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Survival phrases in Tagalog (Filipino)

Today’s blog post will take us to the Philippines and its national language, Tagalog or Filipino (Pilipino). Tagalog is an Austronesian language, the language family that also includes languages such as Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasy and Hawaiian to name but a few. 258 more words

A million smiling faces

One of the greatest joys that I found living in Papua New Guinea was the amazing diversity and no more so than the incredible faces that you saw daily on walks to the market, rides on PMVs and adventures to other Provinces.  1,002 more words

Voters demand change in Taiwan through its elections. Now what?

As an American journalist living in Taiwan for the past 6 years, I have enjoyed the fruits of living on this diverse island, but its people have been struggling to recover economically after the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. 1,299 more words


Did Hobbits Live among Us Recently?

The Indonesian island of Flores and its neighbors host two unusual languages, called Ke’o and Ngadha. They have extremely simple grammar — surprising for Austronesian languages, which generally have complex grammar. 253 more words

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Fijian Resources Available

You can see them here. Please comment on the page or this post if you have a good resource to add!


Maray ka kumalang imhuan

This week, I am saying goodbye to some amazing people. As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently in Taiwan, researching cultural revitalization. For the last month, I worked at the Siraya’s cultural center, attended the Youth Leadership Workshop, inter-tribal meetings, and traveled to just a few of their villages. 1,243 more words


How an Austronesian Concept Entered World of Warcraft

Read here about the history of “mana”.

Below: “Papuan Idols,” in With the World’s People by John Clark Ridpath, 1912.
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