Imagine being unable to speak your native language, and that your choice is between using whatever language you were taught as a kid or using English if you want to be heard.
Welcome to my world! Fluent in three languages but unable to communicate with my illiterate grandmother, who only spoke Sardinian, I found myself mourning the loss of culture and familial connection this bizarre situation brought.
This piece was part of AllTheBest programming. It is a tale of Sardinian language, loss, cultural hegemony, and the choices that we, speakers of a language other than English, have to make on a daily basis if we want to be heard.