“MARSHALLESE REFERENCE GRAMMAR” BY BYRON W. BENDER, ALFRED CAPELLE, LOUISE PAGOTTO

People interested in languages are usually suckers for language books. All kinds of language books: textbooks, phrasebooks, dictionaries, vocabulary picture books, linguistic volumes – you name it, they love it. Some of those books are of great help, others simply look good sitting on the shelf. Into which of these two categories does “Marshallese Reference Grammar” fall? … More “MARSHALLESE REFERENCE GRAMMAR” BY BYRON W. BENDER, ALFRED CAPELLE, LOUISE PAGOTTO

HAWAIIAN 9.0: ALOHA. E MĀLAMA PONO

There’s one thing about goodbyes: rarely are they easy. It is rather hard to say farewell to someone or something that has been a huge and important part of your life. You feel sad, abandoned, lonely, because you just know it is the end. Over the years, I’ve had my share of difficult goodbyes. One of the toughest took place on April, 3rd. On that day I had to say aloha to “Hawaii Five-0”. … More HAWAIIAN 9.0: ALOHA. E MĀLAMA PONO

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL LEARN LANGUAGES?

When you are forced to stay at home, you have plenty of time to think. You may contemplate your life, reflect on who you are and what you have done so far. You may ponder your future and try to predict what it will be like. You may seek to figure out why certain things are the way they are. And me? Well, I can’t help but wonder why people still decide to learn foreign tongues. … More IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL LEARN LANGUAGES?

LEARNING TIP 9.0: DON’T STOP LEARNING IN DIFFICULT TIMES (#STAYATHOME)

For a good few weeks now people all over the world have been living in total chaos. Unsure what the future will bring, we are trying to keep our heads above the water and just take one step at a time. Obviously, learning is not something we are focusing on. But maybe we should try and change that? … More LEARNING TIP 9.0: DON’T STOP LEARNING IN DIFFICULT TIMES (#STAYATHOME)

ARE ALL LANGUAGES EQUAL?

When people think about languages, they rarely wonder about linguistic equality. As if it was something not important, something not worthy of their attention. Obviously, it is not one of the hot topics, and it probably won’t change anyone’s life, but you can’t deny that this is an interesting issue. Personally, I would say that all languages are equal. It’s just that some languages are more equal than others. … More ARE ALL LANGUAGES EQUAL?

KIRIBATI 1.0: I MIGHT BE CRAZY. OFFICIALLY

When in 2017 I started learning Marshallese, most of my relatives and friends were … a little surprised, to put it mildly. Because who on earth would want to learn Marshallese??? Well, I would! What is more, I would also want to learn Hawaiian and – wait for it – Kiribati; which, I guess, officially makes me a crazy person. … More KIRIBATI 1.0: I MIGHT BE CRAZY. OFFICIALLY