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Russia | The Guardian: ‘I speak Italian with a Croydon accent’: reporters on their language skills


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Our foreign correspondents reflect on the practical and cultural importance of fluency in a country’s native tongue

During the worst of the coronavirus outbreak in China, people described to us deeply personal and traumatic experiences – losing their parents, suffering the death of a child, being harassed and intimidated for trying to speak out. Having these conversations in Mandarin was important not just for capturing nuance and detail but for a sense of empathy.

There are clear parallels between a fascination for languages and the job of journalism

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Russia | The Guardian