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Discovering languages around the world and meeting the people who speak them. As Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Does Languages and husband Ashley travel the globe, they share stories and interviews of the multicultural places they visit, with a focus on the multilingual, bilingual and monolingual people they meet along the way. Perfect for polyglots and armchair travellers alike, this documentary series is essential listening for anyone who loves language learning, travel, or learning about other cultures.
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When we were in Cuba, just before Hurricane Irma struck, our casa particular owner said to us we can use the internet. It was weird. We’d gone almost two weeks with zero wifi due to it being a complicated and expensive and time-consuming process in Cuba, and all of a sudden we were told we could connect to her wifi for free?! Wow!
We were instantly inundated with news of the impending hurricane, which was fine, because we knew from chatting with locals on the street that it was coming. But what we did discover that we didn’t previously know was that Mexico had been hit by an earthquake, near Oaxaca, a palce we were planning to spend a bit of time.
The internet soon cut off, and as Hurricane Irma eased, we finally needed to get in line and get ourselves a wifi card, mostly to tell friends and family we were ok. The next two times we logged on, we saw news of yet another earthquake in Mexico.
Already having been a tourist in one natural disaster, we decided not to visit the route we had in mind for Mexico, give people time and space to get back to some level of normality without tourists wandering their streets, and instead spend our time there in one town, Merida in the Yucatan.
Merida was great, and we made a great episode there, Maya Isn't Dead.
But we didn’t want to ignore the rest of Mexico that we were no longer going to visit. So we spoke with Siskia, a Mexican from Central Mexico, who previously spent some time learning Nahuatl, the most commonly spoken indigenous language of Mexico.
And that’s why Nahuatl. With over a million speakers, that’s more people speaking this language that you may never have heard of than some European languages. Nahuatl deserved to take centre stage for an episode.
Siskia Lagomarsino writes at The Polyglotist and is a translator, interpreter, language tutor, and language learner. She has previously studied Nahuatl.
To read more, visit her website The Polyglotist and check out this guest post here on Lindsay Does Languages about her experiences learning Nahuatl.
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