Learning an Endangered Language: Catalan Immersion and Why Language Diversity Matters

When I was in 8th grade, my family in a small town in Vermont hosted an exchange student from Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona, unbeknownst to me at the time, is the capital of a region called Catalonia, which, for as long as the romance languages all broke off from Latin, has spoken its own language, called … Continue reading Learning an Endangered Language: Catalan Immersion and Why Language Diversity Matters

June 2022 Newsletter: The Nuyorican Poets and How to “Get” Poetry

Hello friends, This month marked the ending of a pivotal and cherished chapter for me. I graduated from NYU (in three years not to brag). I saw Taylor Swift speak at Yankee Stadium (okay, now I’m bragging). As a lifelong Yankees fan, being at the Stadium made it extra cool. So here I go, entering … Continue reading June 2022 Newsletter: The Nuyorican Poets and How to “Get” Poetry

How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)

First, your dad won’t teach you, even though Spanish is his first language. You’ll hear him use it with his parents, your grandparents, who you can hardly communicate with. Your grandfather, who you call “Ito” because you won’t be able to say “abuelito,” will drive with you and your dad to all of your sports … Continue reading How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)