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Keeping Cornell Multilingual

Inside Higher Ed – Colleen Flaherty

“Cornell University is “planting a flag for foreign language and international relations.” That’s how Tom Pepinsky, associate professor of government and chair of College of Arts and Sciences’ curriculum committee, described its plan to maintain a stringent foreign language requirement: 11 credits, or typically three semesters’ worth of classes in one language for those who don’t already have some language proficiency. (Those who do have some proficiency may take one intermediate-level course instead.)” (more)

Increasing Your Global Fluency

Strategy + Business – Eric J. McNulty

“Unfortunately, though the demand for global-minded leaders is higher than ever, they are in short supply among both those in the workforce and those just entering. In a 2017 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey (pdf) in the United Kingdom, only 34 percent of responding employers were satisfied with applicants’ foreign-language skills. More than one-third, 39 percent, were unhappy about their international cultural awareness.” (more)

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

The New York Times – Perri Klass, M.D.

“If a child grows up with caretakers who speak a foreign language — perhaps a Chinese au pair or a French nanny — the child may see some benefits down the road in studying that language. But if a child grows up speaking that second language — Korean, say — with cousins and grandparents, attending a “Saturday School” that emphasizes the language and the culture, listening to music and even reading books in that language, and visits Korea along the way, that child will end up with a much stronger sense of the language. It does take longer to acquire two languages than one, Dr. Hoff said, and that, again, comes back to the exposure.”(more)

As Movies And Videogames Go Global, New Jobs Open For Humanities Grads

Forbes – George Anders

“Create a popular U.S. movie, and you’ll want local-language versions of everything from T-shirts to trailers — fast! Come up with a dazzling videogame, and you’ll be scrambling for people who can convey an orc’s powers in languages ranging from Thai to Portuguese. Finding raw translation skills turns out to be the easy part. (Lots of online marketplaces and translation boutiques offer contract workers at every imaginable price point.) What’s trickier — and crucial — is to set up oversight systems to ensure everything gets executed properly. As a result, there’s booming demand for an intriguing class of experts, called localization specialists, localization managers and localization engineers. They pay attention to cultural sensitivities, so a joke that’s harmless in one culture doesn’t become offensive in another. They also devise checklists and templates to guarantee that each country’s build-out stays on track and gets done efficiently.”(more)

5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Child Another Language

The Huffington Post – Chontelle Bonfiglio

“My children who are almost three and five are bilingual. We live in Italy and they speak English and Italian to a native level for their ages. They have been learning Spanish for the past year and a half spending a few afternoons a week with a native Spanish speaker. Neither my husband nor I speak Spanish very well. My eldest can hold a good conversation though, while my little one understands a lot and can speak the basics. We also have fun learning bits and pieces from other languages. Before having children, I lived in many other countries and learned the basics of a few different languages. Sometimes I teach my kids a few words here and they love it. We recently introduced Mandarin, and hope that the language will spark interest in my children on a more serious note. Neither my husband nor I speak Mandarin, but we hope to learn a little along with our kids.”(more)

Mark Zuckerberg Is Learning Chinese. Here’s Why You Should, Too

INC – Glenn Leibowitz

“I’ve been following Mark Zuckerberg’s path to mastering Mandarin Chinese since his speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing in October 2014. At that event, Mark bravely managed to deliver his speech and answer questions from the audience – entirely in Chinese. Yes, as one expert noted at the time, he mangled his grammar and pronunciation. But he did what few (if any) CEOs of multi-billion-dollar companies have done during their business trips to China: He took the time to learn and speak the language. During the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in February last year, Mark and his wife Priscilla recorded a video with their adorable newborn daughter, Max. Again, Zuckerberg put his Mandarin chops on display for the entire world to hear.”(more)