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Speaking Tongues

By Elle Charisse
The podcast in conversation with multi-linguals. Join me each Monday as we sit down to discuss language and culture!
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81. Speaking Icelandic with All Things Iceland
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. I’m thrilled this week to talk with Jewells from All Things Iceland about the Icelandic language and culture. In this episode, Jewells talks to us about the grammar of Icelandic (spoiler alert: It too, has cases) and how her journey has been with learning the grammar and cases. We talk about ways that experiencing setbacks in a language can lead to some teachable moments and she talks to us about what her experience has been like learning the language in the last 5 years of living in Iceland. Jewells gives us an incredible tip for picking up some of the casual vocab and phrases in a language and we even talk about an English/Icelandic hybrid that Icelanders sometimes use in conversation. We even take a quick diversion to learning about humor in Iceland and Jewells tells us some things that she’s loved about living in Iceland. Big thank you to Jewells for this conversation and for sharing your experience and journey with Icelandic with us. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find All Things Iceland Website: https://allthingsiceland.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AllThingsIceland Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/allthingsiceland/ Podcast: https://allthingsiceland.com/episodes/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:09:58
November 29, 2021
80. Speaking Croatian
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week we’re speaking about Croatian with Uncle Mike, Tony D and DJ Moe, the hosts of the Let’s Learn Croatian Podcast. I’ve been listening to the Let’s Learn Croatian podcast for a while now and I’ve always loved the energy that these guys bring to their episodes. I’m so happy that we had a chance to talk about the Croatian language and culture. In this episode, we talk about grammar of the language including its cases and the diacritics that affect the sounds of the language. We talk about dialects in Croatian and how they change both throughout the country itself and in the Croatian diaspora in other parts of the world. Uncle Mike talks to us about things that he enjoys teaching Tony D about the language and Tony D and DJ Moe tell us how they are enjoying the process of learning the language. They tell us how they started their podcast and fun fact, we even learn about some connections to Croatian music to Mexican music. I really encourage you all to listen to this show whether you’re learning Croatian or not because their content is just so much fun and they are great at taking a deep dive through the culture, language and history of Croatia. I’ve learned so much from them and I’m sure that you will too. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! Listen to Let’s Learn Croatian wherever you get your podcasts Website: https://www.letslearncroatian.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llcpod/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/llcpod/?eid=ARB0_QBC_b5t32mjbZLY3o1z4YxWbk-EYGIf_F3x2k7GdgkDqONAr2tkwu82jyrZlepKcRSbkyemRi9u YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_T6a1XdNe00BTDfd7754tw Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:10:11
November 22, 2021
79. Speaking French & Japanese
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. I’m so happy to have this conversation with my guest this week, Danielle , the host of Young, Gifted and Abroad podcast about her languages of French and Japanese. In this episode, Danielle talks about how her interest in Japanese and French grew starting from the classroom through Anime theme songs and French language cartoons. She tells us how she went to college intending on having a study abroad experience and ended up at an immersive program in Japan one year and in another year at a summer internship in Paris. We talk about what the immersive language experience is like and how being in this situation can be both humbling and emboldening. Danielle talks to us about how she is able to maintain a connection with French and Japanese while here living in the US and we talk about being black language learners and how an Afro Japanese singer had an impact on her wanting to learn Japanese. Big thank you to Danielle for sharing your language journey with us and if you’re interested in a study abroad experience, please be sure to listen to the Young, Gifted & Abroad podcast for inspiration! If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Listen to Young, Gifted & Abroad wherever you get your podcasts Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/younggiftedandabroad Website: https://www.younggiftedandabroad.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/younggiftedandabroad/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/younggiftedandabroad/ Twitter:https://twitter.com/ygabroad -----> Speaking Tongues listeners receive a special 10% off all languages with our friends at NaTakallam!  NaTakallam pairs displaced people with learners worldwide for online language learning & cultural exchange. With NaTakallam, you can support these individuals & their host communities by working with them as online tutors, teachers, translators, & cultural exchange partners – regardless of their location & status. Use the code SPEAKING10 at www.natakallam.com to redeem your discount. NaTakallam -- Learn a Language, Make a Friend, Change a Life. Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:04:47
November 15, 2021
78. Speaking Mandarin & Russian
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest this week is Kevin who joined me to talk about two of his many languages:  Mandarin and Russian. In this episode, Kevin talks about moving back to Shanghai as a kid and having to catch up to the language even as someone who regularly heard and spoke Mandarin at home. We talk about the languages and dialects of Mandarin and areas where they are spoken. Kevin talks about Shanghainese speakers and how this specific language is used and where we would most likely hear it in Shanghai. We talk about code switching between Mandarin and Shanghainese and some of the differences in tonality among Mandarin. We take a deep diversion into the Chinatown communities in NYC and talk about some of the Chinese languages you are likely to hear in each of them. Kevin tells us also about studying Russian and the experience of being immersed in Russian culture during his time abroad. Big thank you to Kevin for sharing parts of your language journey with us. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee
01:02:05
November 8, 2021
77. Speaking Malayalam, Tamil & South Indian Languages with Bhasha Kids
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so happy to be joined by Anita from Bhasha Kids to talk about South Indian languages including Malayalam and Tamil. Anita talks to us about relearning Malayalam as an adult and learning Tamil with her husband and kids. She talks to us about the poignant subject of growing up in between two heritages which is something that many Indian-Americans feel growing up in the states as children of parents born in India. She tells us how her mission with Bhasha Kids is to help kids understand cultural differences and ensure that they embrace their culture with pride. We talk about the Dravidian languages of South India including Tamil & Telugu and why she felt it imperative to focus on these languages in the development of her business. Anita tells us why inclusivity played a big role in starting her company and about the methods she uses to ensure that she not only meets kids where they are but also makes the process simple for little learners. For listeners of this episode who are interested in helping their children to learn South Indian languages, Bhasha Kids is offering a 15% discount using the code Speaking15. Make sure you listen to the episode where Anita explains how this code can be applied.  Big Thank you to Anita for sharing your story and language and culture with us in this episode. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Bhasha Kids: Web: www.bhashakids.com Instagram: @bhashakids Bhasha Kids is offering a 15% discount for Speaking Tongues listeners by using the code SPEAKING15: Redeem this offer here Multilingual Marissa's Heritage Language blog and class: Links for Malayalam Learning Resources: Sachin with Easy Malayalam Website Sonia with Fluent in Mayalayam YouTube page EliKutty's Learn Malayalam YouTube page Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:20:47
November 1, 2021
76. Speaking Luganda & Ugandan Sign Language
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you this episode. My guest today is Erick who joins me from Kampala to talk about the Luganda language. Erick is a Luganda teacher and in this episode, he tells us about learning Luganda from his native Lusoga language. He tells is about the languages spoken all around Uganda including the languages in the north that share border with Sudan and in the east with Kenya and in the south and west with Rwanda and DRC. Erick breaks down Luganda for us from the word order to the tonality to the relaxed and stressed vowels. He helps us to understand naming traditions in certain clans in Uganda and we even find out why humming is an important part of communication in the language. Since Erick also knows Ugandan Sign Language, we talk about its usage, how the government supports schools for USL and how language education for the deaf is changing in Uganda. And of course, because you all know by now that we can’t NOT talk about culture, Erick talks to us about Ugandan culture including family structure traditions and women’s beauty standards. Thank you so much to Erick for sharing your language and Ugandan culture with us. For anyone listening to this episode and wanting to learn more about Luganda or Ugandan Culture, Erick has offered a discount to listeners of this episode for lessons with him on italki. You can find a link to his Italki and to his Amphy lessons through the links in the show notes. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Erick Italki: https://www.italki.com/teachers/luganda?hl=en Amphy: https://www.amphy.com/classes/language-and-culture/culture/ugandan-culture/607ed7cb-2412-4b58-8295-38d89a171c9c Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:14:58
October 25, 2021
75. Speaking German, Dutch, Russian & Polish
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so happy to bring you this conversation with Dr. Timothy Douglas of Lancaster University where we talk about his languages of German, Dutch Russian & Polish but also about his background as a researcher and how languages have played a role in his scientific career. Timothy talks to us about his journey through Slavic and Germanic languages and how a biomaterials conference that he attended in Poland was a turning point in realizing that languages could impact his field. He talks about appreciating the subtle differences in the Slavic languages and how he’s been able to keep from confusing them with one another. He tells us about the ways that languages can be used the in scientific community to build rapport and that there is value in learning a language even though it is often underrated as a soft skill. We talk about the trouble of collaborating in English as a native English speaker and the reasons why will most likely surprise you -- and we draw parallels between researching and language learning as well as knowing yourself as a researcher and as a language learner. Timothy gives us his opinion on how he thinks the scientific community can promote multilingualism. Thank you to Dr. Douglas for this insightful and thought-provoking conversation weaving language with science. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  ---------------------------------------------------- LISTENER DEAL ALERT!! ---- > Speaking Tongues listeners receive a special 10% off all languages with our friends at NaTakallam!  NaTakallam pairs displaced people with learners worldwide for online language learning & cultural exchange. With NaTakallam, you can support these individuals & their host communities by working with them as online tutors, teachers, translators, & cultural exchange partners – regardless of their location & status. Languages offered include Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Kurdish, French, Spanish and English! Use my code 'SPEAKING10' through this link here: tiny.cc/speaking10 -------------------------------------------------- Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:03:49
October 18, 2021
74. Speaking Quechua
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so happy to bring you this conversation with Luz of Quechuata Rimay where we talked about Quechua language and culture. In this episode, Luz talks about the way Quechua language was perceived by peers in school in her native Peru. She talked about some of the discrimination that Quechua speakers face that drove some speakers to to hide their knowledge of the language. We talked about what is was like speaking Spanish coming from her town in the Andes to the capital of Lima and even the way that Quechua speakers mix the two languages. Luz talks to us about dialects of Quechua that can be found throughout the Andes and we find out how many speakers there are across Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador as well. One thing that I loved is talking about the culture among Quechua speakers and the principles and traditions that they uphold including three rules that come from the Inca Empire that are so very important to today. But I have to say, of all the things that Luz talks to us about my absolute favorite part of this episode is the song that Luz sings for us in Quechua. Thank you to Luz and Quechuata Rimay for sharing parts of your language and culture with us. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Quechuata Rimay: IG:@quechuatarimay Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuechuataRimay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quechuata-Rimay-2158968251019379/ Speaking Tongues Listeners receive a discount with UTalk : https://utalk.com/plans/speakingtongues?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=speakingtonguespod Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:08:05
October 11, 2021
73. Speaking Mandarin, Arabic & Russian
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals.  My guest this week is Ernestine Lyons, a current councilwoman from Harper Woods, Michigan, host of Quick to Politic podcast and founder of Linglobal and we’re talking about her languages of Mandarin, Arabic and Russian  In this episode, Ernestine tells us how she was attracted to learning languages that are sometimes considered challenging for English speakers. We talk about her travel experiences including her time studying abroad in China, South Africa and in Russia. She tells us about learning Arabic and specifically the Egyptian dialect of the language and what she enjoys about speaking and practicing Arabic. We talk about the concept of being a global citizen and how her languages have enabled her to make connections not just around the world but also in her diverse community here in the US. We also talk about the realities of traveling while black and turning racist encounters abroad into teachable moments and learning experiences.  Ernestine is currently running for mayor of her town and I hope you’ll all join me in wishing her luck in her campaign. And let me remind you wherever you are to please vote in your local elections so that you can work to make a difference in your local community. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat!  To find Ernestine: Ernestinelyons.com Linglobal :https://www.linglobal.org/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Linglobal/videos Quick to Politic :https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRsIdKL8ckXuxwYap5tzI Visit our friends at NaTakallam to receive a 10% discount on all languages : https://natakallam.com/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=collab&utm_campaign=speakingtongues Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Take our Quick Listener Survey Here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYsGHcfzksdOGe-iBDpdegzqzQTP75Z9VRAZtMhGT1CXAgyw/viewform?usp=sf_link Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues 
01:15:20
October 4, 2021
72. Speaking Malayalam with EliKutty
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, my guest is EliKutty and we’re talking about her language of Malayalam. In this episode, we talk about how she became a language teacher overseas and how a chance encounter in the Emirates led to her learning Malayalam. She tells us about the early days of trying to find resources for Malayalam and what she was able to do when those resources fell short. We talk about the ups and downs of learning certain sounds in Malayalam and how her experience as a teacher helped her find efficient ways to learn the language. We also talk a bit about humor in the Malayalam language, how other Malayali creators are making resources for people to learn their language and we talk about things that she loves about the culture and the food in Kerala. Big thank you to EliKutty for joining me all the way from Vietnam for this conversation and for all of the work you do to highlight Kerala, its culture, its creators and its language.  If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Eli Kutty: https://elikutty.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eli.kutty/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC32ejuUaeWoE5F9sdRN1kVw?view_as=subscriber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learn.malayalam.elikutty/ Speaking Tongues Listeners receive a discount with UTalk : https://utalk.com/plans/speakingtongues?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=speakingtonguespod Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
56:29
September 27, 2021
71. Speaking French & Polish
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today I’m so happy to welcome Heather, the host of The Future is Bilingual podcast for a conversation about her languages of French and Polish. In this episode, Heather and I talk about learning languages here in the U.S. and how many of us here have a disconnected relationship with the French language. Heather talks about how she became a Spanish and French teacher and what it was like teaching these languages in the same school year. We compare some grammar of romance languages in this conversation, since Heather is currently learning Italian and we talk about her journey with Polish on her own and with her family.  And since Heather is also a mom, she talks to us about raising her children bilingual and shares some fun stories of her kids adventures with translanguageing! Heather is currently working toward a PhD in Education with a focus on societies, cultures and languages. And I hope you’ll all join me in wishing her luck in her studies. Links to The Future is Bilingual podcast can be found in the show notes of this episode. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! The Future is Bilingual Podcast: Listen here: https://anchor.fm/the-future-is-bilingual Web: https://thefutureisbilingual.wordpress.com/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefutureisbilingual/ Speaking Tongues Listeners receive a discount with UTalk : https://utalk.com/plans/speakingtongues?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=speakingtonguespod Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:07:31
September 20, 2021
70. Speaking Gullah Geechee with Sunn m'Cheaux
Welcome back to another episode of Speaking Tongues, the podcast in conversation with multilinguals! I am honored to have as a guest today Sunn M’Cheaux, who is Harvard University’s first and only Gullah language instructor, where he teaches a curriculum based on extensive research and his own personal Gullah/Geechee knowledge and experience. Sunn is a Gullah Geechee native originally from South Carolina. He is not only a Gullah instructor but also an activist and advocate whose work has been featured on HBO Vice, the BBC and Al Jazeera among others. Sunn has cultivated an online presence via social media with frequent viral content ranging from pop culture commentary, allegorical anecdotes, and entertainment, to serious discussions, advocacy, and philanthropy. He uses this content to promote intellect, ethics, enlightenment, and education— and considers media presence to be an integral component in his effort to draw attention to the oft-ignored social groups, particularly the Gullah/Geechee community. You can find video clips of this episode on our YouTube Channel. Big thank you to Sunn for this conversation and for sharing your language and your culture with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Sunn: https://www.sunnmcheaux.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnmcheaux/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sunnmcheaux? Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunnmcheaux Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunnmcheaux Speaking Tongues Listeners receive a discount with UTalk : https://utalk.com/plans/speakingtongues?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=speakingtonguespod Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg Did you enjoy this episode? Support Speaking Tongues on Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:53:04
September 13, 2021
69. Speaking Tahitian
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Moenau and we’re having a conversation about the Tahitian language and the culture of French Polynesia. I learned a TON in this episode and I hope that you listeners will as well. Moenau talks to us about growing up in French Polynesia speaking French and learning the Tahitian language from her great-grandmother. She tells us not only about the Tahitian language but also about the 5 other languages that are native to French Polynesia. We talk about the differences within the country among these different languages and we learn about the grammatical structure of Tahitian and what makes it stand out among other languages in the South Pacific. We definitely spend some time talking about culture in French Polynesia including a rich and meaningful storytelling tradition and the cultural concept of “mana” that exists in many cultures and countries in the South Pacific As an extra to this episode, you can find a deleted portion of the conversation by becoming a member on Buy me a Coffee where Moenau and I talk about Tahitian food and culinary traditions. We’re discussing all of it from seafood to desserts to tropical fruits that you probably won't find outside of the region. If you don’t know much about Tahitian food, you will want to hear this - but don’t listen on an empty stomach! Big thank you to Moenau for this conversation and for sharing your Tahitian language and your culture with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  Oh and one more thing, I’m taking a short break for the next few weeks. Speaking Tongues will be back on September 13 with a new episode - a video episode- that you can watch clips of on YouTube!  To Find Moenau: Website: http://www.poly-lingual.com/ Instagram @polylingualreotahiti Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/POLYLingualTahiti YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3-B6hMhkkegTiVFDb287jg?view_as=subscriber Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: @speakingtonguespod Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:07:35
August 16, 2021
68. Speaking Greek
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest this week is Stefanos a Greek language teacher from Cyprus who joined me to talk about Greek and Cypriot language and culture. I’m so thrilled to finally have a conversation about Greek on this podcast because it’s truly one of my favorite languages to listen to. In this episode, Stefanos talks to us about some connections between Modern Greek and Ancient Greek and the Cypriot Greek dialect. We discuss Greek etymology and even discuss some of our favorite root words that we can find in modern languages. Stefanos tells us about dialects of Greek that can be found throughout the Mediterranean and connections from Greek to the languages spoken in Albania and Bulgaria. He walks us through understanding greek grammar and we even get to talk a bit about Greek culture and music. You can find a deleted portion of the conversation by visiting Buy Me a Coffee dot com where Stefanos and I talk about Greek food and culinary traditions. We’re discussing all of your favorites from mezze to main dishes to desserts. If you don’t know much about Greek food, you will want to hear this - but don’t listen on an empty stomach! Big thank you to Stefanos for this conversation and for sharing your languages and your culture with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Stefanos: https://learngreekwithstefanos.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stefanos.tutoring Instagram: @learngreekwithstefanos YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLphOtCDVsrKTyx6FIqQ-8g Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
57:18
August 9, 2021
67. Speaking Catalan & Argentine Spanish
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest this week is Matias, a hyperpolyglot who speaks over 12 languages who talks to me today about Catalan and Spanish spoken in his native Argentina. In this episode Matias tells us how a chance encounter through basketball led him on the path to learning Catalan. He talks about growing up in a monoligual home but tells us how he has been able to learn all of his languages. Matias shares what being a hyperpolyglot means to him and we even talk about Rioplatense Spanish and the influence that indigenous language in Argentina has had on Spanish spoken in the country. Big thank you to Matias for sharing your journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  To Find Matias & HYPIA worldhoopstats.com HYPIA: https://www.polyglotassociation.org/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
55:60
August 2, 2021
66. Speaking Haitian Creole
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so excited to speak with Valentino about his language of Haitian Creole. He is a self-taught polyglot and speaks several languages in addition to his native Creole language. In this episode, Valentino tells us how both Creole and French are used in Haiti and where you would be likely to hear one over the other. We talk about things that make Creole unique and rather importantly why it’s NOT broken French. Valentino tells us about the phonological and grammatical nature of the language and how it has been influenced by languages from Africa. He tells us about the linguistic variations of Creole spoken in Port au Prince versus in other regions of the country and how the Creole spoken in the capital has influences from English, Spanish and French as well. We also talk about intelligibility between French derived Caribbean creoles and we learn about how unique Haitian culture is in the region from a historical standpoint. Big thank you to Valentino for joining me from outside of the Brazilian Embassy in Port Au Prince, Haiti for this episode and for sharing bits of your culture and language journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Valentino Self Taught Polyglot YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-x4mbvzo-Vfq5dxI5XV2xA Instagram https://www.instagram.com/selftaughtpolyglot/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod
01:01:12
July 26, 2021
65. Speaking Spanish, Italian & Mandarin
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so happy to be joined by Abigail and Audrey from You Don’t Say Podcast! We’re talking about Spanish, Italian and Mandarin but also about culture, travel and of course, food! In this episode, we talk about growing up in multicultural neighborhoods in Australia and England and how those early encounters played a part in how they see the world. We discuss being inspired by different cultures enough to live in a different part of the world, learning other languages and how that can enhance the living abroad experience and how to deal with culture shock in new places. We also talk about how they both became inspired to teach English and how their podcast “You Don’t Say” became an outlet for exploration and fun international culture chats. Big thank you to Abigail and Audrey for having this conversation with me and sharing parts of your language journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find You Don’t Say: Website: https://www.podcastyoudontsay.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/podcastyoudontsay/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastyoudontsay/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:12:23
July 19, 2021
64. Speaking Napolitano & Mandarin
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, I’m speaking with Salvatore about his native Napolitano and the language he’s studying in school, Mandarin Chinese. Salvatore speaks so many languages and is a member of the Hyper Polyglot Association and he tells us a bit about almost all of the languages he speaks. In this episode, he shares his tips for self studying and how he likes to try out so many different languages. We talk about life in Naples,  languages that he commonly heard growing up there and he tells us how to understand some differences between Neapolitan and Italian. He also tells us about the way he was taught Mandarin and how he’s been able to approach learning the language. And just for fun, Salvatore, whose nickname is “Mr. Unicef” tells us what his favorite languages are. Big thank you to Salvatore for this conversation and for sharing pieces of your world with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Find Salvatore: Instagram @mrunicef Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg
01:03:26
July 12, 2021
63. Speaking Australian English
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals.  Today, I’m speaking with Penny & Bec from the Language Chats Podcast and we are talking about Australian English. I absolutely love talking about every language but talking about English spoken in different parts of the world is always so much fun for me because I also love to learn about how my own native language is expressed in different parts of the world! So I knew that when I was ready to talk about Aussie English, I had to come to my favorite Australian language podcasters for a chat! In this episode we talk about how second languages taught in Victoria tend to be Asian languages like Mandarin and Japanese. We talk about how multilingualism is expressed among multicultural communities throughout the country and how the prevalence of these communities can inform the second language offerings in schools. When it comes to English, we talk about the informal nature of Australian culture and language, accents around Australia and how immigration has created a mix of heritage language and English. We also discuss indigineous Australians and the efforts that are taken and can be taken regarding acknowledging the heritage of first peoples. And of course we have dispel some popular stereotypes like.. Do Australians even put shrimps on a barbie? Where did that even come from? Big thank you to Penny & Bec for this fun conversation and for teaching us a bit about Australia as you know it. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! To Listen to Language Chats: Instagram @languagelovers.au https://www.languagelovers.com.au/podcast Lingo Mama Blog : Instagram @lingo_mama Blog: https://lingomama.com/ Irregular Endings: Instagram: @irregular.endings Website: https://irregularendings.com.au/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg
01:09:56
July 5, 2021
62. Speaking Caribbean Spanish
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Tamara, the founder of Spanish con Salsa and the host of the Learn Spanish con Salsa podcast and this week, we’re discussing her language of Caribbean Spanish. If you’re listening to this show then you surely know that Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with over 500 million speakers. Spanish also has many regional dialects, the Caribbean dialect being one of them. Beyond Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, this region also includes the Caribbean coasts of Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama and others. In this episode, Tamara tells us how she first came to the Spanish language through fitness and music and then furthered her abilities in Spanish through traveling to places in the Caribbean region. We talk about music and lyrics in salsa and bachata songs and we take a quick detour into talking about some of her favorite musicians in these genres.  Tamara talks to us about how she was able to learn the language on her own largely without needing to rely on structured courses and classes - which in my opinion is incredibly admirable. We talk about indigenous & African words and language usage in the Spanish speaking Caribbean, accents throughout the region including how the pronunciation differs from country to country and we discuss the importance of understanding Caribbean culture beyond the resorts, the sun, sand and sea. Big thanks to Tamara for this thoughtful conversation and for sharing your journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  To Find Spanish Con Salsa Website: https://www.spanishconsalsa.com/ Podcast: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/podcast Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFOPq3j7wGteY-PjcZaMxg
01:08:06
June 28, 2021
61. Speaking Palestinian Arabic & German
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Ikhlas, a teacher and journalist who has come to join me to discuss her native Arabic dialect and the German language. In this episode, we’re talking about learning languages in Palestine and hearing different languages throughout multi lingual Jerusalem. We talk about Arabic words spoken throughout the Levantine dialect and how vowel usage in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine can change the same word throughout this region. Ikhlas tells us about Palestinian dialects from the big city to the countryside and she shares the unusual way she came to learning the Polish language in school in Jerusalem. And finally we talk about life in Germany, the German language and how she found herself one day becoming a teacher of Arabic in Germany. We also talk about Palestinian culture and the unfortunate reality that so many Palestinians face of racism and violence in their country toward the middle of this episode, and while we don’t go into graphic detail, I do want to give a trigger warning for this conversation.  Big thank you to Ikhlas for this thoughtful, thought-provoking, funny and emotional conversation and for sharing your journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  To find Ikhlas: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ikhlasschumacher/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ikhlas.schumacher?comment_id=Y29tbWVudDoyMDU0MTY0MTMzMjQwMjVfMjA3Njg4NTA5NzYzNDgy Arabesk Cookbook:  Buy Amazon US / Buy Amazon DE Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:08:50
June 21, 2021
60. Speaking Irish
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with John who has come to join me to discuss the Irish language. In this episode, we talk about Irish as it’s seen and spoken in Northern Ireland where John is from. He tells us about some differences between how the language is used there vs in the Republic of Ireland. We talk about Hiberno-English and how there are some surprising connections between English spoken in Ireland and English spoken in the United States. John walks us through some particular qualities of the Irish language and we talk about how the language itself has become more visible in recent years. In a brief diversion, John tells us how he has been taking steps to learn Manx and we even have a quick comparison lesson on some words and phrases in these Celtic languages. And of course, we couldn’t go an episode talking about Ireland without discussing the culture and some of the big myths and misconceptions held around the world about Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Big thank you to John for this thoughtful conversation and for sharing your journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok, let’s chat! Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Subscribe on YouTube! Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:08:45
June 14, 2021
59. Speaking isiZulu
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, I have the honor of speaking with my guest Thando about her language of IsiZulu and about amaZulu culture. Thando talks to us about growing up in kwaZulu Natal - an isiZulu speaking region of South Africa but speaking isiXhosa at home. We learn about language education during apartheid and what kind of access students had to their own languages and world languages and its lingering effects of this time in South African history. Most of all, in this conversation we learn a TON about the ins and outs of isiZulu including the prefixes one uses to determine the subjects we’re discussing, dialects and speech patterns of isiZulu speakers throughout kwaZulu and some similarities between isiZulu & isiXhosa. We also find out what isiZulu verbs have in common, which sounds we should be focusing on in isiZulu and Thando is giving THE ultimate lesson in clicks which I encourage you all listening to follow along with. Spoiler alert: I make a ton of mistakes but that’s all a part of learning a new language! And there’s even a portion of a song that gets sung in this episode in which you will find out which one of us has the singing voice of an angel!  Another thing to take note of,  in this conversation, when you hear the word “colored” please know that in South Africa, it applies to a multiracial ethnic group native to Southern Africa and does not carry the negative stigma that it does here in the US. Huge massive thank you to Thando for this conversation and for sharing so much of your language and culture with us. I don’t know about anyone else listening but I’m 100% ready to visit South Africa again! I will be setting up a Patreon soon with extras that didn’t make it into the final conversations so stay tuned for that because Thando and I talked about so much more than what you will hear in this episode.  If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  To Find Thando: Instagram@ zuluwiththando YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCItccl2467atXjy_A7xBFZA Website: https://zululessons.com/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:17:45
June 7, 2021
58. Speaking U.S. Spanish with Tertulia Podcast
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Emily, the host of Tertulia Podcast and she’s joined me to talk about Spanish spoken in the United States. As we’re having and listening to these conversations, it’s increasingly important to understand the languages and dialects that are spoken in the US - a country with no actual official language and residents with heritage from all over the world. In this episode, Emily talks about growing up in a linguistically diverse South Florida. We talk about her graduate research about Spanish spoken in the US and what she found in her research that sparks us into language study. We discuss the concept of the United States being a Spanish Speaking country and what speaking Spanish was like out in the real world after years of study. We also break down Spanish spoken in the US by numbers, we talk about the term “Spanglish” and understand why this term can be problematic and Emily discussed Spanish she’s encountered in her travels as well as raising her kids bilingual. You may notice, this episode is a little on the longer side and I kept it this way intentionally as Emily mentioned many topics that go beyond the language, including socio-economic issues that affect Spanish speakers here in the US and she provided much food for thought which I think is critical to understanding the dynamics of world language in the US. Big thank you to Emily for this thoughtful and inspiring conversation and for sharing your journey and research with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes!  To Find Emily: Instagram @tertuliapodcast Website: Tertuliapodcast.com Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:28:40
May 24, 2021
57. Speaking Farsi
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, my guest is Candace and we’re talking about learning Farsi, visiting Iran and connecting with Iranian culture.  I was so excited to talk with Candace about her visits to Iran and how experiencing a new culture led her on the path to learning Farsi. In this episode, Candace talks to us about visiting Iran for the first time and how the prospect of visiting first came into her life. She tells us about the road trips she took and the way she was sparked to learn the language after returning to Australia. We talk about encountering cultural differences throughout Iran during her travels and connecting with the Iranian community in Sydney. Candace also shares the methods she’s been using in order to learn Farsi and shares a few milestones she’s celebrated along the way. Big thank you to Candace for this thoughtful and inspiring conversation and for your wit and humor and of course for sharing your story with us all. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Candace: Instagram @the.far.see Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues 
01:11:17
May 17, 2021
56. Speaking Serbian, Slovenian, Russian & German
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week my guest is Dina, the host of the Slavstvuyte Podcast and we’re discussing her languages of Serbian, Slovenian, Russian and German.  Now, this is the first time on this show that we’re talking about Slovenian and Serbian and I was so excited to have this conversation to learn from Dina. In this episode, she tells us about moving to Slovenia from Serbia as a teenager and what her experience was like having to navigate school and social life in a new language that she didn’t understand. We also talk about mutual intelligibility among Slavic languages including a dialect of Serbian that shares words with Macedonian and Bulgarian. Dina tells us how the Turkish language has influences on Serbian and we also talk about how she grew to love Russian and the complicated feelings that come from growing apart from her Serbian roots. And because we’re discussing a region that has had some big changes in the recent past, we also discuss the Serbo-Croatian language and its controversies.  Big thank you to Dina for having this conversation in this episode and for sharing your languages and cultures. If you want to hear more about Slavic languages, make sure you listen to the Slavstvuyte podcast which you can find a link to in the shownotes. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Slavstvuyte: https://slavstvuyte.buzzsprout.com/  Instagram: @slavstvuyte Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:08:08
May 10, 2021
55. Speaking Hawaiian with Hālau ʻŌlelo
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest this week is Kainoa, the founder of Hālau ʻŌlelo, A Free Virtual Hawaiian Language School and frankly, Hālau ʻŌlelo is a whole entire Hawaiian culture experience! It’s a vibe, ya'll!  In this episode Kainoa talks to us about growing up in a farming community in Hawaii and how the languages of Japanese and Spanish were often encouraged to kids to learn as a second language. He teaches us about Hawaiian pidgin, its grammar and structure and tells us why this language is so significant to Hawaiian culture and history. We learn some Hawaiian history and how this history has affected the usage and growth of the Hawaiian language. We also learn about Hawaiian language revitalization efforts and we compare words and pronunciations across Polynesian cultures. We even learn about the culture and traditions of Hawaiian lei making and receiving. I ask you also as you listen to this episode to pay attention to the choice of words that Kainoa uses to describe the Hawaiian landscape. It indicated to me that it is impossible to talk about Hawaiian language without discussing the richness and abundance of the landscape.  Now, before you get to listening, I just want to mention that this is one of our longer episodes and I purposely kept it this way as there is a LOT of information that I wanted you all to hear. I learned so much from Kainoa and his stories kept me on the edge of my seat; I truly could have talked with him for hours. So before you continue listening, go settle in, grab a cup of tea and maybe a pen and paper to take notes, as I did while we talked!. Big thank you and true “mahalo” to Kainoa and Hālau ʻŌlelo for sharing your story and for educating us all on Hawaiian language and culture. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Hālau ʻŌlelo: Website: http://www.halauolelo.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halauolelo Instagram: @halauolelo Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:46:34
May 3, 2021
54. Speaking Japanese & Spanish
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m chatting with my guest Errol aka Morenita Mommy about Japanese and Spanish. I loved this conversation and Errol and I talked for hours and hours. She’s such a fantastic storyteller! We talked about her growing up in Houston Texas and how the Japanese language came into her life. She tells us about learning Japanese in school and how her mom was so supportive of her ambitions with the language Errol talks to us about going to Japan for the first time and how that experience brought some unexpected challenges and how she was able to navigate them including getting lost in Japan, life with her host family and dealing with meeting people in Tokyo. She also tells us how she began learning and speaking Spanish with her husband and her young son back here in the US. What I truly enjoy about talking with Errol is how she places importance on talking about race and blackness in language learning. I think that black language learners are underrepresented in the language community and we often don’t have ways to talk about the issues that we face and the parts of ourselves and our community that matter to us - in our other languages. To this end, Errol has written a fantastic book called Melanintro to Language, a guide to help those of us raising children bilingual and integrating vocabulary about race and blackness into Japanese and Spanish conversations. This book is so helpful for anyone looking to talk about race in their language learnings and her book is available for purchase through the link in the show notes. Big thank you to Errol for this conversation and for telling your story and sharing your journey through Japanese and Spanish. I will be setting up a Patreon soon with extras that didn’t make it into the final conversations so stay tuned for that because Errol and I talked about so much more than what you will hear in this episode.  If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Errol Instagram: @morenitamommy To purchase her book, Melanintro to Languages: https://morenitamommy.com/melanin/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on Instagram: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/speakingtonguespod Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
57:48
April 26, 2021
53. Speaking Ukrainian
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Kim who joined me to talk about her journey to learning the Ukrainian language. Her story is truly remarkable and you’ll want to stay tuned for an unexpected twist! In this conversation, Kim talks to me about growing up in the UK in an Ukrainian family but not learning the language from a young age. We talk about the importance of food, traditions and community in her local Ukrainian club and we talk about how her experience has been with learning the language as an adult, the resources she’s using and the ins and outs of Googling in cyrillic. On a personal note, Kim describes her first trip to Ukraine and what it has been like for her reconnecting with family not just in Ukraine but also in Belarus. You will definitely enjoy hearing Kim’s tale of reconnecting to her heritage through language and establishing connection across the generations. I want to say a big thank you to Kim for not only sharing your story but for trusting me with it. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Kim: Twitter: @kim_neverenough Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
56:07
April 19, 2021
52. Speaking Romanian & Russian
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today, my guest is Eugene from @lingojunkie and I’m so happy to finally, finally, be able to bring you a conversation about Romanian & Russian.  I’ve always been so interested in Romanian since growing up and learning that it was a romance language but I’ve never learned anything about it. In this conversation with Eugene, we talk about Romanaian and Russian as they are spoken in Moldova, what it was like for Eugene to speak Russian at home and then speak Romanian at school. We talk about some of the variations of Romanian and Russian throughout the countries that speak both of those languages and Eugene even helps us with pronunciation of certain diacritics in the Romanian language. We’re getting a well rounded conversation here, friends! This conversation was so much fun to have and I learned so much from Eugene about a part of the world and languages that I previously knew so little about. Even some insight on telling jokes in Russian!  Big thank you to Eugene for talking to me about your languages and heritage. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show!  And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! To Find Eugene:  Website: lingojunkie.com  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lingojunkie/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelingojunkie  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCux9dlzQZEAwYN8CtCoR7YQ Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:14:39
April 12, 2021
51. Speaking Spanish, Italian, French & Sicilian
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals.  My guest today is Josie, the founder of Lumina Translations.  In this episode Josie talks about growing up in a Venezuelan Spanish & Sicilian speaking home and how those two cultures came together in her life. We talk about learning French in Canada and the dialect of French that was taught during her studies. Josie tells us that she not only taught herself to speak Spanish but she also learned to speak standard Italian through her husband.  And because Josie is a translator, she’s telling us all about her career path from interpretation into translation and talks about the important distinctions between the two rather distinct career paths. I think translation is such important work and I hope that anyone out there listening to this episode with their eye on becoming a translator will find some inspiration in Josie’s story! Big thank you to Josie for having this conversation with me for this episode. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Oh, and one more thing! If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Lumina Translations Instagram: @lumina_translations Speaking Tongues Podcast: Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Buy me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
51:28
April 5, 2021
50. Speaking Iraqi & Palestinian Arabic
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest this week is Belal and we’re talking about his two dialects of Arabic from both Iraq and Palestine. In this episode, Belal tells us about growing up in an Arabic speaking home with his family but veering away from the language as he grew up. Our conversation centers around how he is taking the steps to improve his Arabic but we also talk about the realities of learning a language as an adult and some of the up and down and often reluctant feelings we all encounter as adult learners. What I loved about talking to Belal, is how he’s been able to observe the way that the language is structured - and he gives us some amazing examples in this conversation. He also tells us some really fun stories of his encounters with Arabic speakers from other countries and we talk about how being able to communicate can be such a small thing but can also turn out to be so meaningful. I love conversations like this because there are so many ways to connect to a language and culture and I think it’s really important to emphasize the journey that some of us take to fluency and not just celebrate and emphasize the end result. If you’ve been listening to the show for a while now you know how much I admire the Arabic language so having this conversation with Belal was truly an honor and a privilege for me. I want to say a big thank you to Belal for sharing bits of your language journey with us and for inspiring other adult language learners, myself included! As always, if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Ok, let’s chat Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Support the Show! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues
01:00:29
March 29, 2021
49. Speaking North American French & Spanish
This week's conversation with Marissa centers on North American French and North American Spanish. Marissa is a multilingual content creator and champion for all language learners! For this episode, we focused on dialects of French and Spanish spoken, and often marginalized, in North America. We were both eager to shift the French discussion away from Europe and talk about our French speaking neighbors here in our own country. Marissa talks about the Acadiens and Cajun French and how the language was distributed from Canada all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. We discuss stereotypes that affect French speakers in North America and how misrepresentations of Parisian French in the US have been harmful to North American francophones. She also talks to us about how learning to speak the dialect of Spanish that her neighbors and clients speak has opened doors for her and enabled her to make connections in her community. And, because Marissa has been working on relearning her heritage language of Polish, she even gives us a little bit of insight into how that personal and emotional journey has been coming along. This episode is so full of facts and data and even a mini quiz for us where I find out a surprising fact about Cajun French that I never even realized.  Big thank you to Marissa for this fact filled conversation and for sharing all of your knowledge with us. As always, if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Ok, let’s chat To Find Marissa: Instagram: @multilingualmarissa Website: https://relearnalanguage.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvi1KPAwXNWYSa5AeJn89g Puerto Rican Spanish Learning Resources: https://relearnalanguage.com/puerto-rican-spanish/ Learning Louisiana French: https://relearnalanguage.com/learning-louisiana-french/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast Support the Podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/speakingtongues 
01:16:57
March 22, 2021
48. Speaking Flemish & Luxembourgish
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week’s episode is packed with languages, 11 of them to be exact so get ready! I couldn’t even get them all into the title! In this episode, I’m speaking with Petra, who is a hyperpolyglot and a translator from Belgium about how she has come to learning all of the languages she speaks and translates. Petra tells us what the term hyperpolyglot means to her and for her career as a translator. We talk about the Flemish language and how similar and different Dutch is in Belgium and the Netherlands. She even taught me a fun fact about the variety of Flemish dialects in Flanders that truly blew my mind. We discuss her goal of learning Germanic languages and she tells us how she’s been finding the experience of learning Afrikaans. And she tells us why she’s completely loving Luxembourgish and what, in her opinion, makes the language so special. We even had a chance to talk about Petra’s career as a translator and I’m so excited to talk about this. I’ve always been curious about how translators work and what a day in the life of a translator may look like. And if this has ever fascinated you, you won’t want to miss hearing her take on this career. By now, you’re wondering which other languages we’ll be discussing but you’ll have to stay tuned to hear her tell us in her own words. Big thank you to Petra for sharing your language story with me and with all of us. As always, if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show!  To Find Petra: Website: https://www.petravancaneghem.be/en/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6db0gDf_Z__NCkTPZBqOw/videos Twitter: @petravc Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:13:54
March 15, 2021
47. Speaking Tigrinya, French & Portuguese
Hello Language Lovers. Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week I am joined by Desta, the founder of Languages Through Music to talk about her language journey through so many languages that I  couldn’t fit them all in the title! While Desta has studied and spoken and taught different languages in her lifetime, in this episode we talk mainly about speaking Tigrinya, French & Portuguese. I loved this conversation because, as I’m sure you all know by now, this show celebrates not just language but culture as well. So, I had a chance to talk with Desta about living in different parts of the world and learning new languages in new places. We talk about taking culture with us as we move through the world and Desta tells us some of her experience she’s had learning Portuguese when living in Rio and taking part in the ‘big family’ dynamic while living in Jordan. She also tells her what her experience has been like learning Tigrinya and how learning to speak this language has truly become a part of her life. Big thank you to Desta for having this conversation with me. I loved taking this trip around the globe and learning bits and pieces of your story and your travels and your heritage. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Ok, let’s chat To Find Desta: Website: https://www.languagesthroughmusic.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/languagesthroughmusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/languagesthroughmusic/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMww6KhEHciyMU1X52bLLGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/langthrumus Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6i4Nv5xG75Ty9oEg80J1wT?si=a8ePcb-pQ1KRPoXBh8Fzvg&nd=1 Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
50:28
March 8, 2021
46. Speaking German with The Fluent Show
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week I’m joined by Kerstin Cable of The Fluent Show and I must say, I can barely believe it. I’ve been such a fan of The Fluent Show for a long long time. So what does one talk about with another language podcaster who has seen it all?! We talked about her language journey through loads of different languages, including her love of the Welsh language and culture. Kerstin tells me about her native German as well and we had some fun pronouncing some German words and because Kerstin is from a winemaking family, I also had a chance to learn about German wine and wine culture in Germany. So much fun. We laugh a lot in this episode. But, before you get into it, I just want to announce that Women in Language is coming up this weekend from March 4 to March 7 and yours truly will be presenting during the event! How fab is that?! Women in Language is an incredible event bringing together a diverse group of women sharing what we know and what we’ve learned about languages. I’m honored to be able to participate this year. To learn more about the event, Kerstin fills us in during the episode but you can also click the link in my bio to get your ticket. And FYI, it’s open to everyone to attend, not just women! Thank you to Kerstin for taking the time to talk with me in this episode and for continuing to champion women’s voices in the language learning community! As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Ok, let’s chat. To Find Kerstin: Women in Language Tickets Available Here! https://womeninlanguage.com/courses/women-in-language-2021?affcode=195210_e6m083-j Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kerstin_fluent/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefluentshow The Fluent Show: https://www.fluent.show/ Fluent Language Courses: https://www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/my-courses Weingut Hammes: https://www.weingut-hammes.de/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:16:35
March 1, 2021
45. Speaking Italian
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Gloria, an Italian teacher and founder of SpeakIta. In this episode, Gloria and I talk about having patience when learning another language and she tells me a strategy that she used to help her learn English while living in the UK. We talk about mindfulness not as a practice but as an attitude that one can apply to learning another language and we discuss the issue of spontaneity and the trouble you can run into when you try to anticipate what someone will say in a conversation. But one very important point of discussion that we make is about confidence and finding confidence when speaking a new language and how mentality can be so important on your language journey. You’ll also hear us talk about some popular things in Italian culture including the all important language of the Italian hand gesture. Thank you to Gloria for having this conversation with me and sharing your story with all of us and for such an insightful conversation. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Gloria:  Website: http://speakita.com/ Instagram: @speakitalanguagecoaching Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Speakita Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
59:28
February 22, 2021
44. Speaking Spanish with Project Olas
I’m so excited to bring you this episode where I’m speaking with Rebecca, a student at Georgetown University and the founder of Project Olas, student-led social impact venture that provides sustainable income opportunities for moms in vulnerable Central American communities, by offering Spanish language lessons live via WhatsApp. In this conversation, Rebecca talks about how her experience studying abroad in Spain led to her desire to start this initiative working with mothers and families in Guatemala. She talks to me about how Project Olas is able to make an impact in Guatemala, how the venture is growing and which directions they will be moving in the future. I don’t want to give away too much so I will just say that this is such an important and impactful venture and I’m happy to be able to bring conversations like this to the table. I think it’s so important that we’re able to see the different ways in which learning another language can not only just change one person’s life but may even change the lives of an entire community. Thank you Rebecca for sharing so much of your story and for telling us about Project Olas. To get involved with Project Olas, you can visit the link in the show notes for more information. As always, if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To find Project Olas: Website: https://www.projectolas.com/ Instagram @projectolas Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/project-olas/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectolas Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:00:27
February 15, 2021
43. Speaking Bangla
My guest this week is Sausan the creator of Learn Bangla and online resource for learning the Bangla language and for learning about culture in Bangladesh. In this episode, Sausan tells me about the ways Bangla stands out as a language in south Asia, we learn about how she typically approaches language lessons with her students and we learn how the Bangla language became the catalyst for Unesco’s International Mother Language Day. Sausan also tells us about life in Bangladesh, from how the parties and festivals are celebrated, the beauty of the landscape (think mangrove forests and royal bengal tigers) and how the people in Dhaka celebrate some of our western holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day. We also had a moment to discuss artisanship and our laments on the way handmade goods are viewed in the modern society. Big thank you to Sausan for sharing your language and culture with me and with our listeners and for such an insightful conversation. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Sausan:  Website: https://sausan-s-school.thinkific.com/ Instagram: @learnbangla Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LearnBangla2/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/learnbangla Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:02:07
February 8, 2021
42. Speaking Danish
This week I’m so happy to bring you this truly awesome conversation I had with Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency about the Danish language. Kris was delightful to talk with and I learned a lot about the Danish culture and language. In this episode, Kris tells us some of the nitty gritty things about the language including Danish pronunciation, some fun facts about counting in Danish and we learn a thing or two about the grammar. We also talk about the similarities and differences between Danish and other Scandinavian languages. We discuss why English becomes the lingua franca of Scandinavian language speakers and other topics include the ups and downs of moving to a new country, learning to speak Russian and Hungarian and something I never even knew about Toki Pona. Kris talks to me also about what being able to help people along their language journey has meant to him and keep listening to find out how he views his own role within the language learning community. Big thanks to Kris for coming onto my show and for providing such thoughtful and thought provoking conversation. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Actual Fluency Blog: https://actualfluency.com/blog/ Podcast: https://actualfluency.com/actual-fluency-language-learning-podcast/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:11:03
February 1, 2021
41. Speaking Brazilian Portuguese
For this episode, you long time listeners will find something different. For the first time in doing this show for one year now, I have two guests in one show. This week, I am joined by my friends over at Diversilingua Podcast, Diego & Renata and they are talking to us about Brazilian Portuguese. Diego & Renata are both members of a polyglot club in Brazil and in this episode, they are telling us some strategies for understanding new vocabulary in other languages, the differences between spoken Portuguese in Brazil, Portugal, Angola & Mozambique. We are learning about the Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation of the letter R and Diego and Renata are teaching us some expressions in their native cities that we should all know. You’ll also want to listen to find out which city in Brazil has a notorious reputation and why it’s important to not stereotype anyone but especially when thinking about a country as diverse as Brazil. Big thank you to the Diversilingua podcast and to Diego and Renata for sharing their culture and their language with me for this episode. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Diversilingua:  Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/diversil%C3%ADngua/id1516686920 Instagram: @diversilingua Twitter: @diversilingua YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxNa9_fvv3XLZlBEOigIlQ?view_as=subscriber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diversilingua/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:03:12
January 25, 2021
40. Speaking Levantine Arabic with NASMA of NY!
Today, I’m speaking with Carol, a Levantine Arabic teacher and the founder of NASMA of New  York and the host of Levantine Arabic Made Easier Podcast. Friends this conversation was so much fun because as you know by now if you’ve listened for a long time, I love the Arabic language and am always happy to learn about Arab culture from my arabic speaking friends. In this episode, we talk about the lebanese school system, living in an international city in the Gulf, the differences in dialects of Levantine Arabic from country to country and the advantages of learning an Arabic dialect over MSA which is commonly taught in classrooms. I also just want to give a heads up and perhaps a trigger warning on this episode because Carol and I take an opportunity during this conversation to discuss the heavy topic of microagression and racism that has persisted throughout the Arab speaking world. I didn’t want to shy away from this topic and though it is not the most pleasant thing to discuss, it is a part of the reality. As you’ll hear in the episode, we both encourage everyone to take the opportunity to learn about other cultures and educate yourselves on our ethnic differences. Huge thank you to Carol for this conversation and sharing her language with me in this episode  and for always shedding a positive light on middle eastern culture!  As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find NASMA of NY: https://nasmaofny.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levantinearabic_bynasmaofny/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Levantinearabic/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ3xodgJWwMeRCE59ZNNCTQ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/levantine-arabic-made-easier/id1516944621 Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:11:27
January 18, 2021
39. Speaking Martinique Creole & French
Today, my guest is Mickael, founder of FrenchClass NYC and we are talking about creole spoken in Martinique and French spoken in France. Actually, in this episode, we’re talking about a multitude of topics that include the perception versus reality of people of color in France, diversity and the expression of black voices  in France. I’m asking Mickael about  representation of French Caribbean culture in Paris and we’re even discussing the similarities and differences among French, creole and French spoken in the diaspora. If you want to hear Mickael’s advice for learning the real French in 2021, and for what parts of France to visit that are not Paris, he gives us his advice and he even tells us his one biggest achievement that he’s experienced since starting FrenchClassNYC. There’s a lot happening in this episode on many levels that anyone learning french or is interested in French culture can take away. Big thank you to Mickael for sharing bits of your heritage and language with us. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Mickael: https://www.frenchclassnyc.com/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
58:06
January 11, 2021
38. Speaking Yoruba
On this first episode of the new year, I’m speaking with Anike, a writer, storyteller from London about her heritage language of Yoruba. In this conversation, we’re not just talking about Yoruba language, friends. Oh no no…. We’re talking about Nigerian heritage and the culture of British Born Nigerians & how their culture is expressed in the UK.  We discuss the connection between storytelling and language, the links between Yoruba language and culture throughout parts of the Caribbean and how proverbs in the Yoruba language relate to the Yoruba culture and lifestyle. And one more thing, Anike is also the author of Connecting to Self Through Ancestry, a collection of essays exploring themes in relation to womanhood, identity, mental health and spirituality whilst deconstructing ten elements of Yoruba heritage and highlighting how they relate to the past experiences of a young woman growing up in the diaspora. You can hear her talk about her book in this episode and find a link to her site in the show notes. I really enjoyed having this conversation and I think the beauty of doing this show is that we can hear many perspectives on language and culture from so many different people. For example, we’ve spoken about Yoruba last year, We’ve spoken about London last year but in this episode we’re speaking about Yoruba and London in a totally different way so if you’ve enjoyed those conversations, you will enjoy this one 100% Thank you Anike for sharing bits of your language and your heritage with us in this episode. As always if you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to like and subscribe on Instagram & rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Anike: https://www.oroanike.com/ https://www.oroanike.com/shop  Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
56:01
January 4, 2021
37. Speaking Japanese
My guest today is Yoko, the creator of Foodstory, a Japanese food experience that offers cooking classes in Los Angeles & Culinary Tours in Japan. In this episode, I talk with Yoko not just about the Japanese language and vocabulary but also about the culture. We discuss the differences between men’s and women’s vocabulary, dialects throughout Japan and the influence of indigenous people in Hokkaido. She even gives a surprising tip for anyone wanting to learn or improve their Japanese language skills. But because we also like to talk about culture on this show, Yoko also tells us about Japanese foods including the origin story of Matcha and sushi and some of the big differences and similarities between Japanese and Japanese-American foods. We even learn a bit about Japanese traditional color names. In short, this episode is FULL of information about Japan. Thank you so much to Yoko for taking the time to have this conversation about Japanese culture. If you like this conversations or any of the other language conversations we’ve had this year, please rate and review the show on Apple podcasts, from wherever you are in the world, so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show. And one more thing, this episode will be the last one for 2020. The Speaking Tongues Podcast will be back on January 4 with a brand new episode. In the meantime, please visit the website, instagram or facebook page to follow our news!   To find Foodstory Web: https://www.ifoodstory.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/japanesefoodstory/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JapaneseFoodStory Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzjIKdUy9YrfoBsPWSq3sg Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:05:33
December 14, 2020
36. Speaking Danish
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. My guest today is Sarah, joining me from London to talk about the Danish language. This is the first time I’ve featured Danish on the show and I’m really excited to have had this opportunity to learn a bit about it from Sarah’s perspective. In this episode, Sarah tells us about growing up in a house with Danish speaking parents and how she ended up learning Danish abroad while studying in Denmark. We talk about similarities between the Danish language and culture and other countries in the region. She gives us some insight into what it can be like for someone looking at Danish culture as an outsider. And because Sarah lives in London and I live in New York City, we had a chance to talk about our respective cities and how cultures from all over the world are expressed around town. Listen to hear the one brilliant way in which Sarah has been able to connect with some of the multi cultural communities that flourish in her neighborhood. Big thank you to Sarah for having this conversation with me, for sharing your story and for teaching us all a little bit about the Danish language and culture. As always, don’t forget to like and subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! Fun Danish Links:   Danish Language comedy Sketch (from Norwegian TV): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk&feature=emb_logo History of the Danish Folk High Schools: https://www.danishfolkhighschools.com/about-folk-high-schools/history/ Piet Hein poem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Hein_(scientist) More Piet Hein Poetry: https://piethein.dk/shop/118-wallstickers-gruk---dk/980-af-mad-paa-fad-og-vin-i-glas-wallsticker/ The Kingdom ( Danish Show): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108906/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
57:45
December 7, 2020
35. Speaking French, Norwegian & Irish
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today I’m speaking with Tyler, a language lover who began his road to speaking a second language as an adult and if you love to read or love literature, you’re going to love this conversation. In this episode, Tyler tells us how his mormon upbringing helped spark his curiosity with foreign language and travel. We talk about how Tyler developed his love of the French language through literature and a wedding trip to Europe that pushed him to go all in on learning the French language. He also tells us about how his love of history sparked his interest in Old Norse, Norweigian and Irish. You’ll want to hear his tips for discovering a language through the written word and the one tool that he used for an entire year to learn the French language. I think this episode is important because as many of us know, the value for being multi lingual in the US is not very high. Certainly not as high as it is in other parts of the world. It’s something that I have thought about for many years. I enjoyed this opportunity to talk with another person who grew up in the US about the way language study is viewed in our country. Big thank you to Tyler for having this conversation with me and sharing his story and sharing what worked for him when it came to learning another language. As always, don’t forget to like and subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! To Find Tyler:  Blog: https://armchairlinguistbl.wixsite.com/tonguetiedblog Twitter: @tiedblog YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8kVVhhWAjeqiaMfG6GJo5w/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:05:18
November 30, 2020
34. Speaking Ladino with The Hyperpolyglot Activist
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multi linguals. Today I’m speaking with Dr. Carlos Yebra-Lopez of Ladino 21 and The Hyperpolyglot Activist, about the endangered Judeo-Spanish language also known as Ladino. In this episode, Carlos gives us all an overview of Ladino starting from its origins and its spread throughout the diaspora. If you’re only slightly familiar with Ladino or unaware of it, as I was, this is a great conversation to help you understand the language and how it continues to be spoken and to thrive into the 21st century. He also helps us to understand the separation between the language and the religion which are often associated with the language.  Because Carlos is also familiar with many other languages, we also talk about what being a polyglot means to him personally and what it can mean to some in the language learning community.  Other topics include: cultural appropriation, his methods for language learning, lyrics and subtext of Reggaeton and we uncover why so many of us have trouble translating numbers into other languages. For more information about the Ladino language, please check out Ladino21 and Carlos’s YouTube Channels which you can find links to in the show notes. And as always, don’t forget to like and subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show!  To find Dr. Yebra-Lopez:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/languagefreedo1 Ladino 21 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ladino21 Ladino 21 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXGQJkl9WL1DnJM8Je0RRg  The Hyperpolyglot Activist YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGfgMUzPSAR_hkV6KVLignw Website: https://www.thehyperpolyglotactivist.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LanguageFreedo1 Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:09:01
November 23, 2020
33. Speaking Swahili, Kikuyu & Sheng
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This episode we are talking with Wairimu, creator of Mwalimu Wairimu about Swahili, Kikuyu and Sheng. Friends, I loved having this conversation and in fact we talked for over two hours and I still didn’t get to talk about all of the things that were looming in my mind -- but more on that later. Wairimu tells us about growing up and being encouraged by teachers to speak English in school instead of her native Kikuyu. We talk about her journey to learning Swahili from time spent both in and away from Nairobi and we even get into the origins of the Swahili language through the island of Zanzibar and the spread of the language through east African nations. Other topics include: Costal Swahili vs. Nairobi Swahili, a reading in Kikuyu and the one big misconception that some people have about the Swahili language. And because you’re all long time listeners, you know that I usually like to step into the shoes of a first time learner to practice some phrases that I’m unfamiliar with. This time, my attempt does not disappoint and we practice it slowly enough for you all to follow along. Now, as I said, this conversation was originally over two hours and I didn’t have a chance to include everything we discussed. So, if you head on over to my blog at speakingtonguespodcast.com, you will find Wairimu’s answers to a few questions we missed in the recording of this episode. As always, if you are listening with Apple podcasts, please don’t forget to hit subscribe and to  rate and review the episode so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show. Ok, let’s chat! To find Wairimu: Instagram: @mwalimuwairimu YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLay6TfE2Fn2iHzmBXLR10kY6_o7UAb-bK YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/weatherish101  Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0cpmtSz77n5SiXRk5PPjAr  Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:11:03
November 16, 2020
32. Speaking Wenzhou, French and Mandarin
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today we are going on a linguistic journey around the world speaking Wenzhou, French and Mandarin with Lihui Ke, the founder and creative director of Kerisma Knits, a family owned, Los Angeles based knitwear design company. In this episode, Lihui tells us some of her story from her time growing up in China, moving to Paris at a young age,  moving once again to New York City before ultimately settling in Los Angeles. I was so happy to have this conversation because Lihui has spent her life between many different cultures and has learned four different languages in an immersive context. I love adding voices like hers to this show because as I’ve said many times, we all come to and come through language learning and cultural experience so differently. Topics and diversions of this episode include: language preservation of Wenzhou, cultural identity, a desire to learn  sanskrit and the influence of culture on design! I have one surprise for you listeners - Kerisma Knits has been gracious enough to include a special limited time discount code for you to shop and receive 20% using the code speakingtongues20. So make sure you visit Kerismaknits.com before December 31, 2020 to shop and redeem this offer. Huge thanks to Lihui for sharing bits of her languages and heritage with us and to the Kerisma knit family for this generous offer and for being supporters of the show. As always, don’t forget to like, rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts because the more positive reviews we get, the more likely for other language lovers like ourselves to find the show. To find Kerisma: Retail: shopKerisma.com Wholesale: Kerismaknits.com Instagram: @shopkerisma Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopkerisma/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
54:20
November 9, 2020
31. Speaking Mexican Spanish
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today’s conversation we are talking about Mexican Spanish with the founder of Speak Like a Mexican. In this episode. Ricardo talks to us about some specific things that make Mexican Spanish stand out from Spanish spoken in other regions of the world. We talk about how he’s able to teach Spanish to foreigners through tourism and we learn about some amazing connections to indigenous language through Spanish and which regions of the country fuse Spanish with some indigenous language. Diversions include: how not to stereotype the people of Mexico and the Pixar masterpiece, Coco. Big thank you to Ricardo for sharing his Mexican heritage and the Spanish language with us for this conversation. As always, if you enjoy this conversation, please don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple podcasts so that other language lovers like you can find the show. To Find Ricardo: Website: https://www.speaklikeamexican.com.mx/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPANISHSCHOOLINMEXICOCITY/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speak_like_mexican/?hl=es-la YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWEChtoXqAV1F4H70S3nRUQ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
50:06
November 2, 2020
30. Speaking Papiamento
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today’s conversation we are heading back to one of my favorite regions in the world to talk about Papiamento with Keisha Weil, a PhD candidate and Linguistic Anthropologist. In this recording Keisha was talking to me from Aruba where Papiamento is widely spoken and she has been conducting her research in the language! In this episode, Keisha tells us why Papiamento is considered a creole language and we learn why it is significant that Papiamento is one of the official languages of the Caribbean. We talk about the languages that have influenced Papiamento, the stigmas that come with a language being classified as a creole and she tells us the surprising way in which kids in Aruba and Curacao relate to the English language. And keep listening to find out which language kids in Aruba aren’t too interested in because it’s considered the “language of their parents”. In talking about creole languages, we discussed how a number of languages around the world that could technically be classified as creole languages but aren’t and languages that are easily classified as creole tend to be those spoken by black and brown people. I think it’s important that we continue to pay attention to how such classifications along racial lines can be detrimental to the populations for whom these languages are a culmination of their histories and expressions of their cultures and identities. We have to continue to regard the value of everyone’s language equally and my hope is that with this podcast we are doing the work of adding value to creole languages. With that said, Big thank you to Keisha Weil for talking with us about her studies and research!  if you enjoy this conversation you can find links to the topics we discuss in the show notes and please don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review so that other language lovers like yourselves can find the show! Find Keisha on social: Twitter @brilhanteanthro Instagram @kiwiel Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:25:27
October 26, 2020
29. Speaking French with The French Wine Tutor
Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. Today’s episode is quite the departure from the norm in one specific way! My guest today is Katie from The French Wine tutor and we are talking all about the French language, French culture and of course, French wine. This is the time you may want to pause here, go grab a glass of wine and come back and listen to the episode in order to get the full experience. In this conversation, Katie talks about her start as a musician and how she was able to transition into French wine and how her knowledge of French helped her in her career. She gives us plenty of tips on pronunciation and helps those of us who may be drinking wine in the USA and feel intimidated by French wine to navigate our way through several appellations and regions in France. Sidenotes include German opera, the joy of the Monoprix and me,  doing my best to pronounce some french wine names. You can find Katie’s website and instagram by clicking on the links in the shownotes. And as always, don’t forget to rate and review on itunes as it will help other language lovers like yourselves to find this show. To Find The French Wine Tutor: Website: https://www.frenchwinetutor.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frenchwinetutor/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
53:22
October 19, 2020
28. Speaking Spanish, French & Italian
In today’s conversation, I’m talking with Juliana of The Language Mindset about her journey through three romance languages- Spanish, French and Italian. In this episode, Juliana --who is so full of adventure!- guides us around the world from her time studying abroad in Europe college to her very immersive experience with Spanish in Buenos Aires! Juliana talks to us about how she started The Language Mindset and some of her methods for teaching very young children and adults alike. Juliana and I have knowledge of the same languages so we spent some time this episode talking about the things that are similar and different in each of these languages and how we keep each of them straight in our heads. She also tells us what she feels everyone should have when they are beginning to learn a language for themselves. I hope that listening to this episode you come away inspired by Juliana’s language and travel adventures in the same way that I was! To get in touch with Juliana and to work with her to achieve you or your child’s language goals, check out the links in the show notes and get in touch with her to see how she can help.  To Find The Language Mindset: Website: https://www.thelanguagemindset.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelanguagemindset/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelanguagemindset Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:00:30
October 12, 2020
27. Speaking Hindi
Today’s conversation is one of firsts because this is the first time we’re speaking about a language from India and my guest today, Vivek, is the first guest that I’ve recorded with over a huge time difference! I’m so grateful to Vivek for being able to make the time to coordinate our schedules for this conversation. In this episode, I learned a LOT and I think Vivek was the perfect person to have this conversation with. He’s very passionate about the Hindi language and his profession as a teacher. As a linguist, he’s found ways to apply a scientific approach to language learning.. So, in this episode, we talk about where in India that Hindi is spoken, the ways that non- Indian people have been able to connect to the Hindi language and Vivek even tells us about an interesting similarity between Hindi and Latin. I think that he’s also given me my new favorite phrase to encourage students -- Don’t go for books, go for bikes-- which you’ll hear him explain the meaning of in the episode. To get in touch with Vivek and find out how you can start your Hindi language journey with him, you can find his business Lern Hindi, the links to his website, youtube and instagram in the show notes. To Find Vivek: Instagram: @hindibyvivek YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/hindibyvivek?app=desktop Website: http://lernhindi.com/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow on Twitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
56:58
October 5, 2020
26. Speaking Sicilian
Today I’m talking with Nadia and this is my third episode talking about Sicilian. If you notice and listen to each of the episodes, all three of my guests have had different perspectives on the Sicilian language. This is one thing I love about this show is that no matter how many times we talk about one language, we’ll always have different stories to share our experiences. In talking with Nadia today, she tells me about Sicilian spoken in Agrigento, her experience with Italians living in America, some movies and books that you could watch and read in order to start learning Sicilian and she even gave us a piece of trivia. Find out what Sicilian phrase was mistaken for Chinese in another part of Italy? And do you know that there is one ethnic religious minority that has a population outside of Palermo? Find out more about them and what food they’re famous for in this episode. As always, you can find more information about the topics we discuss in this episode by clicking the links in the show notes. Big thank you to Nadia for having this conversation with me and sharing bits of Sicilian culture with all of us. This might be the last episode we have in Italian for a while so big thank you to all of you listeners for bearing with me and my obsession with Sicily.  Detective Montalbano: Here and books here. Godfather II scene in Sicilian: here Baaria: Here Jurnata rutta, rumpila tutta Fa chiù dannu 'n cretinu ca nu porcu 'nto jardinu Piana degli Albanese: https://www.lavocedinewyork.com/en/travel/2018/10/03/piana-degli-albanesi-for-its-albanian-heritage-and-the-worlds-best-cannoli/ Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
54:18
September 28, 2020
25. Speaking Cantonese, French & Portuguese
Welcome back to another episode of Speaking Tongues. Today  I’m speaking with Acacia, the founder of Ethnic Ties, a travel company specializing in pre-departure preparation so you can have an authentic and comfortable travel experience. But that’s just one role that this entrepreneur has. She also hosts language meetups and she’s developing a Black Travel App which she’ll tell us more about in the episode. One thing that I think is really cool about Acacia’s language journey is how she has been able to connect with her heritage language and the languages that she’s studied through conscious travel. I think lots of people would be content to travel mostly for fun and for their own recreation but Acacia explains to us how important it is for her to select destinations where there is a possibility of making an impact! And one more thing that you listeners will want to look out for is that Acacia and I are partnering up soon on social media for a “Learn that Language Challenge”. It will be one week of prompts challenging you to practice speaking in your target language! And guess what? Prizes will be given to the challenge winners!  So head over to follow my instagram and Ethnic Ties instagram account where we will soon announce the contest and the rules! For more information about Ethnic Ties and to work with them for your next trip, follow the links in the show notes. Ethnic Ties Instagram: @ethnicties Website:https://www.ethnicties.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EthnicTies/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCirYtKJD3KfpNo00G9Q3K1g/featured Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:07:22
September 21, 2020
24. Speaking Sicilian & Italian
Today I’m back with another episode of Sicilian conversation and this time, I’m talking with Ari, a writer and translator who lives near Messina. If you remember earlier this summer we had another Sicilian conversation and you might be wondering why we’re hitting Sicily so hard and the answer is-- because Sicily is a very old language, influenced by many cultures over centuries and I feel that it’s impossible to have just one Sicilian perspective on the culture. Also, I’m in love with Sicily and I want all of you to fall in love with it as well. My conversation with Ari is full of information about the Sicilian language and I love that she came prepared! She has so many notes and you can even hear her flipping pages throughout our conversation. We talked about the many dialects of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, superstition in the Sicilian tradition and we learned some more words in Sicilian that you should definitely listen to      if       by now you still think that Sicilian is a “dialect” of Italian. Immense thank you to Ari for having this conversation and don’t forget to check out the show notes for some Sicilian phrases that you can try pronouncing along with us during the episode.  And don't forget to get your tickets to the Women in Language conference taking place this September 17-20. Get your tickets here!  Sicilian Phrases: Auma Auma U Troppu, stroppia Camurria Babbidiu Ammuccalapuni Minchia Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
44:43
September 14, 2020
23. Speaking Bahamian English
Today we’re doing things a bit differently. Usually, we’re talking about languages other than english and but today we’re talking about The Bahamian dialect of english with the founder of iisabahamianbey, Kache Knowles. I’ll mention in a minute why this episode is so close to my heart but first I want to talk about why this episode is an important milestone not just for this podcast but also why it’s so important to have this conversation. English is spoken all over the world in many countries as a first language and with the spread of english comes the regional dialects that enrich the way the language is spoken. In the past, many of these dialects have been dismissed as “improper” or “broken” English. One of the aims of this show is to celebrate all languages and I particularly feel that there’s no such thing as a language that is “broken”. When you can communicate with others around you effectively, there’s nothing broken or improper about language. This conversation was so much fun for me to have on a personal level and connecting with someone who truly loves her culture and her country so much. So take the time to listen to this conversation and the next time you think about The Bahamas or visiting the islands, please consider that there is life to be had beyond the resorts and casinos. Think about how beyond the beautiful landscape, the pristine beaches and the fresh seafood there is a country with a rich past, a powerful present and a bright future. Much thanks to Kache of iisabahamianbey for having this conversation with me and sharing the best of Bahamian culture with all of us. To find iisabahamianbey online you can click the link in the show notes and you can also find links to the many Bahamian tings we discuss throughout the episode.  To find iisabahamianbey:  www.iisabahamianbey.com Instagram @iisabahamianbey Mentioned in the show:  Dyah Neilson Painting /Dyah Neilson Art Learn about Junkanoo here Susan J. Wallace Poetry here Party in the Backyard, the Brilanders here Ronnie Butler Tribute Mix here Bahamian Words and Phrases: Muddasick/ Muddasick dred Bey Mawnin' Mawnin' Mawnin' Broughtupsy/ No Broughtupsy Mekhase Kapunkle up Spilligating Tingum "Hard Head don't make good soup" "Hog know where to rub he skin"  Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:16:37
September 7, 2020
22. Speaking Basque
The Basque language is one of the most unique languages in the world. Spoken in parts of Northern Spain and Western France, Basque is considered a language isolate - meaning that it is unrelated to any other language and many believe that it predates the Spanish language. In today’s conversation, I’m talking about Basque with Naroa who grew up in the Basque country speaking Basque at a young age. I had so many questions for her and in this episode she tells us about the unique features of the Basque language and culture & how the language has been standardized for instruction. We talk quite a bit about the traditions that one may encounter in the Basque country and how spoken Basque varies throughout the region both in Spain and in France. I enjoyed this conversation because it’s not often I have a chance to hear about Basque language and its unique culture. Thank you to Naroa for sharing such a big part of your culture with us and please be sure to check out the show notes for links to Naroa’s YouTube Channel and other links to Basque language and culture resources! To Find Naroa:  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NaroaenWanderlust Basque Resources: Aditz Taula Ken Zazpi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwgPX3XUnsc “a zer parea, karakola eta barea” “non gogoa, han zangoa” Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:04:55
August 31, 2020
21. Speaking British English with Quintessentially English
Today I’m bringing you the eighth and final episode in this summer’s “Summer School” series where all summer long we have been having conversations with language teachers. In today’s episode I’m speaking with Melissa, an English teacher and the founder of Quintessentially English. I wanted to do something different with this episode and if you’ve been listening for a long time now you’ll notice that this is the first conversation that I’ve had about the English language. What makes this interesting to me is that though we are both talking about English, we are both talking about different varieties of English - UK English and US english. In this conversation Melissa and I talk about what makes UK English stand out in different regions. We discuss accents and common phrases that one would hear throughout England and Scotland. We take a few moments to try and understand where Received Pronunciation came from and how it affected the US variation of English. We note the ways in which French language and culture has been an influence in both of our countries and we take on the popular topic of Cockney Rhyming Slang. If you’ve ever considered improving your English conversation and don’t know where to start, this would be a great episode to listen to. For starters, you can hear both of our accents and how we say the same words differently. You can decide if you think that learning UK English or US English would be best for you! And when you’re ready to choose learning UK English, you can get in touch with Melissa by following the links in the show notes!   To Find Melissa:  Website: https://www.quintessentiallyenglish.org/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quintessentiallyenglishteacher/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mybritishcoach Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:06:06
August 24, 2020
20: Speaking Italian with Speak Italiano
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for another episode of Speaking Tongues, the podcast in conversation with multi-linguals! I’m your host, Elle Charisse. Today I’m bringing you the seventh episode in this summer’s “Summer School” series where all summer long we are having conversations with language teachers. In today’s episode I’m speaking with Linda, an Italian teacher and the host of the Italian language podcast, “Pensieri e Parole”. We cover quite a bit of ground in this conversation. Linda and I discuss Italian dialects and spoken Italian in the north of Italy. She’s teaching me a lot of Italian history that I didn’t know and we talk about how migration in Italy shaped the Piemontese dialect. Linda tells us some of the traits that can be important to have when learning a language and how common connections with fellow speakers can not only help someone trying to learn but how she’s able to use these connections with the students she teaches. We also talked about what it means and how it feels when talking to native speakers and we share some experiences about how we navigate these exchanges. And, because by now you’ve been listening for a long time, you know that Italian is my second language and Linda graciously gives me the opportunity to practice a little bit of Italian with her. To find Linda and to listen to her Italian language podcast, click on the links in the show notes! Andiamo! Let’s chat! To Find Linda:  Website:https://speakitaliano.org/ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/speak-italiano-pensieri-e-parole/id1443616202 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/italianwithlinda/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/italianwithlinda/ "Sereno è seren sarà; se non sarà seren si rasserenerà" Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:05:41
August 17, 2020
19: Speaking Spanish with Maria Ortega Garcia
Hello Language Lovers! Today I’m bringing you the sixth episode in this summer’s “Summer School” series where all summer long we are having conversations with language teachers. In today’s episode I’m speaking with Maria, a Spanish teacher in Ireland and an Embodied Spanish Coach. I really enjoyed connecting with Maria as we discussed methods for learning another language. As you will hear in this episode, she has been able to coach her students through the written word and helped them to develop their own voices when communicating in Spanish. She helps her students to take ownership of the Spanish language through writing and poetry. One thing that I love about the way languages are taught now is much emphasis there is on developing one’s own character and taking the time to feel your way through the journey of learning a language. It doesn’t have to be a painful experience and it doesn’t have to be all about memorizing grammar. Language learning can be fun and Maria’s methodology is proof of that. So in this episode, you’ll hear both of our thoughts on these topics plus we also talk about translation in literature, the world famous Camino in Spain and our love for traveling the world! And also, as of publication time, Maria’s book “Weaving Words”: The Alchemy of Language”  is available now on Amazon. To find Maria’s book and to get in touch with her you to start your Spanish speaking journey, be sure to click the links in the show notes! Vale! Let’s chat!  To Find Maria: Website: https://mariaortegagarcia.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maria.ortega.garcia/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/embodiedspanish.maria/ Weaving Words: The Alchemy of Language : https://www.amazon.com/Weaving-Words-Mar%C3%ADa-Ortega-Garc%C3%ADa-ebook/dp/B08BWZF3JS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=weaving+words&qid=1596632640&s=books&sr=1-1 Como como? Como como como. Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:11:18
August 10, 2020
18: Speaking Brazilian Portuguese with Divergent English
Hello Language Lovers! Today I’m bringing you the fifth episode in this summer’s “Summer School” series where all summer long we are having conversations with language teachers. In today’s episode I’m speaking with Duda, an english teacher in Brazil and the founder of Divergent English. I first met Duda months ago when she reached out to me on Instagram to tell me about her language classes. Since then, we’ve had a chance to work with one another on several workshops for her students and it’s been a blast! Her students are so much fun and very supportive of one another and they even teach me some Portuguese here and there. I’ve always had a big crush on Brazil and the culture, the music, the food and the language and in this episode it was so much fun to learn about how diverse Brazil is beyond the ways it’s portrayed in pop culture. So in this episode, Duda shares her story of how she became fluent in four languages, how she started her own classes with Divergent English, how the culture in her state shares some traditions with Uruguay and we’re even showing love for one of our favorite pop singers. To find Duda, click the links in the show notes and if you’re in Brazil and ready to start your English language journey, reach out to her and let her know how she can help you on your way to becoming a more confident English speaker! Divergent English: Instagram: @divergentenglish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/divergentenglish/ How to Prepare Chimarrão (Brazilian) Yerba Mate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0kg8F4UqiY "xarope" - annoying (and also, syrup!) Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:00:38
August 3, 2020
17: Speaking Sicilian with Languages in Progress
Today I’m bringing you the fourth episode in this summer’s “Summer School” series where all summer long we are having conversations with language teachers. In this episode, I am speaking with Ilaria, a professional language teacher and instructor and the founder of Languages in Progress. Ilaria is originally from Sicily and today she’s telling me all about the Sicilian language, some bits about Sicilian culture and if you listen all the way through, you’ll get to hear us speak with one another in Italian.  Ilaria is incredibly talented so aside from Italian and Sicilian, she also speaks Russian, and Spanish and she's learning Arabic and Polish. Amazing right. I urge you to check out her Languages in Progress Instagram page where she has posted videos of herself speaking all of these languages in the same conversation. It’s phenomenal to see someone switch languages so fast!  To find Ilaria and her language videos be sure to click the links in the show notes. And as always if you like the show, please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts to help language lovers like you find the show.  To find Ilaria:  Website: www.languagesinprogress.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/languagesinprogress/ Idioms: "Comu veni si cunta"; "Si nuddu ammiscatu cu nenti"; "Fa u beni i scordatillu, fa u mali e piensaci". Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:06:49
July 27, 2020
16. Speaking Yoruba with Ase Ire
Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for another episode of Speaking Tongues, the podcast in conversation with multi linguals! I’m your host, Elle Charisse. Today, I have the honor and privilege of introducing you to Dr. Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies. Dr. Wood-Menzies is a leader in her community, a scholar-priestess of Ifá-Òrìsà and a teacher of the Yoruba language and that is just a short list of her work! Iya Funlayo, as she is also known, earned her PhD in African and African American Studies and Religion at Harvard University and her research centers philosophical and theological aspects of Ifá-Òrìsà tradition as practiced in Nigeria and in the Americas, and cross-cultural analysis of Yoruba religious concepts and practice – within all of which she privileges Yoruba language as a conduit to understanding. Her work has been published in various scholarly and public venues and she has appeared in documentaries for PBS and the National Geographic Channel. For the first time since starting this podcast, I’m having a conversation about an African language and I am over the moon excited for you all to hear this conversation. I want everyone listening to understand how important it is that we, as language learners and lovers, continue to put a spotlight on languages spoken on the continent. One of my aims of this show is for it to be a CELEBRATION of language. And it’s important to me to do my part in showcasing languages that have been historically devalued as many native tongues in Africa have been for centuries.. In this episode you’ll hear why this devaluation of languages spoken in Africa continues to persist and what scholars and governments across the continent are doing to change that. You’ll learn about the language that is considered by some to be an endangered language despite having over 20 million speakers AND, you’ll learn about a very important connection between the languages spoken in West Africa and the language spoken in African American communities here in the US. You will all get to the end of this episode and come away having learned something. I promise. All of that AND You’ll even be learning some Yoruba along the way. Thank you to Dr. Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies for your time and sharing your life's work, expertise and wisdom with us for this episode. Listeners, if you’re interested in learning more about the topics we discuss or Dr. Funlayo’s work please visit aseire.com or follow Iya Funlayo on Instagram, Facebook or Youtube by clicking on the links in the show notes. Ok, Let’s Chat! To find Dr. Wood-Menzies: Website: www.Aseire.com Instagram: @iyafunlayo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AseIre/ The Story of Swahili: https://www.amazon.com/Story-Swahili-Africa-World-History/dp/0896802930 Orisha Image: https://www.orishaimage.com/#gallery-home  Nollywood on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1077508 Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:49:41
July 20, 2020
15: Speaking Hebrew with The Kefar
Hello Language Lovers! Today I have the honor of bringing you the second installation in this summer’s “Summer School” series, where all summer long we’re having conversations with language teachers. In this episode I’m speaking with T’helah, a Hebrew teacher and the founder of The Kefar. The Kefar is an online Hebrew education platform that teaches the language in an accessible, engaging and culturally responsive way. In this episode, T’helah and I talk about growing up in NYC and the languages we were exposed to growing up here. We talk about her method of teaching and the emphasis she places on creating content and materials for her students that is inclusive and she touches briefly on the comprehensive input method which I’ve linked in the show notes so if you’re not familiar with it as I was, you can check it out. We talked about diversity and the need for representation in language learning especially for African American learners. It’s so important for us to see ourselves reflected in this space and see people who look like us speaking multiple languages and engaging in cultures around the world. We say this in the episode but it can never be said enough: Representation matters. If you notice, this is the second time I’ve sat down with a guest to have a conversation about Hebrew. I just want to point out that the beauty of this podcast is that no matter how many people I can have conversations with on the same language, we all come to language in different ways, with different experiences and different backgrounds. I hope this illustrates how diverse all of our experiences can be and how much we stand to learn from one another if we just take the time to listen. To connect with T’helah and The Kefar, you can find her on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by using the links in the show notes.  The Kefar: Website: http://www.thekefar.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekefar/ YouTube: http://youtube.com/thelahbendan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hebrewatthekefar/ Comprehensive Input Theory: https://www.sk.com.br/sk-krash-english.html "gam zeh ya'avor"  "sara shara shir sameach" Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:10:01
July 13, 2020
14. Speaking French with French Sunny Side
Hello Language Lovers! Today I have the pleasure of bringing you the first episode of this summer’s “Summer School” series where for the next two months, each episode will be a conversation with a language teacher. In this first episode of the series, I’m talking with Jessica of French Sunny Side. Jessica is a french language teacher and mindfulness coach who helps her students to find their authentic voice in the French language. In this episode we discuss her early experiences with language learning growing up in Belgium, her experience with the Vietnamese language while living abroad and she explains her views on how anyone can have success learning a language through mindfulness and examining the way they relate to the language. Over and over throughout this episode I found myself actively stopping myself from gasping because Jessica’s perspective is one that I’d never considered even while I’d been experiencing my own struggle with learning the French language. This conversation contains some of the biggest revelations of my life. If I’d only met Jessica 10 years ago, I would have saved myself loads of agony. You’ll definitely come away from listening to this conversation feeling inspired to learn French but not just inspired - encouraged. If French is your jam I really want you to click the links in the show notes to find Jessica, and French Sunny Side and sign up. In the show notes, you’ll also find a link to her free guide for mindful french learning. Follow the link in the show notes to receive your free guide.   French Sunny Side: Website: http://www.frenchsunnyside.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frenchsunnyside/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC21sYwaBwgDALS6IxmhcbUg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frenchsunnyside/ Get your Mindful French learner's guide, here ----> https://mailchi.mp/dc2b1620bac4/mindful-french-learners-guide Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:12:13
July 6, 2020
13. Speaking Japanese with the co-founder of Miso Studios!
Hello Language Lovers, Today, I have the pleasure of talking with Melita Issa of Miso Studios, an NYC/ Tokyo design studio with a focus on hospitality. dining and multi-family design interiors. Melita is an interior designer who has lived and worked in Japan off and on throughout her career. In this episode, we talk about how she developed a love for Japanese language, Japanese culture, Japanese design and Japanese food. We talked about youth culture, work culture, design aesthetics and of course, one of my favorite things... Japanese food! It's a love story, guys! One takeaway from this episode that you'll notice is how important immersion within a culture is when it comes to learning the language. You'll hear in Melita's story how she has been able to embrace many facets of Japan and ensure that the Japanese culture remains a fixture in her life even when she's back in the US. In this episode we talk about perception and Americanness. We also discuss the concepts of foreignness vs belonging in a society that is not your own and the reality of being "black and abroad" which both of us have faced in our lifetime of traveling the world. In this episode Melita talked to me about how Black American culture is interpreted in Japan and if you're not familiar with it  then what she has to say will probably surprise you as much as it surprised me. I hope you enjoy this episode and to find Melita and Miso Studios, be sure to click the links in the show notes. Ok, let's chat! Miso Studios: https://www.wearemiso.com/ Instagram: @misostudios
01:10:33
June 29, 2020
12. Part II - Speaking Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, & Greek
Thank you for joining me for Part II of my conversation with Kuba- an incredible language lover and polyglot who speaks Polish, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan, English and is learning Basque and Greek. In Part I of this episode, we spoke about his native Polish and in this episode we're talking about how Kuba became fluent in Hungarian, living life in a bilingual society & we share some observations on Catalan identity. Kuba talks about his experience with actively and passively learning Basque, Greek and French and if you're quick enough you'll catch a brief mention of Occitan. At the time we recorded, Kuba had just begun learning Greek but to see his progress with the language you can find him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube by following the links in the show notes. Ok, let's chat! You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLP6FenlNNyzJxtmYrmttA Insta @lingzz_langzz twitter lingzz_langzz Txarango -https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=txarango Ken Zazpi- Ilargia : https://youtu.be/O7nxpwjuDtE "ser cul i merda" Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:08:16
June 22, 2020
12. Part I - Speaking Polish
Hello Language Lovers, I'm excited to bring this episode to you today and guess what! It's another two part episode. Today my guest is Kuba, a true polyglot, originally from Poland who speaks not only his native Polish but has also learned English, Spanish, Hungarian, Catalan. He's learning Basque and he's starting to learn Greek and so we had a lot to discuss. In this first episode, we talk about his native Polish language and this conversation touches so many things from digraphs and cases in the Polish language, learning English, the Polish music genre known as polodisco, language hacking and Kuba tells us some great advice for anyone who wants to learn Polish effectively. We also talk about the nuances of using swear words in other languages and why it can be important to know more than the quote "good words" in another language. So in this episode we focused on Polish and in the next episode, we talk about all the rest- Hungarian, Catalan, Spanish, Basque, French, Occitan & Greek so make sure you check out part two next week and in the meantime, you can find Kuba on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube by following the links in the show notes. Ok, let's chat! Please don't forget to subscribe, like and review Speaking Tongues on itunes. Your positive reviews will help language lovers like ourselves to find the show! Follow Kuba here:  IG: @lingzz_langzz Twitter: @lingzz_langzz You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLP6FenlNNyzJxtmYrmttA To Hear Disco Polo :https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=discopolo Myslovitz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sytY2MwgiQ0&list=PLx1v6NLTCs-si4qDUmboajg5Iwq4zuFpf&index=1 "Kopnąć w kalendarz" Speaking Tongues Podcast: www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast
01:02:18
June 15, 2020
11. Speaking German, French & Spanish with the founder of Black Girls Learn Languages!
Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with someone who is not just a learner of language but also a leader in language. My guest today, Shahidah, aka Language Bae, is the founder of Black Girls Learn Language,  a multi-platform digital community for black women who are passionate about languages. In this episode, Shahidah talks about her journey to fluency in German, her experience with French as a student and tells us about her true passion for the Spanish language. In February of 2020, Black Girls Learn Languages celebrated their three year anniversary as an online platform that connects black women all over the world who are learning and have learned different languages. Her website has resources that help you with different languages as well as interviews featuring successful black multi-linguals and their tips to keep you encouraged, inspired and motivated on your language learning journey! This spring, Black Girls Learn Languages held the Sisters Only Language Summit which united black women all over the world to discuss their language learning success. Shahidah was also recently featured in Travel Noire which, if you don't know is THE site  for all things related to Black Travel. Personally, as a black woman myself, I appreciate this platform and I think it's a fantastic forum for us to come together and support one another in a way that is historically unprecedented. Representation matters. I know that if I'd seen women who looked like me speaking different languages when I was growing up, my path in life could have gone much differently. I've talked about growing up wanting to learn French but not seeing anyone like me speaking French in their daily life didn't make me feel like my dream could have become my reality when I grew up. I really enjoyed recording this episode and listening to Shahidah talk about her journey with language with such passion is something that I hope we can all relate to! If you enjoy this episode, please feel free to rate and review on itunes. Your positive ratings will help other language lovers like ourselves to find the show!  Where to find Black Girls Learn Languages: Website: www.blackgirlslearnlanguages.co FB Public Fan page: www.facebook.com/blackgirlslearnlanguages IG: @blackgirlslearnlanguages Twitter & Pinterest: @blacklinguistas Private FB Group for Black Women! https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackgirlslearnlanguages Shahidah's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/lbexplainsitall Travel Noire Feature: https://travelnoire.com/founder-black-girls-learn-languages Speaking Tongues Podcast:  www.speakingtonguespodcast.com Follow on IG: @speakingtonguespod Follow onTwitter: @stpodcasthost Like our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/thespeakingtonguespodcast "Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, sondern die falsche Kleidung."
01:06:34
June 8, 2020
10. Speaking Lebanese Arabic
Well, here we are friends, we've reached Episode 10 of Speaking Tongues and I'm so happy to have made it this far. Sure, I know that 10 is not a large number but for a show that's had some hiccups getting started, I'm truly happy to be here at number 10 and I'm looking forward to the next 10 with all of you. My guest on today's episode is a truly, truly special person and a very good friend of mine. Rena is originally from Lebanon and currently lives and works in NYC as an interior designer. Full disclosure, we were colleagues many years ago and when I found out that she speaks Arabic, I would bug her from time to time to teach me some words because I've been wanting to learn Arabic for a long, long time. So having this opportunity with her to talk about her Lebanese culture and her native Arabic really means the world to me. Rena is one of the most positive minded people I've ever met and she always keeps me laughing- so get ready, there is a LOT of laughter in this episode. What you'll notice in this episode is that while we talk about Lebanese Arabic, I also wanted the opportunity to learn some basic words and phrases and try to pronounce letters of the Arabic alphabet with her... and as you will hear, it got ROUGH! But it's ok because I want all of you listeners to know that the path to learning is not perfect, and it's not easy - I spent a lot of time laughing at myself in this episode and there were times where I did want to give up because I felt really embarrassed being out of my comfort zone. During this episode, we talk about one element that we all struggle with - practicing new words and sounds in front of a native speaker. It's so daunting and we all know it can be discouraging and sometimes scary. I hope that's what I'm showing you all with the second half of this episode. That even though it can be terrifying the best thing to do is to just try to push through it. And, before we get to it, I want to say a big huge shukran to Rena for her patience and positivity with teaching me (and all of you by extension) a little bit of Arabic. Who knows! She might have a second calling as an Arabic teacher. What do you think? Rena's Design Work: http://renaelrayess.com Mloukhiyeh Recipe: /https://youtu.be/SxOWXNI_KoE To see sketches of Rena's notes during this episode visit : Instagram @speakingtonguespod Facebook: The Speaking Tongues Podcast Twitter: @stpodcasthost Website: speakingtonguespodcast.com As always, if you like this episode, please feel free to rate and review on itunes. Your positive ratings will help other language lovers like us find this show. Thanks!
01:09:58
May 25, 2020
09. Speaking Korean
I'm so happy to bring you this 9th episode of the show and this time, we're talking about Korean with Hanna and guess what? It's another "live" episode since we recorded in a Le Pain Quotidien! Hanna is an interior designer originally from Seoul, Korea currently living and working in New York City. In this episode we talk about the Korean language and we also talk about her experience learning english since moving to NYC several years ago. In this conversation we talk about Korean accents and regional dialects, trying to learn English in the days before Google translate and a very unique genre of Korean television shows.  I had a really great time talking with Hanna and i'm so happy that she was willing to share her language and culture with me.  Oh, and one more thing. If you like the show, please feel free to rate and review on Apple Podcasts since it will help more language lovers like ourselves find the show. Ok. Now, let's chat! Learn more about Mukbang here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukbang and here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mukbang Yes Man Korean Speaking Scene: https://youtu.be/NoUSoopYwVc Arrested Development Annyeong scene: https://youtu.be/JdT-9-LIthI Find us on Instagram @speakingtonguespod 
47:01
May 11, 2020
08. Speaking About Hebrew & Yiddish
Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Leor, talented designer, musician and a good friend. I wanted to speak with Leor about her relationship with Hebrew although she isn’t fluent in the language at all. You see, one of the goals of this podcast is to celebrate language at any stage we’re in as learners. Though Leor isn’t fluent in Hebrew, her relationship to the language tied into her heritage as a woman of Israeli descent is valuable. I think this conversation is important because while I could only talk to people who have mastered many languages on this show,  I also love to talk people who have exposure to other languages but haven’t gained fluency. Every stage of language learning and acquisition is valid. I also wanted to talk to her as a native New Yorker, like me, learning a second language through the Department of Education school system. I’ve often been vocal about how I wish there was more emphasis on second language early on our education here, so I was happy to talk about this with someone else who experienced the same issues that I did. I have to tell you all that this episode is just a laugh out loud gab fest from the start because in addition to being a wonderful designer and musician, Leor is also one of the funniest people I know. So get ready because we’re discussing Hebrew, Israeli culture, Yiddish, German and she even quizzes me on British slang. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it. And if you do enjoy it, please feel free to rate and review on itunes so that other language lovers like us will be able to find this show. Find us on instagram:@speakingtonguespod 
57:06
April 27, 2020
07. Part II: Speaking Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese
Hello Language Lovers, Today, as promised, I bring you the second half of my conversation with Amarens, a linguist and the creator of Untranslatable, a multi-lingual urban dictionary where people get to share local idioms, slang and expressions in any language. We last spoke about her native Dutch language and her connection to Frisian and today we're talking about her experience learning Spanish and Portuguese and a few new languages she's presently learning. She also takes the time to share some helpful language learning tools that worked for her and in my opinion, will work for anyone. I hope you'll enjoy this episode and if you do, please don't forget to rate and review on itunes as it will help other likeminded listeners find this show!  https://untranslatable.co/ https://www.instagram.com/untranslatable.co/ https://www.facebook.com/untranslatable.co https://twitter.com/untranslatabl Find us on Instagram @speakingtonguespod
01:06:11
April 20, 2020
07. Part I: Speaking Dutch & Frisian
In this episode, I'm speaking today with Amarens, who is a linguist & the creator of Untranslatable a multi-lingual urban dictionary where people get to share local idioms, slang and expressions in any language. In the first part of this conversation, we're discussing Amarens' native Dutch & her connection to Frisian and in the second part of the conversation which you'll hear in the next episode, We'll be talking about her journey to learning Spanish and Portuguese and she's even sharing some incredible tips for everyone out there on their own journey to fluency in a second language. I really hope you will all enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed this conversation. And if you do, please don't forget to rate and review on itunes as it will help other likeminded listeners find this show!  https://untranslatable.co/ https://www.instagram.com/untranslatable.co/ https://www.facebook.com/untranslatable.co https://twitter.com/untranslatabl Find me on Instagram @speakingtonguespod
01:08:42
April 13, 2020
06. Speaking Spanish - Buenos Aires
Hello Language Lovers, Today I have the honor of talking about Argentine Spanish with one of my long time very best friends. We often discuss the intricacies of Spanish and English with one another and she may not know this but she was one of the few people who inspired me to begin this podcast journey. Our casual conversations inspired me to want to have casual conversations with people from all linguistic backgrounds! I couldn't very well keep all of our thoughts and theories to myself! I had to share them with you all. In this episode we talk about the rioplatense accent, bilingual education and the all popular Argentine slang including some of its origins. I'm very grateful to Maria for making the time to record this episode with me long distance and that she was able to share parts of her culture with our audience!  P.S. Any subtle meowing you hear in the background is Maria's cat Juana (mi Juanita!). She's the best cat and you can see a photo of her on Instagram @speakingtonguespod Find Speaking Tongues on Instagram:@speakingtonguespod 
01:02:13
March 30, 2020
Bonus Episode: Learning German
As I said last episode, I'm trying to learn a little bit of German. Now I just want to be clear. I'm not trying to become fluent in German! I went in with a very clear goal - even though I joked about being fluent by December- of just learning enough. Some basic grammar and vocabulary and maybe a handful of helpful phrases. I think this is the approach I'll probably take toward learning new languages going forward. I've put enough pressure on myself trying to learn French and Italian and I still want to stay with those two and try to get to fluency,  so with German I want to just relax and go with it and learn what I can. Alright, I'll come back with another solo episode next month with another German update and maybe another lyric from an 80's German Pop song. In the meantime, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! Instagram: @speakingtonguespod
10:40
March 23, 2020
05. Speaking German
I met my next guest as he was planning his upcoming trip to NYC. He's currently completing a screenplay about a frog who comes to visit New York City for the first time. In preparation for his trip, he reached out to me through the magic of the internet for some logistics planning and we connected! When he arrived in New York, I had a chance to show him around town for a few hours and that led to me asking "Hey, wanna be on my podcast?" (aside from asking him the German words for dozens of random things I could think of in the moment!) Since talking with Sebastian on the days we hung out, he inspired me to finally start learning German. I've decided to make German my 2020 language challenge. I want to step outside my comfort zone of romance languages and try something totally new. So, at least once a month I want to check in with a solo episode to talk about how it's going and maybe, if you're listening and you're a German speaker and want to join me, we can have a quick chat and you can help me pick up stuff I need to know. Big thank you to Sebastian for giving up a portion of his trip to sit down and record with me and helping me to pronounce some words that are not that easy for an English speaker. You can find his web series called "One Week Off" on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0867LJKNK/ref=atv_un_wxq_c_OcGi58_brws_2_1
36:33
March 16, 2020
04. Speaking Farsi, French & English with a fellow language collector!
Today, we're talking to Elie about the several languages she grew up speaking and has learned over the course of her lifetime. Elie is an accomplished lawyer in California and she breaks down her attraction to learning languages and offers some valuable insight for those of us who continue learning as adults! 
01:03:42
March 2, 2020
Bonus Episode: Speaking about Traveling
This is a special episode that I wanted to do just to bring the language conversation into a different context. The context of travel! I love traveling and I've often thought about language as I travel. Since I don't get around as much as I want to, I recruited Stephen, my friend who travels extensively to have a conversation with and we decided to speak about the New York Times's 52 Places to Visit in 2020 list! This episode is a bit long but ultimately I hope this conversation will inspire people to travel wherever they want to without being afraid of not speaking the language at their destination.
01:11:35
February 24, 2020
03. Speaking Vietnamese
In this episode we're talking with Tom about the language he grew up speaking and how coming to the US and having to learn English has impacted his life.  He also talks to us about the gradual way that parts of his heritage have made their way into popular culture and he even teaches us a few swear words! We even learn a bit about the alphabet!  Warning: this episode includes mature language. Listener discretion is advised.
53:34
February 17, 2020
02. Speaking Spanish 101 - Puerto Rico
When I decided I wanted to start this podcast, I wanted the opportunity to talk with people at all stages of fluency and not just those who are already fluent. My guest Talia is an actress, writer and photographer who talks with me about her ties to her heritage and her ambition to connect with it as it relates to language. Ever the professional, she did this in one take! Apologies for the audio and some of the very New York City sounds heard in the background.  Warning: this episode includes mature language. Listener discretion is advised.
53:58
February 3, 2020
01. Speaking Norwegian, Korean & Swedish
I really can't wait for you all to meet my tri-lingual guest, Jess. Jess is a crazy talented artist and architect and the founder and editor-in-chief of Mmuses Magazine. This was a fun conversation to have and I'm lucky she made the time to be my very first guest.  Follow Jess here: www.mmuses.info @mmusesmagazine and @ladies_____________________ (on Instagram)
01:04:50
January 20, 2020
Speaking about The Premiere
Finally! This first season is so exciting and I've had fantastic conversations with so many people with such diverse linguistic abilities. I look forward to sharing all of these conversations with you. I'll also be recording some solo shows to offer advice and tips for any of you listeners hoping to improve your own second language skills. I'm also actively looking to interview people so if you're interested in chatting about the languages YOU speak, please leave me a voice mail following the link in the show notes and don't forget to rate and review wherever you get your podcasts!
01:04
January 14, 2020
Speaking about what’s to come
Have you ever wanted to learn a second language? or a third or fourth? Did you grow up speaking on language at home and another one out in the world? In each episode I'll be speaking with someone who speaks English and one or more other language. Some of my guests grew up in a bilingual home. Others have fulfilled dreams of learning a language even though they never spoke anything other than English at home. Some of my guests will have learned English as their second language and others... well, you'll have to listen and find out! We'll discuss tools, tips and tricks that have helped others to achieve their goals We'll talk about advantages and disadvantages we've all faced and of course, since we like to have fun around here, we're gonna keep the conversation light and dig deeper only when we need to. We're all different and we all have stories that have led us to another language, whether its a draw to a different culture, or a true love, or work or study. I want to share these stories--and dashes of culture-- to inspire anyone wanting to take the plunge into the wonderful world of language learning! I hope you'll join me as I sit down with people who speak lots of different languages and I hope you'll feel inspired to learn to speak one of your own! Stay tuned!
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August 17, 2019