German Language – Kafkas Diasporasi Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:44:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 German Language – Kafkas Diasporasi 32 32 Denmark opens Flugt refugee museum | News | DW Sat, 25 Jun 2022 21:28:14 +0000

Danish Queen Margrethe II and German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck inaugurated a new museum on Saturday dedicated to refugees who have made the Nordic country their home.

Flugt – Denmark’s Refugee Museum – was established on the site of a former refugee camp in Oksboel, a town near the west coast of Denmark and only 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the border with Germany .

Museum director Claus Kjeld Jensen said the museum intends to tell the story of the biggest refugee flow Denmark has ever seen, referring to the 250,000 Germans who fled to the country at the end of the day. end of World War II.

Tens of thousands of German refugees were buried in the Oksboel camp.

The museum said it is also committed to highlighting the plight of today’s refugees, including those from Vietnam, Chile, Bosnia, Syria, Afghanistan and, more recently, Israel. Ukraine.

Large video screens have been installed at the museum where visitors can hear the stories of the refugees in their own words.

“Being a refugee is not something you decide. It’s not a personal choice, it’s something that happens,” said Sawsan Gharib Dall, a stateless Palestinian woman born in a refugee camp in Lebanon. and who lived there until she ran away and arrived in Denmark in 1985, says in a video.

Opened to the public on June 29, the museum was funded by private donations, the German federal government and the government of Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein.

Danish Queen Margrathe II and German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck attended the museum’s opening

What was the Oksboel refugee camp?

Some 250,000 Germans fled the Soviet Red Army to German-occupied Denmark during the final months of World War II.

Oksboel was the largest of several facilities set up to house refugees and around 37,000 people were placed there from 1945 to 1949.

The camp was guarded by armed soldiers and barbed wire fences, and nutrition and medical care were poor.

But it had its own mayor, city council, court and police department. The refugees have also established a number of churches, hospitals, schools and even a cinema.

Most of the newcomers to Denmark were women, children and the elderly, and at one point they made up 5% of the total population.

However, a 2005 The Spiegel The article reveals how thousands of German refugee children died from malnutrition and a lack of medicine for curable diseases.

At the time, Germany’s reputation was so tarnished that Danish doctors refused to treat them unless their disease posed a risk to the general population.

German refugees at Oksboel refugee camp in Denmark in 1945

Around 37,000 Germans were housed in the Oksboel refugee camp in the post-war years

Danes criticized for immigration limits

More than 650,000 of Denmark’s 5.8 million people are immigrants, and 208,000 are listed in state statistics as descendants of immigrants.

However, the museum opens at a time when Denmark has imposed more limits on migration, a move that has drawn international criticism.

According to government statistics, only 2,717 people have applied for asylum in Denmark this year.

Denmark received only a small part of the more than one million people who arrived from Africa and the Middle East during the 2015 migration crisis.

More than 11,500 people applied for asylum in Denmark, while 1.1 million did so in Germany and 163,000 in Sweden in 2015.

In 2016, a law was passed allowing authorities to seize jewelry and other property from refugees to help fund housing and other services.

In practice, it has only been implemented a handful of times.

Denmark has revoked residence permits for some Syrian refugees declaring parts of Syria “safe”.

The government in Copenhagen has also toyed with the idea of ​​opening camps for asylum seekers in Rwanda, although it still does not have an agreement in place, unlike Britain.

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Elon Musk says he fears keeping Tesla out of bankruptcy Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:56:00 +0000

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Tesla is facing billions of dollars in losses from its new factories, supply chain issues and Covid lockdowns – enough for CEO Elon Musk to mention the possibility of bankruptcy in a recent interview.

“The past two years have been an absolute nightmare of supply chain disruptions, one thing after another,” Musk said in an interview with a group of Tesla owners. “We are not out of it yet. Our main concern is how to keep the factories running so we can pay people and not go bankrupt. »

Musk engaged in hyperbole elsewhere in the interview, and he may have done so by mentioning the risk of bankruptcy. For example, he said automakers in general “are desperate for bankruptcy,” which falls into the category of colorful language rather than strict financial analysis.

But the company is coming to the end of its most difficult quarter, financially speaking, for more than two years.

Tesla’s factory in Shanghai has been closed for weeks due to Covid-related lockdowns in the city. And Musk revealed in the interview that the two factories Tesla opened in the quarter, in Germany and Texas, are costing the company billions of dollars in losses because supply chain issues have left them so far a “miserable” production.

“This is all going to be sorted out very quickly,” he said in comments recorded May 31 but not released until late Wednesday. “The factories in Berlin and Austin are currently gigantic money ovens. There is a giant roar which is the sound of burning money. Bigger than a dumpster [fire]. A dumpster is too small. Berlin and Austin are losing billions of dollars right now. There’s a ton of expense and virtually no return.

One of Tesla’s harshest critics believes the company faces bigger financial problems than most analysts realize.

“Bankruptcy is a real risk for these guys,” Gordon Johnson of GLJ Research told CNN Business on Thursday. “Why? A lot of their money is stuck in China. They weren’t profitable until they were in China; and, since China doesn’t allow companies to repatriate dollars there are made out of the country, and Tesla has a real problem.

Johnson pointed to Tesla’s decision to cut about 10% of its salaried staff — even as it continues to hire production workers by the hour — as another sign of trouble.

“Why do you think they cut people? This is a key telltale signal,” he said.

But most companies that downsize are never close to filing for bankruptcy. And virtually every other analyst predicts Tesla will remain profitable, despite the supply chain issues that haunt it and most other manufacturers around the world.

Tesla has been profitable since late 2018, after years of reporting only losses. The company has posted quarterly profits up from the prior period for the past two years.

This streak of sequentially increasing profits is apparently about to end.

Analysts polled by Refinitiv expect second-quarter adjusted profit to fall to $2.5 billion in the second quarter, down from Tesla’s record $3.7 billion in the first quarter. That would still be up from adjusted revenue of $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

Tesla reported a 0.1% decline in new vehicle production in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter. But its year-over-year output was still up 69%, and most other automakers around the world cut output in the quarter from year-ago levels due to issues. of supply chain.

Automakers, including Tesla, are expected to release second-quarter sales figures early next month.

Shares of Tesla (TSLA), which are down nearly a third year-to-date, were down about 2% in midday trading Thursday.

How to help immigrants feel more at home and contribute more to the local economy Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:00:01 +0000

Imagine Ania, a Ukrainian immigrant who arrived in Berlin, Germany, in the spring of 2022 with her teenage son. Currently, the 2001 temporary protection directive gives them the assurance that they can stay for a year. If Ania ends up staying longer, however, her career and economic success will depend on the choices she had to make in that first year – choices based on how long she stayed.

When the chances of staying in a host country are uncertain, why spend time and money learning the language? Why integrate? Why start building a new life? Will Ania insist so vigorously that her son complete his homework in a foreign language and school system when she is unsure how long he will be in the EU?

If Ania and her son stay, however, the effects of decisions made in the very first months and years after their arrival could reverberate for decades. Ania may have been a certified architect in Ukraine, but to be recognized and work as an architect in her host country will require additional qualifications. She may choose to take a lower-paying job instead of investing in additional training if there is uncertainty about the length of her stay.

Being able to provide certainty about the option to settle is often an important factor for refugees and other migrants when it comes to settling and thriving in a new country for the long term. Immigration policy must reflect this need for certainty.

Beyond a one-year license

EU leaders triggered the Temporary Protection Directive for the first time this year, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. It provides for a one-year unbureaucratic permit for refugees arriving in EU countries. It is designed as a way for Member States to react quickly to large-scale crises, avoiding a collapse of ordinary asylum systems.

But many of the refugees who have since arrived in the EU may well have to stay longer than a year. Although the directive may be extended, the prospect of longer-term settlement remains uncertain for these refugees. This can have profound consequences for both immigrants and their new country.

My recent research with Jerome Adda of Bocconi University and Christian Dustmann of University College London shows that giving migrants certainty about staying at an earlier stage could improve their integration, shape their contributions economic and ultimately cement their acceptance in host societies. We used data on Turkish immigrants in Germany, where a large-scale survey collected information for decades on immigrants’ intended length of stay. Many of the migrants interviewed for this survey arrived in Germany under guest worker agreements with southern European countries in the 1960s and 1970s.

Immigrants who expected to stay in Germany permanently integrated faster, acquired new language skills faster, and experienced greater economic progress. In particular, we found that short, temporary permits with an uncertain chance of extension make people behave quite differently from those expecting to stay permanently. The latter spend more of their income locally and have more incentives to integrate, learn the local language and acquire other country-specific skills that increase their chances of employment. This promotes career progression, productivity and income in the host country. Individual choices will therefore have macroeconomic implications in terms of the tax contribution of immigrants to the tax budget of their host country. Understanding this type of behavior is important for designing optimal migration and naturalization policies.

Return intentions

Long-term migrants are often more demanding about the type of job they are willing to accept. And, while contributing more through income tax, they are also likely to use public services and health care longer, particularly as they age and their contributions to these services decline. Long-term migrants are also often joined by their families. This increases demand for the host country’s education system, but also promotes greater integration.

For many migrants who intend to return to their country of origin, it is more common to send money home to family rather than spending it locally. And, knowing that their stay in a host country is limited, they may decide to forgo host country-specific investments in areas such as language learning and new skills to meet local economic needs, which can be expensive.

Governments often delay making a decision on whether to grant permanent migrant status for several years, based on employment, income or other goals such as language learning. Our research shows that this not only affects the number and types of people who choose to migrate to a certain country, but also their career profiles and long-term contributions to their new country of origin. The idea that long-term certainty encourages integration and supports economic contributions applies to migrants in many contexts, including that of economic migrants and political refugees, as well as documented and undocumented immigrants.

Ukrainian refugees at a train station in Warsaw, Poland, February 28, 2022.
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New refugees to the EU from Ukraine, initially granted one year of protection, have limited incentive to invest in local skills. This certainly includes the language of the host country, but it also extends to the acquisition of qualifications and certifications which have limited value in the country of origin, but which are valuable for the host country.

Clear legal procedures that inform immigrants at an early stage of their prospects for staying in their host country are crucial for decision-making and could greatly affect the lives of these people. It will also have an impact on the costs and benefits for the countries where they work, consume and receive aid or pay taxes. If immigration policy takes this into account, it could do a lot to help immigrants like Ania and her son feel more at home, while strengthening their economic contribution to their host country.

“Diversity is not always what we think it is” Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:19:22 +0000

“We’re talking about people and topics that are part of 21st century diversity activation,” Aldine said. “We talk to multi-ethnic, multi-racial people. They often have one foot in two or more worlds and they often grow up globally like me.”

One of the company’s inspirations is Aldinis the father. He died of COVID-19 in Easter 2020, while in hospital and also battling cancer.

“As a tribute to him, I looked at some of the things I always wanted to do but didn’t do,” Aldine explained. “I learned German when I was younger and French. But I never learned Spanish, which was his first language. So I said that was the year I would learn Spanish.”

That year, she traveled all over South America to learn her father’s native language. And now Aldine’s magazine is present in countries and territories around the world.

The main idea is to bring together culturally diverse people and subjects, Aldine explained.

“Diversity isn’t always what you think it is,” she said. “People bring so many ideas to the table and that’s what this in-between space is; what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. people.”

She hopes her message about 21st century diversity will help bring together different people with different experiences.

“Diversity is something that really shapes our lives in a way that makes it more positive and shapes it in a way that gives us more empathy, that’s the point. You want to be able to put yourself in the shoes of someone else. It’s really about feeling like you belong and having someone understand you without having to explain it,” Aldin said.

Aldin believes that it is not enough to determine someone’s background based on their appearance alone, which is why she is so supportive of multicultural environments.

“The older you get and the more grounded you are in a monocultural environment, the easier it is to make assumptions about the people around you,” she said. “It would be wonderful if we could all, as a whole, get to know the person in front of you. Get to know them, talk to them, find out their background. That’s what should motivate you, not the quick guesses we do.”

Dana Knowles is a media reporter at Rocky Mountain PBS and can be reached at

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Germany discusses bond market risks with ECB Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:30:38 +0000

Germany’s finance minister challenged the European Central Bank on the specter of bond market fragmentation in the euro zone, saying he saw no particular risks in current market conditions.

Christian Lindner told the ECB President in a closed session that he was not concerned about recent moves in bond yield spreads in the eurozone, and that talk of fragmentation in the bloc’s financial markets could damage trust, according to people familiar with the discussion.

His words came after the ECB held an emergency meeting on Wednesday in which its governing council pledged to speed up plans to create a ‘new anti-fragmentation instrument’ – a reference to the widening gap in the cost of borrowing between more stable sovereigns like Germany. and more vulnerable Member States such as Italy.

The unscheduled ECB meeting came after bond yields in countries including Italy and Spain rose to their highest level in eight years following a move by ECB rate setters last Thursday to stop buying more bonds and start raising interest rates.

Eurozone finance ministers discussed the situation with ECB President Christine Lagarde during a meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday. Not all politicians seemed convinced the recent moves were untoward, and Lindner suggested the ECB’s hastily called meeting risked stoking market nerves.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, Lindner said the eurozone was “stable and robust” and he did not share concerns about fragmentation in the region. While the gaps were increasing in some Member States, their current levels indicated “there is no cause for concern”.

“Our task as finance ministers is to show that we are returning to sustainable public finances and that we are leaving the expansionary budgetary policy of the [coronavirus] pandemic behind,” he said, emphasizing the importance of fighting inflation. The German finance ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch finance minister, said after the meetings in Luxembourg that it was important to “project confidence and calm” and not to “express oneself prematurely” by monitoring what was happening in the markets.

Lagarde defended the ECB’s handling of the situation at the meeting, telling ministers, ‘we have to deal with the risk of fragmentation to enable the implementation of monetary policy across the euro area,’ according to people familiar with discussions.

She added: “The risk of fragmentation is a serious threat to our price stability mandate. To doubt our commitment would be a serious mistake.

Eurogroup chairman Paschal Donohoe later said the recent moves in financial markets were a response to the ECB’s “understandable” decision to begin monetary policy normalization.

Ministers, he added, were “absolutely united” in their view that the eurozone would continue to be “very robust, would continue to be resilient, even if these market conditions change as they are”.

Lagarde spoke tough on inflation last week as he unveiled a plan to end eight years of negative interest rates and bond buying. But a few days later, the ECB called an emergency meeting and said it would speed up work on a new policy tool to tackle turmoil in bond markets.

The central bank gave few details on how the new instrument might work, although most experts expect it to involve targeted purchases of bonds from eurozone countries suffering from a rise. unjustified in their borrowing costs relative to others. Analysts expect the ECB to unveil the tool at its July 21 meeting.

Italy’s central bank governor Ignazio Visco said Thursday his emergency meeting was not a sign of a panic. But he also said any increase in Italy’s spread above 2 percentage points created “very serious problems” for the uniform transmission of monetary policy.

The ECB fears that a panic in the bond market could drive the borrowing costs of weaker countries to a level that pushes them into a financial crisis and prevents the central bank from bringing inflation back from its record level of 8 .1% to its target of 2%. .

One explanation of what the ECB is trying to achieve came from board member Isabel Schnabel, who said in a speech shortly before Wednesday’s meeting that “there is no reason to assume that the sovereign bond yields are identical.

“There are, however, times when yields quickly deviate from economic fundamentals, causing financial instability and therefore fragmentation,” which Schnabel defined as “a sudden breakdown in the relationship between sovereign yields and fundamentals, giving give rise to non-linear and destabilizing dynamics”. .

Ministers attending the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg separately agreed that they should work to strengthen the region’s common framework for managing banking crises and national deposit guarantee schemes.

They did not, however, approve a detailed work plan to complete the proposed EU banking union, as had been suggested. Instead, they agreed to review the project later, with a view to identifying “possible alternative measures” addressing outstanding elements of the plan.

Germany: Improve education on national minorities and support for Sinti and Roma, says Council of Europe committee Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:06:00 +0000

Representatives of national minorities in Germany express concern about the lack of education about their history, culture and contribution to German society among the majority population. This concern is highlighted in an opinion published by Council of Europe experts on Germany’s implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM).

The opinion notes some progress in education, but gaps remain. For example, representatives of the Danish minority express “general satisfaction” with the knowledge of their minority within the Land of Schleswig-Holstein. The fact that some German schools in the region teach Danish as a foreign/neighbouring language is appreciated, but people from other parts of Germany know “very little” about their minority.

Representatives of the Frisians find that children in the North Frisian region learn too little about Frisian culture, history and language. Information about the Frisians is only available to a very limited extent in science (Sachkunde) of Schleswig-Holstein’s elementary school curricula and is not addressed in secondary school, “although it would be interesting for adolescents as part of defining their identity”, according to the opinion. In addition, the teaching of North Frisian and Sorbian and Sater suffers from a “serious shortage” of teachers.

The opinion also notes that school curricula for the education of national minorities vary “tremendously” between the 16 states or federal state. Advisory Committee finds “little progress” for example in coordinated education for all federal state on Sinti and Roma, as reported by the Standing Conference of German Ministers of Culture and Education.

Among the recommendations for “immediate action”, the Advisory Committee urges the authorities to ensure that pupils across Germany are informed about the history and contribution of the Frisians, Danes, Sinti, Roma and from the Sorbs to German society. Such teaching would “create an understanding of continuity and the benefits of diversity.”

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OPEN TODAY!! ~Silver Dollar City Presents New Productions~The King of the High Line, “Zirkus” by Nik Wallenda and Chuggington Adventure Depot Sun, 12 Jun 2022 02:36:00 +0000

Daredevils beware as the excitement knows no bounds with seventh generation circus royalty and the tightrope king Nik Wallenda taking center stage. The famous Nik Wallenda amounts to silver dollar city about a decade after his record-breaking stunt, the iron jawwhen he hung himself by the jaw from a helicopter 200 feet above silver dollar city. This time, the Wallenda family brings a variety of talents as they achieve great feats in the new by Nik Wallenda Zirkus, which means “circus” in their native German language. Created exclusively for silver dollar city, by Nik Wallenda Zirkus features dizzying acrobatics, aerial stunts, human pyramids, bicycle tricks and dangerous wire acts. The theme, says Wallenda, “The impossible is possible. We want to present an inspiring message that ‘I can do anything if I put my mind to it.’ We hope guests will be impressed and leave inspired,” Wallenda said. .

The youngest take to the rails Chuggington Adventure Depot as they step into their very own trainee Chugger, chosen from the modern and colorful fleet of locomotives. During the interactive adventure, an animated ‘conductor’ helps guide the exploratory fun as children journey through a free-form, wall-to-wall recreation of the town of Chuggington, playfully encouraging active participation like “follow the leader”. chug backwards” and “dancing party. produced by Herschend Entertainment Studios.

“As the first of its kind, all new Chuggington Adventure Depot opens its doors, we are celebrating a collaboration between content creation specialists Herschend Entertainment Studios and silver dollar cityexcelling at bringing colorful family entertainment to life,” said Nathalie Setton, Vice President of Partnerships, Licensing and Content Distribution for Herschend Entertainment Studios. “We are thrilled to see the children’s faces light up as they explore the world of Chuggington. This is our first opportunity to present the television series in a powerfully imaginative way where the world of Chuggington comes to life for our fans. , allowing them to create their own adventure with our beloved “Chuggers.”

There’s more summer fun with 40 rides and attractions, including world-class roller coasters like the ones from 2015 guinness world record breaker, outlaw racefor the steepest drop on a wooden coaster; time travelerAmerica’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster and Mystical river falls with the highest drop on a raft ride in the Western Hemisphere. Guests can taste silver dollar city foodie favorites with a “Summer Tasting Passport” featuring specialty funnel cakes, handcrafted homemade ice cream cones and the city’s legendary skillets. Artisans, who demonstrate throughout the park, teach children and families the customs of yesteryear in a fun way – all designed to create memories worth repeating for generations to come.

About silver dollar city: silver dollar citythe 1880s-style theme park nestled in the Ozark Mountains near branson, is internationally recognized for its excellence in theme, presentation and operations. The picturesque tree-lined ‘town’ was founded atop the huge national monument, the Great cave of wonders, and features 40 rides and attractions, a 100-strong craft demonstration colony, and hosts 10 world-class festivals and events featuring a variety of entertainment as well as live concerts. Home to several roller coasters with record footprints, home-style foods are in high demand, with a particular focus on specialty items and the famous cinnamon rolls. National Kids Fest is presented by Arvest Bank. For more information, visit

About Chuggington: Chuggington, beloved by train-loving preschoolers, is currently streaming on A-list broadcast networks and major streaming platforms in over 100 countries. Preschoolers can catch the show on Hulu, DisneyNow and YouTube, where it has racked up over a billion views and has more than 1.3 million subscribers on its US channel. Produced and distributed worldwide by Herschend Entertainment Studios, Chuggington is an animated series set in the “traintastic” world of modern, colorful locomotives. The series follows the humorous, educational and contemporary adventures of three young trainee locomotives: the eager Wilson, the daring Koko and the faithful Brewster, who are all learning to ride the rails of life. The young powerhouse trio engage with a diverse cast of characters to learn important lessons, like teamwork, listening, perseverance, patience, self-confidence, and building friendship. For more information, visit Press contact: [email protected] Where [email protected]

About Nik Wallenda: With 11 Guinness World Records and a list of never-before-seen death-defying feats, Nik Wallenda wrote his name in history as the true “King of the High Wire”. Nik has performed live in every state in the UNITED STATES and all over the world. He has garnered support from tens of millions of viewers live in television specials on ABC, The Discovery Channel and others. From traversing the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls to walking blindfolded between towers in Chicago, Nik personifies the Wallenda family’s legacy of “Never Giving Up” and has proven time and time again that “Fear is a liar”.

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The Summer Language Institute will operate entirely in person this summer – The Cavalier Daily Fri, 10 Jun 2022 13:09:25 +0000

For the first time in two years, the University Language Summer Institute will take place entirely in person. It will run from June 21 to August 12 and offers intensive eight-week courses in seven languages: Spanish, Latin, German, French, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.

Costs range from $5,076 for the no-credit option to $18,624 for an out-of-state undergraduate. Apps for the 2022 summer program – which require a transcript and letter of recommendation – are open to anyone who is in junior high school or higher.

Caren Freeman, coordinator of the Summer Language Institute, called the program a “hidden gem” at the University. For undergraduate students, participation in the Summer Institute of Languages ​​can satisfy all four semesters of a foreign language obligatory by the College and many participants also use the program to prepare for study abroad, to become better equipped for their jobs, or to better perform graduate research.

Third-year College student Michael Silek initially chose to attend the Russian SLI course during the summer of 2020 as it opened up more room in his schedule for other courses. After having had a very positive experience and learned a lot, Silek is now a student in Russia.

“[The program] was extremely immersive and intensive, and I felt like I learned a lot in a very short time,” Silek said.

The Latin, German, French, Spanish, and Russian programs cover the equivalent of four weeks of college-level language courses, complementing intermediate-level courses. Both Arabic and Chinese are offered in two eight-week programs – one to complete the first two semesters of college-level coursework and the other to complete the second two semesters.

Caitlyn Beckham, a second-year college student, took the SLI Chinese course in the summer of 2021 after feeling that she had not acquired a strong enough foundation in introductory Chinese at university.

“Honestly, I haven’t been particularly good at picking up the foundations, the really basic stuff that you need to know if you want to go further,” Beckham said.

For the past two summers, the program has operated virtually, a format that Freeman says has again proven effective for language learning.

“The study of foreign languages ​​in particular has really benefited from the online modality, in fact, so much so that our Chinese program is experimenting for the first time every day of the week with the possibility of coming in person or staying online. “, Freeman said.

Beckham participated in SLI when classes were virtual and said the professor’s use of breakout rooms to facilitate more personal practice was very beneficial.

“Because we had tutors working with our class who were native speakers and we continued to meet the tutors during and after class, so I think that was a really good way [aspect] it was worked in the zoom,” Beckham said.

Although Silek also participated in the program virtually, he still feels that the professors and teaching assistants worked very hard to provide a complete experience.

“[The class] really put us in touch with what it means to learn a language in several different aspects and class participation, especially during the speaking part, was always very much encouraged,” Silek said.

Freeman explained that the Summer Language Institute organizes three events over the eight weeks to bring together students from different classes and share what they have learned.

“Students always express an interest in getting to know students in other languages, so there’s also a feeling that runs through the Institute of Languages ​​that we’re part of something bigger than just our language,” said Freeman.

The average class size is 10 students, which further allows for tight-knit communities to form between faculty and students.

“There are a small number of students and faculty team members who spend long hours every day together, and very deep bonds are formed,” Freeman said.

Beckham said it can be difficult to balance multiple classes at once, especially because learning a foreign language takes so much time. The SLI allowed him to devote the necessary time to mastering the basics of Chinese.

“[Since] it’s the only thing you study and you do it every day, it makes it a lot easier to get the basics,” Beckham said.

Each class requires six to seven hours of classroom instruction five days a week in order to fully immerse students in the language. Housing on the land is available for anyone who is not a high school student.

“It’s a very compressed, intensive, demanding program [program] but hugely rewarding,” Freeman said. “In my opinion, [it’s] probably the most effective way to get the basics of a new language under your belt.

Finch for Text® now includes support for French, German, Dutch and Spanish languages Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:28:00 +0000

State-of-the-art NLP applied to four in-demand languages

RESTON, Go., June 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Finch Computing, developer of the innovative real-time natural language processing solution Finch for Text®, today announced that it has added French, German, Dutch and Spanish language support to the product, with Chinese, Arabic and Russian are coming soon.

“We know that our customers in government and enterprise want support for these high-priority languages,” said Finch Computing’s chief technology officer. Scott Lightner said. “By applying our proprietary natural language processing approach and entity knowledge bases, we can now offer them a robust set of features in these four new languages ​​- and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”

Finch for Text® works on multiple types of unstructured text, in multiple languages, and gives users the ability to glean real-time insights from their information assets. It works on enterprise-wide text volumes and its capabilities include entity extraction, enrichment and disambiguation, and text summarization.

To run these features, and to do so in multiple languages, Finch for Text ® requires significant computing resources. The company uses Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances in its PyTorch NLP, translation, and entity disambiguation models. This allows us to support additional languages ​​at an attractive price and performance, which is essential for our financial services, data aggregators and public sector customers.

“Partnering with Amazon and using these high-powered computing instances delivers the speed and fidelity we depend on and our customers need,” Lightner continued. “Running our models on these instances provides truly powerful performance for our customers and their missions.”

For more information about Finch for Text and to request a free demo account, please visit

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Red Arrow Studios Int’l Gets Worldwide Rights to CBC’s ‘Plan B’ Remake Mon, 06 Jun 2022 09:35:46 +0000

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German distributor Red Arrow Studios International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming English-language remake of the French-Canadian anthology drama series. Plan B.

Produced by KOTV for CBC in Canada, the series will star Patrick J Adams (Combinations) and Karine Vanasse (Cardinal, Pan Am) and is based on the French-language series of the same name, also produced by KOTV for Séries+ and ICI Radio-Canada.

The 6 x 60 minute remake is a psychological drama following a man on a desperate and relentless quest to save his relationship – and by extension, his entire world. It will debut in the winter of 2023.

Jean-François Asselin and Jacques Drolet, who wrote the original version, return to pen this new adaptation alongside Lynne Kamm.

The CBC version marks the third remake of Plan B, which also has local versions in France on TF1 and in Belgium on Streamz. The fourth season of the original French-Canadian version is currently in production for Radio-Canada and its digital platform Extra.

Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia, senior director of acquisitions and scripted co-productions at Red Arrow Studios International, said the anthology series has “the flexibility to be adapted to a variety of different genres – from romance to crime to family drama – and resonates with wide audiences in any territory.