Friday, 18th June

1. The Much Language Such Talk (MLST) language podcast from the Bilingualism Matters team in Edinburgh https://www.bilingualism-matters.org/ aims to answer your questions about language, learning, and culture. They talk about bi- and multi-lingualism, what it means to speak more than one language, and the benefits, advantages and struggles of bilingualism. Here’s a special episode of MLST for World Refugee Day on Sunday https://mlstpodcast.com/ (Thanks to Ann for spotting this one!)

2. World Refugee Day https://www.unhcr.org/uk/world-refugee-day.html is marked all over the world this Sunday. Refugee Festival Scotland lasts a whole week: most events are still available and nearly all are free. I’ve used today’s date, Friday 18th June, for this selection https://www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/programme-2021/?select-type=&select-area=&select-date=2021-06-18 Here’s one example from Sewing2gether All Nations, a weekly group for English language learners, based in the north of Paisley, who learn to sew and practise conversational English in a supportive environment. Here’s how to make a traditional abaya https://youtu.be/s4KC2pxB4gU

3. This year’s Shubbak Festival starts on Sunday, 20th June, and runs until 17th July https://www.shubbak.co.uk/festival-2021/ Not everything is free, but this one’s in my diary https://www.shubbak.co.uk/cairo-kitkat-club/

4. And, finally, I’ll not say too much about this six-pack of short videos, other than to ask you to let me know which is your favourite, please! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvCfA99qTst9nR-1lXMPdVjXtR3fh_Zy6

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