Social responsibility

Pangeanic is socially responsible company. We believe that a responsible business has to give back to society. We have supported several initiatives. The most famous one is the Malima Project, which builds and provides finance to primary schools in the most remote region of Cameroon, next to the Nigerian border and Chad. We have also supported sport, races and musical exchanges and Translators Without Borders.

map of cameroon showing ngong language with 2 speakers

Why do languages die?

If you ask people in the street how many languages they think there are in the world, answers will vary. A joke says that a random sampling of New Yorkers resulted in inspiring answers such as “probably several hundred.” Clearly, this is quite far away from what we know today.  Funny enough, estimates have escalated over time. In 1911, the Encyclopedia Britannica implied a figure somewhere around 1,000 languages around the world at the time. That number escalated during the 20th century. During the course of time, 7,097 distinct languages have been catalogued according to the most extensive catalog of the world’s languages by Ethnologue (published by SIL International), generally accepted to be the authority in the field. Of course the number of languages has not multiplied in 100 years. In fact, languages die. It is our understanding of what a language is and how many languages are actually spoken in areas that previously had not been researched. Although it is hard to […]

Pangeanic and your help to Malima Project Gouria

Dear Colleagues in Translation, As you know, Pangeanic is carrying out some work on the field for a small educational ONG in Valencia which has been working in the small town of Gouria and tout l’arrondissiment for the last 10 years. You can find details in their web projectmalima.org Our duty is to computerize the school and build a library for the national school in Gouria (try to find it in a map and you will find nothing, and very little about the Kapsiki people in the area who are the most impoverished of the poorest region of a 3r World country. Kapsiki does not feature in the Britannica. The connection where I am writing this from Maroua is so bad it will take me about 2 hours to post this message… The whole team is made of volunteers. My role is to help with internationalization, web and social media. Basically, […]