Monthly Archives: December 2008

podcast #35: a loaded word, an overused word and the words that defined 2008

The word denier usually follows the word Holocaust. Can we re-invent it  and speak of global warming deniers? Or will it always be associated with the Nazi genocide? Then there’s the term 9-11. After the Mumbai attacks, is it useful or crass to speak of India’s 9-11, or Spain’s, or Britain’s? Finally, the top words of 2008, according to the Global Language Monitor. Listen in iTunes or here.

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podcast #34: Learning Japanese for the manga and anime

Japan’s economic bubble may have burst but the pop culture bubble is still expanding. In this week’s cast, a report on how American teens are learning Japanese so they can read manga and watch anime in the original language. Then a brief history of manga, including a visit to the Tezuka studio’s vault. Then, the perils of translating manga – a conversation with translator Anne Ishii. Finally a dedication to one of Japan’s finest, my friend Chihiro “Cherry” Enoki. Listen on iTunes or here.

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podcast #33: Language and personality, and skirt-and-blouse politics in Ghana

Does Barack Obama’s bilingual nominee for Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson have an English-speaking personality and a Spanish-speaking personality? A prominent bilingual scholar says many people develop differently depending on which language they’re using. Also, Mexican-American singer Julieta Venegas is bilingual but she sings in only one language…and the strange shorthand of Ghanaian electoral politics. Listen in iTunes or here.

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