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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Traditions

New Year’s Traditions

Auld Lang Syne and other New Year’s customs

“Auld Lang Syne” literally translates as “old long since” and means “times gone by.”

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Resolving to learn French as a spirtual practice

Resolving to learn French as a spirtual practice

“I am adopting what cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien has found in her cross-cultural studies to be four universal spiritual principles. She calls them the four-fold way, a method for “walking a spiritual path with practical feet:” 1. Show up or choose to be present (I will go to French class). 2. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning (L’Dor Vador, because my heart is connected to my family tree). 3. Tell the truth without blame or judgment (Truth is I will want to give up. No fair criticizing myself for that). 4. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome. (The benefits of committing to spiritual practice are at least as important and transformative as speaking French, non?).”

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Happy New Year in many languages

Happy New Year in many languages

A re-post, for New Year’s greetings.

Bonne Annee, Prospero Ano Nuevo, Gutes Neues Jahr, Felice Anno Nuovo!  🙂

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French New Year’s Resolutions ~ Bonnes résolutions de nouvel an

French New Year’s Resolutions ~ Bonnes résolutions de nouvel an

“Resolve to do more with French this year

Another new year  is upon us – take advantage of this annual fresh start to make a New Year’s resolution (une bonne résolution de nouvel an) regarding your French learning.”

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Top 50 New Year’s Resolutions: See what made the list of the UK’s favourite 2014 promises

Top 50 New Year’s Resolutions: See what made the list of the UK’s favourite 2014 promises

“Learn a new language” is number 6 in the top 50!

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How to achieve a New year’s resolution to learn a language: turn it into a mission

How to achieve a New year’s resolution to learn a language: turn it into a mission

“Rather than make just one resolution of fluent in 3/6/9 months, break it up into achievable chunks like learn all vocabulary related to the kitchen by the end of the day. Each of these add up much better to the end goal than most vague resolutions ever do.”

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Language news in review: 2013’s 10 big stories

Language news in review: 2013’s 10 big stories

A round up of the top language stories from the past year

From Polish becoming England’s second language, to a Guardian investigation revealing the alarming rate of university language department closures, 2013 was a busy year for languages. Here are 10 big language stories from the past year.”

From “The case for language learning” series.

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Romanian corporate leaders for visit next year

Romanian corporate leaders for visit next year

“The Romanian language remains as the only official language of Romania, but local councils ensure linguistic rights to all minorities who form over 11 per cent of the total population of 21.5 million. Foreign citizens and stateless persons that live in Romania have access to justice and education in their own language.    

English and French are the main foreign languages taught in schools. English is spoken by 5-6 million Romanians, French is spoken by 4-5 million, and German, Italian and Spanish are each spoken by 1-2 million people.    

Historically, French was the predominant foreign language spoken in Romania, but English has since superseded it. Romanian English-speakers tend to be younger than Romanian French-speakers.”

Romania is a member of the Organisation internationale de la  Francophonie.

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The 11 Most Stunning Christmas Trees From Around The World

The 11 Most Stunning Christmas Trees From Around The World

“Christmas trees are like snowflakes — no two are alike. From Brazil to Norway to the Czech Republic, the holiday staples can be seen gracing town squares and towering over monuments. Yet they have the capacity to look radically different, as countries twist and twirl the tradition of showcasing trees by adding their own lights, ornaments, bells and whistles.”

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Christmas 2013 Photos From Around The World Capture Festive Spirit

Christmas 2013 Photos From Around The World Capture Festive Spirit

“From the Philippines to Paris, from the Vatican to Venezuela, Christmas is here!”

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