A sweet goodbye to the Year of Languages

UNESCO’s International Year of Languages (2008) comes to a close with International Mother Language Day on February 21, 2009. The Orphan’s Lullaby project, a “multilingual celebration of languages spoken in Africa, and a multilingual expression of uniting for children and uniting against AIDS” has create a sweet lullaby on video to commemorate the day.

The lullaby is sung in English, but you can see translations of the lyrics into languages such as Wolof, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Arabic, French, Lingala, Afrikaans, Chichewa, Hindi and Igbo, and learn more about the Orphan’s Lullaby project on Alex Smith’s blog.

For more on the International Year of Languages, see Don Osborn’s great collection of links.


Donna Parrish
Publisher of MultiLingual, Donna Parrish is also co-organizer of the LocWorld conferences. Coming into the language industry from a background of mathematics and computer programming, she has an appreciation for the wizardry of language technology and an awe for linguists.

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