25 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

    Ep. 16 - Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan

    Ep. 16 - Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan

    In this episode of Language Matters, we are discussing a holiday! Join us as Molly sits down with DLS Instructors Reem and Wita, plus staff member Faraidoon. They discuss Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan traditions across Syria, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. Sit back and enjoy this fascinating episode about Ramadan and Eid celebrations!

    • 33 min
    Vernacular Reality: Developing VR for Language Learning

    Vernacular Reality: Developing VR for Language Learning

    In this episode of Vernacular Reality, we talk with DLS Project Manager, Katia, about her role in developing virtual reality scenarios for language learning. Katia shares insights on the ability to customize VR scenarios for different levels, plus the continuity of pre- and post-work. Enjoy!

    • 23 min
    Vernacular Reality: Chinese Language Immersions at DLS

    Vernacular Reality: Chinese Language Immersions at DLS

    In this episode of Vernacular Reality, we talk with DLS Language Training team member, Lia, about language immersions in virtual reality. As a Chinese instructor herself, Lia shares insights from the development of DLS Chinese immersions to the student trials. Enjoy!

    • 23 min
    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

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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