PRI's The World: The World in Words
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The World in Words with Patrick Cox focuses on language. We decode diplospeak and lay bare nationalist rants. And as English extends its global reach, we track the blowback from the world's 6,000+ other languages, in the form of hybrids like Chinglish, Hinglish, Singlish and Binglish. Binglish? Visit the full archive at pri.org!
||A modest French revival in Maine, USA||Fifty years ago, kids caught speaking French in Maine schools might be punished. Today, the state is proud of its French heritage and is trying to keep Maine French alive.||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Do you answer 'How are you?' the American or the Russian way?||Alina Simone's Russian family and American friends aren't on the same page — not even close — when it comes to responding to this simple question.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||In Colombia, if you're a political candidate, forget about using your name||Colombian ballots contain only numbers, not names. So candidates have to get noticed in other ways. The favorite method: a memorable jingle.||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||In Canada, Olympic patriotism defeats pronunciation pettiness||When a TV host criticized others for their "pretentious" pronunciations of French names, Canadians of all stripes rounded on him-- and he was forced to apologize.||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carl Reiner and Moshe Waldoks recall the brilliance of Sid Caesar's polyglot gibberish||Sid Caesar, who died this week, was a master of what comedians call double talk: gibberish masquerading as a foreign language. Carl Reiner pays tribute to Caesar's mastery of double talk, while Moshe Waldoks traces it back to Caesar's multilingual upbring||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russian Pronunciation tips for the Sochi Olympics, and the language of undiplomacy||Sochi, the venue for the Winter Olympics, is usually anglicised as SOTCH-i (-o as in not, -tch as in catch, -i as the "y" in happy)||2/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||At Sochi, never mind the languages, just follow the pictograms||German designer Otl Aicher created the pictograms for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. His designs influenced not only future Olympic pictograms but many signs we see every day.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fleeting language: history told through ephemera||Handbills, political tracts and posters are created for instant, fleeting consumption. But collecting ephemera is big business-- and in the age of the internet, it's only getting bigger.||2/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carinna Chamberlain's beautiful Cantonese singing, and Coca-Cola's beautiful multilingual America||You'd never guess that this blonde singer performs in completely fluent Cantonese. Carinna Chamberlain, aka Chan Ming Yan, has become something of a Cantopop sensation in Hong Kong.||2/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gary Shteyngart's immigrant life in four languages||Gary Shteyngart writes in English, but his memoir draws on the Russian and Yiddish of his Leningrad childhood, and the Hebrew of his schooling in New York.||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||No room for African languages in multilingual Disney song||Disney has released a version of the Oscar-nominated song from "Frozen" that includes lyrics sung in 25 languages. It sounds global and inclusive but most of languages are European.||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mexico's domination of dubbing movies and TV into Spanish is under threat||Bruce Willis, Jim Carrey and the Simpsons are all voiced for the Latin American Spanish market by Mexican actors. But low wages and outsourcing to other countries are chipping away at Mexico's monopoly.||1/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The language of sports motivation depends on what the part of the world you're from||The words that athletes from India, Germany and Costa Rica draw on to prepare for big games.||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Babies, apologies, and 'huh?' with Cartoon Queen Carol||Patrick and Carol talk language stories in the news, including: two new studies on infant language acquisition; why some cultures love to say sorry; and the mysterious presence across many languages of the expression, 'huh?'||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||For French entrepreneurs, there's no place like home — in Silicon Valley||It's hard to be an entrepreneur in France these days, what with government regulation and a French attitude that failure is just bad form. So some French entrepreneurs are settling in Silicon Valley and bringing their French style with them.||1/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do you say 'selfie' in Danish, or French or Arabic?||'Selfie' is topping some word of the year lists. Its rise to fame has been so rapid that it doesn't exist in most other languages. Speakers of those languages just use the English word, and they don't have much choice about it if they want to be part of t||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||This Spanish teacher in Guatemala doesn't need to move to the US for a better job, he's got Skype||Marco Antonio Tabin Garcia has never left Guatemala. When he was younger, he considered moving to the United States. But he decided against it and instead taught Spanish at a local school in Antigua for over 20 years. But in the past few years, he's found||12/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||How do you translate the language of dementia?||Linguist Alison Wray talks about how different cultural attitudes around the world about dementia may be key to helping us cope better with the disease at home.||12/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||From Afrikaans to Zulu, South Africa's languages have stories to tell||Two decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa's eleven official languages don't always sit well together. And their relationships are changing.||12/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||We tried saying this tongue twister — and we dare you to do better||Why is saying something like "The Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick" so darn hard to say? A psycho-linguist wants to know, so she can help people with speaking disorders.||12/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
Highly, highly recommend to anyone
Love this one. It always leaves me with a sense of awe and a feeling of admiration with humanity and all its little cultural quirks. I have a horrid addiction to listening/reading (no longer watching, thank God) the news, and this podcast is the perfect antidote to the overwhelmed/bitter aftertaste left from that. The podcast's host is perfect and I wish he hosted more podcasts, since most tend to talk in a disinterested and humorless way, as though the subject matter bears no relevence to them. This podcast gives the listener a delight for the knowledge gained, like your favorite high school history teacher. Seriously, give it a listen.
A fascinating and enlightening podcast!
As a polyglot and educator, I enjoy "The World in Words" podcast. It is endlessly fascinating, well produced and, dare I say, educational. I'm glad I ran across this podcast by accident; there have been several stories I've used in my classroom to the benefit of my students. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Bravo, Mr. Cox
Simply incredible. The dazzling array of languages and the evolution of the spoken word discussed is enthralling and captivating. A logophile's dream, "The World in Words" encapsulates the spirit of the nature of language as a whole, delving deep into English, foreign languages, and newly invented languages, to probe and dissect idioms, ultimately showcasing the unity AND diversity of our changing world at large. Bravo!
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- Language: English
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