Losing your mother tongue (Medium)
What does it mean for a child refugee to lose their first language? Sam and Rob hear the story of a woman who could no longer speak her native Czech after her family left their home country. Now she speaks English. We talk about leaving a language behind and teach you new vocabulary along the way.
This week’s question
According to the United Nations, how many people around the world are currently living as displaced refugees?
a) 3 million
b) 53 million
c) 103 million
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
native language; the first language you learn from your parents as a child
(someone is) dunked into
suddenly placed into a new, unfamiliar situation for a short time before being removed again
have confidence or trust in something or someone
sort itself out
(phrasal verb) stop being a problem without anyone having to do anything
complete; fully developed
situation where only a choice between two options, with no third alternative, is possible
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