Can Learning a Foreign Language Be a Privilege?

How many languages did you get a chance to learn while you were in school? One? Two? Could you choose between a few? Did you have the option to learn one at all? Chances are your experience with learning a foreign language as a kid depends on a number of factors that you had little … Continue reading Can Learning a Foreign Language Be a Privilege?

Let’s Talk Language: What Do You Know About Jamaican Patois?

Hey! Wah gwaan? It’s February again, which means it’s Black History Month in the U.S. It’s been a bit quiet on the blog so far, but I want to start celebrating this month by introducing something a little different: an interview. Today's language topic is Jamaican Patois in honor of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican-born man … Continue reading Let’s Talk Language: What Do You Know About Jamaican Patois?

Road Trip Problems: Why the Hassle to Find Non-White History?

Last month, I made plans with my mom to drive down with her to Florida. She recently bought a house in one of those 55+ communities. I admit to a bit of encouraging, mostly because she does way too much for her kids. She hates the cold anyway. So, I half-planned, as I always do, … Continue reading Road Trip Problems: Why the Hassle to Find Non-White History?

Does Learning About Culture Really Help You Learn a Foreign Language?

"What's up?" It's a familiar English expression. In Spanish classes, teachers always told us to use "Qué tal?" to say the same thing. They didn't tell us that might change depending on where you are in the world. There was only one answer. Some of the other answers I didn't know were: "Qué onda?" "Qué … Continue reading Does Learning About Culture Really Help You Learn a Foreign Language?