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Posts Tagged ‘language’

Presentazione Libro: ”when a pope and a sultan spoke the same language of war”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 novembre 2019

Roma martedì 19 novembre, alle ore 16.00, Sioi Palazzetto di Venezia – Piazza San Marco, 51 Conferenza sul tema: Un Nuovo Sguardo su “l’Altro,” in occasione dell’uscita in Italia del volume: ”when a pope and a sultan spoke the same language of war” del Prof. P. Giulio Cipollone. Introdurrà il Presidente della SIOI, Franco Frattini. Interverranno: Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso; Franco Cardini, Professore Emerito di Storia Medioevale presso la Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa; Massimo D’alema, Presidente della Fondazione Italianieuropei; Salah Ramadan, Imam della Grande Moschea di Roma. Sarà, inoltre, presente l’Autore

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Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan: Learn a New Language While Traveling Abroad

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 Maggio 2019

The Mandarin Chinese-language centers of Taiwan’s universities are working together with the tourism industry to offer innovative tours that combine local cultural adventures with language learning, in which visitors will enjoy a trip to Taiwan that’s more than just sightseeing.
Tamkang University offers a culinary tour. Participants shop for ingredients in a traditional market and participate in a cooking session, all guided by a professional language instructor. From exploring the real local living environment to enjoying popular snacks at night markets, visitors will sample the genuine tastes of New Taipei City’s famed Danshui District!
Chung Yuan Christian University offers four quite different tours. One is for people who love visiting historical sites; one explores the aesthetics of modern and historical buildings; one introduces the culture of indigenous groups; and another features classic cultural activities, such as dragon-boat rowing. From natural and humanistic scenery to distinctive region-specific events, there is something to enjoy for everyone who visits Taoyuan City.
Feng Chia University combines language learning with themed cultural tours to local attractions such as the Feng Chia Night Market. Instructors begin by teaching basic phrases related to destinations on the itinerary, which visitors can then put to practical use in real-life settings throughout their tour of Taichung City.
Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages pairs language learning with delectable Taiwanese cuisine. Tranquil trips to Fo Guang Shan encompass Buddhist heritage, architectural landmarks, and vegetarian food, while Hakka-themed tours feature culinary workshops, Hakka cultural sites, and natural wetlands. Moreover, as an ocean nation, Taiwan has an abundance of seafood. This is truly a Kaohsiung experience tailor-made for food lovers!
For those who are interested in an immersive experience of Taiwan that will impart lifelong memories, why not try our cultural tours that are immensely more satisfying than standard sightseeing packages — all while learning to speak a language that is used by 1.2 billion people around the globe.

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Audible Introduces Dedicated Home for Spanish-Language Audio Entertainment

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

Audible, Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the launch of Audible Latino – an integrated, multicultural destination offering U.S. Hispanic customers a robust catalog of Spanish-language and culturally relevant English-language spoken-word content on Additional information about this enhanced content discovery experience for Spanish-language storytelling and expanded catalogue of premium entertainment is available at“As the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, Audible celebrates the power of storytelling and shares captivating stories across languages and cultures with millions of listeners across the globe,” said Manny Miravete, Director of Original Content, Spanish Language at Audible. “With the launch of Audible Latino, Hispanic customers now have access to a dedicated home comprised of the largest selection of Spanish-language audiobooks in the U.S. We are thrilled to provide this important audience with this customized listening experience.”Audible Latino launches with the much anticipated audio premiere of Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling, performed by internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican actor, Carlos Ponce. This is the first time that the Spanish-language Harry Potter books have been available in digital audio. Produced by Audible and Pottermore Publishing, the first title in the series is available for download now atñol, and the subsequent six titles are available for preorder, with release dates later in 2019.
Carlos Ponce commented: “The magic of Harry Potter has entranced people the world over for more than twenty years. I am thrilled about this amazing new listening experience, for my fellow Gryffindors (and members of the other casas too!). Audible Latino is bringing outstanding storytelling and entertainment to the U.S. Hispanic community and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

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“GabbyTokyo” Your Companion for Conversational Japanese Language Service Is Here

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 giugno 2018

Tokyoite LLC. launched a new Internet site “GabbyTokyo” (Talkative Tokyo) in May 2018, with the aim of transmitting Japanese and Japanese culture from Tokyo to the world. Now from June 1st. 2018, after having successfully recruited tutors, we commence recruitment of students. GabbyTokyo will soon be at your service.GabbyTokyo is a site that will utilize Skype* to provide conversational Japanese learning service for foreigners in and outside Japan. We stand for dissemination of information not just on language learning but also about Japan in general and the Japanese culture. Now, we start recruiting foreign learners whose mother tongue is not Japanese.Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, we are faced with the need to communicate and disseminate information from Tokyo to the outside world. According to a survey, foreigners have keen interest in Japan, especially in three fields namely, (i) Japanese advanced technology, (ii) Japanese traditional and modern culture, (iii) Japanese cuisine or Washoku. However, it is easier said than done to communicate from Japan to the world. Recognition of strengths and characteristics of the Japanese economy overseas in the past was also primarily due to erudition by foreigners about Japan and is a reflection on our ability to disseminate or lack of it. “GabbyTokyo” aims to develop affinity among foreigners towards Japan by helping them learn conversational Japanese. In addition, we will strive for a two-way exchange between Japan and the world.

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The Language Big Data Alliance launches in Europe with Summit in London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 Maggio 2018

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data will meet education and research at the Language Big Data Alliance (LBDA) Summit, held in London on the 25 May 2018, at the Institute of Directors from 2pm to 5pm.LBDA is a non-profit community dedicated to offering AI and Big Data solutions to leading research institutions, universities, colleges and enterprises around the world. It shares its resources through an open platform offering language and translation resources, AI and Big Data solutions, and opportunities for collaboration with governments, associations and academics.The LBDA Summit will see leaders in AI and Big Data come together for a day of keynotes and panel discussions from high calibre speakers and key-decision makers in the research, education and technology sectors.The co-founder and secretary general of LBDA, Eric Yu, who is also the CEO of Global Tone Communication Technology Co., Ltd. (GTCOM), said: “The ultimate goal of this Summit is to recruit partners and other long-standing members of the LBDA and unite them with the partners in our ecosystem to help further the mass adoption and application of AI and Big Data in educational, technological and scientific research in Europe.” New product, JoveEye, will be launched on the LBDA platform by GTCOM, which turns data and insight into truly applicable knowledge for education and research purposes. For JoveEye, GTCOM partnered with tech giants – Alibaba, Haier and Huawei; educational institutions – University of Bristol, University of Kent, University of Vienna and University of Geneva; global publishers – Bloomberg; research institutions – OFAI.

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The Creativity in English as a Lingua Franca

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 gennaio 2017

viennaRoma Giovedì 26 Gennaio 2017, ore 15:30 Dipartimento di Lingue, letterature e culture straniere, Sala Ignazio Ambrogio, Via Valco S.Paolo 19. La professoressa Marie-Luise Pitzl dell’Università di Vienna, visiting professor presso il Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere, parlerà dei più recenti studi sulla creatività nell’inglese lingua franca (ELF, English as a Lingua Franca). Abstract. Creativity in language use (as well as in other domains of life) essentially always has to do with moving beyond the norms and conventions of what is normally done or has existed before. To this end, creativity has to rely on existing conventions, but at the same time expands – and possibly shifts – these conventions through their (creative) application. Norm-following creativity may thus become norm-developing creativity (Pitzl 2012, 2013) which opens up new, previously unoccupied, linguistic or conceptual – or academic – spaces. Like other terms in linguistics, English as a lingua franca (ELF) refers to both a linguistic phenomenon, i.e. the use of ‘English’ in multilingual contexts among speakers with different first languages, as well as to the academic discipline that studies it. So the creativity of ELF can mean two things: the linguistic creativity that can be observed and has been described in naturally-occurring ELF use and the creativity of ELF as a field in (applied) linguistics.
This talk will be an attempt to highlight the most essential aspects of both these meanings. After offering a theoretical conceptualization of creativity, I will illustrate the linguistic creativity of ELF use (and ELF users) with examples from VOICE (the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English), for example in relation to the use of idioms and speakers’ multilingual repertoires. Secondly, I will take a meta-perspective on ELF as domain of research and try to identify some premises and concepts that seem to be most creative of ELF as a field. Looking at intersections with other linguistic disciplines, the point to make is not that ELF – as a language use and as a discipline – is more (or less) creative than others, but to take note of how it is creative, i.e. what is creative about it.

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Gli ultimi aggiornamenti del blog proposti dalla Samuele Editore

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 dicembre 2016

la-casa-apocricaLa casa apocrifa/Apocryphal House di Rachel Slade
mine is the language of standing still
a snail dreaming on a pillow of eggs
small numbers, a column of fixed resin
this is the territory of shaken stars
mine is the language of matrimony, the firm agreement
of four feet in river water, my name a stone thrown at the sky
my hesitation is the outcry of wooden horses
my death is a horse laying down in the water
its ribs the archway of earth’s desire
instinct and calculation made plastic and real.
an endless land of white stone. immense and strategic.
I am an island of snow and things fallen asleep in the snow.
I am a land without sorrow.
il mio è il linguaggio dello stare fermi / una chioccola che dorme su un cuscino di uova / numeri piccoli, una colonna di resina fissa / questo è il territorio delle stelle vacillanti / il mio è il linguaggio del matrimonio, il saldo accordato / di quattro piedi in acqua di fiume, / il mio nome è una pietra gettata nel cielo / la mia esitazione la protesta di cavalli di legno / la mia morte è un cavallo sdraiato nell’acqua / le cui costole sono l’arcata del desiderio della terra / dell’istinto e della macchinazione fatte plastica eppure reali. / una terra infinita di pietra bianca. immensa e strategica. / Io sono un’isola di neve e di cose addormentate nella neve / Io sono una terra senza dolore.
copertinaalbertiLa vita, le gesta e la tragica morte di Serlone d’Altavilla detto Sarro di Erminio Alberti (fino al 6 gennaio)
Il silenzio della sera
che s’insinua nelle case
dà alle cose altro peso
le infarcisce, altre estingue;
altre invece, vite vane,
tende a fare vacillare
mentre al teso udito attento
va sussurrando l’esattezza
nella sera, in silenzio.
Dal blog:
Mito classico e poeti del ‘900 – Bianca Sorrentino
Luce nera – Nicola Vacca
Un romanzo in versi – Sandro Pecchiari
Peoma/peuma/Piuma – Giovanna Frene
Trittico del distacco – Pasquale Di Palmo
Lungo la costa – Kenneth White
Il Condominio S.I.M. – Giulia
Il Condominio S.I.M. – Alberto
Il Condominio S.I.M. – Alina
da Il Piccolo su Il colore dell’acqua di Alessandro Canzian
Alessandro Agostinelli su Il colore dell’acqua di Alessandro Canzian (foto: priviero, baldini)

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Richard Branson and a prestigious panel of CEOs highlight new global research launched at World Economic Forum by EY and Oxford

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 gennaio 2015

Davos2DAVOS, SWITZERLAND Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, led an event at the World Economic Forum today that unveiled initial findings from new research by EY and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.The findings, which reveal how leading companies are transforming with a purpose to drive innovation and growth, were discussed by distinguished panelists that included: Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media; Antony Jenkins, Group CEO, Barclays; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Mondelez International; and Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY. The event was held in collaboration with The B Team.The research findings include an initial review of relevant literature and assembled case studies from global firms, as well as interviews with senior executives across industries and geographies worldwide. Some of the findings include:Corporate leaders see the organization’s role evolving to address global challenges, taking an active role in creating well-being and value for and with a wider set of stakeholders.Leading executives are talking about purpose more and in different ways – articulating a broader purpose that is their reason for being, grounded in an outward-facing declaration around their role in the global community.Leading executives are speaking a language of purpose that engages employees and customers in new ways, inviting their insights for innovation.Leading executives are initiating purpose-led transformation journeys in their organizations, spanning from the brand identity through the business model, across business units and functions.
Business professionals recognize the importance of an integrated, humane purpose driving core functions like strategy, business models and talent management, but they acknowledge there is a gap between this recognition and the policy and practice in their organizations. Cheryl Grise, EY’s Global Advisory Strategy Leader, says: “Purpose and meaning have an important role as a strategic, transformational element in business today. We are proud to reveal phase 1 of our research with the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, at the World Economic Forum among such distinguished business leaders. We find in our work with clients and in our thought leadership that purpose-led transformation enhances organizational agility and does so in a way that increases innovation and drives sustainable growth for businesses.”
Andrew White, Associate Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School, says: “We have noticed from a number of conversations with CEOs and senior leaders that defining and implementing ‘purpose’ is becoming increasingly important to them. As companies acknowledge a broader set of stakeholders to whom they are accountable – ignoring this is not just an ethical issue – but one that has a deep impact on innovation and growth.”The event also featured the official launch of the EY Beacon Institute, which will be dedicated to transforming business through the science of purpose. Leading the co-development of the institute with members will be Valerie Keller, EY’s Strategy Executive Director. Additionally, there was a private unveiling of EY global research with Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services. The research features a survey of 474 business executives and was conducted among the readers of HBR and EY clients. It will be fully available in later in 2015. Four top-line insights shared at the meeting included:
Corporate purpose goes beyond financial results: 87% believe companies perform best over time if their purpose goes beyond profit.
Purpose-driven organizations are believed to have better results across a variety of measures: 89% say they encourage greater employee satisfaction, 85% better customer advocacy and 81% higher quality products and services.
Purpose is viewed as a driver of innovation and transformation: 84% believe their transformation efforts will be more successful if integrated with purpose.
Purpose is being underleveraged: only 37% say their business model and operations are well-aligned with their purpose. (Photo Wikipedia)

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Italian unification

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 ottobre 2011

Toronto Friday, October 14, 2011 – Saturday, October 15, 2011 Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 81 St. Mary Street, On the occasion of the 11th Annual Italian Language Week in the World, dedicated in 2011 to the celebration of 150th anniversary of Italy’s Unification, the Department of Italian Studies of the University of Toronto and the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto are promoting the international conferenceItalian Unification: Language, Literature and Education. The conference will revisit the relationship between political history and the literary and linguistic history of Italy in the years just prior and just after unification. Keynote speakers: Prof. Giuseppe Antonio Camerino (Università del Salento), Prof. Carla Marcato (Università di Udine), Prof. Matteo Palumbo (Università di Napoli), Prof. Francesco Bruni (Università di Venezia). The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars interested in revisiting the relationship between the political history and the literary and linguistic history of Italy in the years just prior to and just after unification. The conscience of a national language and of a national literature as a common aspiration of the peninsula may be simultaneously regarded as a cause or an effect of political unification. The relationship, however, is complex and deserves attention on many fronts. The reciprocal influence of political and literary history, the institutional strategies for the promotion and teaching of Italian as the language of the united country, the status of Italian and the regional dialects around the time of unification, and the impact of unification on the dissemination of Italian abroad are the main themes that will be explored in the conference (pedrocchi)

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The italian language and culture in Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 ottobre 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto   Free admission The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to offer the audience of Rai Italia the chance to meet Daniele Maria Renzoni, Director of RAI Internazionale, the most popular Italian network in the world. Rai Italia is aired via satellite and followed in all of Canada not only by millions of Canadians of Italian origin but also by many lovers of the Italian language and culture. Dr. Renzoni will be introduced by Martin Stiglio, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, and the representative of Rai Internazionale in Canada, Cristiano de Florentiis.
Daniele M. Renzoni has been a professional journalist since 1978. Writer, report chief for general and court news, vaticanologist and parliamentary reporter for Adn-Kronos press agency. He has been working at RAI in the editorial office of Tg-Lazio since 1988 and Tg2 since 1990. Has been correspondent and report chief for general and national news for Tg2. Later became chief of the editorial office of Costume e Società for Gr uno, editor in chief for Tg2, the person in charge for the weekly Tg2 Dossier and deputy director of the same program. In 2003 he was sent to Paris as chief of the headquarters and correspondent for all of RAI’s programs. In 2006 deputy director of RAI Due delegate for information. Author with Pierluigi Battista, host of Batti e ribatti, first edition of RAI Uno’s program aired after the eight o’clock news. He has been member of the board of the union of journalists Associazione Stampa Romana. Dr. Renzoni was born in Rome on February, 11 1949.
Rai Internazionale broadcasts the best of the programmes of Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana, as well as original programmes made for Italians who live abroad and for all those who have a family link with our country or want to know more about Italy. (renzoni)

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Klezmerata Fiorentina

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 agosto 2010

Toronto Sunday, September 5th at 2:30pm Brigantine Room, Harbourfront the Canadian Premiere of the Italian Quartet Free admission Comprised of three principal players of Florence’s Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, a leading Italian symphony and opera orchestra, Klezmerata Fiorentina was formed in May of 2005 with the purpose of developing a concert version of traditional Ukrainian-Jewish instrumental music, the family heritage of the group’s founder, Igor Polesitsky. The resulting style could be described as improvised Klezmer chamber music, which imbues the unique instrumental language, dance rhythms and authentic melodies of the historical klezmorim with classical music’s complexity of expression, elasticity of tempo and wide dynamic range. Featuring Igor Polesitsky (violin), Francesco Furlanich (accordion), and Riccardo Donati (bass).

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