Studying a brand new language might be difficult. Now think about attempting to defend your self in a brand new language… abroad… in an uncomfortable state of affairs. A bit tougher proper? The (unhappy) actuality is that as girls, we’re uncovered to uncomfortable situations at a disproportionately uneven fee to males. So with Worldwide Ladies’s Day and Ladies’s Historical past Month upon us, the Memrise crew determined to do one thing constructive about it.
Led by a few of the brightest and baddest girls at Memrise, we developed a set of phrases in six of our hottest languages (French, German, European Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Korean and Japanese) to equip girls all over the world with statements designed to empower them wherever they might be. Whether or not it is responding to undesirable consideration whereas touring solo on the practice, giving a fellow sister a lift of confidence or stopping a narrow-minded co-worker from talking over you (insert Kamala Harris “I’m talking” meme) – a girl ought to all the time be capable of converse up for herself.
The making of the phrase collections
As a primary step, the numerous feminine language specialists and content material creators right here at Memrise (to not point out our epic Head of Strategic Messaging and Communications who can be *Hair flip* a girl) gathered to debate how all too usually we have now discovered ourselves in tough conditions overseas due to our gender. We discovered frequent floor in the truth that we have been uncertain how to reply to sure conditions that made us really feel uncomfortable as girls. We requested ourselves how we’d have most popular to reply on the time and the way we wish to reply in future.
Take avenue harassment for instance, this has all the time been an enormous supply of tension and concern for me. French phrases like “depart me alone” (laisse-moi tranquille) and “no means no” (non c’est non) immediately come to my thoughts. In Japanese, I actually just like the sentences “I’m not ” (興味ありません) and “that is impolite” (失礼ですよ).
When it comes to psychological well being, I’m satisfied that having phrases that categorical our deepest and most complicated wants are important in language studying. It’s extremely highly effective to easily categorical “I have to handle myself” (j’ai besoin de prendre soin de moi), and in Japanese “love your self a bit extra” (もっと自分を大切に)… even in the event you solely say it to your self in entrance of the mirror! Afterall, an enormous a part of discovering confidence is in caring for our psychological well being and respecting our emotional, bodily, and non secular boundaries as nicely.
We additionally needed to incorporate sentences that can be utilized to uplift our friends and present them that we’ve obtained their backs! I like the Spanish phrase “do not let others stroll over you” (no te dejes pisotear), and the Korean “I consider you” (전 당신을 믿어요). In German you may say “are you able to let her end talking please?” (kannst du sie bitte ausreden lassen?), which is a good way to advocate for somebody.
Addressing the variations within the expressions throughout languages
The phrases are completely different in every language as a result of completely different languages and cultures have completely different social constructs and stereotypes round genders. For instance, though we are able to agree that individuals who determine as feminine, non-binary, transgender, and non-cis are nonetheless not handled as equal the world over, there might be alternative ways to face up for your self relying on which tradition you reside in.
All language carries inherent bias, and this was one thing we took further care round addressing in our phrases. For instance, the English phrase “empowerment” doesn’t have an equal in French, however its which means and significance have turn out to be so relatable for folks figuring out as feminine, non-binary, transgender, and non-cis that some have began utilizing the brand new phrase “empouvoirement” as a direct translation. Having phrases to explain our actuality, or conversely, not having them performs an enormous affect in how we’re seen on the planet and the way we are able to current prejudices to others, consciously or not.
“As a speaker of a closely gendered language akin to French (through which, even inanimate objects have a grammatical gender) studying a language that isn’t so gendered (for instance Japanese, and even English) helps me recognise how I internally affiliate some qualities and flaws to completely different genders.” –Fanny Stassar, Senior Content material Producer right here at Memrise
Under are a number of examples of a few of the situations a girl might discover herself in and reply.
Kamala set the tone for this one! Generally it doesn’t matter what your title is, a girl must put her foot down. Equip your self with the instruments to be acknowledged and revered extra confidently.
Let’s be actual, all of us have these days the place we simply have to be left alone to prioritize ourselves. These translations have been developed particularly for these “me time” moments.
Defending your self
It may be actually tough to seek out the precise phrases after we discover ourselves in conditions the place we really feel wronged or intimidated, particularly if the language is new to us. Ideally you might be by no means in a state of affairs that requires utilizing these statements, but when that ever does occur we would like you to be ready and really feel comfy setting boundaries for your self or being an ally to somebody in want.
Nothing about being human is handy; our feelings and emotions, the way in which we determine ourselves (by way of genders, sexuality, neighborhood, and so forth.) isn’t “handy.” We don’t select, we merely are!
Our purpose with these phrase programs is to equip all the women, and their allies, with the instruments to say a seat on the desk (or boardroom). When you’ve got any phrases you’d wish to see added to the programs, ship us an e mail at:
email@example.com, and ensure to join the programs right here.