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Mother Tongue - My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish-logo

Mother Tongue - My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Christine Gilbert

One woman's quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words you're secretly pulling from a pocket dictionary. Imagine your two-year-old asking for more niunai at dinner-a Mandarin word for milk that even you don't know yet. Imagine finding out that you're unexpectedly pregnant while living in war-torn Beirut. With vivid and evocative language, Christine Gilbert takes us along with her into foreign lands, showing us what it's like to make a life in an unfamiliar world-and in an unfamiliar tongue. Gilbert was a young mother when she boldly uprooted her family to move around the world, studying Mandarin in China, Arabic in Lebanon, and Spanish in Mexico, with her toddler son and all-American husband along for the ride. Their story takes us from Beijing to Beirut, from Cyprus to Chiang Mai-and also explores recent breakthroughs in bilingual brain mapping and the controversial debates happening in linguistics right now. Gilbert's adventures abroad prove just how much language influences culture (and vice versa), and lead her to results she never expected. Mother Tongue is a fascinating and uplifting story about taking big risks for bigger rewards and trying to find meaning and happiness through tireless pursuit-no matter what hurdles may arise. It's a treat for language enthusiasts and armchair travelers alike.

One woman's quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words you're secretly pulling from a pocket dictionary. Imagine your two-year-old asking for more niunai at dinner-a Mandarin word for milk that even you don't know yet. Imagine finding out that you're unexpectedly pregnant while living in war-torn Beirut. With vivid and evocative language, Christine Gilbert takes us along with her into foreign lands, showing us what it's like to make a life in an unfamiliar world-and in an unfamiliar tongue. Gilbert was a young mother when she boldly uprooted her family to move around the world, studying Mandarin in China, Arabic in Lebanon, and Spanish in Mexico, with her toddler son and all-American husband along for the ride. Their story takes us from Beijing to Beirut, from Cyprus to Chiang Mai-and also explores recent breakthroughs in bilingual brain mapping and the controversial debates happening in linguistics right now. Gilbert's adventures abroad prove just how much language influences culture (and vice versa), and lead her to results she never expected. Mother Tongue is a fascinating and uplifting story about taking big risks for bigger rewards and trying to find meaning and happiness through tireless pursuit-no matter what hurdles may arise. It's a treat for language enthusiasts and armchair travelers alike.
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One woman's quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words you're secretly pulling from a pocket dictionary. Imagine your two-year-old asking for more niunai at dinner-a Mandarin word for milk that even you don't know yet. Imagine finding out that you're unexpectedly pregnant while living in war-torn Beirut. With vivid and evocative language, Christine Gilbert takes us along with her into foreign lands, showing us what it's like to make a life in an unfamiliar world-and in an unfamiliar tongue. Gilbert was a young mother when she boldly uprooted her family to move around the world, studying Mandarin in China, Arabic in Lebanon, and Spanish in Mexico, with her toddler son and all-American husband along for the ride. Their story takes us from Beijing to Beirut, from Cyprus to Chiang Mai-and also explores recent breakthroughs in bilingual brain mapping and the controversial debates happening in linguistics right now. Gilbert's adventures abroad prove just how much language influences culture (and vice versa), and lead her to results she never expected. Mother Tongue is a fascinating and uplifting story about taking big risks for bigger rewards and trying to find meaning and happiness through tireless pursuit-no matter what hurdles may arise. It's a treat for language enthusiasts and armchair travelers alike.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Angela Dawe

Length:

7h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:31