YouTube is filled with foreign-language covers of famous songs: American hits in French, Latin American pop songs in English, classic Czech melodies in Polish. But how often do you see the Beatles, Leonard Cohen or Metallica covered in Udmurt, Greenlandic or Scottish Gaelic? Some of these hidden gems can show us a whole new side of the songs we already know, and are truly precious … Continue reading 10 Covers in Lesser-Known Languages You Should Listen To
After a very busy couple of weeks, I’m finally here to tell you all about my adventures in beautiful Catalonia. As I mentioned in my previous article (which, by the way, got a lot of attention from my Catalan readers), I travelled to Barcelona for a week to attend a conference on the revitalisation of minority languages. And of course, being obsessed with the Catalan language, … Continue reading I don’t speak Spanish. Catalan, please?
As many of you will already know, I have a tendency to become obsessed with certain languages. I begin to live and breathe the language and its culture – its music, its literature, its speakers. For the past four-five years, I’ve had this sort of feelings towards a rather special Romance language: Catalan. Many people I talk to have never even heard of Catalan, even though it has … Continue reading Catalan: A True Romance
As you know, I’m living the busy student life so I can’t always afford the luxury of doing some intensive language learning. There’s just no time for it. This doesn’t mean, however, that I give up on language learning altogether – that would be very unlike me! Instead, I just have to resort to some pretty unusual methods to keep up the work. The last time I found myself in … Continue reading In What Language Do You Facebook?