Madiha Jamal – From Urdu-lish to People-Focused Policy-Making (Urdu)

Graduate Programs, International Environmental Policy

Story taken from interview with Madiha, IEP, ’18; Written by K.Throgmorton

Madiha grew up listening and speaking Urdu with her parents and oldest brother. Urdu is a connection for her family to where they come from, her family history and background is rooted in a culture and traditions from a different place. Language is her way of connecting with that culture and family history – it acts as a bridge. Listening and speaking “Urdu-lish” at home, a combination between Urdu and English, provided Madiha with a strong foundation to build from when she arrived at MIIS. That does not mean she hasn’t been met with many challenges in her pursuit of language learning.