The Other Hand

Author: Lena Smith I finally learned how to say leftie in French. And it turns out none of my French professors ever got the translation exactly right. I’ve never actually heard anyone use the w…

Quiet Americans

Author: Lena Smith Sound resonates in a cathedral: footsteps, jingling keys, doors closing, hushed voices. Everyone speaks quietly in a cathedral, because the quiet is precious and so easy to disturb.…

In the Vernacular

Author: Lena Smith Vernacular is a great word, and not only because it’s fun to say. A vernacular is simply any variation of a language a given community has developed. Neighborhoods, towns and …

Occitan

Author: Lena Smith Languages die in stages. Barring natural disasters and plagues, a dying language slowly becomes a minority in a region, its speakers become bilingual with the dominant language, and…

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