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.

Marjolein Groot Nibbelink
Marjolein realized early on that the Netherlands was too small for her. After traveling to 30+ countries over the span of 10 years she moved to the United States in 2014. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Rotterdam and has long had an affinity for creative writing.


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