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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

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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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Indifference toward Foreign Languages Could Cost Americans

“The numbers are a result of languages other than English being spoken in the home rather than as a result of languages actively being taught to students in public schools. The Pew Research Center found that while the majority of European nations require students learn one or more foreign languages, the United States has no such requirements.”

Read more @ https://www.goodcall.com/news/foreign-languages-010001#.WJnaRrU6t6w.facebook

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8500 views of Kathy’s TEDx talk on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — Thank You! :)

Many thanks to all of you — 8500+ — who have taken the time to view my TEDx talk on the U.S. foreign language deficit.

View more @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZ7zu5Aeu0

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Yellen: Globalization Makes Higher Education Increasingly Important

“Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Monday defended the value of higher education as a protection against the twin pressures of technological change and globalization.

The Fed chief said a college degree will be increasingly important to help workers compete in a labor market that crosses national borders and is constantly inventing ways to replace people with machines.”

Read more @ http://www.wsj.com/articles/yellen-stresses-importance-of-higher-education-in-time-of-globalization-1482172255

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18,000 views — Many thanks to all of you who have viewed “Language Matters” :)

:)18,000 views — Many thanks to all of you who have viewed “Language Matters.”

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Kathy’s New Peer-Reviewed Article on the Role of Multilingualism in Effectively Addressing Global Issues

I am delighted that my new peer-reviewed  article, “The Role of Multilingualism in Effectively Addressing Global Issues: The Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond,” has been published in the December 2016 issue of Theory and Practice in Language Studies.

You may read it online @

http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/tpls/article/view/tpls061222542259/985

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Best Thanksgiving wishes to all my readers!  🙂

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Armistice Day 2016: Two minutes’ silence marks day of national remembrance

“A two-minute silence has been observed across the UK to remember the nation’s war dead for Armistice Day.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37938047

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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

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Cocoa by Candlelight (Why do so many foreigners want to copy Denmark?)

“HOW big is the world’s appetite for things Danish? Foreign audiences have already binge-watched the country’s noir TV series (such as “The Killing” and “The Bridge”) and raved over the new Nordic cuisine of Noma, Copenhagen’s trend-setting restaurant. This autumn, publishers are testing the limits of the world’s Danomania. Before the Christmas season, at least nine English-language books will come out devoted to explaining the elusive quality ofhygge.

Hygge is difficult to pronounce. (Try “hew-geh”.) It is also tricky to describe. Writers have tried “the art of creating intimacy”, “cosiness of the soul” and “cocoa by candlelight”. It is an attitude rather than a recipe, evoking relaxation with close friends or family. Many see it as a quintessential element of Denmark’s national character.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21707984-why-do-so-many-foreigners-want-copy-denmark-cocoa-candlelight

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