Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Brazilians Speak Portuguese, but the Olympics Must Use French

“Monitoring the use of French at the Olympics is a frustrating and quixotic job, particularly when the Games are being held in a non-French-speaking country preoccupied with non-French-related matters like street crime, economic chaos and how to cram thousands of excitable spectators into the beach volleyball venue. But Rule 23 of the Olympic charter states that the Games have two official languages, and Ms. Jean’s organization, which represents 80 Francophone countries, is determined to make sure nobody forgets that one of them is French (the other is English).”

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/sports/olympics/french-official-language-olympic-games.html?_r=0

Languages do matter!

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