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A firm friendship in any language

Listen as Ohio State students and faculty speak Buckeye in some of the dozens of languages taught at the university.

Ohio State’s Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures gives students an opportunity to learn more than 30 different languages and immerse themselves in life around the world. These faculty and students, in collaboration with colleagues, translated Buckeye lingo familiar across our community to languages they teach or study.

Andrew Ina

Reading the signs

Tamara Steele ’90 was sitting at home one day 20-some years ago when she heard a message on television: “Would you like to learn sign language?” Her answer was a resounding yes. “There was this passion in me,” she says. “I thought, ‘I really want to do this.’” She completed the interpreter education program at Columbus State Community College and went to work as an interpreter in hospitals, schools and government. She then taught at Columbus State and, when a position opened at Ohio State seven years ago, she leapt at the opportunity to teach at her alma mater.

Steele spends most of her time in the classroom, teaching American Sign Language at all levels, but you’ll also find her on the football field, leading students in signing the national anthem and Carmen Ohio at home football games.

We couldn’t resist the chance to ask Steele to interpret some of our favorite Buckeye phrases in her favorite language. — Kristen Schmidt

Andrew Ina