Archive for September, 2015

The Importance of a Second Language and a Language School

The economy today is getting more and more globalized, which means that people are interacting across countries and cultures; this was not the case before. To take full advantage of this opportunity, it is very important to attend a language school and learn a second language.

If you learn a new language it will surely help you to correspond across cultures and run your business in places you wouldn’t have interacted with otherwise. The ability to communicate in another language allows you to speak with your customers in the language they are most comfortable with.

Many business leaders are recognizing that in order to compete in the international market they need to be well adept in several foreign languages. Knowledge of your clients’ language and culture shows that you respect them as individuals. It also shows that you understand their needs better than your business competitors who may not have this background.

Your clients are more likely to trust you when you speak their language. There will also be a closer relationship between you, rather than if you were to conduct all communications using a translator. This can be an important step in building strong and lasting business relationships, which in turn will help make your business more successful.

Besides, a second language is also necessary if you want to explore a different culture and visit new places.

An article published in The New York Times stated, “The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function – a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems, and performing various other mentally demanding tasks.”

Learning a second language improves brain function and stimulates creativity. Learning a new language allows you to make connections you couldn’t make before because every language approaches the world in a different way. As a result, it helps you understand the world from the point of view of a different culture, so you gain a better appreciation of society with all its variety.

This becomes another important reason to learn a second language. You not only gain the capability of communicating across cultures, but you also develop the faculty to understand another perspective.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise either that some various psychological studies have shown that reading literary fiction improves empathy. By learning about others we are able to better understand and empathize with their concerns, needs, and goals.

The Origin of Popular Fashion Items

model-600238_640If we are true fashion lovers then we all know that having a conversation with another fashion lover is a beautiful thing to do. If we go to stylish parties the main subject people talk about, well, it’s fashion of course. It’s better to have some historical notions about fashion and fashion clothing. We present you 4 popular items in the fashion scene and their origins.

  1. High Heels

This word is abbreviated form high-heel footwear. It means footwear that raises the heel of the women significantly higher that the toes. Dating 3500 B.C. high heels could be seen on ancient Egyptian paintings. These images are showing Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to set them apart from the lower class that would normally go barefoot. Platform sandals could be seen in the ancient Romans and Greeks. They were particularly popular amongst actors.

High heels have fallen in and out of popularity after the Second World War, and they became more in trend in the late 1990s. Today a lot of women wear high heels, from kitten heels to stiletto heels.

  1. Sandals

Sandals are considered outdoor footwear usually worn by people in warmer climates and warmer seasons. The oldest sandals were discovered in the state of Oregon, and have the age of at least 10,000 years. The word sandals derives from the Greek word sandal. The ancient Greeks wore sandals made of willow leaves or fibers. The ancient Egyptians wore sandals made of palm-leaves and papyrus. In the modern days you can find many types of sandals from jelly sandals to high-heeled sandals.

  1. Vogue

This word can be defined as something that is fashionable or popular in a particular time and space. It comes from Middle French “vogue”, that means fashion, success. Vogue is also the name of the most popular fashion magazine in the world. In 1892, Arthur Turnure founded Vogue as a weekly newspaper in the USA. But only in the 1930’s Vogue became a fashion illustration magazine. In the 1960’s it had a popularity boom, because the magazine began to appeal to the youth’s sexual revolution. Today, Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chef for American Vogue, since 1988.

  1. Flannel

Flannel means warm, loosely woven woolen stuff. The word is related to the Middle English “flanen” and others traced it to the Welsh word “gwalen”, that means woolen cloth. Flannel is a soft woven fabric that was originally made from carded wool, but now is made from cotton, wool or synthetic fiber. The flannel fabric appeared in the 17th century, and it was gradually replacing the older Welsh plains. Originally it was made from fine, short staple wood, but in the modern days it is a mix of silk and cotton.

womens-power-985914_640The fashion industry is a modern industry that creates regularly clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry and many more. It’s important to be informed about fashion design and the origins of fashion clothes.

Why Others Speak More Languages Than You

Ever wondered how this one individual manages to speak around five languages and fluently at that too yet you can barely fluently speak your third language? This happens to many of us as we scratch our heads wondering how the other person speaks so many languages while we cannot.

Reasons why people speak more languages than others

There are special schools where students are subjected to learning two more languages different from their mother tongues and those used in their country or national languages. For example in the United States of America many students learn Spanish as a foreign language while most African schools teach German, French, English and Portuguese.

There are people who are products of mixed races or interracial relationships and therefore sometimes adopt the mother tongues of both their parents. If they happen to be in a foreign land they also learn that country’s languages as well.

There are people who for various reasons have traveled all over the world, never settling in a particular area and therefore get from one country to another as their jobs or passions demand; the passions might include sports, music, art, adventure, tourism and many more. Here one is exposed to many languages and ends up speaking as many languages as there can be.

There are people though who one can refer to as naturally born multi lingual because they easily learn and speak foreign languages fluently even on their own without having to go live in a particular country where the language is spoke, or without having to enroll for lessons of that particular languages thus being able to speak many languages.

Reasons why people are not multi lingual

There are people who were born, raised, got married and went to school in one single geographical area or country and therefore grew up speaking the language used and accustomed to in that particular country because they had no chance to travel anywhere else thus had no reason to learn a different language. For example, the ordinary people in Tanzania speak the Swahili language and bother not to learn any other because that particular language is spoken and understood by almost everyone in Tanzania and the East African community.

While others have no access to foreign languages like in the above case, there are other individuals who are just lazy to learn new languages. Even when they get to travel to foreign countries or learn foreign languages as part of the academic curriculum, the interest is just not there.

Others relax because of the existence of translations and interpretations services in their areas thus do not bother to learn other languages. There are very many translations agencies world over that focus on providing translations to and from all languages across the world as requested by the client.

International languages one can learn for easier communication include;

• Japanese
• Chinese
• Swahili
• English
• Portuguese
• German
• Spanish