Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Pakistan’s only sign language cafe

“This cafe in Pakistan is one of a kind. To get served you have to use sign language. It’s run by the Raza family: Mum, dad and brothers are deaf or partially hearing.

They say they’ve experienced challenges in the country and the cafe is changing attitudes.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-41685642/pakistan-s-only-sign-language-cafe

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Irish PM vows to improve French before Ireland ‘officially’ joins Francophonie

“Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has promised to improve his French language skills before Ireland “officially” joins the Francophonie.

Varadkar made the light-hearted remark during a speech on Tuesday (October 24) at the Elysee Palace in Paris alongside French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.

The Irish leader earned a ‘bravo’ from Macron for conducting a large portion of his speech in French.”

Read more @ http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/25/irish-pm-vows-to-improve-french-before-ireland-officially-joins-francophonie

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We need the will to overcome global challenges, Secretary-General says on UN Day

“24 October 2017 – In his first United Nations Day message, Secretary-General António Guterres called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders.

The 24th of October, the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force, is celebrated annually as United Nations Day.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57945#.We9aUvkrKUk

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Over 14,000 visitors and nearly 23,000 views — Thank you

Over 14,000 visitors and nearly 23,000 views — Thank you all for taking the time to visit and to view “Language Matters.”  🙂

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Old-world charm in Europe? Cereal cafes serve Lucky Charms

“Cafes serving American breakfast cereal have exploded in popularity in Europe as young entrepreneurs tap into both nostalgia and novelty among customers who’ll pay between $3 and $9 a bowl. (In U.S. supermarkets, you can buy entire boxes of cereal for less.)

In the last two years, cafes have opened in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Berlin, Hamburg, Manchester and many other cities. The trend also has a toehold in the Middle East.”

Read more @ http://albertstumm.com/portfolio/old-world-charm-in-europe-cereal-cafes-serve-lucky-charms/

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“Why French?” in Vietnamese

Indian Summer? No, it’s the sunshine season of St Martin

“As the autumn sunshine outstrips that of summer, is it time to embrace the fifth season?

There are no longer four seasons, but five at least. Between blazing August, which no longer catches fire, and the raw end of October, when autumn’s cold is guaranteed, there has arisen a beautiful thing, like the ghost of a season. Welcome to the Summer of St Martin.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/6243586/Indian-Summer-No-its-the-sunshine-season-of-St-Martin.html

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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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United Nations Day — 24 October

“UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/

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Unity in a Second Language — my article on MLOW in the October issue of Language Magazine

Unity in a Second  Language Kathy Stein-Smith celebrates the Many Languages One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum (MLOW)”

Read more @ https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/10/october-2017/

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