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Helene commented on SPEAK

Dear SPEAK Team,
Great thoughts on how to help people understand face to face/ heart to heart while sharing language, culture, the present, and the future. Such hope in this idea. Congratulations.
Good luck to you all and to this great project.
Yassas,
Helene from ERMIT

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Helene commented on Mayan Languages on the Move

Korinta!
Yes..yes..yes..so agree. Your work is so important.
Although I am not a person on the move - I am a heritage speaker of one language and speak a few others so I completely follow what you are saying - language is culture and culture is language = intrinsic. Powerful indeed.
One of my favorite quotes about language (and culture) is actually from my late father (who was a professor here at Dartmouth). In this talk he spoke about educators, but I do believe it applies for all - so, I say let's fill in what you will for the word teacher, I say! :o) "Language is a living, kicking, growing, flitting, evolving reality, and the teacher should spontaneously reflect it vibrant and protean qualities." John A. Rassias, Dartmouth College
Best wishes to you all for this project! Yassou, Helene

Souad,
Hello from another ERMIT team member!
What an idea! This one hits me on a few levels as I grew up in France and the USA. It is terrific to see this creative way of interweaving experiences to solidify a new and different kind of community feeling. I would love to see your plan in action!
C'est vraiment merveilleux!
Yassou,
Helene