For one U.S. Navy lieutenant, Southern Partnership Station 17 (SPS 17) is more than just a chance to exchange information. It is a way of connecting with her heritage, and a way to change the lives of people like her.
The BBC has launched a section of its news site in Pidgin, a language widely spoken across West Africa.
In this video, a retired Army major discusses the importance of learning the local language and explains a few key Arabic phrases.
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In this video, a Saudi Arabia expert discusses hand gestures and tone of voice in Saudi conversations.
A service member discusses basic phrases in Bengali.
A service member discusses the importance of learning the local language.
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In this video, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps discusses language in Morocco.
In this video, an Algerian national discusses the importance of knowing basic Arabic.