Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: July 2013

Languages decline laid bare in Hefce figures

Languages decline laid bare in Hefce figures

An update on the status of foreign language and foreign languages in the UK.  British, Americans, and others share the “good luck” of speaking the global language, or global lingua franca. 

But is it really good luck for us, or for our language?  David Crystal, the British Council, and others have weighed in on this.

What do you think?

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How do you say monolingual in Mandarin?

How do you say monolingual in Mandarin?

A Canadian perspective on language and languages in Canada and beyond.  🙂

Pennsylvania Dutch dialect classes offered

Pennsylvania Dutch dialect classes offered

An interesting article on the historical and continuing importance of Pennsylvania Dutch.  🙂

The Power of Language or the Language of Power?

The Power of Language or the Language of Power?

An interesting article on the evolution of the language of instruction at the postsecondary level in South Africa from “The University of Venus” blog at insidehighered.com.

 

‘Beuverie Express’: Why France Just Created A French Phrase For ‘Binge Drinking’

‘Beuverie Express’: Why France Just Created A French Phrase For ‘Binge Drinking’

An interesting example of how languages adapt to change.  🙂

Business Schools Emphasize Foreign Language

Business Schools Emphasize Foreign Language

A must-read for anyone interested in foreign languages, or business, or our economic security and global competitiveness.  🙂

Brush up on your foreign-language skills with these 5 apps

Brush up on your foreign-language skills with these 5 apps

An interesting article on the apps available for foreign language learning.  🙂

With a record 81.4 million foreign visitors, France is the world leader for tourism

With a record 81.4 million foreign visitors, France is the world leader for tourism

“France is still the most visited country in the world with almost 82 million foreign tourists. The importance of tourism chiefly lies in the great diversity of natural sites, the beauty of landscapes, the authenticity of villages and the wealth of French cultural heritage (museums and historical monuments). France also ranks third after the United States and Spain among countries with the biggest revenue from tourism

According to official sources, with a record 81.4 million foreign visitors, France is well ahead of the United States (62.7 million), China (57.6 million), Spain (56.2 million) and Italy (46.1 million).  As the French Tourism Minister told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) ‘One can always do better, but what sector of activity was worth €77 billion in revenue in 2012, as against €75.4 billion in 2011 and €68.7 billion in 2010? We must mobilize to remain the leading world destination, be more competitive, more structured and improve the offer and quality of services.’

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security to be on display at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Library

I am happy to announce that my book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security:  A Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox, will be on display at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Library.  🙂

Parlez-vous English? Brits ‘getting better’ at languages on holiday

Parlez-vous English? Brits ‘getting better’ at languages on holiday

Another interesting article from Anne Merritt@ the Telegraph.