KATHMANDU, July 23: Police personnel deployed at the Tribhuvan International Airport have been trained in Chinese and French languages, targeting Visit Nepal Year 2020.

Emotions and emotional intelligence

July 13, 2019 11:35 am

Emotions are so close to us that we experience them on a daily basis, at the same time they so far from us that we don’t actually understand what they are, they are so hard to communicate. Language seems helpless and disable to project the depth of emotions.

Mandarin’s usefulness

July 8, 2019 00:30 am

To enable China to extend its additional support to Nepal for its fast growth, Nepal should think of teaching Mandarin at schools

Why English?

June 9, 2019 00:25 am

With over one hundred languages spoken within the territory of 1,47,181 square kilometers, Nepal has faced the problem of accommodating lingual concerns of various ethnic communities. The constitution has recognized all mother tongues as national language and granted fundamental right to the citizens to pursue primary education in mother tongue.

Researchers have characterised the musical language of German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven for the first time, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring patterns.

Whose English?

June 2, 2019 02:00 am

People take pride in speaking English with native accent. When I speak English, I want the world to know I am a Nepali

KATHMANDU, May 17: Although Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara issued a ruling last week to remove some 'un-parliamentary words' spoken during heated exchanges between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and opposition lawmakers who were raising some critical questions in parliament last week, it will likely take a few months to decide which specific words to remove.

Language in danger

May 13, 2019 01:30 am

Unhealthy infatuation with English language risks Nepal’s minority languages like Tharu, Maithili, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Gurung, Newari and Limbu by putting them at extinction path

KATHMANDU, April 21: Speakers at a programme have said learning the Chinese language would not only clear the language barriers but also pave a way for understanding each other.

Learning a language

January 11, 2019 11:49 am

Learning a new language is no small feat. You will probably have to practice for months before you can even string together words to make a proper sentence. But let that not frustrate you and deter you from learning a new dialect.

Ten languages account for nearly 90 per cent of the top 10 million websites -- a tiny fraction of the world’s 7,097 languages.

‘Sanskrit dying in its own land’

December 18, 2018 07:57 am

DOLAKHA, Dec 18: Until a few years ago, chanting hymns in Sanskrit language was a regular activity at the Sanskrit Secondary School of Hilepani in Kalinchowk Rural Municipality-4. Since Sanskrit was a compulsory subject here, the only Sanskrit school in the district used to boast of its contribution in preserving the language.

Business-oriented exam to be offered first in Southeast Asia

WELLINGTON, Sept 19: A teenage thrash metal band screams out Maori lyrics in its latest videos. A popular radio host is learning New Zealand's indigenous language and sharing new vocabulary with his audience.

KATHMANDU, JULY 24: The classroom was packed with foreign students; teachers were lined up in the front to deliver lectures at the orientation class for the Nepali language course on Wednesday at the Campus of International Languages, Exhibition Road.

SINGAPORE, June 12: In their first moments of meeting each other, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both sought to project a sense of command as they began a historic summit in Singapore, according to a body language expert.

JANAKPUR, June 11: Province 2 has not been able to finalize its name and official language despite numerous attempts to reach consensus on the same. Lots of disputes have arisen on the issue as different parties are adamant on their own demands.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has launched its website in Chinese language in a bid to attract Chinese tourists.

HETAUDA, May 16: Province 3 Chief Minister Dormani Poudel has said the youths should be made responsible for keeping alive the mother tongue, scripts and the cultural heritages of various ethnic groups, caste and communities that are on the verge of disappearance.

DHANUSHA, April 14: The National Language Commission has launched a campaign to save the Magahi language that is facing an existential crisis.

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact of the poetry and song lyrics of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, who both killed themselves after suffering from depression.

JANAKPUR, March 9: With the tussle between those for and against 'Hindi as the official language' of Province 2 growing, the language debate in the province has become complicated. The ruling and opposition parties are unlikely to resolve this debate anytime soon.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: On the occasion of the International Mother Language Day-2018, the Nepal Academy organized a 'National Mother Language Poem Festival-2018' on Wednesday in the capital city.

Scientists have found that a conversation between an adult and a child may change the child’s brain, and this back-and-forth conversation can be more critical to language development. The researchers found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first three years of life than children from lower-income families.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: A two-day international conference on English Language Teaching and Practical Linguistics organized by the Department of English, Tribhuvan University, concluded on Saturday in the capital.

JANAKPURDHAM, Feb 8: With local youths not ready to accept the use of Hindi  by political leaders of Province 2 during the first provincial assembly meeting  Tuesday,  tensions have worsened. Even though the leaders have defended their use of Hindi, stating that it is the easiest  language medium for connecting the diverse communities in Madhes, the locals are not buying that argument.

Language in education

January 26, 2018 08:57 am

Language in education.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The Language Commission is working on a plan to preserve 29 languages that are on the verge of disappearance, including the Chepang, Kusunda and Dura languages.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The Language Commission is working on a plan to preserve 29 languages that are on the verge of disappearance, including the Chepang, Kusunda and Dura languages.

The Ghorahi sub-metropolis has decided to make Tharu language the language of official use to be effective from coming 1st of Magh or January 15.

RAJBIRAJ, Dec 25: The 15th International Maithili Conference has concluded in Rajbiraj, issuing the Rajbiraj Declaration containing a 13-point demand which includes making Maithili as the language of official use in Province 2.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Police here on Thursday arrested a person using indecent language against President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the social site Facebook.

Minding your language

November 17, 2017 09:01 am

In the year 2000, at an event in Florence, South Carolina, the then president of the US, George W. Bush, addressed the audience with this statement – “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” This subject-verb disagreement was one example of many grammatical errors that characterized the public speaking of the former US President.

Government officials from Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have started to learn Chinese language from Tuesday to enhance their understanding about China.

GULARIYA,Oct 3: The Nepal's Constitution has been published in the Tharu language spoken in western Nepal.

GORKHA, August 10: A process has begun to develop a school curriculum in the Gurung language – which has been spoken in 22 villages of 14 VDCs in northern Gorkha.

KATHMANDU, July 25: As many as 12,108 candidates have passed the Korean Language Test (KLT) held under Employment Permit System (EPS) for jobs in Korea for the year 2018.

BEIJING, July 17: In what can be taken as a move to further deepen its engagement with Nepal, China is expanding the Nepali language study course in the bachelor's level for Chinese students in its universities.

TIKAPUR, July 5: The newly-elected mayor and deputy mayor have assumed their offices in Tikapur Municipality. After assuming office, Mayor Tapendra Bahadur Rawal has already begun to work on some of the promises he had during his election campaign. He has decided to form a taskforce for the conservation and development of the Tharu language under a panel of experts. Before the polls, he had promised to work on making Tharu language an official language of business in a program organized by the Jaycees in Tikapur.

TASMANIA, 27 June 2017: Nepali language is now the second most commonly spoken language other than English in Tasmania. According to the freshly-published results of Population Census 2016, Nepali comes only next to Chinese in terms of foreign languages spoken in the island state.

69,000 sat for Korean language test

June 12, 2017 03:45 am

KATHMANDU, June 11: Around 69,000 Nepali youths have appeared in the Korean Language test this year in pursuit to secure jobs through widely acclaimed Employment Permit System (EPS) of the South Korean government.

KATHMANDU, JUNE 10: Over 35,000 Nepali jobseekers have attended a Korean language test on Saturday, the first day of examinations held under the Employment Permit System (EPS) to select potential candidates for jobs in South Korea. About half of some 75,580 applicants  for the test are scheduled to sit for the language examination on Sunday.

ILAM, June 11: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is known for its campaigns for creating a separate state of 'Gorkhaland' within India, has decided to intensify its language protests in various places of India's West Bengal state.

KATHMANDU, June 9: Nepali-speaking community in Darjeeling staged demonstration after the West Bengal government decided to include Bengali language as a compulsory subject in schools’ curriculum.

According to reports in Indian media, the Hollywood and Bollywood-fame actress will produced a Sikkimese-Nepali film that will be titled 'Paua', which means guest, under her banner Purple Pebble Productions.

Language commission forms expert group

December 21, 2016 08:36 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: The Language Commission has formed a group of experts in order to take support in course of its work.

Should English be the official language of the world?

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Dhan Raj Gurung, speaking in parliament on Sunday has opposed the idea of adopting Hindi also as official language of Nepal.

KARACHI, Oct 16: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “We want freedom from politics of language in Karachi” while addressing a rally in Karachi on Sunday to pay rich tribute to the victims of the 2007 Karsaz attack.

The language debate

September 30, 2016 04:30 am

The government of Nepal made a decision to change the rules of writing in Devanagari script in which the Nepali language is based. This decision was taken five years ago without consensus among linguists to reportedly maintain uniformity in the written and phonetic forms of the Nepali language. According to the new rules, the practice of writing the ‘half alphabet’ and ‘joint alphabet’ would come to an end and school curricula needed to be revised accordingly.