Language News from Mississippi

Welcome to the rich heritage of language and culture from Mississippi. With over 60 languages used by students throughout the state, we appreciate a diverse background of cultures.

Mississippi Foreign Language Association

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations:

Delta State University in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day with a cultural presentation entitled “Aquí se siente México” followed by a Latino food fair.  “Aquí se siente México” is a presentation of Mexican folk dances by the Mexican Dance Group, in Cleveland, Mississippi. The event took place on Thursday, October 6.

The Mississippi Department of Education:

The Mississippi Department of Education has updated the information on the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy.  See the document below.

Read about the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy

The Mississippi Foreign Language Association – MFLA www.mflams.org/

Welcome to “A New Seed to Harvest in the Magnolia State” a message from Toni Stillman, President of Seedtime Multilingual, Inc.

When most people think of the State of Mississippi, it is unlikely that they conjure up a multicultural climate with multilingual language learners. After all, historically, language and culture have been the main event on a backdrop of race and reconciliation. I won’t ask for a show of hands, but few are familiar with the incredible diversity that exists in the state, especially in the Gulf Coast Regions. 

Seedtime Multilingual, Inc., was born out of the desire to build on my teaching philosophy that culturally competent students are more informed about the world and able to compete as global citizens.  The organization provides access to foreign languages: English as a second language, Japanese, and Spanish. We aim to support and follow our learners as long as they need assistance, encourage and assist with student exchange opportunities and promote bilingual literacy. 

Our program desires to fill the gap between institutions’ struggling language programs and decreasing student enrollment. Seedtime Multilingual students will be confident in their proficiency and ability to excel when they enter the target language classroom.  Our curriculum aligns with state standards for language courses.  We also facilitate combining STEM with a foreign language so that students go beyond earning a language credit to growing and developing a valuable skill.

This post may be a subtle reminder of the effect of globalization on local societies, which does not exclude the state of Mississippi.  Culture plays an integral role in all economies, so as we reflect on Mississippi blues, bluegrass, country music, vibrant agriculture, and biodiversity of flora and fauna; we hope that one day, Mississippi will lead the multilingual revolution. Seedtime Multilingual® is a proclamation for the State of Mississippi, where international business fuels a growing economy. Mississippi welcomes you to the “SeedZone.” 

Contact Toni Stillman, President of Seedtime Multilingual Inc., for more information.

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Fanni is Radnóti's wife
Located near the Tang capital city of Chang’an, site of the modern city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province, in central China.
Soldiers of that time commonly wore a white head cloth, similar to what is still worn by some peasants in China today.  The implication is that the conscripts were so young that they didn’t know how to wrap their head cloths, and needed help from elders.
Before China’s unification under the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. there were several competing smaller kingdoms.  Han and Qin were two of these kingdoms. Han was located east of famous mountain passes that separated that area from the power base of the Qin dynasty, with its capital in Chang’an. The Qin dynasty itself only lasted about 15 years after unification due to its draconian rule, but soldiers under Qin rule retained a reputation as strong fighters.
The area of Guanxi, meaning “west of the passes”, refers to the area around the capital city of Chang’an.
This is an alternative name for a province in western China, now known as Qinghai, which literally means “blue sea”.  Kokonor Lake, located in Qinghai, is the largest saline lake in China.  
Before China’s unification under the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C. there were several competing smaller kingdoms.  Han and Qin were two of these kingdoms. Han was located east of famous mountain passes that separated that area from the power base of the Qin dynasty, with its capital in Chang’an. The Qin dynasty itself only lasted about 15 years after unification due to its draconian rule, but soldiers under Qin rule retained a reputation as strong fighters.
Oulart Hollow was the site of a famous victory of the Irish rebels over British troops, which took place on May 27, 1798. The rebels killed nearly all the British attackers in this battle. (Source: Maxwell, W. H. History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798. H. H. Bohn, London 1854, pp 92-93, at archive.org)
The phrase "United Men" is elaborated upon in the Notes section below.

Ghetto


An Italian word meaning “foundry.” It originally referred to a part of the city of Venice where the Jews of that city were forced to live; the area was called “the ghetto” because there was a foundry nearby. The term eventually came to refer to any part of a city in which a minority group is forced to live as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. Because of the restrictions placed upon them, ghetto residents are often impoverished.

"You’re five nine, I am do-uble two"


A reference to the year 1959 and the year 2020.

"The Currency"


Meaning US dollars - this is drawing attention to the fact that Cuba is effectively dollarized.

"Sixty years with the dom-ino stuck"


This sentence is a reference to the Cold War notion that countries would turn Communist one after the other - like dominos. Cuba was the first domino, but it got stuck - no one else followed through into communism.

رحلنا


رحلنا, or "rahalna," means "we have left."

Habibi


Habibi means "my love."

Ra7eel


Ra7eel, or "raheel," means "departure."

3awda


3awda, or "awda," means "returning."

أهلاً


أهلاً, or "ahalan," means "welcome."

a5 ya baba


a5 ya baba, pronounced "akh ya baba," means "Oh my father."

golpe


Treece translates "golpe" as "beating", which is correct, however misses the secondary meaning of the word: "coup".

Carlos


The “Carlos” referred to in the poem is most likely Carlos Bolsonaro, a politician from Rio de Janeiro and the second son of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s current president. His and his father’s involvement in Marielle’s murder has been questioned and investigated.