Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Why There Are No Kids’ Menus in Italy

“The reason for this? According to Chiappa, Italians believe children learn and mature by being with adults and doing – or eating – the same things they do:”

Read more @ http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/why-there-are-no-kids-menus-italy

Languages do matter!

Languages are so important — Let’s work together to eliminate the U.S. foreign language deficit!

Languages are so important — Let’s work together to eliminate the U.S. foreign language deficit — as concerned parents and citizens, as educators individually and through our professional associations, and as advocates in partnership with other language enterprise stakeholders!

Languages do matter!

For Canadians, Thanksgiving Is a ‘Quieter’ Affair in October

“Most of the year, Canadians living in the United States look, talk and act so much like their neighbors that their nationality draws no attention at all. Autumn is a season of danger, though, when the mask of assimilation can be ripped off, forcing some Americans to face the unnerving, if fleeting, realization that Canada is an entirely different country.

All it takes is one mention of Canadian Thanksgiving.

The first reaction is typically laughter, as if this were another fine example of the Canadian sense of humor. Then comes disbelief. Finally, when it emerges that the holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October, there may be a suspicion that on the other side of the border, time does not behave in the same way.”

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/dining/canadian-thanksgiving-food.html?contentCollection=weekendreads&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=c-column-middle-span-region®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region&_r=0

Languages do matter!

More than 17,000 views — Many thanks! :)

More than 17,000 views — Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view “Language Matters.”

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s first book, “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit, and Our Economic and National Security : a Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox,” in more than 500 Worldcat libraries

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read my first book on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — now in 504 Worldcat libraries.

Read more @ http://www.worldcat.org/title/us-foreign-language-deficit-and-our-economic-and-national-security-a-bibliographic-essay-on-the-us-language-paradox/oclc/831117208&referer=brief_results

Languages do matter!

You say potato… (Similarities in Language)

“Distant languages sound more similar than you might expect.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21707185-distant-languages-sound-more-similar-you-might-expect-you-say-potato

Languages do matter!

Kathy mentioned in Inside FDU, September/October 2016

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World, a book by Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September. It is available in both e-book and hardcover versions. She also wrote…”

Read more @ http://view2.fdu.edu/publications/inside-fdu-newsletter/2016-2017/september-october/faculty-staff/

Languages do matter!

Cocoa by Candlelight (Why do so many foreigners want to copy Denmark?)

“HOW big is the world’s appetite for things Danish? Foreign audiences have already binge-watched the country’s noir TV series (such as “The Killing” and “The Bridge”) and raved over the new Nordic cuisine of Noma, Copenhagen’s trend-setting restaurant. This autumn, publishers are testing the limits of the world’s Danomania. Before the Christmas season, at least nine English-language books will come out devoted to explaining the elusive quality ofhygge.

Hygge is difficult to pronounce. (Try “hew-geh”.) It is also tricky to describe. Writers have tried “the art of creating intimacy”, “cosiness of the soul” and “cocoa by candlelight”. It is an attitude rather than a recipe, evoking relaxation with close friends or family. Many see it as a quintessential element of Denmark’s national character.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21707984-why-do-so-many-foreigners-want-copy-denmark-cocoa-candlelight

Languages do matter!

The Increasing Dominance of English

“In the Netherlands and elsewhere, there is a trend to move from teaching in the local language to teaching in English. This increase is not welcomed by all.”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/increasing-dominance-english

Languages do matter!