La Guardia Nacional, novedad en el desfile militar – La Jornada

Ciudad de México. 16 de septiembre de 2019. Desde las 4 de la mañana llegaron las diversas formaciones de la Guardia Nacional al primer cuadro de la capital del país para participar en el Desfile Cívico Militar para conmemorar el 209 Aniversario de la Independencia de México; así como elementos del Ejército Nacional, en sus diferentes cuerpos especiales; la Marina, el Heroico Colegio Militar y la Heroica Escuela Naval. Este desfile estuvo constituido por 12 mil 723 elementos, 51 bandas de guerra, 414 vehículos terrestres, 74 aeronaves y 218 caballos. Además, desde las 10 horas se cerró el Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México a toda operación.

Source: La Guardia Nacional, novedad en el desfile militar – La Jornada

BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s youth, military record, and marital status may distinguish him from the other 2020 US Presidential Election candidates, but it’s his rumoured proficiency in seven languages that really has people talking. This seemingly magical feat is especially impressive in predominantly monolingual countries like the United States and the United Kingdom (where, respectively, roughly 80% and 62% of the population speaks only English). But where such enviable talent creates an aura of mystique, it also inevitably arouses curiosity. When former US Senator Claire McCaskill asked Buttigieg to comment on his language-speaking ability in a 14 February instalment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he replied: “it depends what you mean by speak!” and added that he can “still kind of read a newspaper in Norwegian… but only slowly” and that he has gotten “rusty” in his Arabic and Dari. That shows humility, but not so much that Buttigieg and his camp definitively dismiss the polyglot rumours. This is not to deride Mayor Buttigieg. His perceived fluency interests me because I’m a former language teacher – having taught English for 11 years in Japan and Italy – and I am also a Cambridge English

Source: BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?

BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s youth, military record, and marital status may distinguish him from the other 2020 US Presidential Election candidates, but it’s his rumoured proficiency in seven languages that really has people talking. This seemingly magical feat is especially impressive in predominantly monolingual countries like the United States and the United Kingdom (where, respectively, roughly 80% and 62% of the population speaks only English). But where such enviable talent creates an aura of mystique, it also inevitably arouses curiosity. When former US Senator Claire McCaskill asked Buttigieg to comment on his language-speaking ability in a 14 February instalment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he replied: “it depends what you mean by speak!” and added that he can “still kind of read a newspaper in Norwegian… but only slowly” and that he has gotten “rusty” in his Arabic and Dari. That shows humility, but not so much that Buttigieg and his camp definitively dismiss the polyglot rumours. This is not to deride Mayor Buttigieg. His perceived fluency interests me because I’m a former language teacher – having taught English for 11 years in Japan and Italy – and I am also a Cambridge English

Source: BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?