Written to the song: Fever — Dua Lipa

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” — Unknown

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Valparaíso, Chile.

“Culture embodies the beliefs, customs, values, forms, arts and ways of life of a particular society, group, place or time. It encompasses elements such as age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital/single status, gender expression, socio-economic, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation” (CASLPO, 2019).

The individuals that we interact with come from various diverse backgrounds. As someone who is a teacher and a future speech-language pathologist, I recognize that I will luckily be working with individuals from various backgrounds. I think that it is the responsibility of teachers and SLPs to be cognizant and work towards being culturally competent practitioners. Speech, body language, and expectations within a conversation are all influenced by an individual’s culture. “Cultural dimensions” refers to the differences among people that may shape their identities and diversity as a whole. …


Written to the song: Barefoot in the Park — James Blake ft. Rosalía

“What’s considered trashy if you’re poor, but classy if you’re rich ?— speaking two languages” — McKay Coppins (via Twitter)

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My paradise — Ilha Grande, Brazil.

A student who only speaks English at home comes to school and is expected to speak fully French in the classroom. The French-Immersion teacher always reminds this student to speak in French, although the student has trouble to get simple requests and messages across. While their French is not even close to perfect, their parents rave about how their child is bilingual. On the other hand, a student that immigrates to Canada speaks their home language fluently. While English may be a slow start for them, they are labelled as “ESL” (English as a Second Language) rather than bilingual. …


Written to the song: My Future — Billie Eilish

“Strokes don’t discriminate…it can happen to anyone” — Linda Steuer

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Lake Louise, Banff.

Being bilingual is defined as having the ability to speak and understand more than one language. When someone has a stroke, they often have impairments in their language abilities. What happens when a bilingual individual experiences a stroke, are both languages impacted equally?

When a person has a stroke, they may experience numbness, confusion, and the inability to speak. There are various types of strokes that limit the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can be sent to the brain. Ischemic strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks the blood flow to the brain. A transient ischemic stroke (TIA) is called a “mini-stroke” as it is caused by a temporary blood clot, which typically passes over a short period of time but may precede a full stroke. …


How Writing Can Actually Help You Market Yourself

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.”
- Maya Angelou

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Tarifa, Spain.

Like many authors and bloggers, I started writing simply for fun and started a Medium account to publish some of my work. Initially, I was set on publishing once every two weeks, and my blog featured various articles on linguistics, language, and culture. I would get a few hits but would often only share my writing with friends and family. I have always loved reading fellow Medium articles and have taken lots of advice from Medium offers. To date, I have my work published in some Linguistic magazine, and I recently published my first book with Penguin Random House. …


“Ever travel to a foreign city? We’ve all heard that “travel broadens the mind”. But beneath this cliche lies a deep truth. Things stand out because they’re different, so we notice every detail, from street signs to mailboxes to how you pay at a restaurant. We learn a lot when we travel not because we are any smarter on the road, but because we pay such close attention…we are continuously trying to figure out a world that is foreign and new.” — Tom & David Kelley

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Banff, Canada.

It’s the moment you’ve been looking forward to all year — your yearly trip. Maybe it’s laying on the beach in Cabo, doing a food tour in Sicily, or taking a road trip to a new city (especially since the borders have been closed). When you travel you start to really take notice of the things around you. You realize that people are dressed differently than what you are used to, you have to translate the menu from one language to another and you are paying close attention to the scenery. …


Written to the song: Solid Ground — Michael Kiwanuka

“There are two types of people in the world; those who believe that everything can be divided into two categories — and the rest of you” — Unknown

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Rabat, Morocco.

You are traveling to a new destination and you ask some friends for advice. Your friend tells you all about the different cultural aspects that they experienced when traveling to the same destination — kissing on the cheek when greeting, the expectation that food on a plate should be finished, and not making eye contact with someone of the other gender. You think about all the cultural differences you would tell a friend visiting your country for the first time, and realize that these expectations all come naturally to you. …


The lessons that made everything happen

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Haifa, Israel. Photo by Anna Frenkel.

I have always carried a notebook around with me to scribble down ideas — from poems to dreams to random business ideas. Since I was a kid I have always had the dream of getting a piece of my work published. Like many authors and bloggers, I started writing simply for fun and started a Medium account to publish some of my work. Although starting my blog lead me to the path of getting my first book deal.

Initially, I was set on publishing posts once every two weeks, and my blog featured various articles on linguistics, language, and culture. I would get a few hits but would often only share my writing with friends and family. To date, I have my work published in some Linguistic magazines, I’ve been featured on podcasts and I recently published my first book with Penguin Random House. …


A teacher’s trauma-sensitive classroom approach

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London, UK. Photo by Anna Frenkel.

A few years ago, I was introduced to a new concept which helped me become a better teacher. As a first-year teacher, I was thrown into a challenging classroom with a few particularly defiant students. After asking for advice from fellow teachers, principals, and support staff, a psychologist with a background in “trauma-sensitivity” met with me. She told me that she believed that my students’ defiance stems from trauma.

When thinking of the word “trauma” many things come to my mind, such as coming from a war-torn country, being bullied or witnessing something traumatic at home. …


You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it” — Austin Kleon

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Santiago, Chile.

Dr. Fauci is known as the “voice of reason” during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of the leading experts on infectious diseases and has actually worked under 6 US presidents. He has been advising the public regarding HIV, SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola, and now COVID-19. Fauci is praised for presenting medical news and medical terminology in a manner that is both easily understood and simplified.

Since the pandemic started, Dr. Fauci has been addressing the public, as well as speaking on podcasts, talk shows, and the news. Over the past few weeks, his voice has become noticeably hoarse. …


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Volcan Acatenango, Guatemala.

Like most prospective writers, I have always had the goal of publishing a book. I can happily say that I did it, but it happened at the worst possible time.

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I felt burnt out and decided to take a solo trip (cliché, but I needed it). Every day I found myself visiting new spots and cafes to take some time each day to write. Luckily, I have always had the ease of writing in a blank notebook and spent my days documenting my experiences while traveling.

While sitting on the beach in Tel Aviv, a stranger approached me and asked me what I was writing about. He walked away saying, “you’re so lucky you can write in a blank notebook.” While hiking in Bulgaria, a girl spoke to me about struggling with documenting her time abroad as she wasn’t able to write in a blank notebook. …

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Anna Frenkel

Author of “Q & A a Day for Travelers”. https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-frenkel/

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