Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: October 2017

HALLOWEEN AROUND THE WORLD

“Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.”

Read more @ http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world

Languages do matter!

United Nations Day — 24 October

“UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/

Languages do matter!

Unity in a Second Language — my article on MLOW in the October issue of Language Magazine

Unity in a Second  Language Kathy Stein-Smith celebrates the Many Languages One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum (MLOW)”

Read more @ https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/10/october-2017/

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STUDYING HUMANITIES TEACHES YOU HOW TO GET A JOB

“Forget the tut-tutting of politicians: The skills you learn in the humanities are exactly the skills you use in a job search.

The skills you learn in the humanities are exactly the skills you use in a job search. The humanities teach students to understand the different rules and expectations that govern different genres, to examine social cues and rituals, to think about the audience for and reception of different kinds of communications. In short, they teach students how to apply for the kinds of jobs students will be looking for after college.”

Read more @ https://psmag.com/education/studying-humanities-teaches-you-how-to-get-a-job

Languages do matter!

It’s Friday the 13th: strange superstitions from around the world

“Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you travel the world.”

Read more @ https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/it-s-friday-the-13th-strange-superstitions-from-around-the-world-1.3254120

Languages do matter!

Over 1,000 Downloads of My Newest Book on the US Foreign Language Deficit — Thank You!!! :)

Over 1,000 downloads — thank you all for reading my newest book on the US foreign language deficit.  🙂

Read more @ https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319341583

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The Surprising Reason Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From the U.S. Version

“Canadian Thanksgiving first moved to a Monday in 1908, after railways lobbied to turn it into a long weekend that could be used to visit family — by train, naturally — and that day change later became permanent. In 1957, a law was passed so that the holiday didn’t have to be re-proclaimed on the second Monday of October each year.

In the years since, the early-autumn timing has been a boon. With the holiday now detached from its religious beginnings, most Canadians think of it as a time to savor the last mild weather before the northern winter starts.”

Read more @ http://time.com/4971309/canadian-thanksgiving-2017-history/

Languages do matter!

1,700 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page — Thank you!!! :)

1,700 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page!  Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view, like, and comment on the posts!!!  🙂

Read more @ www.facebook.com/AATFcommissiononadvocacy/

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Paris kicks off annual car-free day

“Pedestrians and cyclists have Paris streets all to themselves this Sunday 1 October. In a bid to reduce pollution, the whole of Paris will be off-limits to all car and motorcycle drivers from 11am to 6pm.

All of the French capital’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, will be closed off to vehicles for its third annual “car-free day”.

Residents and tourists are encouraged to get around on bicycle, on foot or why not, roller-skates.

Only service vehicles such as ambulances, police, buses, taxis and chauffeured cars will be able to drive through the capital, restricted to 30 kilometres per hour.”

 

Read more @ http://en.rfi.fr/france/20171001-paris-kicks-annual-car-free-day

Languages do matter!

La population française officielle augmente en Amérique du Nord (The French Population is increasing in North America)

“La population expatriée augmente en Amérique du Nord. C’est l’un des enseignements du rapport du gouvernement sur la situation des Français établis hors de France pour 2016.

Selon ce rapport annuel, qui vient de sortir, la région accueille 259.390 Français, soit 10,82% de plus que l’an passé, répartis à 61% aux Etats-Unis et 39% au Canada.”

Read more @ https://frenchmorning.com/population-francaise-officielle-augmente-amerique-nord/

Languages do matter!