"Talking Language" is a show hosted by Robert Aiudi and Rachel Zirkle. Robert, aka "The Language Chef," is a polyglot who speaks over ten languages fluently. Rachel, is an amateur linguist and loves to pick Robert's brain. They met in New York City over ten years ago and over the years have had lengthy discussions and debates about all things language, usually while enjoying some wine. Join the conversation and listen in as these two friends, Robert and Rachel, discuss the origin of the Chinese language, dissect the many accents of the United States, the history of the English language, and more!
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Talking Food with The Language Chef, Part II
In season one, we dedicated an entire episode to cuisine-related words as Robert is also known as The Language Chef. We spoke about how food, like language, has spread across the globe to create different, unique variations and concoctions. In today's episode, we're picking up where we left off and chatting about even more about language and food.
Our "word" of the day is mis en place.
Get ready to salivate as this episode is sure to make you hungry! Bon appetit!
Pidgin, Creole and Patois
Today, Robert and Rachel are talking about pidgin vs. creole vs. patois. What are the difference and similarities among these unique languages? Where are they used and how are they formed?
As our word of the day, we're talking about "Forensic!"
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A Global Language: Pros and Cons
Welcome back to Talking Language!
Today's word of the day is more of a phrase. We'll be discussing the origin and meaning of 'Lingua Franca.'
Also, we're going to dig into the notion of a global language. Will there one day be a language that everyone will speak across the planet? Will we need to learn new languages to communicate? Listen in to find out if we're already on our way and hear what we think are the pros and cons.
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Natural vs. Invented Language Changes
Robert and Rachel are rolling out a new format! Starting this week, we'll be breaking down the etymology of a word and then get into our main topic.
On today's episode we're talking about the word "diaspora" and its importance within linguistics.
We're also discussing natural vs. invented changes, primarily within the English language. Some changes happen naturally as inspired by music, food, and migration. Other changes are invented or forced. Whether a change is natural or forced, languages are in a constant state of evolution.
What is Ladino?
We're back! It's been two years since our last episode aired and we are so excited to be back on the airwaves.
On today's episode, we have a very special guest, Dr. Carlos Yebra López, a lecturer at NYU. He is the self-proclaimed "Hyperpolyglot Activist" and founder of thehyperpolyglotactivist.com and ladino21.org. Through his project, Ladino 21, he is on a mission to preserve the Ladino language with a digital archive, lessons, and engaging speakers in online communities. But... what is Ladino? Dr. Carlos is going to break it all down for us.
You can check out Dr. Carlos' work at
thehyperpolyglotactivist.com and ladino21.org
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Do languages shape the way we think?
Do languages shape the way we think? Well, simply, yes. How can they not? Rachel and Robert discuss how the language you speak informs your thoughts, ideas, feelings, etc. It's a doozy! Tune into to the season finale! Season 2 will be out in late winter. If you have any feedback for Season 1, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!
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