While in Sarajevo last month filming the documentary Saved By Language (about how the endangered language of Ladino saved a Jewish boy’s life in World War II), I spent time with my dear friend
Damir Imamović. He’s a sevdah musician and singer. We went to a vista point in the hills surrounding Sarajevo and filmed a video about language learning and music. It’s thanks to my dear Damir that I learned Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian. He taught me the language through the songs of the former Yugoslavia.
Here are our first two videos. There will be one more.
1) Damir and I discuss learning languages with songs and how he taught me the language. Damir’s song “Dva se Draga” is played at the beginning and end of the video.
2) In this video, I show some photos from Sarajevo while Damir’s version of the song Summertime plays in the background. Then we discuss how he learned English during the war and approaches to language learning.