Chelsea Elzinga, on "Feeling Language In Luxembourg"

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    "When I arrive at the high school where I teach English, crowds of students are speaking Luxembourgish. In general, students comfortably navigate the three administrative languages of their country (Luxembourgish, French, and German) on a daily basis. In my classroom of twenty-one teenagers, all the students can speak at least these three languages if not four, five, or six. There are students who speak Italian or Albanian. Some speak Arabic. Others know Spanish.

    I wonder if my students’ ears are able to find harmonies between languages simply because they’re accustomed to the polyglot environment in Luxembourg. Will the sounds start rubbing off on me, tuning themselves into comprehensive symphonies over time?"


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