Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Over 2,000 downloads of my book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World. Thank you!

Over 2,000 downloads of my book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World.

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read, download, and to share your thoughts with me.

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“Through exploring the impact of the U.S. foreign language deficit, the author speaks to the stakeholders and partners in the campaign for foreign languages, offering guidance on what can and should be done to address it. She examines the next steps needed to develop specific career pathways that will meet the current and future needs of government, business, and industry, and empower foreign language learners through curriculum and career preparation.”

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

Languages do matter!

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Americans Are Peaches; the French Are Coconuts

“Aux Etats-Unis, le ‘small talk’ est notre façon de montrer notre sympathie et notre ouverture vers les autres — jusqu’à un certain degré. Mais surtout, nous voulons que notre interaction soit agréable, peu importe la suite. En France, nous gardons les détails de notre vie pour les relations que nous allons cultiver dans le temps. Quel intérêt de tout raconter tout de suite si c’est pour ne pas poursuivre le rapport ? Ça, c’est pour le cercle intime.

Dans la vie, certains préfèrent les pêches, d’autres les noix de coco. Mais impossible de dire objectivement que l’un est meilleur que l’autre.”

Read more @ https://france-amerique.com/en/americans-are-peaches-the-french-are-coconuts/

Languages do matter!

Spanish exam entries on track to surpass French in English schools

“Spanish on the rise, French in decline and German ‘in danger of extinction’”

Read more ! https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jun/27/spanish-exam-entries-on-track-to-surpass-french-in-english-schools

Languages do matter!

La Fête nationale — 24 juin 2018

Also known as  — Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, La Saint-Jean

“Activities kick off Saturday, 2 parades planned for de Maisonneuve Blvd. Sunday evening”

Read more @ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/open-closed-activities-fete-national-1.4714364

https://www.fetenationale.quebec/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Jean-Baptiste_Day

https://www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/events/quebec-s-national-holiday-show/

Justin Trudeau is in Quebec for Fête nationale celebrations

 

Languages do matter!

My article on the resurgence of French in the US in the July issue of Language Magazine

Lang mag 07-18So happy  that my article on the resurgence of French in the US is in the July issue of Language Magazine.

Languages do matter!

UI graduate Jennifer Croft wins Man Booker International Prize for translation of Polish novel

“Jennifer Croft, a graduate of the Iowa MFA program in Literary Translation, has won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of the Polish novel “Flights.”

She is the first program graduate to win this award, which is given annually to a work of fiction that has been translated into English and published in the United Kingdom in the last calendar year.”

Read more @ http://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/university-of-iowa-graduate-jennifer-croft-wins-man-booker-international-prize-for-translation-of-polish-novel-flights-20180609

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INSIDE AMAZON’S PAINSTAKING PURSUIT TO TEACH ALEXA FRENCH

“MOVING TO A new country can be hard. You don’t know the language. Cultural differences create conversational landmines. And you just can’t be sure that everyone will like you. As it turns out, that as true for people as it is for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, which officially sets up residence in France today.”

Read more @ https://www.wired.com/story/how-amazon-taught-alexa-to-speak-french/

Languages do matter!

The unexpected philosophy Icelanders live by

“If Iceland were to have a national slogan, it would be ‘þetta reddast’, which roughly translates to the idea that everything will work out all right in the end.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180603-the-unexpected-philosophy-icelanders-live-by

Languages do matter!

Over 28,000 views for “Language Matters” — Thank you!!!

Many thanks for over 28,000 views and nearly 18,000 visits for “Language Matters.”

Thank you all for your views, visits, and comments.  🙂

Languages do matter!

Can you lose your native language?

“It’s possible to forget your first language, even as an adult. But how, and why, this happens is complex and counter-intuitive.

In children, the phenomenon is somewhat easier to explain since their brains are generally more flexible and adaptable. Until the age of about 12, a person’s language skills are relatively vulnerable to change. Studies on international adoptees have found that even nine-year-olds can almost completely forget their first language when they are removed from their country of birth.

But in adults, the first language is unlikely to disappear entirely except in extreme circumstances.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180606-can-you-lose-your-native-language

Languages do matter!