Language Stories

Discovering languages around the world and meeting the people who speak them.

About the show

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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Episodes

  • BONUS MINI: Pipil + Language Nests

    August 31st, 2018  |  4 mins 21 secs
    bonus mini, el salvador, language revitalisation, pipil, uto-aztecan languages

    Pipil is a language spoken in El Salvador. There's not many speakers nowadays, but revitalisation efforts are happening, including the beautifully named language nests...

  • BONUS MINI: Garifuna + Gender Differences

    August 24th, 2018  |  4 mins 27 secs
    belize, bonus mini, central america, garifuna, the americas

    Researching Garifuna led me down the first of many internet rabbit holes from this Bonus Mini series. This time, it's all about different languages for different genders.

  • BONUS MINI: Cuba + Is Cuban Spanish Hard?

    August 17th, 2018  |  7 mins 48 secs
    bonus mini, cuba, language learning

    Ooo! Bonus Mini episode?! Yes! Over the next 7 weeks, I'll be sharing 7 Bonus Mini episodes with you. To get us started? We're in Cuba and asking the question: Is Cuban Spanish hard?

  • BONUS: Dalriada Gaelic - Back From The Brink

    June 8th, 2018  |  25 mins 12 secs
    bonus, celtic languages, dalriada, dialect, europe, scotland, scottish gaelic, united kingdom

    Bonus Language Stories?! Yup. Woohoo! This episode, I chat with Àdhamh Ó Broin who is working to bring Dalriada Gaelic, an endangered dialect of Scottish Gaelic, back from the brink.

  • Guarani in the Heart of South America

    May 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 56 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.

  • Nicaraguan Sign Language

    April 27th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  27 mins 15 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.

  • MINI: The Panama Canal

    April 14th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 58 secs
    central america, english, spanish, the americas

    Trade has always influenced the languages we speak. But what happens with language at one of the busiest and most important trade routes in the world, the Panama Canal? In this episode of Language Stories, discover languages at The Panama Canal.

  • Keeping K'iche'

    March 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 2 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'.

  • MINI: All About You

    March 16th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 27 secs
    central america, grammar, south america, spanish, the americas

    As we've been travelling through Latin America and heading into a new Spanish-speaking country every few weeks, I've realised something. I arrive in a new Spanish-speaking country and don't know how to address YOU.

  • Unbelizeable!

    March 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 11 secs
    belize, creole languages, english, spanish, the americas

    Belize isn't like the rest of Central America. Belize speaks English. But that's not the full story...

  • MINI: You Know a Word in Nahuatl

    January 12th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 13 secs
    mexico, nahuatl, the americas, uto-aztecan languages

    Nahuatl is a language spoken in Mexico that maybe you've never heard of until now. But guess what? You know a word in Nahuatl.

  • Maya Isn't Dead

    December 29th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 56 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.

  • MINI: Star Wars: A Language Story

    December 15th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  7 mins 55 secs
    constructed languages, fictional languages, guatemala, star wars, the americas

    It's another Mini Episode! This time we’re in Tikal, Guatemala, aka Rebel Base Yavin 4, and we’re talking all things...Star Wars. In particular the languages of Star Wars.

  • Montreal: Beyond Bilingual

    December 1st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 14 secs
    montreal, north america, the americas

    We're making our way up North America. This time we visit Montreal, a city that goes beyond the French and English bilingual expectations you might have. This is episode 3 of Language Stories - Montreal: Beyond Bilingual.

  • MINI: Chinatown in Havana

    November 17th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  6 mins 34 secs
    cuba, havana, the americas

    Havana, Cuba has a Chinatown. Nothing too unusual about that, right? Well what happens when that Chinatown doesn't really have a Chinese population? This is episode two of Language Stories.

  • New York and the 7 Line

    November 10th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  23 mins 25 secs
    new york, the americas, usa

    New York City is undoubtedly one of the most multicultural in the world. So what's it like to live there as someone interested in languages? In this episode we meet with 5 local New Yorkers to hear about their experiences living and learning languages in such a diverse city and to learn about the projects that have developed from living in this inspiring place.