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American Tongues - Linguistic Attitudes in the U.S.
Southerners talk too slowly. New Yorkers are rude. New Englanders don't say much at all. Anybody who lives in the U.S. knows the cliches about how people in the various parts of the country handle the English language. American Tongues…
Speaking in Tongues - 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
At a time when thirty one states have passed "English Only" laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows…
Introduction to the Spanish Language
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Begin by looking at both the "whats" of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the "hows"--how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents),…
Hanzi - Exploring Language and Culture through Chinese Typography
How does language shape identity? What role does handwriting play in the digital age? HANZI encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity. HANZI explores international design, visual culture, and identity through the…
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary - The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants
Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it "One of the most important films on American race relations." Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the 'Ellis…
The Grammar of Happiness - Discovering the Unique Communication Style of an Amazonian Tribe
Daniel Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Piraha people and their language. THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS is a documentary that explores whether Daniel's journey into the heart of the Amazon…
Deaf Jam
Deaf Jam is the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing…
Definite Articles and Nouns
Episode 2 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article. Grasp how the suffixes of nouns can help identify their gender. Study how to make nouns plural, practice pronouncing Spanish consonants, and…
Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai'i
What if you are made to feel ashamed when you speak your "mother tongue" or ridiculed because of your accent? "Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i" addresses these questions through its lively examination of Pidgin - the language spoken by over…
Language Healers - Native Americans Revitalizing Native Languages
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) is a documentary that tells the story of Native Americans who are striving to revitalize their languages. From Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana, we witness stories about the importance of saving Native American languages and…
Life and Death - Language Preservation
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
It is predicted that within a century more than half of the worlds languages will become extinct, but as languages are lost, new ones emerge naturally or are constructed. In this program, Noam Chomsky; Esperantist Thomas Eccard; endangered languages researcher…
Why Do We Care about Grammar?
Part of the Series: English Grammar Boot Camp
First, examine how we judge what is acceptable or unacceptable in English, and how we distinguish acceptable" from "stylistically preferable." Consider how grammar often takes on larger meanings related to education and culture. Grasp how understanding the differences and diversity…
The Key of G - Disability, Caregiving and Interdependence
The Key of G is an award-winning documentary about disability, caregiving and interdependence. The Key of G tells the story of Gannet, a 22-year-old man with severe disabilities, as he prepares to move out of his mother's home and into…
Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
Episode 3 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Investigate the five singular subject pronouns and the seven plural subject pronouns in Spanish, and how they are used in Spanish-speaking cultures. Then conjugate the verb ser (to be) in the present tense, create simple sentences, and explore how Spanish…
A Life without Words
What would life be like without language? For too many deaf people raised in rural outposts, access to a sign-language community is denied and they are condemned to a life without words. Such injustice deserves our attention and is explored…
What Is Writing?
Episode 1 of Writing and Civilization
It has been said that writing exists only in a civilization and a civilization cannot exist without writing, but is that accurate? Consider the validity of this statement and examine several of the critical functions that writing has served during…
The Greek Alphabet & Pronunciation
Episode 1 of Greek 101
Learn the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet using the restored classical pronunciation, recognizing that there was some variation in pronunciation in the ancient world. Practice the pairings of vowels called diphthongs, and sound out a selection of words that…
Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
Episode 4 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Here, learn about an important category of Spanish verbs--those whose infinitives end in -ar. Conjugate regular -ar verbs in the present tense by identifying the verb's stem and adding the appropriate endings. Continue with Spanish adjectives and their placement, cognate…
The Science of Nonverbal Communication
Episode 1 of Understanding Nonverbal Communication
Learn about the popular, and often incorrectly referenced, study from the 1960s that opened the door to the modern study of nonverbal communication. Understand why nonverbal communication matters so much, and learn how it interacts with verbal communication to reemphasize…
Let There Be Words - What is Language?
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
What precisely is language and how did humans acquire it? In an effort to answer these essential questions, this program journeys back to prehistoric times in search of languages origin. But this is not a passive discussion, as Noam Chomsky;…