Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: January 2015

15 unique illnesses you can only come down with in German

The German language is so perfectly suited for these syndromes, coming down with them in any other language just won’t do.

Read more @ http://theweek.com/articles/534802/15-unique-illnesses-only-come-down-german

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How to Follow Proper French Business Etiquette (VIDEO … Huffington Post)

French language still vulnerable in Quebec, judge rules in rejecting challenge to sign law

“The Court of Quebec has rejected a bid to overturn the province’s sign law by a group of anglophone merchants, concluding that the French language is still vulnerable in Quebec.”

Read more @ http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/28/french-language-still-vulnerable-in-quebec-judge-rules-in-rejecting-challenge-to-sign-law/

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This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between Languages

“For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer’s go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world’s largest language families.

All of the languages illustrated here stem from subcategories of either Indo-European or Uralic origin, and upon closer inspection many fascinating links are revealed.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/this-tree-beautifully-reveals-the-relationships-between-languages-2015-1

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Bill Gates regrets never having learnt a foreign language

“World’s richest man says he wishes he spoke French, Arabic or Chinese;”
Read more @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2931137/Microsoft-billionaire-Bill-Gates-reveals-regret-never-having-learnt-foreign-language.html

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The City of Light Shines On: 5 Reasons to Visit Paris In Winter 2015

“Much has been made of the allure of Paris in the springtime, and deservedly so, but those who love the inimitable city have long known of its many charms during the winter months. 

With 85 million visitors in 2013 (the latest figures available), France is the world’s most visited nation; tourism brings some $170 billion annually into the country’s coffers, or seven percent of its GDP.”

Read more @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandrakirkman/2015/01/27/the-city-of-lights-shines-on-5-reasons-to-visit-paris-in-winter-2015/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=ForbesLife&linkId=12030015

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Learners of Foreign Languages in the United Kingdom Still on the Decline

“Despite the real need of the UK to have more of its citizens take up foreign languages, there seems to be some strong opposition to the prospect at the moment, as the number of learners is still on the decline. John Worne of the British Council observed that the citizens are still anxious to take the plunge. He said that there are three words that describe the view of the majority of the British population: don’t, won’t and can’t. While this fact does not represent the whole nation, he was disappointed at the continuing decline of the number of students opting for a university course in foreign languages, and it had been going on for the last seven years. For a person who had been tirelessly working to promote foreign language learning, this is a disheartening reality.

Still, the idea of foreign language learning is not totally lost in the UK, as there are more primary schools that are including it in their curriculum.”

Read more @ http://www.daynews.com/world/language/2015/01/learners-foreign-languages-united-kingdom-still-decline-24575

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Bill Gates: ‘I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign languages’

“”I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign languages,” Gates said Wednesday in an online Reddit chat.

“I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A’s and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese,” he said. “I keep hoping to get time to study one of these – probably French because it is the easiest.”

Read more @ http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/28/technology/bill-gates-regret/

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Hong Kong: Academic Destinations

“Hong Kong is home to eight government-funded universities offering dozens of major areas of study. You’ll be happy to know that all of them use English as medium of instruction for most of their courses. Many offer crash courses in Chinese language so that foreign students can make the most of their stay. Certain institutions also conduct some courses in Putonghua for Mainland students, or for those who are proficient in the language.”

Read more @ http://chronicle.com/academicDestinationArticle/Higher-Education-Overhaul/18/

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Attractiveness, productivity, taxes… 10 clichés about France proved wrong once and for all!

“The French? ‘They never work’. France? ‘It’s on the decline, their taxes are so high, and don’t get me started on the paperwork’… It’s time we prove clichés about France wrong!”

Read more @ http://www.gouvernement.fr/en/attractiveness-productivity-taxes-10-cliches-about-france-proved-wrong-once-and-for-all

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