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Carla Santos
Jun 23, 2021
In Ask A Question
To answer this question, let’s all think about it a little bit. Do I need to know the difference between American English and British English? You need to know that there are differences. There are few different spelling rules, grammar rules and, of course, different accents and vocabulary. You need to know that there are those differences but that doesn't necessarily mean that you need to study and learn them. The truth is that all English speakers understand each other, despite their differences. They watch each other's movies, read each other's books and news, work with each other and so on. They are all capable to understand each other. Should I care about the differences between American English and British English? Maybe. It depends on why you're learning English. You only need to care about the differences if you're studying for an English exam, you're applying for or attending an English university or you're using English professionally for your job. Usually, you need to pay attention to the spelling and grammar rules because they can affect your score or even affect your reputation. So if this sounds like you, then you definitely do need to think about whether British English or American English is the right choice for you. So which one is right? Which one should I use? You need to think about yourself and your situation. Are you living in an English-speaking country? Then, of course, use the type of English that is used there. But maybe you're planning to study in an English-speaking country. Which one? If it's America, then you should be training to learn American English. But if not, then focus on British English because most other English-speaking countries use British English grammar and spelling standards. Do you speak to a lot of clients or colleagues who are from America or the UK? This can help you to decide whether you need to study American English or British English. You might think that one type of English is easier than the other and that can also tell you which one you should study. You could choose any of these reasons to help you decide which type of English to study. So focus on either British or American English but remember that the other one exists. You don't have to choose one over the other.
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Carla Santos
Apr 20, 2021
In Language Learning
1) Persistence Persistence is perhaps the biggest key to success in online learning. Students who succeed are those who are willing to tolerate technical problems, seek help when needed, work daily on every class, and persist through challenges. 2) Effective Time-Management Skills You must be able to manage your time well. Most courses are not taught in real-time. There are no set times for classes. This flexibility is one of the great benefits of online learning. It can also be a drawback for a student who procrastinates, is unable to stick to a routine study schedule, or is not able to complete assignments without daily reminders from a teacher. 3) Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills Communication skills are vital in online learning because students must seek help when they need it. Teachers are willing to help students, but they are unable to pick up on non-verbal cues, such as a look of confusion on a student's face. So use the tools provided by the school to communicate with your teachers. 4. Basic Technical Skills Online learners need basic technical skills to succeed. These include the ability to create new documents, use a word processing program, navigate the Internet, and download software. 5. Motivation and Independence To be successful, an online student has to want to succeed. Online learning requires independence, internal motivation, responsibility, and a certain level of maturity. 6. A Good Study Environment Another critical component of academic success is a good study environment. Get some peace and quiet. You will need a quiet place to work without distractions from things like television, family, or roommates. Avoid games. Turn off your cell phone. Don’t surf the internet while studying. Set up good lighting and comfortable seating. What other topics can you add to the list?
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Carla Santos
Mar 25, 2021
In Cultural Festivals
For language lovers, here are some suggestions for your bucket list: Rosetta Stone – British Museum in London The ancient Rosetta Stone’s three-language inscription unlocked the 1400-year-old secret of hieroglyphics in one of the most significant feats of translation ever performed. Museum of the Alphabet, in Waxhaw, North Carolina Founded in 1991, the museum came together as a culmination of the study of minority languages around the world. Some of these languages had yet to take written form. The museum features a chronological history of written language. Boonville, California A local dialect born in the late 19th century is only spoken in this isolated California valley. Esperanto Museum – Vienna, Austria Museum devoted to the artificial language of Esperanto. Temple of the Inscriptions – Chiapas, Mexico This impressive, nine-level ancient Maya Temple contains panels and piers covered in carved images and huge amounts of hieroglyphic Maya script. Shiloah (Siloam) inscription - City of David, Jerusalem, Israel Found within Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Shiloah inscription was for many years considered the oldest Hebrew inscription until a surprise discovery in 2013. National Museum of Language – College Park, Maryland Designed “to inspire an appreciation for the magic and beauty of language,” this volunteer-run museum focuses on language diversity in America. Ikom Monoliths – Cross River State, Nigeria These volcanic-stone monoliths of unknown age feature faces and patterns as well as inscriptions in Nsibidi, a West Central African script possibly 7,000 years old.
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Carla Santos
Feb 17, 2021
In Plurilingual
Do you know them? Let’s have a look. English “hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism” This word which is almost impossible to pronounce simply means the love for long words. Finnish “käsipyyherullajärjestelmä” This word means a system that is responsible for drying your hands. “lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas” This word with 61 letters, believe it or not, designates a trainee as a vice lieutenant in the technical field who specializes in aircraft engines. French, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese “anticonstitutionnellement ” (French) “anticonstitucionalmente” (Spanish) “anticonstitucionalment” (Catalan) “anticonstitucionalissimamente” (Portuguese) A word that is probably used relatively frequently in some Romance languages and that you should definitely know when you are learning one of these languages. Translated in English it means “unconstitutional”. Polish “konstantynopolitańczykowianeczka” This is how a girl who lived in Constantinople is called in Polish. German Zusammengehörigkeitsgefühl Feeling of solidarity Nahrungsmittelunverträglichkeit Food intolerance Donaudampfschifffahrsgesellschaftskapitänswitwe Captain of a Danube steamship company driving a widow. Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung Automobile liability insurance Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung Road Traffic Licensing Regulations Especially in German, there are many nested words. This means that in a long word you can find many small words that you can also be used alone. Here is an example: Long word: Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung Land transaction approval transferring responsibilities regulation You will find these words in the long word: Grundstück – Verkehr – Genehmigung – Zuständigkeit – Übertrag – Verordnung à Land - Traffic - Authorization - Jurisdiction - Transfer - Regulation
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Carla Santos
Feb 04, 2021
In Translation & Interpretation
Translation services are becoming an increasingly utilized tool in the 21st century. As technology and means of travel advance, foreign countries are metaphorically getting closer and closer together. Companies are beginning to sell their products abroad and need to tap into a market that speaks a different language. Tech companies are launching new sites or applications that need to be translated into hundreds of different languages to be operational worldwide. Individuals are eager to move abroad to learn about a new culture and need help with translations of important documents. The need for translation services is seemingly endless. Whether it’s the need for a professional translator for personal or business reasons, there is an increasing demand for this service in general. Here are the languages in the highest demand for translators: Spanish Most people will be able to guess correctly that Spanish is the language in the highest demand for translators. This demand is worldwide, but it is also especially high in the United States. There are countless reasons for this high-level of need. First and foremost, there are more Spanish-speaking countries in the world than in any other language. This language is officially spoken in four different continents (Europe, Africa, North America, and South America) and in 20 different countries. When operating internationally, the chances are very high that a company or individual will come into contact with the Spanish language. Geography is another major reason why Spanish is a language in high demand for translators. The United States borders one of the largest Spanish-speaking countries in the world and lies north of the highest concentration of these Spanish-speaking countries. These geographical realities also have increased the demand for translation services in the United States. A professional Spanish translator can help with all of these scenarios. Mandarin Mandarin is another language in very high demand, especially in the international business sector and it is spoken by over 1.2 billion people. In fact, one in six people speaks Mandarin. Unlike the Spanish language, however, the demand for Mandarin is not geographical. A majority of Mandarin speakers all live within the borders of mainland China. Business and international relations are driving the demand for this language. As China is one of the world’s biggest players in the international business industry, companies are in need of translation services for Mandarin. These services allow companies to effectively communicate, sell and manage business overall with Chinese corporations. German After Chinese and Spanish, German is also a language in high demand for translation services. Part of this need is motivated by the difficulty of the German language. Many people forgo learning German altogether because of the complex sentence structure and syntax. Another reason for this high demand is the booming German economy. As one of the strongest economies in Europe, businesses from around the world have a high chance of working with a company from Germany. There is no doubt that some languages are in higher demand regarding translation services than others. However, every language has the potential of being in high demand. What about you? Do you agree that Spanish, Mandarin, and German are the languages in high demand for translators? Which languages are in high demand for you?
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Carla Santos
Jan 28, 2021
In Language Learning
1. Connect! One of the most rewarding aspects of the human experience is our ability to connect with others. Being able to communicate with someone in his or her language is an incredible gift. Bilinguals have the unique opportunity to communicate with a wider range of people in their personal and professional lives. Knowing the language makes you a local no matter where you are, opening up your world literally and figuratively. 2. Advance Your Career Language skills can be a significant competitive advantage that sets you apart from your monolingual peers. They are among the top eight skills required of all occupations—no matter your sector or skill level—and the demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. Employers are seeking professionals who can communicate seamlessly with customers in new and expanding overseas markets, as well as serve and sell to a large foreign-born population here at home. As an added incentive, in many instances, language skills also lead to hiring bonuses and increased salaries. Whatever your career aspiration—with language skills added to the mix, you’re ahead of the crowd! 3. Feed Your Brain The many cognitive benefits of learning languages are undeniable. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. They switch between competing tasks and monitor changes in their environment more easily than monolinguals, as well as display signs of greater creativity and flexibility. If that weren’t enough, as we age, being bilingual or multilingual also helps to stave off mental aging and cognitive decline. 4. Deepen Your Connection to Other Cultures Language is the most direct connection to other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language exposes us to and fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language. Greater understanding, in turn, promotes greater tolerance, empathy, and acceptance of others—with studies showing that children who have studied another language are more open toward and express more positive attitudes toward the culture associated with that language. 5. See the World Traveling as a speaker of the local language can revolutionize a trip abroad. While monolingual travelers are capable of visiting the same places, travelers who know more than one language are more easily able to navigate outside the tourist bubble and to connect and interact with the place and its people in a way that is often inaccessible to those without the language. Learning a second language also opens additional doors to opportunities for studying or working abroad. What other benefits can you add to this list?
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