Extending learning and education worldwide

Oxford Global Languages is helping Oxford Dictionaries fulfill OUP's mission (as part of the University of Oxford) to spread knowledge and learning by making these resources available to language communities across the world: to record how their language is actually used today, and to develop the tools that will be needed in future to ensure that these languages remain the living, thriving core of that community’s identity.

Oxford Global Languages combines OUP’s tradition of innovation (from the earliest dictionaries in the 19th century to the online dictionaries of today), the wide reach and scale of our global dictionaries programme and Oxford’s lexicographers and language researchers to lead the way to integrate and link together language content from across the world and create language content built for the digital age.

What are users of the programme saying?

We want you to meet some of the contributors who have helped grow our language sites to hear their thoughts on the initiative.

Gadifele Moroaswi

What attracted you to  be part of the Northern Sotho Living Dictionary?

To try to further the knowledge of my mother tongue and to try to learn more of it myself.

How do you think  Northern Sotho speakers can benefit from it?

We can benefit by documenting it as fully as we can for ourselves (adults), but mainly for future generations. We need to ensure that our language does not die out.

Moses Biyela

What attracted you to  be part of the isiZulu Living Dictionary?

I was invited by [the Language Manager] and I saw it as a good initiative that develops the isiZulu language.

How do you think  isiZulu speakers can benefit from it?

They will benefit by getting new words that are used nowadays.

Do you have a favourite  isiZulu word or saying?

Yes, it is "Inkonjane yakhela ngodaka" which means "a person uses whatever resources are available to them".

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