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Skylar Lindsay

Skylar Lindsay is a writer and photographer from Seattle with a passion for storytelling, coffee and languages. He's worked on social justice projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and is probably on his bicycle right now.

Karen villagers

Sgaw Karen: Why I’m Learning an Indigenous Language That I’ll Rarely Use

I’ve lived in Thailand for two years and my Thai is decent. I’ve dabbled in Burmese in honor of a couple trips to Myanmar. My Vietnamese goes as far as “can I take your picture?” and “take it easy.” But despite having close relationships with a number of Karen, I don’t speak a word of their languages.

I’ve never touched an indigenous language. At the beginning of this year, I realized I need to. Sgaw Karen it is.