WANTED: Native Speakers!

WANTED: Native Speakers!

A child is born every 8 seconds. Every 8 seconds of every minute and day, week, month, year… A lot of people, hum?
Every single day is marked by a new personality, culture and language.
Modern technology is developing in the same way and if technology unites all manner of people, the language could remain however an obstacle on the way to communication.

Today, we can fully enjoy the benefit of Google Chrome,  things like on-line translation and the “world” language – English, however there are a lot of minority groups of people who speak both languages:a known one and a unique.
These people tend to use (for eg.) English more often for they feel a so-called “promotion” of  English ,especially, in social net workings.

Should such people who speaking for eg. Tamasheg or Taqbaylit create their own community in Web, so they can express feelings and share information in their mother languages? Or should they keep using English instead? …

Both are unnecessary.

Indigenoustweets.com  is a a simple and at the same time a unique page that records internet users in more than 60 languages. Once you have created an account on Twitter, click Indigenoustweets.com and by scrolling the simple database of words and numbers, you can find people who used the rare languages in their blogs on Twitter. The database looks like that: Click on the language you are looking for and discover a table with foto of the person and additional information, like the percentage of time he/she tweets in a certain language, interesting topics in that languages. You decide whether to add the person to your friends or simply follow his/her blogs. The founder of the site – Mr Scannell – says that the aim is to connect people talking the same minority language or dialects, save relationships with families and friends,  but I would also add, that using this web site a lot of international companies as well as translation agencies can recruit new and special employees. WANTED: Native Speakers!

Here is an example and small research I did: I learnt that there are few people speaking Tamasheg language (Algeria): only 3 people on this web site and as I was not aware of the language before – I easily enter “Tamasheg” on Google to inquire the places people speak it, but instead I came across to a translator-job for the native Tamasheg speakers. The job is mainly about to translate video records and make some audio coverings.

Why not?

Today social net-workings are strongly connected with communication and defined in many ways: this is only one of million ways – the language opportunity way.

by Marina

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11 thoughts on “WANTED: Native Speakers!

  1. hey,
    You give us a picture at first and it is really cool to attract readers’ eyes. And in your article, you apply your own experience, I think it makes the whole blog more vivid. However, I think this article is more likely to introduce the website to us. Do you mean to do it? If not, I think you can add more about your own ideas about what you want to say.
    Mengmei

  2. Hey this is a really interesting article!

    I have always spoken mainly English or Chinese throughout my life in Singapore, but after coming to Berlin on exchange, I realise the importance of knowing and exposing myself to various languages. In this internationalised business world, we should start broadening our knowledge language and cultures. Indigenoustweets.com is a very interesting page and can open many doors for people speaking minority languages or even for people interested in learning a new language!

    Good job :)

  3. Sweeetie :) Wow – this blog (especially its headline plus first sentences) catches all the pro-culture people, who love travelling, forign countries and languages – quiet smart choice since we are all IBmans and share those interests!!! You found your perfect target group! And very good picture/image choice – very inviting! :) Take care and go on!!!

  4. Hey Marina,
    I really enjoyed reading your post on this subject. In the introduction, you manage to gain the reader’s attention by providing examples and directly addressing the reader. The other day, I also read about the matter but I did not see the business purpose (e.g. a translation job) of such a communication network but rather the possibility of exchanging cultural content through the common native minority language. I had never heart of the languages you mentioned before. A very interesting insight into the topic and thumbs up for your style.

  5. hey Marina,

    I really like your way of thinking about how we can improve international language situation on the Web. In my opinion, it is absolutely important to support native speakers, even if there are just few people speaking it. You mentioned good examples with seemed to be told like the “negative storytelling way” of TELLING STORIES ;)

    You may can go deeper and think about other possibilities to survive other languages like English, German, French, Spanish and so on. What we need are languages with an interesting background. I mean everybody asks why and how this labguage can survive. I am interested in this! And I found one page which could support you reasearches: http://www.dieuniversitaet-online.at/beitraege/news/vergessene-sprachen-im-fokus/543/neste/8.html
    They wrote about an EU-project how to support forgetten laguages.

    Good job!

  6. Hi,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog post because you have a totally different approach to the topic of IT. The fact that you give about the children born every hour during the day is in my opinion widely known, but the way you used it in this context is quite unique. The fact that you put this example just in the beginning was a really crucial, and in the same time successful to catch the attention of the reader.

    Nice one!

  7. Hi Marina,

    what a good post that is! How did this topic came to your mind?
    The introduction was very nicely done and you were leading well to the languages.
    Of course, we all speak English but you are right to say that lots and lots of unique languages die because of the use of one main language (English, in most cases). With those languages, a small bit of our world’s culture dies. It’s so cool that there are people out there who use platforms like Twitter to keep their language alive.
    Thank you for making us aware of it!

  8. Dear Marina!
    What an amazing post! This is such a wonderful idea of Mr Scannel, I wonder where you’ve find it? The title is really well choden and caught my attention immediately.
    It is good, that you have usd a social approach to IT.

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