Interviews

Interview with Brandon Locke

Greg Nedved interviews Brandon Locke, Director of World Languages and Immersion Programs for the Anchorage School District. Locke has also written about the Alaska Native History Curriculum. See the article here. The text below is automatically generated from the captions in the video. Any errors are the fault of the editors, not the speakers. Morning,

Vidya Nahar doing yoga on a beach

Interview with Vidya Nahar, Author and STARTALK Instructor

Interview conducted by Greg Nedved Please provide some background about Balodyan  I grew up in Mumbai, India, speaking 5 languages fluently (Marwadi – my mother tongue, Marathi, Hindi, English, Gujarat, and 4 languages at functional proficiency – Kutchi, Konkani, Sanskrit, Urdu), just by interacting with neighbors, watching movies, reading newspapers, and of course by learning

Kathy Olson-Studler

Interview with Kathy Olson-Studler

As you may have seen in our newsletter or on our website, we are reaching out to language professionals around the country to join the Language Leadership Council. Our museum president, Greg Nedved, recently interviewed our Minnesotan liaison, Kathy Olson-Studler, of the NNELL (National Network for Early Language Learning). Please take a look at what

Book cover for grammar of belep

Interview with Chelsea McCracken

If you are a frequent follow of our website, you probably saw last month’s Language of the Month was about Belep, a language found in New Caledonia. My main contact point for information and clarification was Chelsea McCracken of Rice University. I had the opportunity to ask her a few follow up questions, which were

Interview with Gina Valle, Author of The Best of All Worlds

Note: This interview was conducted by Greg Nedved, NML President  BIO Gina Valle ‘s work has focused on diversity and has chosen to examine and share it through the creation of books, documentaries, exhibits, research, storytelling. Dr. Valle holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (OISE) in Teacher Education and Multicultural Studies. An overview

Interview with Dr. Edwige Simon of University of Colorado- Boulder

One of the most important aspects of language learning is the ability to communicate in an authentic manner with other speakers of the language; in fact, this immersive communication experience is the key to any successful language learning. But for many teachers finding these authentic opportunities can prove difficult, especially when one lives in an

Interview with Dr. Jeff Samuels, owner of World Languages 360

Here at NML, our articles and interviews have had many focuses, including language in the defense interest, language education, and language policy. But we do not always see how private businesses and entrepreneurs are using languages as stepping stones or for jobs. Dr. Jeff Samuels, a friend of the Museum, and a member of the

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Fanni is Radnóti's wife
Located near the Tang capital city of Chang’an, site of the modern city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province, in central China.
Soldiers of that time commonly wore a white head cloth, similar to what is still worn by some peasants in China today.  The implication is that the conscripts were so young that they didn’t know how to wrap their head cloths, and needed help from elders.
Before China’s unification under the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. there were several competing smaller kingdoms.  Han and Qin were two of these kingdoms. Han was located east of famous mountain passes that separated that area from the power base of the Qin dynasty, with its capital in Chang’an. The Qin dynasty itself only lasted about 15 years after unification due to its draconian rule, but soldiers under Qin rule retained a reputation as strong fighters.
The area of Guanxi, meaning “west of the passes”, refers to the area around the capital city of Chang’an.
This is an alternative name for a province in western China, now known as Qinghai, which literally means “blue sea”.  Kokonor Lake, located in Qinghai, is the largest saline lake in China.  
Before China’s unification under the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. there were several competing smaller kingdoms.  Han and Qin were two of these kingdoms. Han was located east of famous mountain passes that separated that area from the power base of the Qin dynasty, with its capital in Chang’an. The Qin dynasty itself only lasted about 15 years after unification due to its draconian rule, but soldiers under Qin rule retained a reputation as strong fighters.
Oulart Hollow was the site of a famous victory of the Irish rebels over British troops, which took place on May 27, 1798. The rebels killed nearly all the British attackers in this battle. (Source: Maxwell, W. H. History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798. H. H. Bohn, London 1854, pp 92-93, at archive.org)
The phrase "United Men" is elaborated upon in the Notes section below.

Ghetto


An Italian word meaning “foundry.” It originally referred to a part of the city of Venice where the Jews of that city were forced to live; the area was called “the ghetto” because there was a foundry nearby. The term eventually came to refer to any part of a city in which a minority group is forced to live as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. Because of the restrictions placed upon them, ghetto residents are often impoverished.

"You’re five nine, I am do-uble two"


A reference to the year 1959 and the year 2020.

"The Currency"


Meaning US dollars - this is drawing attention to the fact that Cuba is effectively dollarized.

"Sixty years with the dom-ino stuck"


This sentence is a reference to the Cold War notion that countries would turn Communist one after the other - like dominos. Cuba was the first domino, but it got stuck - no one else followed through into communism.

رحلنا


رحلنا, or "rahalna," means "we have left."

Habibi


Habibi means "my love."

Ra7eel


Ra7eel, or "raheel," means "departure."

3awda


3awda, or "awda," means "returning."

أهلاً


أهلاً, or "ahalan," means "welcome."

a5 ya baba


a5 ya baba, pronounced "akh ya baba," means "Oh my father."

golpe


Treece translates "golpe" as "beating", which is correct, however misses the secondary meaning of the word: "coup".

Carlos


The “Carlos” referred to in the poem is most likely Carlos Bolsonaro, a politician from Rio de Janeiro and the second son of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s current president. His and his father’s involvement in Marielle’s murder has been questioned and investigated.