Multilingualism and policy

Living Multilingualism

copyright: Goethe-Institutcopyright: Goethe-Institut In a competition conducted before an audience in Berlin, Ana-Maria Baracaldo showed, in the "Emotional Street Speaking" category, what individual multilingualism means. See and hear what it means not only to speak about multilingualism, but also to live it.
The competition was held as part of the festivals "The Power of Language" in June 2007 in the Academy of Arts. Over 50 courageous speakers performed in the Academy of Arts.
In the evening there was then a reception at which the prizes were ceremonially awarded by the jury. The jury included Prof. Dr. Jutta Limbach (President of the Goethe-Institut), Dr. Heinz-Rudi Spiegel (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of the Sciences and Humanities in Germany), Sabine Hartert (Deutsche Welle) and Dr. Katharina von Ruckteschell (Goethe-Institut). The prize was donated by the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard-Stiftung.

Ana-Maria Baracaldo
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Ana-Maria Baracaldo
Category: Emotional Street Speaking

In the categories "Political Speaking“ and "Emotional Street Speaking“ the purpose was to adopt a viewpoint and defend it, and to form or influence opinions. A red sofa and soap bubbles created a romantic setting for the category "Declarations of Love", affording also space for an unforgettable proposal of marriage which one would be able to tell one's children about. Kennedy once said "Ich bin ein Berliner“ and thus brought a brilliant speech to its climax. With a little preparation, the participants in the competition "The Power of Language" were able to experience this themselves.

"The secret of a good speech is to have a good beginning and a good ending – and to have the two as close together as possible.“ (Mark Twain)

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