Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

German-American Steuben Parade NYC — 16 Sept 2017

“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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The US Foreign Language Deficit on TEDx — over 9,900 views, Thank you!!!

Emmanuel Macron Launches a Fund for Bilingual Education in the US

“French President Emmanuel Macron is making the most of his trip to New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly: he’ll be inaugurating a new fund dedicated to French-English bilingual programs in the United States. The program’s launch ceremony will take place September 20 at CUNY,

The fund — which provides $150,000 per year for five years — was created to cover human and material needs for bilingual programs launched in public American schools during the last few years. This type of program, where teaching happens in both French and English, is incredibly important. There are some 150 all together in the country. According to de Montlaur, “It’s about creating a support mechanism that can make the difference.”

The new fund is financed primarily by companies like Axa, Bic, Best Buy, and Chanel, who is the largest contributor. Presently, 1.4 million dollars have been raised for the effort. Schools benefitting from the fund will be announced in October.

Funding specifically for the instruction of French teachers, of which there is a shortage despite the boom in bilingual programs, will also be offered.”

Read more @ https://frenchly.us/emmanuel-macron-launches-fund-bilingual-education-us/

Languages do matter!

Alain Attal, Wild Bunch, Mars Team Up on ‘The Translators,’ With Olga Kurylenko, Lambert Wilson

“The film follows the journey of nine translators who have been picked by a ruthless publisher and locked in a luxury bunker to translate the highly anticipated book of a famous author in record time. Although the translators are confined to prevent any kind of leak because of the high financial stakes, a crisis erupts when someone posts the first 10 pages of the novel online and blackmails the publisher to pay 5 million euros. A hunt for the culprit inside the bunker unfolds.”

Read more @ http://variety.com/2017/film/global/alain-attal-wild-bunch-mars-the-translators-olga-kurylenko-lambert-wilson-1202551545/

Languages do matter!

As Need for Foreign Languages in School Grows, Access Continues to Shrink

“Lack of support at the K12 level has led to declining enrollments in college, and declining levels of proficiency among American adults. And yet, the report also found that employers actually want workers who can speak another language.”

Read more @ http://neatoday.org/2017/01/13/foreign-languages-in-school/

Languages do matter!

Spanish fluency in the U.S. decreases with each generation

“Spanish proficiency drops while English proficiency rises for many young Latinos. As a result, a command of the language decreases with each Latino generation in the U.S. For example, about 57 percent of Latinos older than 69 are proficient in Spanish. Fewer than 50 percent of Boomer and Generation X Latinos speak the language comfortably, and approximately 25 percent of Hispanic Millennial adults know the language well, according to the Pew Research Center.”

Read more @ https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/09/10/spanish-fluency-u-s-decreases-each-generation/636773001/

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Why Do We Love Paris but Hate Frankfurt? A Swiss Author’s Six Qualities of Beautiful Cities.

“Our love of order is one reason why people love Paris, says Alain de Botton in his six-point manifesto on how to make an attractive city.

In “How to Make an Attractive City,” a new video from the School of Life, London-based Swiss writer Alain de Botton offers a cheeky, thought-provoking, six-point manifesto on the need for making beauty a priority in urban architecture and design.”

Read more @ http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/03/06/how_to_make_an_attractive_city_a_six_point_manifesto_from_alain_de_botton.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_em_top

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There Are Over a Thousand 9/11 Memorials Around the World. Here Are Just a Few You Probably Haven’t Seen.

“The New York City memorial is only one of many, and I thought, ‘There must be some interesting ones that have been built…’

There are many using the ‘WTC Steel,’ from the tremendous amount of twisted steel wreckage removed from ‘Ground Zero’. I decided to share it with the world for memorial purposes, piece by piece; the last piece in 2016. The availability of these ‘real’ physical manifestations of the event may have led to much memorial building.

The vast majority of the memorials are similar, a combination of WTC Steel with a garden, a rock, a pool, the US flag, representations of the twin towers, a statues of first responders and the like, many at fire stations. Most are in the Northeast US, at or near fire stations. But, there are more unique creations.”

Read more @ https://archinect.com/features/article/150027036/there-are-over-a-thousand-9-11-memorials-around-the-world-here-are-just-a-few-you-probably-haven-t-seen

Languages do matter!

“The Bilingual Revolution” — Book Talk by Dr. Fabrice Jaumont at Albertine in New York City

I very much enjoyed Dr. Fabrice Jaumont’s book talk on his newest book,  The Bilingual Revolution,  that I attended this week at the exquisite Albertine on Fifth Avenue.

Located just a block north of the French Consulate and housed in the landmark Payne Whitney mansion, Albertine houses a French- and English-language bookstore and maintains an active event and programming schedule, with many events and programs free and in English.

Dr. Jaumont’s conversation with Adam Hocker, Albertine’s “libraire,” took place before an attentive audience that filled the beautiful lecture hall overlooking Central Park, with parents, educators, foreign language advocates and supporters, and other stakeholders present.

After the conversation, Dr. Jaumont graciously answered questions and chatted with those in attendance.

All in all, it was an inspirational event, despite the rainy evening and the “rentrée” scheduled for the following morning.

As the subtitle  of The Bilingual Revolution states, “the future of education is in two languages.”

And I say, “Vive la révolution!”

The 13 Cities to Visit Instead of Overcrowded Tourist Destinations

“Travelers have clocked 369 million international trips so far this year, an incredible sum equal to nearly 1.6 million trips per day. Year to date, it’s 21 million more passport stamps than were achieved in early 2016. And some of the most popular destinations simply can’t handle the volume.”

Read more @ http://time.com/4915745/crowded-tourist-cities-alternatives/?xid=homepage

Languages do matter!