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sexta-feira, 8 de setembro de 2017

12 Reasons Everyone Should Learn Another Language by BENNY LEWIS



“I’d love to speak another language, but…”

Over the years, I’ve heard more reasons not to learn a language than I ever would have imagined. I even used to make excuses for myself, before I learned my first new language, Spanish.

I’ve yet to hear (or come up with) a single good reason for not learning a language.

That’s right. Nada.

What about good reasons to start learning a new language? I know hundreds, and hear new ones every day! Every language learner I’ve met so far has their own personal reason for wanting to speak another language.

Why learn another language?

Here are a few of the best I’ve come across. Speaking a second language will…

1.    Open Up a World of Job Opportunities
Learning a second language opens up a ton of career opportunities. I’m not just talking about freelancing or working location-independently either, though these are excellent ideas which I’ve personally used. There are lots of other ways that speaking two or more languages can improve your employment prospects.
The world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they can’t do it without hiring globally-minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport travelling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you.
Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants.
2. Give Your Brain a Boost
Speaking a second language each day really can keep the doctor away! Study after studyhas demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning another language, no matter how old you are. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.
3. Establish Deep Connections and Cross-Cultural Friendships
I’d bet that at least once in your life, you’ve felt a pang of regret during an encounter with someone from a different culture, when you realised how the experience could be enriched by knowing that person’s language.
Has this ever happened to you? You visit a food stall at a local market while on holiday (or even in your own city), where the employees are chatting away together in their native language. You order something, in English, interrupting their fun conversation.
Another local comes by while you’re waiting, orders some food in the local language, and starts talking cheerfully with the cook about…something. A minute later, the cook stops talking and hands you your plate with a simple “Thank you, bye!”
You just missed out on an authentic cultural experience because you couldn’t join in.
Or what about this? You have a friend from another country who you enjoy hanging out with, but you only speak to each other in English. You feel a connection with that person, and think they’re a great friend. And then they mention one day about this other group of friends, who speak their native language, that they meet up with all the time. But you’ve never been invited, because you wouldn’t understand what anyone is saying.
Ok, so you can’t learn every language in the world and have an intimate knowledge of every single culture out there. But if there’s even one culture that you’d like to understand better, or even one person in your life you’d like to know better, then one of the best ways you can start is by learning to speak their language.
4. Get an Outsider’s Perspective about Your Own Culture
Trying to understand your own culture exclusively from within it is like trying to understand what a bus is like if you’ve only ever ridden inside it. You can’t see the bus’s wheels, the exterior colour, or the engine that drives it.
Want the bigger picture? You need to get off that bus and examine it from the outside.
I strongly believe that language and culture are intimately linked. Learn another language and you’ll have insight into another culture. You’ll get to “ride on a different bus” and not only see what it’s like inside and even get comfy in there, but get a clear view of your own for the first time.
Too many people go their entire lives never questioning the universal “truths” they take for granted in their own culture. But step outside this narrow scope, and it’s like stepping out of the Matrix; once your eyes are truly opened to that new perspective, you can never go back.
5. Become More Interesting and Meet More Interesting People
If your first language is English, the second most common language in the world, and yet you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate your monolingualism, then you’re a rare breed indeed. This makes you interesting. People will approach you. They’ll want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to “bother” learning another language.
Believe me, if you’re a native English speaker who speaks two or more languages, you’ll have many more lively, engaging conversations about a variety of topics than you ever would have had otherwise.
Sure, you could spend your life getting by in English everywhere you go, but that’s boring. Be fun! Be interesting! Be multilingual!
6. Stay Smart in Touristed Areas
There’s always a danger of obvious tourists being targets, or getting hassled by touts, which can ruin your experience of a place where people are actually warm and genuine. The “obvious tourist” tends to be whoever is speaking English, or some other distant tongue.
But everything changes when you use the local language.
I had heard countless stories of how a visit to the Pyramids of Giza is nothing but a frustrating chain of shooing away one tout after another, but by dressing/acting like a local and replying in (my albeit broken) Arabic the entire time, I actually didn’t feel hassled by a single person all the way there. It was actually an experience I’ll never forget!
In over a dozen years travelling the world, I’ve managed to stay sane and stay safe by attempting to blend in as best as I can, as well as responding confidently enough in the local language that potential scammers will believe you’ve been there a while, and they’ll think twice before trying to pull a fast one on you.
7. Become a Better Learner
Every time I learn a new language, I find it easier than the one before. The reasoning is simple: with every new language I study, I figure out ways to learn more efficiently. In other words, I develop language hacks.
Because of my extensive experience with this sort of trial and error, I’ve already identified many common hindrances that I can help you avoid right from the get-go, as well as language hacks that can help you learn faster.
As you spend time learning your first foreign language, you’ll identify your own inefficiencies and eliminate them. You’ll start gaining momentum in your chosen language and learn more and more quickly. Then you’ll be able to hit the ground running with the next language. You’ll be on your way to polyglotism before you know it.
8. Conquer Your Fear of “Looking Stupid”
If a foreigner walked up to you to ask for help with something like directions, and they struggled to find the right English words, and made many mistakes but were obviously trying hard, would you feel like laughing at their effort? I doubt it. You’d more likely be impressed with their courage to walk up to a stranger and speak a language imperfectly. That’s a person who has conquered their fear of making mistakes in front of others, and has managed to communicate with you and gotten help with what they need.
Can’t imagine having that sort of courage yourself? Well, if you decide to learn a language, and you start by speaking from day 1, then you’ll get over your fear very quickly. Not only will you be able to communicate effectively (note that I didn’t say “perfectly”) in a new language, but your confidence will get a huge boost, and you’ll never be held back from trying any new skill. Ever wanted to try dancing? Creative writing? Public speaking? How great would it be to shed your inhibitions and just go for it!
9. Bring Out Your Inner Mr Spock
This may sound surprising, but studies have shown that when you make a decision in your second language, you’re more likely to think logically and avoid basing your decision on emotion. In other words, you’ll become more like Star Trek’s Mr Spock.
There’s no way around it. Humans are emotional creatures. Everyone is guilty of making decisions too hastily and too emotionally. But if you learn to speak another language, you’ll learn to think in that language. And when you think about your decisions in a foreign language, that emotional bias tends to go away and you end up choosing the more logical outcome.
10. Enjoy Works of Art in their Original Language
Bollywood films, manga, telenovelas, Swah rap – the world is full of non-English works of creative art. Don’t you wish you could appreciate some of them in their original language rather than relying on badly-translated subtitles or English dubs, which lose much of the charm that made the original product popular to begin with?
You may find translations, but you'd be surprised what is lost in translation.
If you’re a fan of any type of foreign media – or you’d like to be, but aren’t interested in experiencing it in English because of all nuances lost in translation – then this is an excellent reason to start learning that new language. You’ll already have a very clear goal in mind, so you’ll know what type of vocabulary will be most useful to learn, and you can use those materials as a study aid as you progress in your new language.
11. No More Paying the Sticker Price
Tired of overpaying for gifts and souvenirs at markets when you go on holiday? It’s common knowledge that at many of these places, there are two prices: one for locals and one for tourists.
Even if you bring your best haggling game to the table, if you try to haggle exclusively in English instead of the local language, you might not get very close to that coveted “local price”. But if you make the effort to learn the local language, then you’ll start the game off with a better hand, and end up saving quite a bit more money than you would have otherwise. And the best part is that you’ll also be participating in an authentic cultural experience in the country you’re visiting.
12. Discover You Can Do It!
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve heard pretty much every excuse that people give for failing to learn a second language. Too old, not enough time, wrong genes. None of them hold water.
Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. You could even hold your first conversation just seven days from now.
So What are You Waiting For?
Everyone has their own unique reasons for wanting to learn another language. But while the reasons may be different, they can all be put into action in the same way: by committing to stop making excuses, and to start speaking the language you’ve always wanted to learn.
Once you’ve held your very first conversation in a foreign language, trust me: you’ll never look back.

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Why everyone should love languages: An interview with Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist and has traveled the world reporting on current affairs. She was born in the UK but has spent time living in many different countries including South Africa, Germany and Italy. Rosie is a passionate advocate for immersing yourself in different cultures and is the creator of the European Literature Network.

“Hearing the sounds of all the different languages was just magical to me”

The interview began with Rosie telling us all about her travels when she was younger, and how this started her language learning journey. She loved to find out more about the people and the culture of the country she was visiting. She realised very early on that language was the tool she needed to be able to really experience what a country was like.
It was therefore a natural choice for Rosie to study languages at school and university. However, she does warn of the difference between formal education over immersive learning. Teachers will generally have a formal approach to the language so you can understand and manipulate it, but in practice you’ll often find that’s not how the language is spoken. For example, when learning French you’re taught to say “Comment allez-vous?” to greet someone. In France, however, you’re much more likely to hear “Ça va?” instead. It’s these colloquialisms that you don’t normally pick up with only formal language lessons.
“My languages are a passport”

Rosie had never planned to become a journalist. It was a case of right place, right time while she was living in Germany. Going into broadcasting meant that she had the opportunity to ‘perform’, which she was used to from her days as a singer and actress. So it felt a very natural career choice for her. However, Rosie confesses that the opportunity was only possible thanks to her ability to speak in German, French and then later, Italian.
“Not saying you have to be an extrovert to learn a language… but it does help!”

Clear in her belief that everyone should try to learn another language, Rosie thinks that it is in fact criminal for young people not be given the opportunity at school. Like any subject, languages can be hard to start with. Not everyone is going to be good at it. It’s about getting out there and trying, even if you only learn a few phrases.
Rosie also reminded us that language learning isn’t isolated. Language ties up with other interests such as history or music. So find something you’re interested in and just give it a go!
“I love the fact that they make me into different people”

According to Rosie, language has the power to affect your personality. For example, German is much more formal compared to Italian which makes the speaker more expressive. To Rosie, “a language is a cognitive door to a deeper sense of yourself.”
It was this aspect of languages that impacted her choice for her university degree. Rosie explained that she had traveled to both France and Germany and each country had brought out a different side of her. She therefore couldn’t chose between the two and just decided to study both!
Rosie finished the interview by telling us all about her favourite words and impressing us with her ability to switch seamlessly between languages!
Watch the full interview below:


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sexta-feira, 1 de setembro de 2017

If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism


The next time you hear someone complain about capitalism, consider this: The percentage of people living at starvation level poverty has fallen 80% since 1970. Before then, more than one in four people around the world were living on a dollar a day or less. Today, it’s about one in twenty.

This is the greatest anti-poverty achievement in world history. So, how did this remarkable transformation come to pass? Was it the fabulous success of the United Nations? The generosity of U.S. foreign aid? The brilliant policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank? Stimulus spending? Government redistribution?

No. It was none of those things.

It was capitalism. Billions of souls around the world have been able to pull themselves out of poverty thanks to five incredible innovations: globalization, free trade, property rights, the rule of law, and entrepreneurship.

Globalization means the ever-increasing ability to move goods, people, and ideas from one distant location to another.

Free trade is open access to markets and people from all over the world with few, if any, barriers.

Property rights is ensuring that what belongs to you can’t be taken away on a whim by the state.

The rule of law safeguards contracts, assuring that they will be respected and lived up to whether the deal is made in Peru or Poland.

And entrepreneurship is the creativity of free people to dream up new products that we never knew we wanted or needed.

It’s worth noting that in places like East Asia, these five things were all made possible by the historic peace after World War II that resulted from America’s global diplomatic and military presence.

Let me put this in a slightly different way:

The ideals of free enterprise and global leadership, central to capitalism and American conservatism, are responsible for the greatest reduction in human misery since mankind began its long climb from the swamp to the stars. This remarkable progress has been America’s gift to the world.

So, if these American conservative ideals have done so much to lift up the world’s poor, you would think conservative ideas would be gaining strength every single day – everywhere. And not just gaining strength among conservatives, but also among young idealists, immigrants, minorities, and advocates for the poor—all embracing the principles of free enterprise and unleashing its power on behalf of the vulnerable.

But this hasn’t happened. To the contrary, capitalism is struggling to attract new followers. Indeed, some believe it’s destined to fade away – just as it has in much of Europe.

According to a Harvard Study, only 42% of young Americans 18 to 29 have a favorable view of capitalism. What explains this discrepancy between the incredible results of capitalism and its popularity? Why does capitalism get such bad rap?

One answer is simple: The defenders of free enterprise have done a terrible job of telling people how much good the system has done around the world. Capitalism has saved a couple billion people, and we have treated this miracle like a state secret.


According to a 2013 survey, 84 percent of Americans are unaware of the progress made against poverty worldwide. Indeed, more than two-thirds think global hunger has actually gotten worse.

segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

How do you say “Barriga tanquinho” in English?



Well, that was one of those questions that one never imagines that he/she will have to answer in an English language class. Wrong! People ask about everything.

How do you say “Barriga tanquinho” in English? 


Barriga tanquinho is an informal way of talking about one’s abdomen (commonly called the belly). In Brazil, it is very common to say things like Eu gosto de mulheres (ou homens) com barriga (de) tanquinho.

What many people don’t know is how to say that in English.



Let’s go straight to the point, then.

In English, barriga tanquinho is SIX-PACK.

What the hell?! SIX-PACK?

Yes, easy, easy, bro! I’ll explain.





If you eat protein early in the morning, cut out processed goods, drink loads of water, consume healthy fats, and exercise your core muscles – among other things – you will get six-pack abs fast.


In a few words, a six-pack is a stomach that is muscular enough to resemble a six pack of soda cans, for instance.

e.g.: He wrestler had a six-pack from doing crunches three times a week.

JUST BE CAREFUL:

Six-pack may also refer to “stimulate a female sexual partner by placing two digits of the same hand into the anus and vagina as if preparing to pick up a six pack (as per def 2).” It is used as a verb in this case:

I was going down on this chick last night and right when she was about to come, I six packed her and the bitch went fucking nuts!

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sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

RHETORICAL QUESTION – WHAT IS IT?



There are some questions that we ask, but we are not really asking for information. In English, a question with an obvious answer can be used as a way of trying to get attention to something. We call those kind of questions RHETORICAL QUESTIONS. We do not expect an answer.

This figure of speech, as I said, does not require a direct answer. Sometimes, rhetorical questions may be intended to start a discussion or at least draw an acknowledgement that the listener understands the message. Moreover, rhetorical questions might also be the ones that have obvious answers. We ask the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.   

Here are some answers of rhetorical questions:


·         Do you know what time it is? (Meaning that the person is late.)
·     Who’s a lovely baby? (Talking to the person and showing that the person is obviously the lovely baby.)
·         Is the pope catholic? (asked to emphasize a point.)
·         Are you stupid?




ATTENTION


Sometimes we may use why/how should…? But it can be a bit aggressive:


John is unhappy, but why should I care?

Or

Why should I know? (especially in American English it is an aggressive reply to a question.






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