8 episodes

Bi/Multilingual Stories tells the stories of people who speak two or more languages. They share insights into how they navigate their worlds from the varying perspectives of the languages they speak. The stories take us to physical and emotional places, spaces. Please consider to support my work via a one time or monthly contribution at: https://flattr.com/podcast/bimultilingualst

Bi/Multilingual Stories Elisabeth Ajtay

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Bi/Multilingual Stories tells the stories of people who speak two or more languages. They share insights into how they navigate their worlds from the varying perspectives of the languages they speak. The stories take us to physical and emotional places, spaces. Please consider to support my work via a one time or monthly contribution at: https://flattr.com/podcast/bimultilingualst

    First Assimilate, then Integrate

    First Assimilate, then Integrate

    “When we immigrated to the US I was very afraid to speak because I knew that a lot of people can be cruel and make fun of you if you have an accent. So I  started participating in choir or theater so I took on different personas and acted things out and that helped me a lot to come out of my shell. I learned how to control my speech so that my accent wouldn’t come out. …  At school I would participate in theater and the choir and that helped me to take on different personas and act things out.”
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    • 28 min
    Is Language Overrated?

    Is Language Overrated?

    I never found Dutch a beautiful language in a way. I feel Dutch people are super modest to the sense they don’t value themselves as much as they should; I can’t relate to people who feel a strong bond to their country. What does it really mean to culturally belong? I’m in the visual box but I don’t think you need that much language to feel culture. Without knowing the language there are ways to understand culture.
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    • 20 min
    The Richness of Meaning

    The Richness of Meaning

    There is a difference between languages in a sense that, from an emotional point of view, one language can be more self centered, while another references inward and outward directed emotions. One language is more administrative, the other one is the soul language. 
    Translanguaging  is an advantage of multilingual people as it enables them to express themselves in a variety of ways switching between languages, adding words that fit best the meaning and purpose of the conversation. 
    The more languages we speak the better we understand the world; knowing languages is a door to the world, it is like knowing how to read and write. 
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    • 33 min
    My Many Selves

    My Many Selves

    Sometimes the body and soul feel disconnected when speaking in a language rather foreign to us. At other times we want to hide that we know a special language at the level of a native speaker. Location impacts the feeling of belonging paired with memories that come and go  between two different worlds, different languages. As you switch between languages you switch between different personas.
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    • 28 min
    Listening to One Language While Writing in Another

    Listening to One Language While Writing in Another

    How does dreaming in English for the first time feel? Or having inner dialogs in different languages and working with them? How does a foreign language interfere with one's mind in relation to the mother tongue?
    The interview took place during our joint residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont. 
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    • 21 min
    The Beauty of Diversity and the many Notions of Migration

    The Beauty of Diversity and the many Notions of Migration

    In this episode of Bi/Multilingual Stories we dive into the different notions of migration, about the difficulties of having many homes  and the emotional impact of leaving. There is beauty hidden in the depths of each language, yet the idea of having a unified one goes back many decades.
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    • 27 min

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