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[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

Is texting a curse?

Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Does texting erode language?

'Sayang' moments

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Today the Duterte administration poses the risk of being another ‘sayang’ moment

WATCH: How Filipinos say 'I love you'

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:21 PM

How do Filipinos express their love for one another? Let s count the ways

Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:07 PM

How does one call people appropriately these days? When is dear acceptable? Or for that matter bok ?

Alternative facts?

Jan 27, 2017 - 7:04 PM

There are legitimate references to alternative readings or competing narratives

'Surreal' is 2016 'Word of the Year'

Dec 20, 2016 - 7:16 AM

Merriam Webster s dictionary gives the word the honor after a spike in searches for it over the previous year

This December 16, 2016 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC. shows the definition for the word 'Surreal' in a copy of the Webster's Desktop Dictionary. Karen Bleier/AFP

Digong and the Donald: The indiscreet charm of informality in politics

Nov 30, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Duterte and Trump show that they are different from most other politicians Their “backstage rhetoric” allows them to present themselves as political figures who side with the people and not with other politicians

85 countries vie for foreign language film Oscar

Oct 12, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Brillante Mendoza s movie Ma Rosa Pedro Almodovar s Julieta are among the films submitted for the awards

‘Tokhang’: Maililista na kaya sa Oxford Dictionary?

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Sino ng nagsabing ang wikang Filipino ay Tagalog? Umabot na rin tayo sa antas internasyunal Marami nang salitang Filipino at slang ang tinanggap ng Oxford English Dictionary

Many languages use similar sounds for common objects – study

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:42 PM

These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage

Your brain has its own World Wide Web of words

Aug 26, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] To say that language is a mere accessory is like saying your head is just something nature grabbed for you to wear but that you would be perfectly fine walking around headless

In New York, children of Indonesian migrants learn Bahasa Indonesia

Aug 16, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Indonesian university students in America teach Indonesian language and culture to children born in the Unites States to Indonesian parents – in an attempt to share the wonders of Indonesia and to give back to the nation they call home

LEARNING BAHASA INDONESIA. Children in New York learn from their instructor ---. Photo from Permias NY Facebook page