Languages

The Strange Persistence Of First Languages

The Strange Persistence Of First Languages

Life, World

Czech was the only language I knew until the age of 2, when my family began a migration westward, from what was then Czechoslovakia through Austria, then Italy, settling eventually in Montreal, Canada. Along the way, a clutter of languages introduced themselves into my life.

Switzerland’s ‘Secret’ Fifth Language

Switzerland’s ‘Secret’ Fifth Language

Life, World

Head to medieval Basse-Ville, caught between the German- and French-speaking divisions of Fribourg, and you’ll find yourself in a no-man’s land where the two languages have become one: le Bolze.

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