Language Stories

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

33 episodes of Language Stories since the first episode, which aired on October 31st, 2017.

  • Not A Year Off: The Story Behind Language Stories

    May 20th, 2019  |  2 mins 1 sec
    book, not a year off, southeast asia, the americas

    Want to support Language Stories? Now there’s a way. And you get to read the story behind Language Stories too.

  • Kristang: A Tale of Two Cities

    March 15th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 37 secs
    creole languages, kristang, malaysia, singapore, southeast asia

    Kristang is a language spoken in Malacca, Malaysia and Singapore. But with almost 10 times as many speakers in Malacca than Singapore, how do things differ for the language in both cities? Find out in this episode of Language Stories.

  • Hands for Vietnam

    March 1st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  17 mins 47 secs
    season two, southeast asia, vietnam, vietnamese sign language

    What do you know about Vietnamese Sign Language? How many sign languages are there in Vietnam? And how does sign language education work? Find out in this episode of Language Stories.

  • Make Hokkien Cool Again

    February 1st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 23 secs
    asia, hokkien, sino-tibetan languages, southeast asia

    Is Hokkien a language or a dialect? What happened to lead to its demise? And what's being done to help slow the death of Penang Hokkien? Find out in this episode of Language Stories.

  • Discovering Hmong

    January 4th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  19 mins 1 sec
    asia, hmong, hmong-mien languages, laos, southeast asia, vietnam

    What do you know about Hmong? Join us in Sapa, Vietnam; Luang Prabang in Laos; and somewhere a little further afield for this episode of Language Stories.

  • Teaching English in Laos

    December 14th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 52 secs
    english, laos, season two, southeast asia, teaching

    In Laos, English is an important language to learn. What's happening with teaching English in Laos? Find out in this episode of Language Stories.

  • Singapore Takes The Floor

    November 30th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 33 secs
    english, season two, singapore, singlish, southeast asia

    What's it like to learn a language in a country with 4 official languages? How does English bring people together? Find out in season 2 episode 2 of Language Stories.

  • Learning Vietnamese

    November 9th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 24 secs
    season two, southeast asia, vietnam, vietnamese

    How easy is it to get started learning Vietnamese? If you're curious about the language spoken by around 75 million, the first episode of Season 2 of Language Stories is for you.

  • POLYGLOT UNDUBBED EDITION: Guarani In The Heart of South America

    October 26th, 2018  |  29 mins 57 secs
    guaraní, paraguay, south america, the americas, tupi-guaraní languages

    Guarani is an indigenous language that defies all odds to exist today as it does alongside Spanish in Paraguay. But what odds? How does it thrive in the modern world? In this episode of Language Stories, we're exploring the story of Guarani in Paraguay. (This is a Polyglot Undubbed Edition of Language Stories. The interviews are shared in their original language. Enjoy!)

  • POLYGLOT UNDUBBED EDITION: Nicaraguan Sign Language

    October 19th, 2018  |  28 mins 26 secs
    central america, nicaragua, nicaraguan sign language, sign languages, spanish, the americas

    Every language has a unique story, but Nicaraguan Sign Language is pretty special. A language emerging in the 80s amidst a revolution? In this episode of Language Stories, we're exploring the story of Nicaraguan Sign Language. (This is a Polyglot Undubbed Edition of Language Stories. The interviews are shared in their original language. Enjoy!)

  • POLYGLOT UNDUBBED EDITION: Keeping K'iche'

    October 12th, 2018  |  20 mins 24 secs
    central america, guatemala, k'iche', mayan languages, the americas

    K'iche' is a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala by over a million people. Join us for this episode of Language Stories as we explore K'iche' Maya at a local homestay and in a busy market town, as well as learning how to learn K'iche'. (This is a Polyglot Undubbed Edition of Language Stories. The interviews are shared in their original language. Enjoy!)

  • POLYGLOT UNDUBBED EDITION: Maya Isn't Dead

    October 5th, 2018  |  32 mins 46 secs
    mayan languages, mexico, the americas, yucatec maya

    Think of this episode as a bit of a myth buster. Answering the questions you didn't even know you had about a language that you didn't even know still existed: Maya. (This is a Polyglot Undubbed Edition of Language Stories. The interviews are shared in their original language. Enjoy!)

  • BONUS MINI: Aymara + Language Families

    September 28th, 2018  |  5 mins 42 secs
    bonus mini, peru, south america, the americas

    Aymara is the final language to take us down an internet rabbit hole for this Bonus Mini series. This episode, we look at how similar it is to Quechua.

  • BONUS MINI: Quechua + Language vs Dialect

    September 21st, 2018  |  7 mins 39 secs
    bonus mini, peru, quechua, south america, the americas

    Much like the other episodes in this Bonus Mini series, Quechua led me down a deep internet rabbit hole here. We're heading into tricky territory in this episode: language vs dialect.

  • BONUS MINI: The Galápagos + The Evolution of Language

    September 14th, 2018  |  4 mins 27 secs
    bonus mini, ecuador, south america, the americas

    The Galápagos Islands are a magical place, famous for their role in the theory of evolution. But, how about the evolution of language in the Galápagos Islands?

  • BONUS MINI: Costa Rica + Is Immersion Everything?

    September 7th, 2018  |  3 mins 23 secs
    bonus mini, central america, costa rica, language learning, the americas

    "If I went there, I'd be fluent..." "Immersion is all you need!"...Is it? In this Bonus Mini episode, I reflect on my time in Costa Rica and how immersion changed my Spanish.