Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Italian Attraction

Dona De Sanctis explains why learning Italian is becoming more popular in the U.S.

Italian is one of the fastest-growing foreign languages in the U.S. with about 159,000 students from kindergarten through college studying the language, according to the latest statistics.

Read more @ http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=122659

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Sommet de la Francophonie: 22 présidents dont François Hollande arrivés à Dakar

Vingt-deux présidents, dont le Français François Hollande, et une dizaine de chefs de gouvernement étaient arrivés jusqu’à vendredi soir à Dakar pour le sommet de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), selon la présidence sénégalaise.

L’avion du président Hollande a atterri peu après 21h30 locales en provenance de Conakry, où il a effectué une visite de quelques heures, a constaté une journaliste de l’AFP.

Read more @ http://www.lapresse.ca/international/afrique/201411/28/01-4823520-sommet-de-la-francophonie-22-presidents-dont-francois-hollande-arrives-a-dakar.php

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A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work

Quote from the article.

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/business/a-conundrum-for-saudis-women-at-work.html?hpw&rref=business&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

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Claudia Goldin, a Harvard professor, is not just an expert on working women. As one of the nation’s most prominent economists, she also exemplifies the growing stature and independence of women in American society. So it was unusual to find Ms. Goldin covered in an abaya while meeting in Saudi Arabia not long ago with government officials from the kingdom in an opulent hotel that offered male-only seating areas and forbade women from using its spa.

Her trip was part of an effort by a group of star academics who have taken on a project with the Saudi government aimed at helping women there overcome hurdles that prevent them from getting jobs. For the professors — women who have researched the female struggle to advance in the American work force — the situation offers more than culture shock. It presents a chance to step back in time.

Fourth Anniversary of UNAI (United Nations Academic Impact)

“To celebrate its fourth anniversary the UNAI in partnership with Monmouth University and ASPIRE East Stroudsburg South High School presented a conversation on global health at United Nations Headquarter on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The proposed programme included a presentation on global health by a UN expert, a student panel and an expert panel from both Academic Institutions. The event was concluded with an interactive dialogue with all panellists on stage.”

Read more @ https://academicimpact.un.org/content/fourth-anniversary-unai

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Canberra Christmas lights set world record

“A Christmas lights display in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.

Almost 1.2 million LED lights on 120km (75 miles) of cables have been strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas presents.

Guinness World Records confirmed it was the largest-ever LED image display.

The display in the Petrie Plaza mall was the result of months of planning by Canberra lawyer David Richards and a team of volunteers.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30241521

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Cruising one of London’s most historical hand-built canals

“Hidden from Central London’s busy streets is a 200-year-old canal lined with cafes and houseboats.”

View more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140908-cruising-one-of-londons-most-historical-hand-built-canals

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Sénégal: un sommet de la Francophonie placé sous haute surveillance

“Le sommet de la Francophonie commence ce samedi au centre international de conférence de Diamniadio, à 32 kilomètres de Dakar. En tout, 77 délégations, une quarantaine de chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement, plus de 5 000 visiteurs, dont un demi-millier de journalistes sont attendus pour un sommet placé sous haute surveillance.”

Read more @ http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20141129-senegal-sommet-francophonie-place-haute-surveillance-securite-diamniadio/

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DO NOT ENTER: 8 Countries That Don’t Roll Out the Welcome Mat

“Some places are just a downright hassle to visit. We’d never suggest you cross them off your list just because you have to jump through some bureaucratic hoops, but here’s what you need to know before you go!”

Read more @ http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/8-most-complicated-countries-to-visit,7963/

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Black Friday: Amazon UK has ‘busiest day on record’

Black Friday was the busiest day on record for online retailer Amazon UK, with sales that “surpassed all expectations”, the company has said.

Its website recorded orders for more than 5.5 million goods, with about 64 items sold per second.

Amazon said the public’s appetite for Black Friday was “bigger than ever”.

However, the day was not without controversy as police were called to deal with scuffles at a number of retailers’ stores across the UK.

And some online retailers reported problems with customers accessing their websites because of sheer demand.

Last year’s Black Friday was also a record day for Amazon, when it sold more than 4 million items.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30260103

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Is this the original hamburger?