The World in Words
About This Show
The World in Words is a podcast about languages and the people who speak them. What happens to the brain on bilingualism? Does it matter that so many languages are dying out? Should we fear the rise of global English? Is the United States losing its linguistic cohesion? Why are Chinese tech words so inventive? Why does Icelandic have so many cool swearwords? Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki bring you stories from the world’s linguistic frontlines. Also at pri.org/language.
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The global rise of Swahili
Hakuna Matata. You may recognize this phrase. You may even find yourself humming the earworm-provoking song of the same title from Disney's the Lion King. "It means no worries" goes the lyric. But Disney fails to mention that "Hakuna matata" means "no worries" in Swahili. Swahili – known as Kiswahili in East Africa – has its roots in a small tribal Bantu language spoken along one strip of Africa's eastern coastline. But these days, it's spread across the African continent. Today its spoken by more than 100 million people. More people speak Swahili than Korean or Italian.This week reporter Daniel A. Gross investigates how Swahili became a prominent language on the African continent and increasingly around the globe.
Rated 5 out of
Always interesting and often fascinating
I really enjoy the guests and topics on the World In Words as host Patrick Cox always finds something and/or someone to keep me interested. Also the topics range from familiar languages and aspects to the most obscure but always entertaining as well as informative without, pardon the intentional pun, being too wordy.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of
This is a great show, usually short and sweet and I'm always learning new things :)
Date published: 2016-07-05