINYON] Industriya sa Buwan ng Wika

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Nakatutuwang isiping nagkakaroon ng pagtangkilik sa barong tagalog kasabay ng pagtangkilik sa wikang pambansa. Sana lang, hindi ito pang-isang buwan. Sana buong taon.

[OPINION] Why don't we celebrate Buwan ng mga Wika instead?

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Almost 50 Philippine languages are endangered because the number of speakers are declining. Part of the problem is government policies that have favored English and Tagalog for many decades.

Buwan ng Wika 2019 itatampok ang mga katutubong lengguwahe

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'Nais nating pagpugayan at patunayan na mahalagang bahagi ng ating pagkabansa ang 130 katutubong wika sa Filipinas,' ayon kay Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

KADAYAWAN VILLAGE. Ata tribe members warmly welcome Kadayawan Village visitors and have regular performances of their dances. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

First Filipino Sign Language training held for health workers in Calabarzon

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The training aims to equip health workers with the tools to communicate with patients who have hearing impairment

Photo from DOH Calabarzon

[OPINION] Part 2: Why language subjects in college are better optional

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Let us be reminded that Filipino is not the only language of Filipinos. We are a multilingual people. This is what makes Filipinos special, for which we should be proud.

[OPINION] Part 1: Why language subjects in college are better optional

Jun 09, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The Supreme Court's decision is a victory for flexibility and diversity. Finally, we can move beyond the cumbersome, overly prescriptive policies of the past.

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Why musical performances are not 'escapes'

May 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The science and art of the power of music to help us become better human beings are solid and irrefutable

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The reaction comes hours after Ukraine's parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian

LANGUAGE. Young activists write a placard reading 'Ukrainian language is us!' during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 25, 2019. The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings. Photo by Sergei  Supinsky/AFP

Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at CES 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

An array of companies at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show are promoting increasingly sophisticated devices that allow people speaking different languages to converse with the help of handheld devices or wireless earpieces

TRANSLATORS AT CES 2019. The Travis Touch pocket translator is displayed at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 9, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

What you need to know about DepEd's foreign language electives

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The education department says its Special Program in Foreign Language 'aims to enhance the ability of learners to engage in meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace'

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Korean won't replace Filipino subject, says DepEd

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

The Department of Education clarifies that Korean is intended as an elective

New law orders gov't, schools, media to use Filipino Sign Language

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Republic Act 11106 declares Filipino Sign Language as the national sign language of the deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf

Deaf students say a short prayer in sign language before the start of their class during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipinos can now apply as assistant language teachers in Japan

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for submitting application materials for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is January 7, 2019

Starbucks opens first sign language store in US

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:30 AM

All staff members are required to communicate with customers using sign language

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

Senate passes bill promoting Filipino sign language

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Senate Bill 1455 aims to establish FSL as the official language of the deaf community to 'promote their identity, expression, and communication'

Speaking in tongues: How storytelling shapes Philippine languages

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'People contextualize their language when they tell a story'

[OPINYON] Buwan ng Wika: Hindi bawal umingles, basta ayusin mo

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Hayaan munang tuklasin ng bata ang mundo niya; ang matuto gamit ang wikang sinasalita niya sa panaginip, sa paghalughog sa kaluluwa. Filipino language man ito or otherwise.

The Buwan ng Wika debate: Do we celebrate local languages or dialects?

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'Acknowledging local identity is important so we can all introduce ourselves properly to each other in this big barangay called Pilipinas'

Vatican launches live translation app for papal events

Jul 28, 2018 - 2:10 AM

The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

MASS TRANSLATION. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. A new app will level a few language barriers as it translates the Pope in real-time. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP


[OPINYON] Sa mga guro ng wika, sa panahon ng fake ‘news’

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'Malansang isda' – hanggang ngayon, kino-quote ng mga guro ito para himukin ang mga bagets na magmahal sa wika tulad ng pagmamahal dito ni Rizal. Ang problema, hindi naman si Rizal ang may sabi nito.

WATCH: Meet the sign language interpreters of Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Get to know the 3 sign language interpreters who helped Metro Manila Pride 2018's deaf community #RiseUpTogether

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS PRIDE MARCH. Photo from Rappler

Famed sign-language gorilla Koko dies in California

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Koko became the subject of books, television shows and press reports after learning more than 1,000 words in American Sign Language

Famed sign-language gorilla Koko dies in California US | animal | gorilla

The problem with 'we' is 'they'

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Being with like-minded people is not always good for your growth

‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

[OPINION] Profanity

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Cursing does have an aura of authenticity. It shows raw emotion. It shows the man as he truly is. But if this is the true character of the man, I would prefer a little hypocrisy.

The worth of 30 million words

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Have a conversation with children and help build their world of words

Kyrgios fined for outburst at spectator in win against Silva

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Kyrgios is among 6 players who were fined for indiscretions in qualifying and the main draw's first phase at the opening Grand Slam

How the deaf use social media for their advocacies

Sep 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The deaf community relies on social media platforms that allow for visual communication and use these to push for advocacies such as the passage of the Filipino Sign Language bill

SIGN LANGUAGE. Faculty members and students of DLS-CSB's School of Deaf Education and Applies Studies take part in the Social Good Summit 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PANOORIN: Pag-awit ni Joey Ayala ng 'Tutubing Bakal'

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Inawit ni Joey Ayala ang Tutubing Bakal para sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika

Oral computer test deems native English speaker not fluent enough

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:47 PM

A native English speaker fails the oral component of a computerized English language test needed for her visa

This general view shows the central business district behind the iconic Opera House in Sydney on September 17, 2015. Peter Parks/AFP

10 public high schools in Metro Manila to offer Korean language this year

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says it would be good for Filipino students to continue the tradition of knowing about Korea

'Village Base Station Project,' 'Siglo' star at UP tech fair

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The two are prime examples of the ingenuity on display at the local tech fair

SPEEDING AHEAD. The Philippines' 'Siglo' electric car bags 2nd place honors at 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon event. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler

Ang problema sa pagdepensa sa jejemon

May 08, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Ipinagtatanggol ng ilan ang mga jeje Pruweba umano ito na ang masa ay nagsasalita na P wede ba? Ang gusto nila’y manatili sa iilan ang pribilehiyo ng kagalingang magsalita at magsulat