Daily Archives: September 9, 2008

podcast #20: Scottish Gaelic, Scots and the Arabic for hockey mom

A celtic cast today, topped with an Arabic primer from the campaign trail. US-based Al Jazeera TV correspondent Abderrahim Foukara talks about the challenges of translating some of the words and concepts of American presidential politics. Among the toughest: maverick and superdelegate (hockey mom is easy). Then it’s Scottish Gaelic: the BBC is launching is launching a new Gaelic TV service this month. We consder that and other efforts to reverse the decline of the language, and we drop in on a Gaelic class at Harvard. Finally we listen in on speakers of Scots, that much-maligned dialect that may or may not be a language. Language or not, it is hugely expressive. Listen here.

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