Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: November 2015

Twinkling lights and handmade gifts: A guide to Europe’s top Christmas markets

“With just a month to go before the holidays, here’s a look at some of the most festive Christmas markets in Europe, selected from a group of nominees that are up for the title of European Best Christmas Markets 2016.

They are cities that glow under fairy-tale lights, are perfumed by the smells of mulled wine and hot chocolate and, if for just a few weeks, bring out the childlike wonder in even the Scroogiest of Scrooges.”

Read more @ http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/twinkling-lights-and-handmade-gifts-a-guide-to-europe-s-top-christmas-markets-1.2675052

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Giving Thanks Around the World

“Dig in and feast on fruitful knowledge about different countries — including Korea, India and Ghana — that give thanks by throwing festivals to commemorate a great harvest and year.”

Read more @ http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/photos/giving-thanks-around-the-world

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Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Europe’s Christmas Markets

“For many Germans, drinking mulled wine with family or colleagues at Christmas markets is a long-standing tradition. The country’s roughly 2,500 markets attract over 50 million visitors a year.

In Nuremberg, home to one of the best-known Christmas markets that attracts many tourists from the U.S. and other European countries, police will be present in higher numbers.”

Read more @ http://www.wsj.com/articles/paris-attacks-cast-shadow-over-europes-christmas-markets-1448104936

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It’s still possible to learn a foreign language in college

“The adult brain can still hold new information and respond to new experiences, even when childhood is far in the past.”

Read more @ http://www.ballstatedaily.com/article/2015/11/features-foreign-language

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GRAY: Americans should embrace foreign languages

“Being bilingual is one of the most beneficial skills to possess, but we as Americans rarely dive in and embrace foreign languages.

Americans don’t embrace foreign languages in the way people from many other countries do.”

Read more @ http://www.dailynebraskan.com/opinion/gray-americans-should-embrace-foreign-languages/article_a235726a-924f-11e5-8618-5b08c3bf3300.html

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7 Hilarious Foreign Language Mistakes

“Ever feel like you’re speaking another language? Well, sometimes you are which is why we asked the members of travel website, Trippy.com to tell us about times they tried to use the local tongue and got, well, totally tongue tied.”

Read more @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trippy/lost-in-translation-seven_b_8566156.html

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Twelve gifts of Christmas: An Irish guide

“If the impending present-buying panic is making you sweat before we’ve even reached December, never fret, IrishCentral has you covered with this perfect Irish gift guide.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/business/Twelve-gifts-of-Christmas-An-Irish-guide.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%2011.24&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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How the Irish saved Thanksgiving

“The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on Feb 21, 1621 when a band of starving pilgrims at Plymouth Rock were saved at the last minute by the arrival of a ship from Dublin bearing food from Ireland.

According to the ‘Observant Citizen,’ a columnist for the Boston Post, the Pilgrims in the winter of their first year were starving and faced the end of the their project to colonize the new world when ‘a ship arrived from overseas bearing the much needed food.’

Because of anti-Irish prejudice at the time, the ‘Observant Citizen’ neglected to name it as an Irish ship, but it was actually The Lyon and ‘its provenance and that of the food was Dublin Ireland.'”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/how-the-irish-saved-thanksgiving-134201303-237789251.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%20-%20Nov%2024&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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Thanksgiving in Germany

“In the German-speaking countries Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (“harvest thanksgiving festival”). The observance usually takes place in September or October. Similar harvest festivals are common in many countries and regions around the globe.”

Read more @ http://www.german-way.com/history-and-culture/holidays-and-celebrations/thanksgiving-in-germany/

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Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2015

“Why spend another Thanksgiving watching football on the sofa in a tryptophan-induced food coma when you could be out exploring the world? Whether you want to experience the holiday in a different way or laze on a warm beach and forget about it altogether, late November can be a great time to get out of town and try something new. From warm Caribbean islands to wintry European wonderlands, we’ve rounded up twenty places where you can have a memorable Thanksgiving—with or without the turkey.”

Read more @ http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/where-to-go-this-thanksgiving

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