Hey everyone, welcome to episode 49 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast. This one is perfect for you if you have ever wondered whether language learning is the way to change the world.
Topic: Language Learning Can Bring World Peace
Language is a beautiful caress that can make strangers melt into friends, but la gusgen is also a verbal door that can be closed in the face of outsiders. (Eddie Butler)
We went for deep stuff, and discussed the many ways that language learning can improve the world. From individual peace of mind, via tolerance in your everyday life, to changing the outlook of your country.
We found it felt wrong not to talk about moving abroad. Considering what's happening in Britain this year, the discussion turned to migration. Do people miss out when something foreign is added to the community? Our discussion might surprise you, because as always all isn't quite what it seems. And yes, we did say the B-word: Brexit.
And what about language education in schools? If we believe that language learning creates world peace, should we make everyone learn as many languages as possible?
The Power of Language
Finally, we only need to give you one word that shows something very interesting: migrant. Even when you're not learning a foreign language, the way that people and media around us use language to shape opinions affects everyone's life.
We touch on the idea that language can send signals about all of us, and make or break peace.
In our discussion, Lindsay and I got as close as you can get to saying horrible words. But not all the way there.
We hope you have a listen to find out more, and get in touch to tell us where you stand on language and world peace.
Links and Resources
The Good, The Bad and The Struggling
Routines lapsing for the summer, looking forward to September, and permission to half-ass online courses in this week's catch-up with Lindsay and Kerstin.
What's your Good, Bad and Struggling?
We'd love to hear from you guys on this one. If you want to share what's good, bad and difficult in your languages right now, send your feedback to us. We read every one and your language news could make it to a show intro in the future.
Simply do one of the following:
1) go on Skype and leave a voice message for fluentlanguage
2) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - include a voice memo from your phone if you can, so we can feature your voice on the show