Girls’ Generation Drops Jessica Amidst Social Media Frenzy

Jessica’s celebrity skyrocketed after starring in 2012’s ‘Wild Romance 

The world of K-pop girl groups was shattered just a little in the past 24 hours when it was announced that Jessica has been dropped from Girls’ Generation following several hours of social media frenzy.

It all started yesterday morning when Jessica, one of Girls’ Generation’s nine members — but possibly the most high-profile — posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like service based in China:
“I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated — my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.” 

Initial speculation centered around whether Jessica’s Weibo account had been hacked. But several hours later, SM Entertainment released an official statement that confirmed that Jessica will no longer be a part of Girls’ Generation moving forward. It also provided additional information about her departure that disputed Jessica’s self-depiction as “being forced out” of the group.

In the statement, SM Entertainment claims that Jessica informed the agency last spring that she intended to end her involvement with Girls’ Generation after one more album to pursue other personal projects. She then started her fashion label, Blanc Group, supposedly without securing the agency’s approval. When negotiations broke down between the agency and Jessica over “differences in priorities and interest,” the agency said it had “no choice but to pull up Girls’ Generation’s activities as 8 members earlier than planned.” But while they were discussing how best to announce the news, the statement said Jessica jumped the gun and “posted her words early this morning.”

The statement also said that Jessica is still under contract with SM Entertainment, and the agency will continue to support her “individual activities.”

The news is so momentous for K-pop that even The Wall Street Journal covered the news with the headline “K-Pop Earthquake: Girls’ Generation Member Jessica Jung Ousted.”

The iconic K-pop girl group will continue with only 8 members
Girls’ Generation was first formed by SM Entertainment in 2007 and is now considered one of the most popular and recognized K-pop girl groups. With Jessica’s departure, the remaining eight members are Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.

Born in San Francisco, California, Jessica and her famous sister, Krystal of f(x) — who is currently starring in the popular drama “She’s So Lovable” with Rain — were both scouted by SM Entertainment in a mall while on vacation in South Korea at the age of 11. After seven years of training, Jessica was chosen to be a member of Girls’ Generation. Since then, Jessica has released several solo songs and branched out into modeling and acting — most notably in the musical theater production of “Legally Blonde” and in the popular 2012 K-drama “Wild Romance.” Earlier this year, Jessica and Krystal starred in their own reality show that followed the famous siblings in their daily, glamorous lives.

It also has been widely reported that Jessica plans to wed Tyler Kwon, a man she has been rumored to be dating for many years. Kwon is chairman and CEO of Coridel Group in New York.

Meet Arif — New to the Viki Community Team

Random women always ask me to take photos with them,
as was the case here in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 2012!

Hi, everyone! My name is Arif (arif), and I’m a new Community Team member at Viki. I was born in the United States but from moving around and having family from across the globe, I’ve become a fan of everything from Bollywood to Anime. As a language student (I speak English, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish and French) and a TV fanatic, I’m excited to be working with Viki’s incredible subtitling community.

Some of the shows I’m watching right now are “You’re All Surrounded,” “The World of Narue” and “Black Jack,” but I could definitely use suggestions on what to watch next! I would love to get to know everyone, so please feel free to message me!

How Well Do You Know These Stars Born in September?


September is such a popular month that we had to group all our favorite celebrities together to wish one big “Happy Birthday”! Did you know that the following stars all have September birthdays?

If you’re born in this month, then your zodiac sign is either Virgo or Libra. People born from September 1 to 22 are Virgo, a sign known for being understanding, caring and compassionate. Those born from September 23 to 30 are Libra, a sign identified as being organized and peaceful. 

Check out which stars are born in September below and see if they’re a Virgo or Libra!

September 5 — Mandy Wei, Cyndi Wang and B1A4’s Baro


Mandy Wei only debuted five years ago, but her rise in the industry has been fast! She’s currently starring as the lead actress in “I Do 2.” Her past drama appearances include “Deja Vu” and “Love, Now.”


Cyndi Wang started out as a singer after signing with Avex Taiwan in 2003. She successfully branched out into acting with roles in “Second Life,” “Heaven’s Wedding Gown” and “Smiling Pasta.”


Baro is B1A4’s rapping cutie, but lately he’s received critical acclaim for his acting in “God’s Gift – 14 Days” and “Reply 1994.” Fun fact: While still a trainee, Baro asked TVXQ’s Yunho for an autograph and the message said, “Let’s meet on stage in the future!” Two years later, Baro met Yunho on his debut day and Yunho remembered him. How awesome, right?

September 9 — Jung Il Woo


Even with his military enlistment planned for next year (we’re sad to see him leave!), Jung Il Woo is busy doing as many projects as possible until then. He currently stars in the thrilling historical action drama “The Night Watchman.” As he gets older, his acting also has become more mature and we hope the experience of military service will add more depth to his future roles! Which of his dramas have you enjoyed watching the most — “Golden Rainbow,” “The Moon Embracing the Sun” or “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop”?

September 11 – Leroy Young


With his ‘The Way We Were’ co-star Ruby Lin
Leroy Young can speak English? Yes! He graduated with a degree in information systems from the University of California at Irvine. He’s definitely easy on the eyes with a perfect smile complimented by hot dimples, but he can actually act, too! See his acting skills put to the test in “The Way We Were,” “Two Fathers,” “Love Forward,” and “Marry Me.”

September 16 — Amy Poehler and Lee Jin Wook



Amy Poehler is respected for her comedic chops and memorable sayings. One of her life quotes is “Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.” Well, enough with the seriousness — keep the laughs coming by catching her in “Parks and Recreation Season 1” and “Season 2”!


Lee Jin Wook got his start as a print model for Panasonic in 2003 before transitioning into acting the following year. He’s best known for his leading role in “Nine: 9 Times Time Travel,” which had the same writer and director as “The Three Musketeers.” Fun fact: Lee Jin Wook recently broke up with Gong Hyo Jin (from “It’s Okay, That’s Love”) after dating since May!

September 19 — Saki Fukuda and David Zepeda


Saki Fukuda is a veteran actress with 10 years in the industry, but she’s only turning 24! In her young career, she’s already received a Japan Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Watch Saki in “The Tragedy of W” and judge for yourself how well her acting has developed over the years.


Can you believe hunky telenovela actor David Zepeda is turning 41? We think the native Mexican doesn’t look a day over 30. If you’re looking for more skin, see David in “Trapped”!

September 25 — Hyun Bin


We couldn’t possibly leave out Hyun Bin! The Korean actor is known worldwide for his leading roles in such popular dramas as “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon,” “Secret Garden” and “Worlds Within.” His relationship with Song Hye Gyo didn’t work out, so he’s still on the market, ladies! 

Let’s wish a big Happy Birthday to all these September babies!

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10 Must-Watch Dramas/Movies This Fall


Get excited — the seasons are changing and great new TV shows and movies are coming to the fall lineup. We know you’re all busy people (who isn’t, right?), so we’re making it really easy to help you figure out what you should watch next!

G-Dragon can’t wait for these new dramas, too!

Follow our list of 10 dramas and movies you should see this fall. With the weather turning colder, it’s the perfect time to snuggle under a warm blanket and have a video marathon of new fall shows and popular past shows!

If you liked George Hu in “Love Around, watch him in “Love Cheque Charge.


George Hu is switching it up this time by starring opposite newbie actress Yuan Ai Fei instead of Annie Chen. Would you ever promise to marry a stranger just to stop her from crying after a break-up? If he looks like George Hu, then yes, please!


If you liked Puff Guo in “Just You,” watch her in “Love Myself or You.















Puff Guo is on a roll after her first role in “Inborn Pair.” The in-trend Taiwanese actress is so great at portraying realistic on-screen chemistry that it doesn’t matter who her partner is — including Aaron Yan in “Just You” and Jasper Liu in “Love Myself or You.”

If you liked Lee Dong Wook in “Hotel King, watch him in “Iron Man.


Lee Dong Wook isn’t taking any break — immediately following up his role in “Hotel King” with “Iron Man.” We don’t mind seeing more of his handsome face and charismatic acting skills. See what happens in this supernatural action drama!

If you liked Mario Maurer in “The Dog, watch him in “To Each a Flower.






Thai-Chinese-German actor Mario Maurer started his career as a model at the young age of 16 and has slowly made a name for himself, mostly in films with a few dramas here and there. He even won “Best Film Actor” at the Top Awards 2010 ceremony. Check out what all the buzz is about now!

If you liked the music in “Rock ‘n’ Road,” watch “She’s So Lovable.


Just as the storyline in “Rock ‘n’ Road” was about a music producer who gets back on his feet after hard times, Rain’s comeback on the small screen explores the same theme. However, you may be more interested in watching his hot idol co-stars Krystal from f(x) or L and Hoya from Infinite!

If you liked “Mischievous Kiss: Love in TOKYO,” watch “Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in TOKYO.




This series starring Miki Honoka and Yuki Furukawa is the fifth drama adaptation of the original Japanese manga, “Itazura Na Kiss.” A special episode was recently released following the newlywed couple on their honeymoon in Okinawa, Japan. Get excited for the second season premiering later this year!

If you liked the Korean version of “Fated to Love You,” watch the original Taiwanese “Fated to Love You.” 





Sparks were flying for the Jang duo (Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra who played Gun and Mi Young, respectively) in the Korean version of “Fated to Love You.” If you liked the just-ended series as much as we did, you should see how it all started with the original Taiwanese drama!

If you liked the history in “A Tree With Deep Roots,” watch “Secret Door.







Han Suk Kyu stars in another historical drama with “Secret Door.” We do admit that the look does suit him well! Watch as the truth unfolds behind the mysterious death of Crown Prince Sado (played by Lee Je Hoon), which was ordered by his father, King Yeong Jo (played by Han Suk Kyu).

If you liked Marlene Favela in “Wild Cat,” watch her in “Passion of the Heart.






Marlene Favela is a telenovela queen as a veteran actress with 15 years of experience. In “Passion of the Heart,” will she be able to open up to love after being emotionally scarred from a past relationship?

If you like high school shows like Hi! School: Love On, watch “Sixteen.


High school can be a confusing time as everyone tries to figure out their identity. If you’ve been watching Woo Hyun (from K-pop boy group Infinite) in “Hi! School: Love On,” we think you’ll enjoy one of our new Bollywood films, “Sixteen”! It has all the things you want — tension, romance and comedy.   


Which show are you most looking forward to watching? Tell us in the comments!

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Learn These 6 Phrases to Help You Survive in Japan!


While watching your favorite drama, have you ever wished you could travel to the same places? Well, here is your chance to travel along with the popular recent drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love”!

In Episode 8 of “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” Hae Soo (played by Gong Hyo Jin) and Jae Yeol (played by Jo In Sung) make a last-minute decision to go to Okinawa, Japan, for the weekend. Luckily, they could use English most of the time, but wouldn’t knowing some helpful phrases in Japanese have been much easier? We think so!

Here are six Japanese phrases that will help you to survive in Okinawa — or any other part of Japan — on your next trip there.

How to Say Hello



“Hello, good morning.”
“Hello” – こんにちは (Kon-ni-chi-wa)
“Good morning” – おはようございます (O-ha-yo go-zai-masu)

This is the standard greeting that is always a great way to start the day. The words are different in every language, but the meaning stays the same. Say it with a smile, and you’ll get one in return!

How to Get a Room


“Excuse me, I was wondering if you have any other rooms. Two rooms please.”
“Excuse me” – すみません (Su-mi-ma sen)
“I was wondering if you have any other rooms” – 他の 部屋 は ありますか (Ho-ka-no he-ya wa ari-masu-ka)
“Two rooms” – 2部屋 (Fu-ta he-ya)
“Please” –  お願いします (O-ne-gai shi-masu)

Upon arrival at the hotel in Okinawa, Hae Soo discovers that Jae Yeol only booked one overly luxurious room. She asks the staff if there is another available, which starts their long search in both the same hotel and at other places for a room fitting her much lower budget. She won’t rest until they’re in two separate rooms at a reasonable price!

How to Pick Up a Guy/Girl


“You’re just my style.”
“You are” – なたは (Ana-ta-wa)
“My” – 私の (Wa-ta-shi no)
“Type” – タイプです (Type de-su)

Note: In this case, it is more common to say “type” instead of “style” in Japanese

Jae Yeol and Hae Soo are the perfect match as they both admit to being each other’s style, or type. They’ve both never met someone quite like the other. Jae Yeol even confesses his love!

Check out their hot makeout session at the beach below!



How to Ask for the Bill


“Excuse me, bill please.”
“Excuse me” – すみません (Su-mi-ma sen)
“Bill” – 会計 を (Kai-kei wo)
“Please” – お願いします (O-ne-gai shi-masu)

Hae Soo is concerned about paying for everything equally with Jae Yeol during their trip. Before the check comes for their meal, she asks the waiter for “dutch pay,” which means splitting the bill in half.

How to Respond to Someone Waiting for You


“Okay, I’ll be right down. Thank you.”
“Okay” – わかりました (Wa-ka-ri mash-i-ta)
“I’ll be right down” – 今 うかがいます (Ima uka-gai-masu)
“Thank you” – ありがとう ございます(A-ri-ga-tou go-zai masu)

Hae Soo calls the hotel staff about the availability of another room. She learns there is one and responds that she’ll be downstairs right away in order to get the key. Little does she know that the room is still a little too grand for her liking.

How to Ask the Price of Something


“Is it really 24,000 yen?”
“Is it” – それは (So-re-wa)
“Really” – 本当に (Hon-to-ni)
“24,000 yen” – 24,000円 ですか (Ni-man yon sen en desu ka)

The happy couple enjoy a fun date and end up painting little lion dogs called Shisha. Hae Soo is starting to loosen up, but we suspect she’s still shocked after learning how much the hotel room originally booked by Jae Yeol cost – for that amount, we would be, too!

Note: $1 USD = 109 yen; 24,000 yen = $221 USD

Which Japanese phrase do you think is most useful? Tell us and share other helpful phrases that you think we should know in the comments below!

Remember to keep the conversation going in the Language Learning category of Discussions! Check out interesting topics, such as Basic words or sentences in your language, Local food and drinks, and Words and phrases learned from watching dramas.

Also, if you haven’t participated in our language-learning challenges before, you can catch up and start earning points towards cool gifts:

Language-Learning Challenge #1: True or False
Language-Learning Challenge #2: One Liners
Language-Learning Challenge #3: Round-Up Quiz
Language-Learning Challenge #4: Combined True or False

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Your Chance to See ‘Tazza: The Hidden Card’ Starring T.O.P and Shin Se Kyung

‘Tazza: The Hidden Card’ hits theaters in the U.S. and Canada on September 26!

This Friday, you can catch the United States premiere of the highly anticipated new Korean crime-thriller film “Tazza: The Hidden Card,” starring T.O.P, Shin Se Kyung and Kim Yoon Seok, in select theaters. Here’s your chance to get free tickets to watch the exciting new film!

We’re sending 10 lucky Qualified Contributors (QCs) to watch “Tazza: The Hidden Card”! Qualified Contributors are the dedicated volunteer subtitlers and segmenters who bring you the best translations for your dramas and movies every day on Viki. We’re always looking for cool new ways to show our appreciation to our QCs: Learn How to Subtitle and you can become a QC, too!

If you want to watch “Tazza: The Hidden Card,” find showtimes in your area. The suspenseful film is about a man who becomes very successful in the world of high-stakes gambling but is forced to run for his life when he is made the scapegoat of a deal gone wrong by dangerous card sharks and con artists.

This movie ticket giveaway is sponsored by CJ Entertainment. To hear about more cool movie showings and events, visit the CJ Entertainment Facebook page.

QCs may enter the giveaway by filling out this form. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, September 25.

Winners will be contacted via PM by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 26. Good luck and thank you to all of our QCs for all your hard work!

Top 8 Highlights From ‘Fated to Love You’ K-Drama


Are you sad that “Fated to Love You” already ended? Miss seeing Gun and Mi Young onscreen? We do, too!

Here’s your chance to relive the best moments from the widely popular drama! Check out our list of the top eight memorable moments from “Fated to Love You.”

Episode 1: First Meeting


While practicing his proposal to longtime ballerina girlfriend, Gun (played by Jang Hyuk) runs into Mi Young (played by Jang Na Ra) for the first time. They bump into each other after tripping on bouncy balls spilled on the ground. In the chaos, the engagement ring rolls away into a dog pen and next to a scary, sleeping Rottweiler. Mi Young impresses Gun with her speedy running skills when the dog wakes up and they get chased.

Does Gun ever get his ring back?

Episode 2: Mi Young’s Makeover


In Macau, Mi Young discovers her “boyfriend” in bed with another woman. Instead of apologizing, Byung Chul (played by Kim Young Hoon) criticizes her for being pitiful and easy to forget. Gun comes to the rescue to swoop Mi Young away to the beauty salon for a makeover so that her outer beauty can match her inner beauty. They link arms while walking into the casino, where Gun shows off his poker skills to teach Byung Chul a lesson.

Will Mi Young and Gun meet again after returning to Seoul?

Episode 9: Group Photo Shoot


Gun hires artist Daniel (played by Choi Jin Hyuk) for a collaboration with his company. During the promotional photo shoot, male jealousy takes over when Gun finds out that Mi Young and Daniel are close friends. The trio take photos together, and the two men battle over showing their affection for Mi Young.

Who ends up winning the battle for Mi Young’s heart?

Episode 12: Car Accident


Mi Young mistakenly believes that Gun wants to move forward with the divorce contract. Emotionally drained and crushed after receiving this news from Gun’s jealous former girlfriend, Se Ra (played by Wang Ji Won), Mi Young doesn’t pay attention when crossing the street and gets into a car accident. At the hospital, the doctor breaks the sad news that Mi Young has miscarried the baby.

How do Mi Young and Gun cope in the aftermath of this tragedy?

Episode 13: Return as Ellie Kim


Mi Young accepts Daniel’s offer to mend her broken heart in Paris, where she can develop her craft and enroll in art school. Three years later, she returns for her exhibition as famous artist Ellie Kim. She’s no longer the mousy pushover we met in Episode 1 but has blossomed into a beautiful, confident woman!

Could romantic feelings have sparked between Daniel and Ellie during their time overseas?

Episode 13: Dog Poop Art Piece


Gun learns that Mi Young is back in Seoul and secretly attends her art exhibition. He’s drawn by one piece of a young girl making the snail sign, which was an inside joke between him and Mi Young. He immediately inquires about buying the painting and won’t accept no for an answer.

Does Gun successfully acquire the painting?

Episode 20: Second Wedding



Who doesn’t love a happy ending? We’re all suckers for it! Gun and Mi Young overcome their past issues to find love again. The wedding is full of joy and happiness with their closest friends and family members in attendance to celebrate the special occasion. Gun and Mi Young promise each other that even if death separates them, they will be together forever.

What happens next in their fairy tale life?

Episode 20: Honeymoon Déjà Vu



Marital bliss is short lived when everyone is plotting for a honeymoon baby! To recreate the magical moment that started it all, Secretary Tak (played by Choi Dae Chul) and Yong (played by Choi Wook Shik) are on a secret mission to make sure that Gun and Mi Young’s honeymoon is a success. Again, when they wake up the next morning, Gun and Mi Young can’t remember anything that happened.

Is a honeymoon baby in the cards for Gun and Mi Young?


The Korean version of “Fated to Love You” was definitely a huge hit among fans. It might be over, but you can still catch all the action from the beginning with Episode 1! Hopefully, we’ll see the two Jangs (Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra) reunited onscreen again soon.

Which drama moment was your favorite from “Fated to Love You”? Tell us in the comments!

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Viki Launches Endangered and Emerging Languages Program


Aleksey Shklyaev is on a mission — and Viki is helping him to achieve it. He heads up a worldwide community of translators known as the Berykton Lud whose members’ mission is to help develop and keep a little-known dialect spoken in Russia known as Udmurt alive.

Udmurt is spoken by only about 550,000 people in the former Soviet Union. The language is not fully supported by the Russian government, and there are very few books and only about two hours of daily television programming available in the Udmurt language.

In order to keep the Udmurt culture alive, Aleksey’s translating group — comprising technologists, scientists, journalists, doctors and students based in Moscow, Italy, Finland, Estonia and other countries — contacted Viki to add the Udmurt language to our growing list of languages for translated subtitles. In addition to the Berykton Lud, nearly a dozen organizations have contacted Viki in the last two years with the goal of preserving their languages and, by extension, their rich cultural histories.

Today, Viki and its parent company, Rakuten, have partnered with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages to launch our new Endangered and Emerging Languages ProgramTogether, we’ll document endangered languages and assist communities with maintaining and revitalizing knowledge of their native tongues. Visit the Living Tongues channel on Viki to find out more about the organization’s amazing work.

Udmurt is now one of about 200 languages that Viki currently supports, 25 percent of which are now considered endangered or emerging languages.

When Aleksey’s group first discovered Viki, the members were thrilled. With its already licensed films and television shows, Viki provides an easy platform for the translating group to work on its Udmurt translations and expose the Udmurt language to more people around the globe. “It’s very good for cooperation,” Aleksey said.

Viki Lanza Programa para Lenguas Emergentes y en Peligro de Extinción

Aleksey Shklyaev tiene una misión – y Viki le esta ayudando a conseguirla. El es el líder de una comunidad internacional de traductores mejor conocidos como los Berykton Lud, quienes tienen cómo misión ayudar a desarrollar y conservar vivo un dialecto Ruso poco conocido llamado Udmurt.

Udmurt es un dialecto hablado por tan solo 550,000 personas en la ex Unión Soviética. El idioma no está avalado por el gobierno Ruso, y por lo mismo, existen muy pocos libros y tan sólo 2 horas diarias de programación en televisión disponibles en el lenguaje Udmurt.

Con el fin de conservar vivo el Udmurt, el grupo de traductores de Aleksey – sabios tecnólogos, científicos, periodistas, doctores y estudiantes con sede en Moscú, Italia, Finlandia, Estonia, y otros países – contactaron a Viki para agregar el idioma Udmurt a la lista creciente de subtítulos para traducir. Además de Berykton Lud, cerca de una docena de organizaciones se han puesto en contacto con Viki en los dos últimos años, con la meta de preservar sus idiomas, y por ende, su rica historia cultural.

Hoy, Viki y Rakuten se han aliado con el Instituto “Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages” para lanzar nuestro nuevo Programa de Lenguas en Peligro de extinción. Juntos, vamos a documentar lenguas en que estén sufriendo este riesgo, y asistiremos a ciertas comunidades para mantener y revitalizar el conocimiento de sus lenguas nativas. Visita el canal Living Tongues en Viki para conocer más sobre el maravilloso trabajo de esta organización.

Udmurt es hoy uno de los 200 idiomas soportados por Viki, 25 por ciento de los cuales están en peligro de extinción.

Cuando el grupo de Aleksey descubrió Viki por primera vez, los miembros se fascinaron. Con películas y programas de TV ya licenciados, Viki ofrece una plataforma sencilla para que el grupo trabaje en sus traducciones a Udmurt, y puedan así exponer el idioma a más personas alrededor del mundo. “Esta es una idea genial para cooperar” dijo Aleksey.


Viki が 消滅危機・新興言語プログラムを立ち上げました

Aleksey Shklyaev は大事な任務を負っています。Viki はそんな彼の任務の遂行のお手伝いをしています。彼のミッションとは、Berykton Ludという世界中の翻訳家の集まりのリーダーとして、ほとんど知られていないロシアの方言であるウドムルト語の保存をすることです。
ウドムルト語は、旧ソビエト連邦時代に55万人ほどが話していた方言です。残念ながら、この言語はロシア政府からの支援がもらえず、今では、ウドムルト語で書かれた本はほんの数冊しか残っていません。またウドムルト語でのテレビ放送も1日数時間のみとなってしまいました。
Aleksey氏のグループには、モスクワ、イタリア、フィンランド、エストニアなどを拠点とする技術者、科学者、医者や学生などが参加しています。彼のグループは、ウドムルトの文化を継承するために、ウドムルト語をVikiの字幕言語リストに追加してくれるように依頼してきたのです。Berykton Ludの他にも10以上の組織が、同じように豊かな文化、言語そして歴史の継承を目的として、Vikiに働きかけてきています。
本日、Vikiとその親会社の楽天は、Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languagesと提携して、新しく絶滅危機・新興言語プログラム というプログラムを立ち上げました。このプログラムで、消滅の危機にある言語を、コミュニティが保存また再活性化することができるように支援していきたいと思っています。Living Tongues チャンネル では、VikiのパートナーであるLiving Tongues Institute for Endangered Languagesの素晴らしい活動についてもっと読むことができます。
現在、ウドムルト語は、Vikiの字幕言語リストに追加されています。ウドムルト語のような消滅が危惧されている言語は、Vikiで見ることができる200言語の25パーセントにあたります。
Aleksey氏のグループはVikiを見つけたとき、とても興奮したそうです。すでにVikiがライセンスを取得済みの映画やテレビ番組は、ウドムルト語の翻訳者の素晴らしい土台となったからです。そうやって、ウドムルト語は地球上のたくさんの人に知られる機会が与えられたのです。「協力作業にもってこいです。」とAleksey氏は語ります。