Tanya Mozias Slavin is a writer, linguist and a mother of two. She was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and has lived in Canada and the US, where she worked on Oji-Cree, an endangered aboriginal language of Canada. She now lives in the UK and writes about parenting, languages, multiculturalism, and everything in between. Her essays and articles have appeared in Washington Post, Brain, Child, The Forward, Scary Mommy and other places.
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Thirteen years ago, I attended a welcome meeting for incoming students at the University of Toronto, where I was about to start my graduate studies in linguistics. The conversation turned toward Jews and Israel and kosher food. One of my … Continue reading
“You want to go where?” The travel agent’s eyes slowly widened as his finger traced the map north, north, north … until the map ended and his finger was on the bare wall. The northern Ontario community I wanted to … Continue reading
As a parent today I feel as if I’m constantly inundated with fervent, well-meaning, parenting advice coming at me from all angles: in person, in magazines, on the phone, and all over social media. Read full story on Rodale’s Organic … Continue reading
As my little six-year-old vampire approaches a stranger’s door, my heart shrinks with worry. How will it go? I know he can’t yell “trick-or-treat” like he’s expected to, or even whisper it. Will people give candies to a silent little … Continue reading
For many years, I had my own personal tradition that I would observe on Yom Kippur. The day before, I would go to the big supermarket in our neighborhood in Southern Jerusalem and buy myself a watermelon. On the morning … Continue reading
Shekoli! k̓alhwá7acw! Gwetaʔaghunt’i! Hadih! Not sure what those words mean? That’s because, sadly, they’re not spoken widely today. These are ways to say “hello!” in Oneida, St’át’imcets, Chilcotin and Babine-Witsuwit’en, four Indigenous languages of Canada that are all severely endangered. … Continue reading