Many would applaud the efficiency with which we settled into English—it’s what exemplary immigrants do. But between then and now, research has shown the depth of the relationship all of us have with our native tongues—and how traumatic it can be when that relationship is ruptured.

Source: After the Death of Her Father, a Woman Reconnects with a Language She Hasn’t Spoken in Years

This is a beautiful reflection on how languages is intricately linked to ourselves, our ways of thinking, our culture. It’s so important for parents to pass their languages on to their children, to allow them to be connected to their past and future.