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Linguamania

Welcome to the LinguaMania podcast. Produced by researchers from Oxford University-led Creative Multilingualism, the series explores some fascinating perspectives on languages and language learning, asking: Do we really need human translators? Why do we use metaphors and what do they teach us about other languages and cultures? How much of an unfamiliar language can we understand? Would creative language teaching make the subject more popular? Can languages help protect the natural environment? And so much more… So stop what you’re doing and start exploring the wonderful world of multilingualism!

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Diversity in the arts: why languages need to be part of the conversation Many languages and dialects spoken in British homes rarely make it onto the stage. In this episode of LinguaMania, we explore why linguistic diversity in the arts matters. Rajinder Dudrah, Mojisola Adebayo, Philip Bullock, Ashlee Elizabeth-Lolo 29 May 2020
2 The Multilingual Performance Project: celebrating languages through drama The Multilingual Performance Project (MPP) showcases and celebrates the multilingual nature of schools and demonstrates how multilingualism can interact creatively with teaching in the classroom, promoting both taught languages and community languages. Daniel Tyler-McTighe, Holly Bateman, Ann Poole, Eneida Garcia Villanueva 15 May 2020
3 Creative Commons Why do we need people to translate when we have machine translation? Some people ask why they should bother learning a language when there are online apps and websites which can translate quickly and accurately. Matthew Reynolds, Eleni Philippou, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Adriana X Jacobs 01 May 2020
4 Creative Commons Languages are in crisis in our schools – could creativity help save the subject? Can a creative approach to the study of languages enhance learner outcomes? Suzanne Graham, Linda Fisher, Heike Krüsemann, Julia Hofweber 17 Apr 2020
5 How do metaphors shape our world? We tend to think of metaphors as poetic language, but we actually use them all the time in our everyday speech. But how do metaphors in different languages work? And can the metaphors we use affect our thinking? Katrin Kohl, Jeannette Littlemore, Lera Boroditsky, Zoltán Kövecses 03 Apr 2020
6 Why should we read translated texts? This episode explores what we lose or gain when we read a translated book. Are we missing something by reading the English translation and not the original language version? And what can the translation process tell us about how languages work? Jane Hiddleston, Laura Lonsdale 16 Mar 2020
7 Understanding our natural world: why languages matter What role do languages play in helping us understand and protect our natural world? Do the words we use when talking about our local flora and fauna matter? In this episode of LinguaMania, we explore the links between language and nature. Felice Wyndham, Karen Park, Andrew Gosler 09 Mar 2020
8 How 'foreign' are 'foreign languages'? Many people think foreign languages are alien to us, unless of course we've spent years studying them. But is this really the case? Or can we actually understand some words in a different language – even if we've never studied that language before? Martin Maiden, Sandra Kotzor, Chiara Cappellaro, Ikuya Aizawa 18 Feb 2020