Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: December 2014

Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year

“Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and New York’s Times Square to welcome 2015.”

Read more @ http://www.aol.com/article/2014/12/31/beach-parties-fireworks-world-rings-in-new-year/21123000/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D591757

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Thousands Welcome 2015 in Madrid… A Day Earlier

The iconic Puerta del Sol of the Spanish capital saw thousands of people gather to celebrate the change of the year.”

View more @ http://on.aol.com/video/thousands-welcome-2015-in-madrid—-a-day-earlier-518579591?hp=1&playlist=127161&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D591757

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‘Tis the season … for bubbly (Moet & Chandon — Partner of Times Square New Year’s Eve)

“Thomas Bouleuc, Moet & Chandon, discusses the tradition of champagne on New Year’s Eve and their participation in tonight’s celebration in Times Square.”

View more @ http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000342131

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New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen, Denmark

“If you’re spending New Year’s Eve inCopenhagen you have a variety of events and locations to choose from! New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen is a major annual event and here are the best ways to celebrate in the capital of Denmark:

As tradition goes, at midnight on December 31, countless Copenhagen locals – and visitors – meet on the square of Amalienborg, the Royal Palace. There, they celebrate the arrival of the new year and wish each other Happy New Year. It’s also a great chance to see the Royal Guard Parade in red gala uniforms.

Or, you can attend one of the New Year’s buffets most Copenhagen hotels offer on December 31.

While it is common for families and friends to spend New Year’s Eve in Denmark with each other, younger Danes in Copenhagen almost always go to local clubs and have new year’s parties of their own. Clubs in Copenhagenare packed on New Year’s Eve.”

Read more @ http://goscandinavia.about.com/od/annualeventsindenmark/qt/newyearevecopen.htm

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New Year’s Eve 2014-2015 in Geneva (Switzerland)

“Spending New Year’s Eve in Geneva and not wanting to celebrate it at home? Here’s what’s on —and free— during the last eve of 2014 on the streets of Geneva.

The 2014-2015 celebration will consist of not one but three large popular fêtes or reveillons, plus several smaller ones in neighborhoods around the city, each with its own ‘theme.'”

Read more @ http://allaboutgeneva.com/2014/12/26/new-years-eve-2014-2015-in-geneva/

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New Year’s Eve 2015 in the centre of Brussels

During New Year’s Eve it is traditionally very busy in the centre of Brussels. The fireworks attract many spectators and many people want to countdown to 2015 at the Place de Brouckère or the Grand-Place.”

Read more @ http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/5758/New-Years-Eve-2015-in-the-centre-of-Brussels

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN MADRID AND BARCELONA

“There is one place that is especially famous for this tradition: Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. On this day, family or friends usually get together for a delicious dinner and then the twelve grapes. In Madrid, thousands of people converge in front of the clock in Puerta del Sol to eat the twelve grapes and see in the New Year. The square turns into a great party with a fantastic atmosphere. There is confetti and streamers everywhere; music, bangers and trumpets, people dressed up with wigs, hats and masks; and above all, everyone is up for a good time.

In Barcelona, people go out and gather in Plaza de Catalunya Square to eat the twelve grapes. If you fancy joining in this celebration to say goodbye to the “old” year, bear in mind that people start to arrive in these places long before midnight to get a good spot, especially in Madrid, where a large crowd gathers.”

Read more @ http://www.spain.info/en/reportajes/nochevieja_madrid_barcelona.html

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CELEBRATING NEW YEARS EVE 2015 IN BUENOS AIRES OF ARGENTINA

“You could consider heading out to Puerto Madero and enjoy the unobstructed view of the fireworks and the exotic cuisines offered by the restaurants of the place. You could join the masses that throng the place at midnight during this time and take part in the countdown along with them. The Planetarium, across the town is another place that you could want to be in for witnessing the amazing view of the fireworks that it has to offer.

You could also want to be the part of the Latin festivities of Recoleta, the hub of luxury eateries.

If you are someone who craves a fun filled night, then Parlemo is perhaps the best place for you to be in this New Year’s Eve in South America. However, it must be noted that most of the dance floors don’t open till after midnight. So, if you are looking for a place to dance out the Cinderella hour, then be ready to face disappointment.

Read more @ http://newyearseveblog.com/buenos-aires-argentina-nye/

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Americans struggle to stay awake on New Year’s Eve

“According to a study done by Jawbone, New Yorkers rank 16th in the world when it comes to staying up late on New Year’s Eve, falling behind cities like Moscow, Buenos Aires and Paris.”

View more @ http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/americans-struggle-to-stay-awake-on-new-years-eve/

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7 Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids To Speak French

Everyone should learn French.

Bottom line: For relatively minimal effort, you can learn a second language that will allow you to access useful, important and entertaining stuff.

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-people-should-learn-french-2014-12

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