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Hanzi - Exploring Language and Culture through Chinese Typography
How does language shape identity? What role does handwriting play in the digital age? HANZI encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity. HANZI explores international design, visual culture, and identity through the…
American Tongues - Linguistic Attitudes in the U.S.
Southerners talk too slowly. New Yorkers are rude. New Englanders don't say much at all. Anybody who lives in the U.S. knows the cliches about how people in the various parts of the country handle the English language. American Tongues…
Speaking in Tongues - 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
At a time when thirty one states have passed "English Only" laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows…
Let There Be Words - What is Language?
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
What precisely is language and how did humans acquire it? In an effort to answer these essential questions, this program journeys back to prehistoric times in search of languages origin. But this is not a passive discussion, as Noam Chomsky;…
Tongues of Heaven - Saving Native Languages
This film explores the challenges facing young indigenous people as they struggle to learn the languages of their forebears before they go extinct. Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where languages of the Austronesian family are spoken, this experimental documentary…
Poto and Cabengo
Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication that's an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear…
Little Pim: At Home - Chinese for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 Chinese words and phrases to use around the home!
Yeah You Rite! - Language in New Orleans
The culture of New Orleans represents the mixing of many rich traditions: French, Spanish, African, Irish, Italian. At the heart of this unique culture lie its speechways, the subject of Yeah You Rite!, a close-up video profile of a single…
Life and Death - Language Preservation
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
It is predicted that within a century more than half of the worlds languages will become extinct, but as languages are lost, new ones emerge naturally or are constructed. In this program, Noam Chomsky; Esperantist Thomas Eccard; endangered languages researcher…
Mother Tongues - Global Languages
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
This program travels the globe as it surveys a large portion of the worlds languages--25 percent of which are spoken by a mere 0.1 percent of the Earths population. Moving from Africa to Oceania and up to Asia and then…
Little Pim: Let's Count - Chinese for Kids
Join Little Pim and friends as they count fun objects - from ladybugs to lollipops. Children will learn more than 60 Chinese words and phrases for use in counting!
Little Pim: Let's Play! - Spanish for Kids
See the fun ways young children play together and learn more than 60 words and phrases with Little Pim. Explore the wonders of play, from blocks to boats, from tea parties to dress up.
Little Pim: At Home - French for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 French words and phrases to use around the home!
Little Pim: Feelings - Chinese for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 Chinese words and phrases to use around the home!
Little Pim: Let's Eat! - Spanish for Kids
See Little Pim and friends making and eating food while having fun discovering new tastes. Children will learn more than sixty Spanish words and phrases to use at mealtime.
The Language You Cry In
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day…
Little Pim: Let's Count - Italian for Kids
Join Little Pim and friends as they count fun objects - from ladybugs to lollipops. Children will learn more than 60 Italian words and phrases for use in counting!
Little Pim: Let's Count - French for Kids
Join Little Pim and friends as they count fun objects - from ladybugs to lollipops. Children will learn more than 60 French words and phrases for use in counting!
Little Pim: Feelings - Spanish for Kids
See Little Pim and friends feel happy and in love, make sad and mad faces and everything in between. Children will learn more than 60 Spanish words and phrases to show their feelings!
Little Pim: At Home - Spanish for Kids
See Little Pim and friends play with their toys and explore the different rooms and items around the home. Children will learn more than 60 Spanish words and phrases to use around the home!