New York Times: For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders

New York Times: For Russian-Speaking Ukrainians, Language Clubs Offer Way to Defy Invaders. “Since Russia’s invasion, a number of language clubs have opened in cities in western Ukraine. Teachers and volunteers are reaching out to millions of displaced people who have fled to the relative safety of western cities like Lviv from the Russian-speaking east — encouraging them to practice and embrace Ukrainian as the language of their daily lives. An estimated one in every three Ukrainians speaks Russian at home, according to researchers, and many of them — outraged by the violence of Russia’s invasion — are enthusiastically making the switch as a show of defiance.”

New York Times: The War in Ukraine Has Unleashed a New Word

New York Times: The War in Ukraine Has Unleashed a New Word. “‘Pашизм’ is a word built up from the inside, from several languages, as a complex of puns and references that reveal a bilingual society thinking out its predicament and communicating to itself. Its emergence demonstrates how a code-switching people can enrich language while making a horrific war more intelligible to themselves. Putin’s ethnic imperialism insists that Ukrainians must be Russians because they speak Russian. They do — and they speak Ukrainian. But Ukrainian identity has as much to do with an ability to live between languages than it does with the use of any one of them.”

Google Expanding Its Neural Network Translation Tool to More Languages

Google is expanding its AI translation program. From the blog announcement: “Last November, people from Brazil to Turkey to Japan discovered that Google Translate for their language was suddenly more accurate and easier to understand. That’s because we introduced neural machine translation—using deep neural networks to translate entire sentences, rather than just phrases—for eight languages overall. Over the next couple of weeks, these improvements are coming to Google Translate in many more languages, starting right now with Hindi, Russian and Vietnamese.”

Skype Translator Now Supports Russian

The Skype Translator now supports Russian. “Skype users will be able to talk in Russian and their speech will be translated in one of the other eight languages that the service supports. Translator was publicly launched last year, and since then the team has continuously expanded the language base that the service supports.”

Guide: Conducting Open-Source Research on the Russian Internet

Have you seen this new guide featured on Global Voices? It’s an extensive guide to conducting open source resource on the Russian Internet. “This research project by Aric Toler, a contributor at RuNet Echo and Bellingcat, will create a series of guides, tutorials, and walkthroughs on understanding and conducting open-source research on the Russian-language Internet (RuNet). The primary focus of the project will be providing instruction on the nuances of Russia.” These guides are intended for users who have little or no Russian. There are seven so far, the earliest being published in October and the most recent published yesterday.