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“Why I’m Learning chiNhungue”: Language learning for bridge building

Why is it important to learn languages, especially non-dominant ones? We explore that question quite a bit here on the blog, and there are a myriad of answers to it, but perhaps the best way to answer questions like these are through real-life stories. That is why I think you should give Grace’s blog post a read. She is spending a year in Mozambique working with a non-profit in the field of conservation agriculture, and tells about her language learning journey learning chiNhungue, the language spoken by Mozambiquans living in her area.

In light of a sentiment expressed in a message at Mennonite World Conference, I’ve been thinking about the process of learning a language as a process of giving and receiving grace to and from each other. This story illustrates that idea quite well. Read it here: “Why I’m Learning chiNhungue.”

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Abigail Long is a 2012 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and a member of Fairview Ave Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, PA. She spent 14 months teaching English in South Korea at the Connexus Language Institute and is deeply interested in the connections between language learning, teaching and peacebuilding.

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