Our correspondent, upon learning a little about how to communicate in Central and East Java, shares a related linguistic guide.
Language Primer: Mandarin
Our correspondent in Taipei prosaically gets to grips with Taiwan’s official vernacular.
Language Primer: Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese
Our correspondent outlines the basics of Vietnam’s principal language.
Language Primer: Khmer
Our correspondent learns more about Cambodia: in this case, how to make oneself understood.
Language Primer: Lao
Our correspondent heads into Laos and, in amongst the colonial architecture, Mekong tributaries and historic sites, attempts to expand his vocabulary.
Language Primer: Amharic
Our correspondent struggles with the complexities of Amharic during his recent visit to Ethiopia.
Language Primer: Swahili
Our correspondent, traipsing through Tanzania, tries his hand at Swahili.
Language Primer: Chichewa
Our correspondent believes it should be noted that English is widely spoken and understood in Malawi but where’s the fun in that?
Language Primer: Enahara
Our correspondent has some time to spare in Nampula and gets to work learning northern Mozambique’s main dialect.
Language Primer: Xangana / Shangana / Changana
Our correspondent gets to grips with another of Mozambique’s numerous dialects.
Bahasa Indonesian Primer: Numbers and Basic Transactions
Our correspondent, fixing for more bargaining in Indonesia, presents a guide to Bahasa.
Language Primer: Madurese
Our correspondent steps onto Madura and, vernacular guide in tow, senses the rest of Indonesia withdrawing everso slightly.