Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: August 2015

You won’t believe how Nutella is officially pronounced

“Nutella (pronounced ‘new-tell-uh’) is a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa. Nutella has no artificial colors or preservatives.”

Read more @ http://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/24/we-can-nutella-lie/21226810/

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WHAT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST LESSON?

“On September 25th 2015 the United Nations will announce The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if in the week of the 27th September 2015 children across the world knew about The Global Goals and began to contribute to their achievement in whatever way they could?”

Read more @ https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson/about-the-competition/

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Majority of Floridians support requiring Spanish in public schools

“Two-thirds of Floridians support requiring Spanish language instruction in Florida public schools, according to a new University of Florida survey.”

Read more @ http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2015/07/majority-of-floridians-support-requiring-spanish-in-public-schools.php

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Learning a foreign language may make you immune to 2 key decision-making biases

“A team of researchers at the University of Chicago has reported that people are immune to two key biases when they think in their second, less familiar language.

The findings have important implications for international internet research – psychological measures could vary according to whether participants are answering in their mother tongue or in a second language learned later in life.

More generally, the researchers said the findings could have ramifications for real life. ‘People who routinely make decisions in a foreign language rather than their native tongue might be less biased in their savings, investment, and retirement decisions, as a result of reduced myopic loss aversion,’ they concluded. ‘Over a long time horizon, this might very well be beneficial.’

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/learning-a-foreign-language-may-make-you-immune-to-2-key-decision-making-biases-2015-8

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The benefits of teaching children foreign languages

“English may have become the lingua franca of political and economic discourse throughout the world, but other languages are still widely used in international exchanges. In an increasingly interconnected world, it will not be long before Americans will frequently have to converse with the world outside the Anglosphere.

However, the benefits of foreign language acquisition go beyond mere communication. Learning a second language in youth provides innumerable benefits to individuals. Two of the largest benefits are an improved understanding of one’s native language and an increased capacity for further language acquisition.”

Read more @ http://www.technicianonline.com/opinion/article_a35ecf90-4ba2-11e5-a0da-d7dc24249e3c.html

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Taking a Step Back — Middlebury to Sell Stake in Online Language Learning Provider

“Middlebury College is ending its at times controversial online education partnership with K12, with administrators at the college citing the experience gained but also the ‘tensions’ of working with a for-profit company.

Middlebury, which owns a 40 percent stake in the company bearing its name, has a strong reputation for high-quality language learning programs. MIL was seen as a strategic move for the college to expand its reach online — and perhaps create a new revenue stream — but the choice of a for-profit partner gave some faculty members pause.

Those doubts never quite dissipated.”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/25/middlebury-sell-stake-online-language-learning-provider

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Pitt French professor talks benefits of foreign languages

” …to see language learning as a gateway to learning to think in different ways.”

Read more @ http://www.pittnews.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_a93da944-4a72-11e5-83c9-470b42f7a669.html

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Community Language Institute | Center for World Languages & Cultures | University of Denver

“The Community Language Institute offers noncredit, nontraditional language learning opportunities to the Denver metro community in the evenings with online practice and cultural exploration, as well as in individual, self-directed language study formats. These classes are ideal for lifelong learners who want to learn a language and build communities around languages and cultures.”

Read more @ http://www.du.edu/cwlc/community_language/index.html

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Italians are emotional, the Swiss are punctual: This shopping site is making billions by tailoring its services to European stereotypes

“The name Zalando is unfamiliar to most people outside Europe, but on the continent, the online shopping site has exploded since it started selling flip-flops in 2008. After a massive growth spurt in 2010—Zalando spokesperson Boris Radke says monthly sales shot from €2 million ($2.7 million at the time) to €70 million in just five months—the Berlin-based start-up expanded into other countries and product categories. In 2014, the company went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

 Now, it’s Europe’s largest dedicated online apparel retailer, with several thousand employees facilitating annual sales topping €2.2 billion. Zalando ships clothes and shoes to customers in 15 different countries, where shoppers demonstrate the idiosyncratic habits that make Europe’s e-commerce market so notoriously fragmented.”

Read more @ http://qz.com/482553/italians-are-emotional-the-swiss-are-punctual-this-shopping-site-is-making-billions-by-tailoring-its-services-to-european-stereotypes/

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A suspended, all-glass “sky pool” is coming to London—and it looks awesome

“Londoners can already go “wild swimming” in a pool with toads and plants. Soon, brave urbanites will be able to swim through the sky, from one tower block to another.

 The “Sky Pool” is set to straddle two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens development, located in the Nine Elms district of London. The pool will be 25 meters (82 feet) long, 3 meters (10 feet) deep, and completely transparent. And it will be 10 floors up, connecting two apartment buildings.

Read more @ http://qz.com/483600/a-suspended-all-glass-sky-pool-is-coming-to-london-and-it-looks-awesome/

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