“There is so much embedded in language.”
Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce
This week I got the chance to talk to Jeff Ridgeway, Project Director of the College Success Centre, an office that helps RMC students, staff, and faculty find the right support services for their needs. True to his work, Mr Ridgeway’s book of choice was the self-help guide!
“I’m reading two right now,” he said. “one on how to learn Farsi, and the other on how to compose music.” Both are languages, but they’re vastly different: what’s the story? “I’m learning how to compose music for my dad. He wants to play music with me, and he’s into the old-time country classics: Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. I want to record what we do together.”
And the Farsi? Who will you share that with? “Whoever comes along! I’ve always loved languages; when I was stationed in Germany, I took Russian as well as German classes so I could talk to as many people as possible in their own tongue. I want to understand different cultures, and there’s so much embedded in language.”