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Today is the provincial francophone celebration in Newfoundland.

https://www.francotnl.ca/fr/nouvelles/2017/05/18/journee-de-la-francophonie-provinciale/

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I would say this is accurate. While I certainly enjoy learning various languages I often do so for my own pleasure rather than for intelligence points. It is rather flustering to be in situations where language learning isn’t adequate to the task. But of course this only serves as more motivation to hit the books with more gusto.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2015/05/johnson-polyglots?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/polyglotsthehumblelinguist

Why French?

April 27, 2017 — Leave a comment

In a globalized, interconnected world, foreign language skills are more important than ever before, and yet Americans do not tend to study foreign languages, with only 18.5% of K–12 public school students studying a foreign language and a mere 8.1% of college and university students enrolled in a foreign language course.

Sad. The poor educational techniques and inability to practice foreign languages through immersion play a big part in the poor language language learning statistics. Unfortunately many can go their entire lives without the need to learn another language.

https://languagemagazine.com/2017/02/why-french/

Interesting research on the language acquisition of bilingual children. It appears that the quantity of exposure is not as important to future language success as the quality. Would be curious to further find out why increase in English growth caused a decrease in Spanish growth but not vice versa. I personally would love my future kids to be competent in multiple languages but not at the expense of English.

https://languagemagazine.com/2017/04/languages-develop-simultaneously-independently-young-bilinguals/#.WP_stvdhjVg.reddit

This sounds like an interesting opportunity. Glad to see that the Catholic church is committed to keeping Latin alive. I had the pleasure of attending a service in Rome which followed the Traditional Latin Mass. While glad that the Bible was translated to the masses, there is still a beauty in keeping with the traditions of old.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-catholic-church-still-cares-about-latin-64090/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email