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Linguistics (and other Podcasts)

Season 2 of the podcast continues with an episode all about linguistics! I'm excited about this one, in particular, because this is the work that I will be doing when we move to Côte d'Ivoire.

Linguistic analysis is done in order to get a solid understanding of the language so that a Bible translation project is given the best chance for success. You can think of it as laying a good foundation for the actual translation work to build on top of. If you skip this step, you are bound to end up being imprecise in things like the writing system or even in grammatically correct sentence structures.

In this episode, I have a conversation with Aaron Wade, a linguist currently working in Papua New Guinea with a small language community on the island of New Britain. I hope you enjoy this episode and learn a little more about this very important step in the translation process.

You can listen to the episode here!


While I'm on the topic, I thought I'd share with you all some of the podcasts that I'm listening to these days. There are so many good ones out there, but if you're looking for some new ones to listen to, you should check out some of these:

The Bible Project

These guys take a very literary approach to studying Scripture, and they help break through what things we tend to assume about Scripture versus what things are actually in the Text. I've really been helped in understanding some of the themes that play major roles in the big picture of the Bible.

The Missions Podcast

This podcast is put out by ABWE and addresses some current issues that surround missions. They have some great episodes on short-term missions and how your church can be intentional about missions here in the US. It's been a really helpful voice as we prepare for ministry overseas and thinking through that well.


Yes, it's just as nerdy as it sounds. This podcast is not approaching linguistics from a Bible translation perspective, but they share a passion for how language works and the things about language that you've probably never thought about before. So, if you've enjoyed some of the more technical episodes of our podcast, you'll probably like this one, too.

The Everyday Story

This podcast is a great resource for reading Scripture well and interacting with it in meaningful ways. They provide a great structure to understand what's happening in a book that may be helpful as you read it for yourself. (Plus, my uncle is one of the hosts.)

Revisionist History

This one isn't language-related or missions-related, but it is truly fascinating. The host is Malcolm Gladwell and he is set on trying to look at history in a new light or to bring out stories you may have never thought about. I love the challenge of trying to see another perspective on something that may be assumed about history.

Honorable Mentions:

I also occasionally listen to the Freakonomics Podcast, The Gospel Coalition, the Church Politics Podcast, The Holy Post, Theology in the Raw, Intelligence Matters, and Duolingo French (for language learning). All of these have some really good episodes if you're still looking for more to listen to.

But first...go listen to Season 2 Episode 2 of the Bible Translation Podcast!

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