The Language

The Language

The Language is a podcast dedicated to the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin. By second language learners, for second language learners.


March 22, 2023 77 mins

Pretendians. Race shifting. We hear about these stories in the news where individuals with tenuous or untrue claims to Indigeneity have taken positions of power or prestige reserved for Indigenous people. Now we see this same issue happening in the language reclamation field. Today we sit down with Dr. Celeste Pedri-Spade to discuss the article her and colleague Dr. Sarah Shulist co-authored on this very topic, entitled "Lingu...

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Ezhi-giizhweying ("eh-zhi geezh weh ying"), or how we speak, is one way we have decided to translate dialect. Although Anishinaabemowin is understood amongst different speakers across the territory, we do still have different dialects and ways of speaking our language. At the end of the day, speaking any dialect is better than none at all. To listen to Aakoziiwigamig:

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December 3, 2022 61 mins

The episode where we talk about whatever, and share updates on where we've been and what we've been doing. Today's episode title, "Nbwaachwedaa" (pronounced "Bwotch wey daw") means "let's visit." We've missed you all! 

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October 27, 2022 83 mins

We discuss everything and anything language with Alan Corbiere (Ojiig) from M'Chigeeng First Nation. We hope you enjoy and learn as much as we did recording this podcast. 

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September 29, 2022 72 mins

"When we speak the language to each other at home" is the translation of today's episode. Host Mskwaankwad interviews Jess about her family's efforts to raise their 3 year old son in the language at home. Stay tuned for a special guest on the last 10 seconds!

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September 15, 2022 58 mins

Aan'kinootmaageng ("Awn ki note maw gang") is one way to say "translating" in the language. It's not as easy as it sounds, and there is no, one way to do so. Today we talk about the pitfalls of translating and how we work with and around them. 

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August 31, 2022 70 mins

Mskwaankwad talks us through his journey in the field of linguistics, including  its usefulness to Indigenous language revitalization, its pitfalls, and everything else in between.  Today's episode, "En'kamgak gchi-kinoomaage-gamgoong (En-kum-guck chi ki-no-maw-geh gum-gohng)" translates to "What happens in the big school (university)."

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July 27, 2022 37 mins

Greetings from immersion. We check in half way through the two week immersion program called Eshki-Nishnaabemjig and share our tired but grateful reflections. 

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July 7, 2022 71 mins

What makes a good immersion good? Today we talk about the successes of the Eshki-Nishnaabemjig Immersion Program and how to run immersion for grown ups. Eshki-Nishnaabemjig means new/young speakers of the language. 

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June 22, 2022 72 mins

Ezhi-nokiimgak Anishinaabemwin (How Anishinaabemwin Works). This is one way to say "grammar" in the language. Today we try to make a compelling case for how grammar study can drastically improve an adult learner's fluency and understanding. 

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Negaabnigyaang wii-kinoomaagziyaang ezhi-Nishnaabemong, or "What stops us from learning how to speak the language." In this episode, Jessica and Mskwaankwad talk about obstacles and barriers that hold us back from learning. Getting started can be tough, and we hope that talking about it is helpful to those that need the extra encouragement. You can do it!

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May 27, 2022 81 mins

It was just one year ago today, on May 27th, 2021, when Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced to the world that they had uncovered 215 children’s graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Since then, hundreds of other unmarked graves have come to light. We take this opportunity to reflect and share on what this means to us at The Language podcast. The Indian Residential School Survivors and Family hotlin...

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May 24, 2022 72 mins

The Language is a podcast dedicated to the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin. Our language urgently needs you to learn it and it is our hopes that we will recruit some new learners with this show. For this inaugural episode, hosts Jessica Miigwanaabiikwe Shonias and Mskwaankwad Menoomnii introduce themselves and share their language learning journeys that have gotten them to this point today. 

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