How Duolingo's Owl Can Help Us Play Around With Languages

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Linguistics, General language studies, 6. HUMANITIES

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RTE Brainstorm, updated / Tuesday, 13 Jun 2023 16:13.


Ireland is a multicultural society, as evidenced by the variety of languages we hear around us all around the country. This can be exciting and/or scary; you might want to close your ears or you can decide to indulge in the richness of multilingualism at your doorstep.

Speaking several languages represents a reality for a majority of people across the globe (60% of us speak at least two languages) and is becoming the norm with migration, globalisation and information flow. A friend from South Africa recently explained to me the luxury of being able to think and communicate in multiple languages. In South Africa, 11 national languages are spoken, providing individuals with the opportunity to switch between codes during conversations.


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