Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

19,000 views for “Language Matters” — Thank You!!! :)

19,000 views — thank you!!!  🙂

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view “Language Matters.”

As the importance of foreign language skills and interest in foreign language education increase, I hope that you will continue to view and comment on my posts.

Languages do matter!

Sinn Fein’s dramatic election results “a vote for Irish unity” says Adams

“The Northern Irish assembly elections have dramatically changed the balance of power in the North giving Sinn Fein a powerful new mandate after they came within one seat and about 1,200 votes of being the largest party.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/sinn-fein-s-dramatic-election-results-a-vote-for-irish-unity-says-adams

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s books in over 670 libraries, plus 446 downloads

I am pleased to report that my books on the U.S. foreign language deficit are held in 672 WorldCat libraries, plus 446 chapter downloads — a total impact of 1,116.

As we enter a period increased foreign language awareness and advocacy, I look forward to discussing with all of you the importance of multilingualism and of foreign language skills in our personal and professional lives, and in our lives as global citizens.

Languages do matter!

Why French?

Kathy Stein-Smith explains why demand is growing for French the world over.

There is one skill that is being learned around the world, with enrollments growing by 50% in Asia and Africa, while in the U.S. programs are being reduced and even eliminated. This highly sought-after global skill is not social media, data analytics, or coding; it is learning French.

French is a language that reflects both the rich cultural and historical heritage of France and also that of the worldwide Francophonie. It is a language of international diplomacy, a global business language, and a top internet language, which points to the growing importance of French.”

Read more @ http://languagemagazine.com/2017/02/why-french/

Languages do matter!

Lead with Languages — Coming March 1st!

Read more @ http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/

Languages do matter!

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

“In 2014, a bipartisan group of members of Congress asked the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake a new study of the nation’s language education needs.

In response to this request, the Academy created the Commission on Language Learning. The Commission’s final report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century, offers concrete recommendations to improve access to as many languages as possible, for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.”

Read more @ https://www.amacad.org/content/Research/researchproject.aspx?d=21896

Languages do matter!

How New Orleans Became Mardi Gras Central

“French-Canadian explorers brought the tradition to the States just before the turn of the 17th century. In 1699, led by Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, they made camp approximately 60 miles from present-day New Orleans and dubbed the site “Point du Mardi Gras” since that day, March 3, marked the celebration of Mardi Gras in Paris.

New Orleans wouldn’t exist for another 19 years, however, and it’s widely believed the first New World iteration of Carnival occurred in a different territory under French control — in Mobile, Ala., in 1703.”

Read more @ http://time.com/4682075/new-orleans-mardi-gras-history/

Languages do matter!

Shanghai Calling

View more @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKjBRWh5RdE

RIP Bill Paxton

 

The 25 best beaches in Europe in 2017

“Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor has revealed the Best Beaches in Europe as part of its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The winners are chosen based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings on the site over 12 months.

While beautiful, white spreads of sand in Spain and Greece feature on the list, some of the other choices are more surprising.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/best-beaches-in-europe-2-2017-2

Languages do matter!

Take It Slow for Roman Cocktail Hour

“During that blessed and blissful hour (or two, or three) of easygoing snacking and drinking and talking, time slows, and stress slips away. In Rome, I met the local author — and aperitivo enthusiast — Elizabeth Minchilli, whose most recent book is ‘Eating Rome.’ ‘I love aperitivo time in Rome because it can be anything you want,’ she told me. ‘It’s that in-between time of day — not work, not dinner — when you can meet as few or as many friends for as long or as short as you like and drink as much or as little as you like. Many other ‘meals’ in Italy have so many rules. But with aperitivo, it’s a social opportunity that you can put your own spin on.'”

Read more @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/magazine/take-it-slow-for-roman-cocktail-hour.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

Languages do matter!