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Nelson Garcia of U.S. English, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rosalie Pedalino Porter of the group ProEnglish, from left, speak outside the Capitol in support of King’s bill to make English the official language of the U.S. government.

Rep. John Conyers didn’t speak a word of English at Thursday’s hearing on a bill to make English the official language of the nation, but he still made his opinion of the bill crystal clear. Read more»

Chomsky speaks on linguistics at the UA on Tuesday.

Internationally renowned linguist, author and policy pundit Noam Chomsky is visiting the University of Arizona this week to talk about language, education and politics. He'll give a free talk Wednesday night at Centennial Hall. Read more» 1

A Uitoto man in Colombia. Only about 50 people still speak Uitoto, out of the 600 members of the indigenous Uitoto tribe in the southern Colombian jungle. The rest communicate in Spanish which they view as more modern and useful.

With both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and located close to Caribbean islands, Colombia has long been a crossroads for indigenous groups. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers reported that native peoples here spoke at least 300 distinct languages, many of which are now dying out. Read more»

Tourists can't resist a photo with an Austrian road sign.

It's safe to say that Lord Focko had no idea the village named after him would one day become a sanctuary for English-speaking sex tourists. This Austrian village attracts plenty of sophomoric humor. Read more» 7

Students protesting in the middle of their high school courtyard, trying to get their school to pay for new books. Florence, Italy, 2001

Up until the 1960s, middle and high school students in Italy studied both Latin and Greek syntax and literature. Today they can hardly write (and many cases even speak) Italian properly. Read more»

A couple tango in Bogota, Columbia.

Dubbing movies is big business in Bogota. So are call centers. All because it's easy to understand Colombian Spanish. Read more» 1

Montreal, 2007.

Naema Ahmed, a 29-year-old Egyptian, was attending a government-sponsored class in Montreal for immigrants who want to learn French. In the middle of writing an exam, she was pulled out of class by a provincial official, who gave her a stark choice — remove the veil or leave the class. Ahmed left. Read more»

A traffic sign in Dubai.

Arabic is no better than the third most-spoken language in the United Arab Emirates, behind English and Hindi. Emiratis live as a privileged minority in their oil-rich country, but their language — and with it, their sense of national identity — is in danger of being swamped by a relentless tide of Western-style consumerism. Read more»