Vancouver Sun: Arabic, English language exchange creates community connections

In the wake of events in England and around the world, where more doors seem to be closing than opening, here, however small, is another kind of story. To those who would consider themselves hard-eyed realists, who feel the need for more doors, it’s laughably naive. The story’s name is Mary Leighton.

Mary Leighton, an organizer with the Dogwood Initiative, organized a language class where 10 Arabic speakers, some of them Syrian refugees, and 10 English speakers taught each other their respective languages. They are pictured at Andy Livingstone Park near Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden. Handout photo by Mary Leighton. [PNG Merlin Archive]

One sunny afternoon, language learners took their conversation outside.

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