News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 14 on 24 March 2000

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Speaking in Tongues? A Shona Language Website

24 March 2000

The language of web is English. A majority of African web sites are in English (or French), the language of former colonialists. Yet English is not the language spoken by most people on this planet. Africa has many languages and it is certain that no single language will be understood by all of its inhabitants, let alone the inhabitants of a single region. So whatever happens African will speak unto African through some second language. Yet we think and see ourselves best in the images and ideas our own language. When we're not watching an American TV programme or wanting…