"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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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.
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 shapes your thoughts, ideas, feelings, etc. It's a doozy! Tune into to the season finale of Talking Language Podcast! Season 2 will be out in late winter. If you have any feedback for Season 1, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!
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Difference in Speech: Millennials vs Baby Boomers
In our penultimate episode of Season 1, Rachel and Robert talk about their difference in speech. Robert is a baby boomer, Rachel a millennial. They break down why speech changes and how it's always evolving. Are changes in speech decided by the younger generations and what will happen to English in 5000 years? Robert has some interesting theories.... so tune in!
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An Actor on Accents
This week Rachel Zirkle and Robert Aiudi sit down with actor (and Rachel's husband) Taylor Miller. Taylor has done several plays and films where he has been required to use an accent foreign to his own. We talk to him about how he learns a new accent. Robert also shares his knowledge as he's trained a number of students in various accents. We also talk about the incredible universality of Shakespeare! Tune in!
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