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One’s Personality Dissolves in a New Language Like a Sugar Cube in Tea

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The new play English by Iranian-American playwright Sanaz Toossi powerfully evokes the challenges and rewards and changes involved in struggling to gain fluency in another language. Reviewing the play in the The New Yorker, Alexandra Schwartz memorably observes that for someone trying to learn another tongue, one’s personality “dissolves in an unfamiliar language like a sugar cube dropped into a cup of tea.” This is part of a complete episode.

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