by Lorenzo Burgio
Languages from around the world filled the Constitution Room of Memorial Hall last Tuesday at this year’s Language Day, hosted by the Modern Language Department at Central Connecticut State University.
The annual event is held up to celebrate the many foreign languages that make up the department ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish and Latin.
Invited as a guest of honor was the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy professors, Mrs. Jennifer Augsberger and Mrs. María Martínez.
Students and professors from the different language classes prepared informative and interactive presentations that were scheduled throughout the day.
The room filled with students, professors and invited guests were exposed to diverse cultures and languages that make up the department and what the students have learned this year.
The crowd hovered as every delicate step of an authentic Chinese tea ceremony was performed.
Chunjuan Zhao, also known as Emily, wore authentic Chinese garments while conducting the many careful step required for the ceremony.
“It’s meant to be very elegant,” she said to the crowd.
After every traditional step of the precise ceremony was taken, Zhao had four students try the tea after explaining to them the proper and respectful way to grab it and how to say ‘thank you” in Chinese.
Students were then asked to take out their smart phones, download a quick free app and join an interactive trivia game that asked an array of questions about cultures and languages.
After participants worked together in solving the questions projected for all to see, the number of questions each participant answered correctly was tallied to determine a winner who left with a prize.
In the last presentation, Carmen Simonelli sang “l’Europa Unità” in italian as, Enzo Boscarini played the guitar for the room full of guests who ended the song with a massive round of applause.
When all the presentations were done, participants were allowed to vote for their favorite presentation of the day as they enjoyed the live music of Enzo Boscarini, a Spanish professor at CCSU, who was walking around the room and filling it with the sounds of his acoustic guitar.
Disclosure: the author of this article is an Italian major in the CCSU modern language department, but did not participate in the presentations of the day.