Beautiful Babel-ing Lips

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Russian.  Yeah, I know, useful.  But after taking a year of Russian to satisfy a language requirement for a natural science degree, I’d fallen in love with the language, the history, the literature, the politics and with Russians themselves.   I may be the only person to ever graduate from UT with a major in Russian and a minor in zoology.

Even though I haven’t used my degree professionally, I think studying a foreign language was beneficial because doing so has been shown to improve cognitive, memory and problem solving skills, all of which I’ve used as a professional, as well as an understanding of other cultures.   Maybe even more profoundly, my study of Russian instilled a deeper understanding of my mother tongue.

Over the years, with varying degrees of intensity, I’ve also studied French, German and Italian.  So, when I got the weekly email from about the short film, Lips of Babel directed by Elle Muliarchyk, I was intrigued.  Ms. Muliarchyk, a former model, is the daughter of a journalist and a diplomat and speaks five languages herself so she’s long been fascinated by language.  When she learned that many languages besides English have tongue twisters she came up with the idea of filming models from different countries reciting tongue twisters in languages foreign to each model.  Watching the video, some languages were familiar but others sounded like…well, babble.  I think this brief film is an example of how languages separate us and cultural similarities bring us together.

P.S. I wish my lips looked this gorgeous every day.


About Felicia Biggins

I'm a fashion blogger and owner of The New Black, a personal styling business, in Austin TX. Follow me on Twitter: @fbigg.
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4 Responses to Beautiful Babel-ing Lips

  1. Carrie says:

    Sounds terribly interesting. I have a cousin who speaks 4-5 different languages and I believe Russian just might be one of them. He’s in two bands. One he leads in English, the other in cajun French.

    For me, there is something soothing about listening to a conversation in another language. Maybe it’s the mystery of what’s being said. Who knows…but I love it.

  2. Nicole says:

    I love this post!! I think that speaking other languages makes you so much more well rounded and gives you an appreciate for other cultures that you wouldn’t have any other way! Thanks for posting this one! 🙂

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