New show! La Esquina

Here at LangShack we have a new weekly podcast show. This will be released every Saturday! Filmed in the morning and released in the evening. In the future when the show gets a bigger following, we want to go live every weekend and have a live discussion with our followers and subscribers! Spread the world and check out La Esquina! First episode featured below!

Papiamento: Aruba’s language

Aruba is truly a fascinating place. It is a polyglots paradise. Learning four languages is required for every resident who goes to school: Dutch, Papiamento, Spanish and English. However when you speak Papiamento and they know you’re a tourist, then they may think you’re attempting to speak Spanish and the way to clear up the language you intend to use if it’s Papiamento is to just straight up ask “Bo ta papia Papiamento?”. This works every time. It is a mixture of 5-7 different languages, mainly Portuguese and Spanish but also a lot of Dutch and English, with elements of French, and a sprinkle of African languages.

My wife has been speaking Spanish to everyone in the language she’s more comfortable with, and they respond comfortably in Spanish. I try whenever possible to use Papiamento. They use English with me by default unless they’re a native Spanish speaker and have been speaking with my wife in Spanish in which I’ll just join the conversation in that language. They’ll often switch back to English with me and continue with her in Spanish. It is truly amazing how Arubans can switch between the four languages.

A lang a day: Guaraní

Mba’eichapa nde ka’aru!

The Guaraní language forms part of the Tupi-Guaraní language group in South America. It is co-official with Spanish in Paraguay and has always been a part of its history.

This is the first section of the UN human rights translated to Guaraní:

Mayma yvypóra ou ko yvy ári iñapyty’yre ha eteĩcha tecoruvicharendá ha acatúape jeguerekópe; ha ikatu rupi oikuaa ñetéva ha añete’yva, iporãva ha ivaíva, tekotevẽ pehenguéicha oiko oñondivekuéra.

Papiamento studies

I’ve been thinking about how the podcast should be done and how the course material should be presented. Studies are going strong so far personally speaking, and I want to update any learners by making PDFs of all I’ve learned so far. In a lesson, I want to have corresponding audio practice, a general podcast to go over the material in the module, and a flashcard with writing practice video for those who want more, guided practice. Be on the lookout for the first podcast and PDF as I rush to update to where I’ve left off *laughing face*

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