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73. Speaking Mandarin, Arabic & Russian

Released Monday, 4th October 2021
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Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals.  My guest this week is Ernestine Lyons, a current councilwoman from Harper Woods, Michigan, host of Quick to Politic podcast and founder of Linglobal and we’re talking about her languages of Mandarin, Arabic and Russian 
In this episode, Ernestine tells us how she was attracted to learning languages that are sometimes considered challenging for English speakers. We talk about her travel experiences including her time studying abroad in China, South Africa and in Russia. She tells us about learning Arabic and specifically the Egyptian dialect of the language and what she enjoys about speaking and practicing Arabic. We talk about the concept of being a global citizen and how her languages have enabled her to make connections not just around the world but also in her diverse community here in the US. We also talk about the realities of traveling while black and turning racist encounters abroad into teachable moments and learning experiences. 
Ernestine is currently running for mayor of her town and I hope you’ll all join me in wishing her luck in her campaign. And let me remind you wherever you are to please vote in your local elections so that you can work to make a difference in your local community. If you enjoy this episode of Speaking Tongues, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat! 
To find Ernestine:
Ernestinelyons.com
Linglobal :https://www.linglobal.org/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Linglobal/videos
Quick to Politic :https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRsIdKL8ckXuxwYap5t…

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