Given how many natural languages are out there that you will never learn, what would possess someone to study an invented language like Esperanto, Klingon, or Dothraki? And who on earth would take the time to invent one?
This question drove linguist Arika Okrent (@arikaokrent) to research and write a book about invented languages. In this interview Arika offers an overview of the most salient languages invented since the 17th century. She provides fascinating historical context about the inventors, their motivations, and the reception of their languages.
Arika's book is In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius: http://amzn.to/2hr6qq3. Arika is also a columnist for Mental Floss.
To an outsider, the political arena may appear vast and foreboding. How do you get anything done?
Mark Bayer (@BayerStrategic) is the founder and president of Bayer Strategic Consulting, a government affairs and communications firm. Mark has served as a chief of staff, both in the US House of Representatives and in the US Senate in a Capitol Hill career spanning two decades. In this interview Mark shares useful perspectives on advancing your political agenda.
The languages we speak define who we are. What were to happen if you discovered a language that changed the course of your life?
Sarah Aroeste (@SarahAroeste) discusses this in depth in this interview. Sarah has forged a remarkable international, award-winning career by singing in the Sephardic language of Ladino. Sarah talks about infusing both her own original songs as well as 15th-century Ladino folks songs with her unique blend of pop, rock, and jazz.
What if there were no need to find your voice? And owning your voice, with full-throated pride, were a matter of letting go of obstacles nobody can put in your way but you?
Celesta Kirk is a voice teacher and the owner of SolfedgeStudio in Washington, DC. She holds that your singing voice is your birthright. In this interview Celesta suggests concrete actions you can take to claim it!