“A highlight of our visit was when the son of one of the patients sang us a song in Amharic, the main language in Ethiopia. The rest of the group clapped along. Then another patient sang “My Girl” by the Temptations which Mahsa followed up by creating an improvisational call and response song with everyone in the room. To top off our multilingual concert, another patient sang three songs in Lakota.”
The clowns of the Medical Clown Project speak a number of languages – Spanish, Cantonese, Farsi. The San Francisco Bay Area is so rich in cultures and languages that we often work with folks who speak many other languages. Sometimes we make a game of learning the language (this has worked very well with Russian speakers) and always we use mime skills to make a strong connection.