Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

“Arabian” Versus “Persian” Gulf

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Just saw this Yahoo! News blog post: “U.S. military angers Iran by calling Persian Gulf ‘Arabian Gulf’“.

Sounds like something I would have written about two-or-three years ago … in fact, I did somewhere. I’ll have to go look for it.

Until then, we should remember that the UN recognizes the name “Persian” and not “Arabian”.

For more, here’s a UN report “Historical, Geographical and Legal Validity of the Name: PERSIAN GULF“.

How about we just call it “The Gulf” and move on?

European Parliment Languages

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I love languages. I love that you can say the same thing in hundreds of different ways. How some languages have subtleties that others lack. Each has it’s own strength and beauty.

It just sucks I’m so bad at them.

So instead I can marvel in how different people communicate. I think I mentioned recently how the United Nations has six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

Well in this New York Times article from Monday about Google’s translating software I saw a fun fact – European Parliament proceedings are translated into 23 languages.


I had to google it. We’ve got: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish.