Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: April 2017

Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

“Tennessee caused a stir earlier this year when it ran an audit of the state’s 2015 graduating class. The number crunchers in Nashville reported that nearly a third of students who received a diploma didn’t complete the required coursework. One in three.

Naturally, parents and politicians alike were baffled and more than a little bothered.

‘I’m just having a hard time reconciling ‘requirement’ with ‘didn’t do it,’ board member Wendy Tucker said at a public meeting, hypothesizing on the spot that this could explain Tennessee’s trouble with students succeeding in college. Less than a quarter of high-school graduates earn a postsecondary degree.”

Read more @ http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/04/11/522770863/should-high-school-students-need-a-foreign-language-to-graduate

Languages do matter!

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Different nationalities really have different personalities

“Each country may have its own unique traits, behaviours, and attitudes – but they rarely match the national stereotypes.

When psychologists have given the same personality test to hundreds or thousands of people from different nations, they have indeed found that the average scores tend to come out differently across cultures. In other words, the average personality in one country often really is different from the average personality in another.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170413-different-nationalities-really-have-different-personalities

Languages do matter!

Netflix Unveils Subtitling Test and Spanish-Language Drama

“Nearly half of the Netflix’s 93 million subscribers now come from outside of the US., so soon, English will no longer be platform’s dominant viewing language, the company said in a blog post.
In the past five years, Netflix has expanded from three languages—English, Spanish, and Portuguese—to more than 20.”

Read more @ http://languagemagazine.com/2017/04/netflix-unveils-subtitling-test-spanish-language-drama/

Languages do matter!

Montenegro is going to be Europe’s hottest new tourist destination — here’s why

“All of this attention is starting to bring another hidden gem into the spotlight … Montenegro.

Ever since gaining its independence from Serbia in 2006, the tiny nation is rebounding from its tumultuous past as a Nazi occupied territory and mainstay in the Yugoslav War that dominated the 1990s.”

Read more @ https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2017/04/19/montenegro-is-europes-next-hotspot/22044887/

Languages do matter!

36 Passports with the Best Travel Perks

“People of nearly every nationality travel to destinations abroad each year. Where they go, how long they can stay, and how their income earned abroad is taxed varies considerably, depending on the country that issued their passport.

Nomad Capitalist, an organization that helps wealthy individuals diversify assets with investments worldwide, created an index to rank countries based on the value of their passport. The group’s Nomad Passport Index 2017 is designed to show the true value of a country’s passport — not only by considering where passport holders can travel and how they will likely be perceived, but also by accounting for the places wealthy people can best avoid taxes.”

Read more @ http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/04/11/most-valuable-passports/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=CPC&utm_content=most-valuable-passports&utm_campaign=AOL

Languages do matter!

 

Christians around the world celebrate Easter

“Christians around the world Sunday celebrate Easter — the day they believe Jesus rose from the dead. It is the holiest day of the Christian calendar.

Easter is Christianity’s “moveable feast,” falling on a different date each year. Western Christian churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox.

Easter marks the end of Holy Week, which is the week before Easter and includes Maundy Thursday, the day of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified.”

Read more @ https://www.voanews.com/a/christian-around-the-world-celebrate-easter/3812016.html

Languages do matter!

Easter Sunday around the world — in pictures

Happy Easter in many languages

“Click on any of the phrases that are links to hear them spoken.”

Read more @ http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/easter.htm

Languages do matter!

Language heard, but never spoken, by young babies bestows a hidden benefit

“The way babies learn to speak is nothing short of breathtaking. Their brains are learning the differences between sounds, rehearsing mouth movements and mastering vocabulary by putting words into meaningful context. It’s a lot to fit in between naps and diaper changes.

A recent study shows just how durable this early language learning is.”

Read more @ https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/language-heard-never-spoken-young-babies-bestows-hidden-benefit

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s new book has 571 downloads and is currently available in 124 Worldcat libraries

My newest book, “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World,” has 571 downloads and is currently available in 124 Worldcat libraries.

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read my new book.

Languages do matter!