Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

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Many thanks to all my AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook friends who have liked the Commission page!

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Languages do matter!

10 things you should know before celebrating Christmas in Germany

“Christmas starts before Christmas

In Germany, Christmas begins with Advent, and it’s not uncommon to receive a highly caloric Advent calendar as a gift. There’s usually a little door for each of the 24 days counting down to Christmas, with a candy behind each one. Some people make their own calendars. Consuming chocolate every day helps stretch the waistline and prepare you for the feasts during the actual holiday.”

Read more @ http://www.dw.com/en/10-things-you-should-know-before-celebrating-christmas-in-germany/g-18089308

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6 Great Places To Spend Christmas In Italy

“December 25 isn’t the biggest holiday of the winter season in Italy — that’s Epiphany, in early January — but it’s still a great time to go. You’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that seem to take the holidays to another level.

Heading for Rome over Christmas is probably the most obvious choice, and with good reason. In addition to the festivities in Rome itself, you also have Vatican City‘s celebrations. It’s like getting two cities’ worth of holiday in one spot.”

Read more @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/viator/top-6-places-to-spend-chr_b_2260351.html

Languages do matter!

United Nations Academic Impact 2016 J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation

“Living in a Shrinking World – Sharing Our Future TOGETHER!”

“The 3nd annual United Nations Academic Impact J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series will be held on 1 December from 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at UN Headquarters. This year we have the pleasure of hearing from Mark Harris, President Emeritus of ELS Educational Services and Berlitz. For more than fifty years, ELS and Berlitz have served the cause of multilingualism and global citizenship by empowering students to acquire fluency in a language other than their own. Mark Harris was also instrumental in launching the ELS/United Nations Academic Impact Many Languages, One World International Essay Contest and Youth Forum.”

Read more @ http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2016/11/J.-Michael-Adams-Lecture-2016-Invitation.pdf

Languages do matter!

10 Ways to British Up Your Christmas Holiday

“Many American Christmas traditions trace back to England, like the main staples of decorating your home, putting up a tree, exchanging presents and having a mid-day dinner. Why not British it up a bit more this year? ”

Read more @ http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/12/british-up-your-christmas-holiday

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Top Irish Christmas traditions that make the season (PHOTOS)

Christmas really brings out the best in Ireland and the Irish, from cheerful festivities to wild acts of machismo, happy reunions, musical celebrations in church, and partying for weeks. In Ireland Christmas lasts for about two weeks and is joyfully celebrated as a respite from the winter.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/the-top-ten-irish-christmas-traditions-that-make-the-season-see-photos-112236619-237790591

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A Spanish Christmas

“Celebrations stretch from December 22nd, when the big lottery draw takes place, to January 6th, when the presents are unwrapped. Then, between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, there’s still time to fit in another celebration. The equivalent of April’s Fools Day takes place in Spain on December 28th, el día de los Santos Inocentes, Holy Innocents’ day.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/christmas/spanish/

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Top Ten: French Christmas traditions

Every country does Christmas slightly differently, and the French – who, to their credit, rarely do things like the rest of the world – naturally have their own Christmas traditions, that they have just about held on to over the years.”

Read more @ http://www.thelocal.fr/20141219/top-ten-french-christmas-traditions

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Strasbourg: Capital of Christmas

“With its 300 stalls spread out over the city centre, Strasbourg’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and biggest in Europe. Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas, continues the long tradition of Christmas in Alsace and in the market you’ll find craft objects, regional produce and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations, within a warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Read more @ https://noel.strasbourg.eu/en/marches-de-noel

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Best Thanksgiving wishes to all my readers!  :)

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