Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: December 2017

***Bruno wins ‘World’s Best Book on French Cuisine’***

“The Bruno cookbook has been named ‘World’s Best Book on French Cuisine’ at the Gourmand International awards, which were held this year in Yantai, China, home of China’s booming new wine industry.

It says something about globalisation that a book on French cuisine, written by a Brit of Scottish origin who lives in the Perigord and published in German by a Swiss publisher, wins an international prize awarded in China.”

Read more @ http://www.brunochiefofpolice.com/

Languages do matter!

‘A special place for Luxembourgish’: Grand Duchy’s native language enjoys renaissance

“Luxembourg’s government has a 40-point action plan to build on the renewed popularity of its national tongue, traditionally spoken at home”

Read more @ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/28/luxembourgish-grand-duchys-native-language-enjoys-renaissance

Languages do matter!

Many Languages One World 2017 Video

Kathy MLOW 2017 Picture

View @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKu6yKp4T0s

Languages do matter!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in many languages

“How to wish people a Merry Christmas and Happy New year in many different languages with recordings for some of them.”

Read more @ https://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/christmas.htm

Languages do matter!

What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country?

“Local etiquette trips up even the savviest travellers – so Quora respondents weighed in with some of the worst mistakes to make abroad.

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to learning a country’s proper etiquette. But even the savviest, most observant travellers can make the occasional cultural stumble if they are not careful.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20140606-what-should-i-absolutely-not-do-when-visiting-your-country

Languages do matter!

The 10 Best Places to Spend the Holidays, According to Travel Experts

“The holiday season is a time to reflect and relax at home — until it’s not.

We’re not talking about that three-hour road trip or a quick train ride to see friends and family — we’re talking about the urge you might feel to spend the holidays somewhere new, somewhere unfamiliar, somewhere exotic.”

Read more @ http://time.com/5070112/best-holiday-travel-places/?xid=homepage

Languages do matter!

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World — 1220 downloads — Thank you all!

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit:  Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World — 1220 downloads — Thank you all!
 
Languages do matter!

La France élue «pays de l’année 2017» par The Economist

«L’hebdomadaire britannique juge que l’image de la France, qui semblait «irréformable», coincée «entre la sclérose et la xénophobie», a été transformée par l’élection d’Emmanuel Macron.

Aux yeux du célèbre hebdomadaire britannique The Economist, la France a les atouts pour être élue «pays de l’année».»

Read more @ http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2017/12/21/01016-20171221ARTFIG00253-la-france-elue-pays-de-l-annee-2017-par-the-economist.php

Languages do matter

Why France has been named ‘Country of the Year’ by The Economist

“The Economist magazine has named France as country of the year, just pipping South Korea to the title. And most of the credit goes to Emmanuel Macron.

Perhaps its no surprise a pro-free trade, liberal, globalization supporting magazine chose France in the year a pro-globalization, economically liberal, progressive 39-year-old (40 on Thursday) became the president.”

Read more @ https://www.thelocal.fr/20171220/why-france-has-been-named-country-of-the-year-by-the-economist

Languages do matter!

From “Polonaise” to “Encore” — The French in Our Lives

At this time of year, music is in the air, and a concert I attended the other day made me think about the French influences in the music that we love — from the Polonaises and Nocturnes of Chopin, to Bach’s Art of the Fugue, or to the encore at the end of a wonderful performance.

Whether I am listing to the flute, the clarinet, the trumpet, the tambourine, the cymbals, or the beautiful voices of the choir, the influence of French in the music that we love is undeniable.

Languages do matter!