Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Old-world charm in Europe? Cereal cafes serve Lucky Charms

“Cafes serving American breakfast cereal have exploded in popularity in Europe as young entrepreneurs tap into both nostalgia and novelty among customers who’ll pay between $3 and $9 a bowl. (In U.S. supermarkets, you can buy entire boxes of cereal for less.)

In the last two years, cafes have opened in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Berlin, Hamburg, Manchester and many other cities. The trend also has a toehold in the Middle East.”

Read more @ http://albertstumm.com/portfolio/old-world-charm-in-europe-cereal-cafes-serve-lucky-charms/

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“Why French?” in Vietnamese

Indian Summer? No, it’s the sunshine season of St Martin

“As the autumn sunshine outstrips that of summer, is it time to embrace the fifth season?

There are no longer four seasons, but five at least. Between blazing August, which no longer catches fire, and the raw end of October, when autumn’s cold is guaranteed, there has arisen a beautiful thing, like the ghost of a season. Welcome to the Summer of St Martin.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/6243586/Indian-Summer-No-its-the-sunshine-season-of-St-Martin.html

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HALLOWEEN AROUND THE WORLD

“Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.”

Read more @ http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world

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United Nations Day — 24 October

“UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/

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Unity in a Second Language — my article on MLOW in the October issue of Language Magazine

Unity in a Second  Language Kathy Stein-Smith celebrates the Many Languages One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum (MLOW)”

Read more @ https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/10/october-2017/

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STUDYING HUMANITIES TEACHES YOU HOW TO GET A JOB

“Forget the tut-tutting of politicians: The skills you learn in the humanities are exactly the skills you use in a job search.

The skills you learn in the humanities are exactly the skills you use in a job search. The humanities teach students to understand the different rules and expectations that govern different genres, to examine social cues and rituals, to think about the audience for and reception of different kinds of communications. In short, they teach students how to apply for the kinds of jobs students will be looking for after college.”

Read more @ https://psmag.com/education/studying-humanities-teaches-you-how-to-get-a-job

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It’s Friday the 13th: strange superstitions from around the world

“Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you travel the world.”

Read more @ https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/it-s-friday-the-13th-strange-superstitions-from-around-the-world-1.3254120

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Over 1,000 Downloads of My Newest Book on the US Foreign Language Deficit — Thank You!!! :)

Over 1,000 downloads — thank you all for reading my newest book on the US foreign language deficit.  🙂

Read more @ https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319341583

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The Surprising Reason Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From the U.S. Version

“Canadian Thanksgiving first moved to a Monday in 1908, after railways lobbied to turn it into a long weekend that could be used to visit family — by train, naturally — and that day change later became permanent. In 1957, a law was passed so that the holiday didn’t have to be re-proclaimed on the second Monday of October each year.

In the years since, the early-autumn timing has been a boon. With the holiday now detached from its religious beginnings, most Canadians think of it as a time to savor the last mild weather before the northern winter starts.”

Read more @ http://time.com/4971309/canadian-thanksgiving-2017-history/

Languages do matter!