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Love & Other Emotions Prove to not be Universal Across Languages

Humans have a breadth of emotions and are on a constant search to express them through language, though sometimes we find that words in one language don’t have a translatable counterpart in another. Norwegians say forelsket, which describes the feeling and experiences at the very beginning of falling in love, while the indigenous Baining people of...

Bringing Chinese to Preschoolers

Lauren Cortinas presents a  solution for the youngest learners of Mandarin     In October 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing entirely in Mandarin Chinese. While his delivery was not perfect, the speech itself was a nod to what so many business and community leaders already know: Mandarin Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world,...

How would you describe your World Cup team? Have your say for charity!

What three words would you use to sum up your country’s World Cup squad? Cambridge University Press (CUP) wants to know as it kicks off a global study into the language of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. To celebrate this year’s World Cup, the Press’ language research team will be conducting a global study that will analyze the language...

US Leaves Education, Science, Culture Organization

Following in President Reagan’s footsteps, the Trump administration has announced the U.S. intention to withdraw from United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in January 2019, citing financial reasons and anti-Israel bias. UNESCO is responsible for initiatives like World Teachers’ Day, International Literacy Day, Mother Language Day, and International Year of Indigenous Languages, as well as countless programs to protect...

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers Held annually on October 5 since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale. This year, World...

Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?

David Arbesú, University of South Florida Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language? In a Wall Street Journal article, technology policy expert Alec Ross argued that, within a decade or so, we’ll be able to communicate with one another via small earpieces with built-in microphones. No...

Write to the US Senate to Protect World Language Education

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the United States Senate has released a draft of the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which drops the Foreign Language Assistance Act entirely and does not contain any provisions for world languages. The Senate Committee is currently accepting public comment at the email address [email protected] More...

World Languages at the Emmys and Oscars

Spanish-language programs are celebrating their nominations in a newly-created category at the International Emmy Awards for Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program. Telemundo and Nat Geo Mundo swept the category, with Pasión Prohibida (Telemundo), La Patrona (Telemundo), El Señor de los Cielos (Telemundo), and Temple de Acero (Nat Geo Mundo) competing for the award. More...

The World Lights up for Int’l Literacy Day

UNESCO raises awareness for the importance of literacy to sustainable development. On September 8th, communities from all corners of the world celebrated UNESCO’s International Literacy Day. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” UNESCO started International Literacy Day in 1965 to raise awareness of the importance of literacy in achieving a more just world, and the...

Second Minnesota District Offers World Language Certificate

Rochester Public Schools is joining Minneapolis by offering seniors with bilingual ability the opportunity to earn a world language certificate that will count toward foreign language requirements in college and enhance their job prospects. About 80 different languages are spoken in the Rochester school district. District officials say they initially intend to make certificates available for five languages: Chinese, German,...
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