Mandarin for Dr Doom, Arabic apps and rare tongues – language news

This week in languages: the famous NYU professor, Dr Doom, takes up Mandarin, Canada preserves its rare languages and funding for Israeli startups

Dr Doom hopeful for Mandarin

Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economics professor who predicted the US housing crash, said he’s learning Mandarin. Talking at Davos, Roubini said Mandarin is a key language for global growth so wants to jump on that linguistic band wagon.

Read more: CNN Money

Badly worded job advert offends Welsh language supporters

The Welsh language commissioner has been called in to resolve an argument between Pembrokeshire council and language pressure groups after a job advert caused a language furore. The poorly worded advert on the council’s website implied Welsh wasn’t widely spoken and not necessary for social care work.

Read more: BBC

Israel to incubate Arabic language learning apps

Israeli-Arab investors are funding an incubator for startups building Arabic language apps and mobile tools in the Israeli city of Haifa. The initiative wants to address the capital shortfall hindering the Israeli-Arab startup scene.

Read more: Haaretz

The indigenous language that could

There are only 10 fluent speakers of Squamish, the indigenous Canadian language, but a movement towards preservation is firmly underway. In British Columbia, despite limited resources, indigenous languages programmes are flourishing.

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