Tongues of the World: Japanese

Overview: The series of islands that make up the nation of Japan have been evolving their own languages for many thousands of years, but the difficulty of reaching the islands in ancient times meant that they were not quite as affected by outside influences as many other human cultures. Much of their intercultural communication took [...]

Tongues of the World: Bengali

Overview: Bengali is one of the most important languages on the Indian subcontinent, as it is the second most widely spoken language in India (after Hindi or Urdu) and the national language of the country of Bangladesh. Bengali culture is often considered to include the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura in addition to [...]