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Ep 88: How We Relate to Languages

This week, Christie, Sam, and Diana talk about their relationships to each of their ancestral languages and the grief they feel from not being as fluent as they’d like. Christie and Diana share what they’ve been learning through their respective language classes and explore what it means to be connected (or not) to a culture through language. Sam reflects on her recent trip to Japan and what it meant to be able to have even some simple conversations, as well as how she’s navigated her biracial identity throughout her life.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker

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