Category Archives: World Language

Library Link of the Day: 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around the World

Courtesy of Mental Floss: In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-snag dinner reservations. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions—such as … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 11 Old-Fashioned Terms to Bring Back for Valentine’s Day

Courtesy of Mental Floss: Valentine’s Day is the opportune holiday to express all the lovey-dovey feelings you may not usually take the time to put into words—simply calling your partner “pretty” on the most romantic day of the year, however, might … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: How IKEA Comes Up With Its Product Names

Courtesy of Mental Floss: There is more to IKEA’s product naming system than non-Swedish people might think. Swedophones are familiar with the furniture store’s oddly specific conventions, but for most of us, Malm is just a line of bedroom furniture. IKEA’s … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: With Hecho en USA, USA Today wants to tell Latinos’ “everyday stories about navigating life in America”

Courtesy of NiemanLab: For all of the stories about Spanish-language news media dwindling in the United States, there are still some bright spots. There’s Jambalaya News in New Orleans, which reshaped its mission after Hurricane Katrina, The Washington Post’s bi-weekly news podcast in Spanish, and El Tímpano in Oakland experimenting with … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Yusheng, Lucky Chinese New Year Salad

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: In Malaysia and Singapore, revelers welcome Chinese New Year by tossing yusheng (yee sang in Cantonese), a sweet and tangy raw fish salad. The colorful dish includes strips of raw fish, often salmon, mixed with shredded vegetables and drizzled … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Why North Carolina Is the Most Linguistically Diverse U.S. State

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: WALT WOLFRAM GREW UP IN a city so linguistically fascinating that the first time he met Bill Labov, the godfather of American sociolinguistics, Labov simply cornered him and made him say different words. Yet he left his … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years

Courtesy of The Conversation: Sound doesn’t fossilize. Language doesn’t either. Even when writing systems have developed, they’ve represented full-fledged and functional languages. Rather than preserving the first baby steps toward language, they’re fully formed, made up of words, sentences and grammar … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: She’s Breathing New Life Into Mexican Folk Music

Courtesy of OZY: On Sept. 16, Mexican Independence Day, Mitzy Dávalos and the seven other members of La Mixanteña de Santa Cecilia squeezed into the hippest live music venue in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City. Lined up in front of … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Uncertain Future of the World’s Largest Secondhand Book Market

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: SHORTLY AFTER DAWN IN KOLKATA, India, musky plumes of incense waft through the passageways of Das Gupta & Co. bookstore, diffusing among the decades-old volumes on its steep mahogany shelves. The smoke billows out of the shop’s … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Parabolic Slides, Four-story slides at this Munich university

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: These two four-story slides send students zipping through a university building, proving math truly can be a fun subject. Stretching from the fourth floor all the way to the bottom, the two slides take the shape … Continue reading

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