How Many Languages Do You Speak

At Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island, writer Ira Sukrungruang asked participants, "How many languages do you speak?" Japanese, Italian, French. Then he asked how many languages "as a writer." What character languages can you speak? Ira speaks Southside Chicagoan, for example. What about BC Canadian? Nor'easter? West Texan? What about languages that aren't defined solely by geography? Teenage gamer. LDS Missionary. Retired auto mechanic. "Make a list," he advised, "of the languages you speak." Write in those languages. Listen. Add more.


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