Speaking Tongues podcast

Speaking Tongues

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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    75. Speaking German, Dutch, Russian & Polish

    1:03:49

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    74. Speaking Quechua

    1:08:04

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    73. Speaking Mandarin, Arabic & Russian

    1:15:20

    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  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    72. Speaking Malayalam with EliKutty

    56:29

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    71. Speaking French & Polish

    1:07:30

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    70. Speaking Gullah Geechee with Sunn m'Cheaux

    1:53:03

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    69. Speaking Tahitian

    1:07:35

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    68. Speaking Greek

    57:18

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    67. Speaking Catalan & Argentine Spanish

    55:59

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message
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    66. Speaking Haitian Creole

    1:01:11

    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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/speaking-tongues/message

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