WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE ..... IT'S DYING
The world's 6004 languages are dying off quickly and up to half of them will probably become extinct during the next century, experts predict. "I call this a catastrophe - the rate of loss of mankind's linguistic diversity," said Michael Krauss of the University of Alaska.
The forces conspiring against native tongues now seem to be largely electronic. Satellite television, cellular telephones and the Internet all let people speak to each other instantly all over the world.
However, linguists urge the preservation of small languages as second, or even third, languages, rather than allowing them to be swallowed up by English, Arabic, Spanish and other major languages.
We should care. The world will be less interesting, less beautiful.
It is said that in prehistoric times, humans probably spoke between 10,000 and 15,000 languages. This is now down to about 6000 and dropping fast.
President - Frank L Scicluna (South Australia) Secretary: Lawrence Dimech Vice-President Edwidge Borg (Victoria) Treasurer: Alfred Flask (Australian Capital Territory)
MALTESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF MACKAY QUEENSLAND DINNER - MAY 2009
(Photo) From left - Margaret McDermott (Schembri), Camille Morris (Refalo) and Carmel Baretta - Hon Consul.
Hi Frank, I did send you a report on my return from Malta but other than that I have just been catching up on everything including HC work! The School is doing fine. Next term we will be amalgamating our two existing classes so that we can introduce another Beginners class. This seems to be working fine. Had a Maltese Dinner recently for students and their families. 36 attended - we had all home cooked Maltese food with everything named in Maltese and students were encouraged to speak in Maltese during the evening. This proved to be very successful and they want to have another one before the end of the year. It's our way of incorporating culture into our lessons. Recipes are to be given out at one of the lessons for those interested.. We are involving the students in the coming Our Lady of Victories Mass and Procession - Sept 4. Another way of keeping them involved in the Maltese culture. Classes seem to be going Ok though numbers do fluctuate. The interest is still there and I am sure we will gain more new students in the next term.
MALTESE ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC.
On behalf of the President, Committee and our Schoolteacher Maria Formosa I wish to sincerely thankyou for your generous donation of books for our school and library. The school is a bonus to our Community and with the dedication of Maria I'm sure the school will grow in the years to come. At the present we don't have classroom facilities but plans are afoot in the future to accommodate the students attending these language classes. Of course this will depend on funding to build a dedicated room to conduct these lessons. .
In closing once again sincere thanks for your contribution. Yours sincerely Judy Pavia Secretary/Manager.
THE MALTESE LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF ADELAIDE - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Maltese school of Adelaide was established in 1982; therefore we are in the 27th anniversary since it opened its doors to teach the Maltese language and culture to our younger generations. Presently we have three classes and four qualified teachers: Anna Agius, Anna Farrugia and Josie and Frank Scicluna. The school coordinator is Katie Cassar who runs the school efficiently. .
During the feast of St. Peter and St Paul (l-Imnarja) our school participated in the festivities organised by the Maltese Chaplaincy Festivities Committee and the Maltese Queen of Victories Band by holding an exhibition of Maltese traditional food. Among the exhibits there were Bigilla, Ross il-form, Timpana, Hobz Biz-zejt, Pastizzi, Qaghaq tal-Ghasel and Pudina. This activity was very well attended and we also had in attendance His Excellency Hieu Van Le, the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, the Hon Mike Atkinson, the SA Attorney General and Vini Cicarello, Member of Parliament for Norwood. .
The school holds the lessons at the Maltese Cultural Centre, 6 Jeanes Street, Beverley every Friday from 7.00 pm onwards and the attendance is quite steady. Our students would like to communicate with students of other interstate Maltese schools. If interested contact email@example.com.
AKKADEMJA MALTIJA TA' NSW INC
The Board of the Akkademja Maltija of NSW is holding a Mixed Heritage of Malta 1530-1780 with special guest Ms Annamaria Bonnici - Consul General of Malta (NSW) at the Campion College Old Toongabbie on Saturday 11 July 2009 .
The program will consist of The Maltese HSC: past, present and future by Jane Borg (Principal) The Baroque Heritage of Malta 1530-1780 by Charles Galea (Teacher of Maltese) Honouring the HSC Graduates and Presentation of the 2008 HSC Graduates Philosophy of Akkademja Maltija ta� NSW by Rhonda Balzan Bastow. We wish them every success in this remarkable venture. .
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