Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: February 2016

The mystery French lady who visits Michael Collins’ grave every year

“The mystery French lady who visits Michael Collins’ grave every year

The woman has been identified as Veronique Crombie a lecturer at the French National Museum who admits to a passionate love for the Irish revolutionary.

The 55-year old academic explains her love for the patriot after she saw the movie.

Having no Irish connections that she knows of, she cannot explain why this ‘draw’ to mark and carry on his name has taken such a hold. But her journeys to Ireland have created friendships that carry the history of the Cork man who died 98 years ago.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/The-mystery-French-lady-who-visits-Michael-Collins-grave-every-year-.html

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Leap Day traditions around the world

Feb. 29, otherwise known as Leap Day, was introduced on the Gregorian calendar. It was added because astronomers discovered that it actually takes Earth 365.2421 days to rotate the Sun. Leap Day was added in order to keep the calendar in sync.

Around the world, people celebrate Leap Day in unique ways; however, some cultures have some superstitions about the day.”

Read more @ http://www.iowastatedaily.com/app_content/article_e255282c-de67-11e5-8d5a-5befeaa2c82d.html

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France could sneak Best Foreign Film award at Oscars

“‘Mustang’ is France’s main hope of bringing home an Oscar for France late today at the Academy Awards in Los Angles. It is competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category. On Friday it scooped three awards including for best first feature film at the French Cesars.

 The film by Franco-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven, tells the story of five sisters in rural Turkey forced into arranged marriages.”

Read more @ http://www.english.rfi.fr/general/20160228-france-could-sneak-best-foreign-film-award-oscars

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Americans are moving to Europe for free college degrees

“There are at least 44 schools across Europe where Americans can earn their bachelor’s degree for free, according to Jennifer Viemont, the founder of an advising service called Beyond The States.

All public colleges in Germany, Iceland, Norway and Finland are free for residents and international students. And some private schools in the European Union don’t charge for tuition either. Many are going out of their way to attract foreigners by offering programs taught entirely in English.”

Read more @ http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/23/pf/college/free-college-europe/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iid=obnetwork

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Kathy’s article on “Translation and Language Skills: Giving You the Professional Edge” in the Proceedings of the 56th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association

Many thanks to the American Translators Association for the opportunity to present at the 2015 annual convention and to share my article through the Conference Proceedings.

“TRANSLATION AND LANGUAGE SKILLS: GIVING YOU THE PROFESSIONAL EDGE”

Read more @ https://www.atanet.org/conf/2015/Proceedings_2015.pdf

Pages 216-226.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINATIONS 2016 OSCARS

“The Foreign Language Film nominations for the 2016 Oscars have been announced! See the full list below!”

Read more @ http://oscar.go.com/news/nominations/foreign-language-film-nominations-2016-oscars

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Here are the economics of a Catalan secession from Spain

“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about a hypothetical future, but the impact of independence on economics –for both the newly created State and what remains of the older– is a foreseeable outcome in the light of more than 150 secessions occurred  in the last hundred years, backlashes and black swans –for better or worse– excluded.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/economics-of-catalan-secession-from-spain-2016-2

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Kathy’s publication and activity update in — Inside FDU

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security: A Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Foreign Language Paradox, a book by Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), is held in 450 Worldcat libraries worldwide. Her article, “The Library-centered Campus,” was published in the January issue of Strategic Library. Two articles by Stein-Smith have been accepted for publication: “Many Languages One World, Promoting Multilingualism — The French Language Winners,” in the April 2016 issue of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) National Bulletin, and “Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Language: Beyond Foreign Languages,” in the May/June issue of International Educator. Her blog, “Language Matters” (https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com), has had more than 10,000 views, and her AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page has surpassed 800 likes.”

Read more @ http://view2.fdu.edu/publications/inside-fdu-newsletter/2015-2016/february-march/faculty-staff/

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These Ten Countries Are The Most Globally Connected

“It pays to be connected.

And it’s something that countries striving to improve the lot of their citizens should pay heed to as well. So says the research arm of McKinsey & Co. in a 144-page report.

The global consultants found that the more tied-in a country is to the rest of the world, the better its economy fares. Being connected doesn’t stop at trade and finances. It’s also about people — primarily the number of immigrants a nation has — and the amount of data streaming across a country’s borders.

Putting it all together, the McKinsey Global Institute ranked 139 countries by how linked they are to the rest of the world. At the top is the tiny island state of Singapore.”

Read more @ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-25/these-ten-countries-are-the-most-globally-connected

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France 24 to launch its Spanish channel in 2017

“French state-owned international news channel, France 24, will launch a Spanish language channel in 2017.

François Hollande, the President of the French Republic announced France’s commitment to this launch during his state visit to Argentina on Wednesday 24th February 2016, in the presence of Mauricio Macri, President of the Argentine Nation. France 24, which already broadcasts on five continents in French, English and Arabic, will thus be able to address Latin American viewers more extensively. The latter are Francophile and interested in France, its world view, culture, values and way of life.”

Read more @ http://www.france24.com/en/france24-spanish-channel-2017

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