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Video: How the Ladino language saved a Jewish boy’s life during the Holocaust

English subtitles available by pressing the "CC" button in the lower right side of the screen or the Interactive Transcript button to the right...

Turkish delights: Food in Istanbul

Instead of just writing about my wonderful four days in Istanbul, I've decided to make a small picture gallery of food and cafes in...

Wearing Kyrgyz national dress and kalpak hat

Going Kyrgyz in a Kyrgyz dance costume at a costume ball in Alameda, California.     Wearing the Kyrgyz kaplak hat. The Kalpak is a hat usually...
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(Linguistic) ignorance is bliss, sometimes

Yes, I do enjoy linguistic ignorance from time to time. I met with a Turkish Couchsurfer when I was in Istanbul who generously spent...

Alphabet politics: Change your alphabet, alienate people

Last year, I reported on how the problems resulting from the Azeri language of Azerbaijan being written in Latin script instead of Cyrillic letters....

Ladino: The “other” Spanish, is dying but saved a life

Version en español. With over 20 official Spanish speaking countries, few people know of another Spanish language: Ladino. The language is also known as...

Ladino, el otro español, una lengua en extinción salvó una vida.

For the English version of this article, please click here. Con más de 20 países de habla hispana, pocos conocen el otro idioma español: el...

Teaching language learning in areas marred by ethnic violence

The odd irony of giving three presentations about language learning in a city that saw 450 people killed last year in ethnic violence was...

Bride kidnapping in Central Asia, Is an English speaking woman less likely to be...

Talking about learning English using music and media at the American Corner, Kant, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz flag on wall. In the past year,...
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Could speaking English empower female sex trafficking victims to escape?

I rarely talk about the practical life-saving applications of speaking another language. But the topics of female sex trafficking and bride kidnapping make me...

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