The Whistleblower film

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 wonder about how speaking another language, particularly English, could liberate...
Gellert bath house

Learning Hungarian via Italian opera, neo-Nazis and a phone sex line

Living in Budapest, Magyarország (Hungary) made me think in different ways in order to express myself in Hungarian, see the modern incarnations of a dark chapter of European history and hatred and fend off...
video

Covid no es una shaká (Ladino/Judeo-Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3n9NItk3Ac Detras de kada estadistika de muerte o eshpitalizasion de Covid, ay munchas personas komo yo, ke son parientes, amigos, haveres o vizinos de alguno ke se topa eshpitalizado kon Covid. Akeyos que no...
barriers

Political barriers shouldn’t be linguistic barriers

I was recently in the former Yugoslavia as an election observer in Macedonia and was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to use Serbo-Croatian to communicate with various people: a Slovenian diplomat, an...
video

Covid nije prevara (Bosanski/Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian)

Iza svake hospitalizacije od COVID-a ili statistike o smrti, pronaći ćete ljude kao što sam ja – članove porodice, prijatelje, kolege ili komšije. Sve nas koji ne možemo biti kraj samrtne postelje onih koje...
woman's mouth with $20 bill

Putting my money where my mouth is

I was born in a Communist country where you couldn’t speak freely. If you opposed the government, you would go to jail or you’d go to a gulag (prison camp) and may never return,...
Lenin in Kyrgyz kindergarten

Russian as a colonial language: native Russian speaker sees her language anew

Although I knew that the Russian Empire and Soviet regime spread the Russian language to the countries that were once part of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, I only recently truly felt the...
Mental health problems

How to identify depression and find help

I am writing to convince you why it’s important to talk to people who are close to you about their mental health issues. If you don’t want to do it because it makes you...
video

Covid no es una broma (Español/Spanish)

Detrás de cada estadística de muerte o hospitalización de Covid, hay muchas personas como yo, que son familiares, amigos, colegas o vecinos de alguien que está hospitalizado con Covid. Aquellos que no pudieron estar...
video

La Covid n’est pas une fake news (Français/French)

Derrière chaque statistique d'hospitalisation ou de décès Covid, vous trouverez de nombreuses personnes comme moi qui ont un membre de la famille, un ami, un collègue ou un voisin hospitalisé avec la Covid. Ceux...

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