22 episodes

You don’t need a PhD in linguistics to explore interesting, unique features of different languages. In this podcast, “Language Matters” by Diplomatic Language Services, we make language accessible to everyday people by discussing features which may not exist in other languages. For instance, unless you have studied a Slavic language, you may not be familiar with “verbs of motion”, but we can teach you! Join us each episode as we host experts to discuss how these unique features impact learning a particular language. We will learn together, not only about verbs of motion, but tones, counter words, the oblique form – and all sorts of exciting topics!
Music Credit: Zach Bellas Music; Groundscore

Language Matters by Diplomatic Language Services Language Matters by Diplomatic Language Services

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    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

You don’t need a PhD in linguistics to explore interesting, unique features of different languages. In this podcast, “Language Matters” by Diplomatic Language Services, we make language accessible to everyday people by discussing features which may not exist in other languages. For instance, unless you have studied a Slavic language, you may not be familiar with “verbs of motion”, but we can teach you! Join us each episode as we host experts to discuss how these unique features impact learning a particular language. We will learn together, not only about verbs of motion, but tones, counter words, the oblique form – and all sorts of exciting topics!
Music Credit: Zach Bellas Music; Groundscore

    Vernacular Reality: Designing Experiences with Doug North Cook

    Vernacular Reality: Designing Experiences with Doug North Cook

    In this episode of Vernacular Reality, listen in on our conversation with Doug North Cook, immersive media program coordinator and professor, and lead instructor at Falling Water's Immersive Design Residency. We discuss all aspects of designing immersive software, including the inspiration for it, the execution of it, and how to optimize user experiences - especially for learning. Enjoy!

    • 19 min
    Vernacular Reality: Weird Interfaces with Jim Toepel

    Vernacular Reality: Weird Interfaces with Jim Toepel

    In this episode of Vernacular Reality, Blythe and Sean talk with Jim Toepel, design/product manager working with "weird interfaces" (from VR to Rock Band). They discuss the formative experience where they met, how one's relationship to software changes when moving our bodies in new and different ways, and all the benefits of engaging with immersive software. Enjoy!

    • 32 min
    Vernacular Reality: VR for Training with Jordan Higgins

    Vernacular Reality: VR for Training with Jordan Higgins

    In this episode, Blythe and Sean sit down with Jordan Higgins, XR Designer and adjunct faculty at the George Mason University School of Art! The two VR experts discuss their experiences working with AR/VR in general and for training, plus exciting innovations in the industry. Enjoy!

    • 38 min
    Vernacular Reality: Inspiration for the DLS VR Program

    Vernacular Reality: Inspiration for the DLS VR Program

    In this episode of Vernacular Reality, Blythe and Sean discuss a variety of virtual reality apps that Sean has used in the past, the features he likes about each, and how each program has influenced his VR work at Diplomatic Language Services. From exercise to meditation, you might be surprised at just how much inspiration our language learning program took from other apps. Enjoy!

    • 34 min
    Ep. 15 Somali - If You Can Read It, You Can Speak It

    Ep. 15 Somali - If You Can Read It, You Can Speak It

    In this episode of Language Matters, Molly sits down with native Somali speakers and DLS instructors, Aweis and Arale. They discuss various aspects of the Somali language including the origins of Somali and where it is spoken now, the different dialects, and the ease at which it is to speak Somali if you are simply able to read. Sit back and enjoy this fascinating episode about the Somali language!

    • 25 min
    Vernacular Reality: Different Perspectives on Language Learning with VR

    Vernacular Reality: Different Perspectives on Language Learning with VR

    'What if VR makes me feel sick?' 'Will my instructor be with me in this virtual environment?' 'What makes your application so special?' These are all potential perspectives from students that we address in episode two of Vernacular Reality. Listen in as Blythe, Chris, and Sean tackle perspectives that students may have regarding adding a virtual reality component into their language training, discuss why implementing VR makes sense for the individualized language training that is at the core of our business, and why this makes sense for the language learning industry in general.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

OrangeNumber9 ,

Making Language Topics Approachable

Love the bite size and entertaining episodes. Each one has made me curious and a little informed, and mostly interested in learning more. The personal touch of having native speakers providing their unique perspective and in some cases disagreeing with each other is especially delightful. Great sound and music too.

Bentivolio ,

Been waiting for ages for a show like this!

Thanks to DLS for creating a show on interesting properties of global languages. As someone with an interest in languages but little formal linguistics background, I have really enjoyed the three episodes so far.

Zhao1010 ,

Full of factual errors

The speaker have no idea what she’s talking about in episode 13. Turkish and Turkic are two totally different concepts.

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