Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Category Archives: Foreign Languages

Ya está! France 24 now available in Spanish

“France 24 is now available in Spanish after the launch of of its Spanish-language website Thursday, with the a new television channel set to begin broadcasting on September 26.

Speaking at a press conference at the Louvre museum in Paris on Tuesday, Marie-Christine Saragosse, CEO of France 24’s parent company France Médias Monde, said it was a “dream come true” to see the launch of a project that had only a year ago been merely “an idea on a piece of paper”.

Already available in three languages (English, French and Arabic), France 24’s new channel, with an editorial staff based in Bogota, Columbia, will bring its content to millions more viewers around the world.

‘Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world,’ noted Saragosse, adding that Colombia had been chosen as it is ‘a country that is at the centre of the South American continent with labour laws similar to those of France’.”

Read more @ http://www.france24.com/en/20170922-ya-esta-france-24-now-available-spanish-press-conference-louvre

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The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — 10,000 views on TEDx — Thank you all!!! :)

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit on TEDx — Thank you all who have taken the time to view –10,000!!!

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Inauguration of the French Dual Language Fund — CUNY Graduate Center, NYC, 20 Sept. 2017

Today I watched the inauguration of the French Dual Language fund, live-streamed from the CUNY Grad Center in NYC.

In addition to a welcome from CUNY leaders,  performances by students from 2 NYC public schools which are part of the revolution bilingue,  and a video of current highlights of the dual language immersion program in New York City’s public schools, the heart of the program was an inspiring and heartfelt talk given by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

The French President began his remarks in his fluent English, quickly switching to French.

After recognizing the students and thanking parents, teacher, contributors, and the other stakeholders in the dual language initiative, he spoke eloquently of the role of multilingualism in building bridges, “petits ponts humains,” between people of different cultures through educational exchanges and a shared appreciation of literature and culture in both the “langue de Shakespeare et la langue de Molière.”

After a rendition of the Marseillaise followed by the Star-Spangled Banner by the immersion students, President Macron smiled and waved, saying “I go with them!” leaving the stage with the students.

Read more @ http://www.cuny.tv/frenchduallanguagefund

and @

https://frenchmorning.com/emmanuel-macron-inaugurera-fonds-leducation-bilingue-a-new-york/

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19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Read more @ http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/frequently-asked-questions/

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Who was Samuel Johnson? The father of the modern dictionary’s funniest entries

“Samuel Johnson, who wrote the English language’s most comprehensive dictionary in the 1750s, has been honoured by a Google Doodle on what would have been his 308th birthday.

Johnson, born in 1709, spent nine years working on A Dictionary of the English Language, which was published in 1755. It remained the definitive English dictionary until the Oxford English Dictionary was completed in 1928.

While Johnson is best known for his dictionary, he had an accomplished career even without it. He was a poet and spent years creating a collection of the works of Shakespeare.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/samuel-johnson-father-modern-dictionary-funniest-entries/

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The Best Places for Women to Travel Solo

“We looked at safety rankings and accessibility to determine our list of the top cities for a solo female traveler.

The beauty of solo travel is the ability to immerse yourself in the community and to stumble upon those moments of international connection organically on your own. But as a woman, fears—sometimes innate—over the silliest things can spin into overdrive, especially in a foreign environment.”

Read more @ http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/solo-travel/best-places-for-women-to-travel-alone?xid=homepage#seattle

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Le tour du monde de la francophonie

“TV5MONDE takes you around the world on a live, 25 hour tour exploring Francophone culture across the globe! Our hosts will welcome you in 23 major cities including Paris, New Orleans, Sydney, Mumbai…”

Read more @ http://usa.tv5monde.com/en/node/380424

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“How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution”

By Tom Shachtman.

Read more @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-french-general-who-outfoxed-george-washingtonand-helped-him-save-america

The Steuben Day Parade 2017 — NYC, 16 September

“The German-American Steuben Parade is held annually on the third Saturday in September. It was founded in 1957 by German immigrants and German-Americans — one of the largest ancestral groups living in the United States, who wanted to keep the traditions of their homeland alive. They named the Parade after Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian-born General who served with General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. Von Steuben is still regarded as one of the most influential German-Americans for his contributions to America’s fight for independence; his training of the young American troops helped achieve victory against the British.”

Read more @ http://germanparadenyc.org/about-the-parade/

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JOURNÉES EUROPÉENNES DU PATRIMOINE 16-17 SEPTEMBRE 2017 JEUNESSE ET PATRIMOINE

“Partout en France près de 17 000 monuments ouvrent leurs portes et proposent plus de 26 000 animations pour la 34e édition des Journées européennes du patrimoine.

Parce que la sensibilisation des jeunes générations à la connaissance et la préservation du patrimoine est un objectif prioritaire du ministère de la Culture, les Journées européennes du patrimoine sont placées cette année, pour leur trente-quatrième édition, sous le thème de la jeunesse.”

Read more @ https://journeesdupatrimoine.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/

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