Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: February 2017

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

“In 2014, a bipartisan group of members of Congress asked the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake a new study of the nation’s language education needs.

In response to this request, the Academy created the Commission on Language Learning. The Commission’s final report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century, offers concrete recommendations to improve access to as many languages as possible, for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.”

Read more @ https://www.amacad.org/content/Research/researchproject.aspx?d=21896

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How New Orleans Became Mardi Gras Central

“French-Canadian explorers brought the tradition to the States just before the turn of the 17th century. In 1699, led by Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, they made camp approximately 60 miles from present-day New Orleans and dubbed the site “Point du Mardi Gras” since that day, March 3, marked the celebration of Mardi Gras in Paris.

New Orleans wouldn’t exist for another 19 years, however, and it’s widely believed the first New World iteration of Carnival occurred in a different territory under French control — in Mobile, Ala., in 1703.”

Read more @ http://time.com/4682075/new-orleans-mardi-gras-history/

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Shanghai Calling

View more @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjBRWh5RdE

RIP Bill Paxton

 

The 25 best beaches in Europe in 2017

“Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor has revealed the Best Beaches in Europe as part of its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The winners are chosen based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings on the site over 12 months.

While beautiful, white spreads of sand in Spain and Greece feature on the list, some of the other choices are more surprising.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/best-beaches-in-europe-2-2017-2

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Take It Slow for Roman Cocktail Hour

“During that blessed and blissful hour (or two, or three) of easygoing snacking and drinking and talking, time slows, and stress slips away. In Rome, I met the local author — and aperitivo enthusiast — Elizabeth Minchilli, whose most recent book is ‘Eating Rome.’ ‘I love aperitivo time in Rome because it can be anything you want,’ she told me. ‘It’s that in-between time of day — not work, not dinner — when you can meet as few or as many friends for as long or as short as you like and drink as much or as little as you like. Many other ‘meals’ in Italy have so many rules. But with aperitivo, it’s a social opportunity that you can put your own spin on.'”

Read more @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/magazine/take-it-slow-for-roman-cocktail-hour.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

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These Are the World’s Most Innovative Economies

“Nordic nations dominate the top 15, while South Korea reigns supreme and Russia is dealt a huge blow

In the battle of ideas, Sweden climbed to No. 2 and Finland cracked into the top five of the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which scores economies using factors including research and development spending and the concentration of high-tech public companies.”

Read more @ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-17/sweden-gains-south-korea-reigns-as-world-s-most-innovative-economies

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Kathy’s new book — 446 downloads and 116 Worldcat Libraries

I am so excited to share that my new book has been downloaded 446 times and is in 116 Worldcat libraries.

Read more @ http://www.bookmetrix.com/detail/book/e49d13ee-99c2-4468-9f77-50be48c2d277#downloads

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Map shows the astounding number of languages spoken in Queens

“As anyone who’s even been on the 7 train—the MTA’s so-called ‘international express’—can tell you, Queens is diverse. In fact, there’s nowhere in the world with as many languages as the largest borough in a city of 800 languages, according to the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA).

To help distinguish your Tagalog from your Telugu, the ELA has spent the past six years developing an annotated map of the world’s languages capital, which is featured in the book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, who argue: ‘The capital of linguistic diversity, not just for the five boroughs, but for the human species, is Queens.'”

Read more @ https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/map-shows-the-astounding-number-of-languages-spoken-in-queens-022217

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s French title reveals plural Jedi being referenced

“As revealed on Twitter, the French title for The Last Jedi is “Les Derniers Jedi” while the Spanish is “Los Ultimos Jedi”. Both words for “Last” appear in their plural form due, meaning the word “Jedi” is also plural.”

Read more @ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/star-wars-8-the-last-jedi-plural-jedis-french-title-meaning-a7585301.html

Languages do matter!

CUBAN: Don’t go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

“Cuban highlighted English, philosophy, and foreign language majors as just some of the majors that will do well in the future job market.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-liberal-arts-is-the-future-2017-2

Languages do matter!