Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Why Are They Speaking French At The 2018 Opening Ceremony? It’s A Long-Time Tradition

“The official languages of the International Olympic Committee are French and English, according to the Olympic Charter. That means that, no matter where any given Olympics is hosted, official announcements are made in three languages, French, English and the native language of the host country.

At the PyeongChang Olympics, that third language is, of course, Korean.”

Read more @ https://www.elitedaily.com/p/why-are-they-speaking-french-at-the-2018-opening-ceremony-its-a-long-time-tradition-8172106

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Little Italy Is Very Little, and Not Very Italian

“Once home to thousands of Italians and Italian-Americans, Little Italy has long since shrunk to a name on a street map and — at most — a three-block stretch of red-sauce joints on Mulberry Street patronized almost entirely by tourists. ”

Read more @ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/nyregion/little-italy-manhattan-fire.html?mabReward=ART_TS2&recid=10p5mj3qvZlKapFROsEyPOoeiHZ&recp=2&moduleDetail=recommendations-2&action=click&contentCollection=Well%C2%AEion=Footer&module=WhatsNext&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&src=recg&pgtype=article

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Kathy @ NECTFL as a Member of the Advisory Council and Palmes académiques

I am happy to share with you my experience at the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) annual conference, which I attended as a member of the Advisory Council in NYC on Friday.

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Despite the gray skies and chilly temperatures, it was a wonderful day, with opportunities to see old friends and to make new ones.

I was able to attend 2 very interesting sessions.  The first was on developing 21st century skills — creativity, along with technological and media skills — while developing proficiency in a foreign language. Later in the day, I attended a session on “proficiency with a purpose,” within the unique context of an interdisciplinary minor in European Union/European Studies, which addressed both the role of motivation and purpose in developing proficiency and the significance of interdisciplinary collaborations.

In the exhibit area, I was able to visit the AATF and FLENJ tables, as well as several national, state and NY metropolitan area language education organization tables.

A high point of the day was the offsite Palmes académiques luncheon. Having just recently been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, this was my first opportunity to meet members from the greater New York area and the Northeast.  What a wonderful group of dedicated French language educators!  Special thanks to Jacqueline Friedman for organizing this lovely event!

Congratulations to the entire NECTFL team on yet another wonderful conference and best wishes for continued success!

 

Winter Olympics: Linguistic divide poses problem to Korea hockey team

“GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea face a widening linguistic divide after 70 years of division, and that is a challenge for the rivals’ first-ever joint Olympic team as it prepares for the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Canadian coach of the joint women’s hockey team said Monday her squad has made a three-page dictionary that translates key hockey terms from English into South Korean and then into North Korean for better communication among the players and herself.”

Read more @ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/02/05/linguistic-divide-poses-problem-to-korea-olympic-hockey-team/110117046/

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Where Dutch directness comes from

“Straightforwardness is so intrinsic in Dutch society that there’s even a Dutch word for it: ‘bespreekbaarheid’ (speakability) – that everything can and should be talked about.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180131-where-dutch-directness-comes-from

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Multilingualism and Global Citizenship, by a 2017 MLOW winner

Multilingualism and Global Citizenship, by a 2017 MLOW winner.

“We live in an interconnected world. It is an unquestionable fact. We cannot afford to deny the intricate ties that connect each and every one of our respective worlds. It is clear that despite our established borders, cultures and languages do not and cannot exist entirely independently. The effects and repercussions of decisions made in one part of the world ripple throughout the rest of the planet and affect us all in one way or another. With this in mind, we are made conscious of the immense responsibility held not just by our leaders but also by us as individual citizens. ”

Read more @ https://unchronicle.un.org/article/multilingualism-and-global-citizenship

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Working across many cultures at Western Union

“The CEO of the global money-transfer company explains how it brings in the multicultural voice of the consumer through a broadly diverse team of top executives.

The company continues to thrive at the forefront of the cross-border, cross-currency money-transfer and payments industry. Across more than 200 countries and territories, ….”

Read more @ https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/working-across-many-cultures-at-western-union?cid=other-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1801&hlkid=ca59333ee5e348cea6aef43436c5707d&hctky=1731062&hdpid=fa77941b-81a0-43d6-a733-b251a39b52cb

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Why Italians are saying ‘No’ to takeaway coffee

“Drinking takeaway coffee is a way of life in many parts of the world. So why do Italians refuse to do it?”

View more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-42750584/why-italians-are-saying-no-to-takeaway-coffee

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My newest article, “International Education Week @ the Library,” in the January 2018 issue of Strategic Library

My newest article, “International Education Week @ the Library,” has been published in the January 2018 issue of Strategic Library

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The AATF Commission on Advocacy is now on Twitter!

For news and information on French language advocacy, please follow the AATF Commission on Advocacy @ AATFComAdvocacy

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