Internet is a blessing

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had, Eric Schmidt.

The Internet has been a boom and curse for teenagers, J. K Rowlings.

Who can deny the importance and impact that Internet has on our lives, on all types of businesses, and the many amazing resources that it provides us!

Nowadays, smartphones are connected to the Internet constantly so we are online everywhere, all the time. Let’s try to get the best out of it and maximise your chances of success:
LEARN TO FIND RELIABLE AN USEFUL INFORMATION:

We have talked about how important a mentor is for your success. However, finding one is very difficult and challenging. One option is to use people who you cannot interact face to face with, and yet you can learn from, and imitate as role models. Moreover, microblogging services, such as Twitter and Tuenti can help you establish some kind of communication channel.

The point I want to emphasize is that each communication channel requires its own style.

Life is too serious to be taken seriously

Through humour, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. Once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it, Bill Cosby.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Monty Python.

Life is not only about work, clients, or academic results. Our life is rapidly changing in all aspects in such a manner that some of us may not be ready for the changes. Cultivate a good sense of humour, laugh at yourself and your circumstances because what you think is clear and certain today, may well not be tomorrow. It is not about denying problems or responsibilities, but learning to cope with them in a healthier way.
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“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on,” Bob Newhart. We all get our share of tragedies, but laughter allows us to accept that there are many things we cannot change, as well as, connecting with loved ones, temporarily stepping outside our space and time, putting things into perspective, making a stand about an issue, dealing with it, and finally, moving on.

It helps us see the bigger picture, reduce our fears, problems, and worries, and improve our attitude towards them. In short, it provides many resources for overcoming them or, at least, coping with and accepting them.

As Elbert Hubbard said and I quote: “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” The idea is to stop being serious all the time, and to face your problems and tragedies with good humour. Do not get overwhelmed or confused by obstacles along the way, by your circumstances, by how far away your goals are. It is about how to make smarter, richer, more pleasant and desirable lifestyle choices that encourage constant and hard work, a good spirit and sacrifice despite obstacles and adversities.

Laughter improves our health, for example, it relieves emotional stress and pain: “Laughter is a tranquillizer with no side effects,” Arnold H. Glasgow; “Each time a man laughs, he adds a couple of days to his life,” Curzio Malaparte.
It encourages positive thoughts and feelings, helps increase mental satisfaction by making it easier for people to cope with difficult situations, it generates happiness and improves relationships with relatives, colleagues, friends, and partners, and therefore, increases our chances of success.

Humour is very important for a healthy lifestyle, and yet, it is often neglected. Let me show you how to get started.

Please remember, don’t ever let a day go by without putting a smile on your face!
Even Google Has Good Sense of Humour

Fear of failure

Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can! and I will!, Napoleon Hill.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

skyscraper Do you have fear of making wrong decisions, trying new things, starting new romantic relationships, etc.? Do you think that you are not good enough for that degree or job? Do you only try things in your comfort zone where you are completely sure that you can succeed?
If that’s the case, you have fear of failure, but what can yo do about it?

Now, think hard: “What would you do if you were not afraid?,” Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese. Embrace the unknown and just go for it! Commit yourself to success with persistence and determination.

Fears & Phobias in kids

To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest, Unknown.

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What is it?

Fear is an emotion, a basic survival mechanism, the ability to recognise danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response).

There are many types of fears and phobias, from the fear of animals (spiders, insects, snakes, etc.), monsters, and ghosts, to fears of getting lost, of being alone, failure, the dark, the bogeyman, etc. Doubts and fears can prevent us from chasing our dreams, from achieving success in our personal and professional lives.

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You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind, Dale Carnegie

OK, what can we do about it?

Remember: unless we’re being physically threatened, the fear is only in our minds. Fear can be defeated by rational arguments (“monsters do no exist,” “failure is the mother of success”); by talking about them with your loved ones and friends; by accepting them; by strong, decisive, and brave actions (“Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the will to overcome it)”; by facing it every time it comes your way; by putting your faith in God, etc.

If you are are experiencing any kind of fear, please follow these simple instructions: sit down; breathe deeply and fully to get enough oxygen; relax, try to calm yourself down so the fear recedes a little; apply some of the advice that we’ve offered you: get distracted, think logically, talk to someone, find a security object, etc.

How to become bilingual.

The conjugation of verbs is to language what the periodic table is to chemistry, or the atom is to physics, or numbers are to Maths.

Once you have learnt how to conjugate the verbs, all of the rest of the lexicon and vocabulary will come through practice.

Practice is the only way to learn a new language. The most important factor is to generate the intention and the willpower to become bilingual.

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Being bilingual is the first step and then, afterwards it is a matter of relative ease to consequently become trilingual and then subsequently multilingual.1

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.Michael Jordan.

A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound. A grapheme is a specific base unit of a writing system. It is a way of writing down a phoneme. Examples of graphemes include the capital letter and the small letter forms of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet (a, b, c, d, etc.), numerical digits (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), punctuation marks (“,”, “?”, “!”, “(“, etc.), and the individual symbols of any of the world’s writing systems.

In English, a grapheme (a letter or a number of letters that represent a sound) can be composed of more than one letter, such as, “sh”, “tch” and “ough”.

One big difference between English and other languages (like Italian, French, or Spanish) is that English does not have accent marks (canción, étudiant, forêt, etc.) However, it does have:

Words are made of syllables (tomato = to + ma + to, window = win + dow) and syllables of letters. Words also have cadence and rhythm.

English is a language which follows a “Subject, Verb, Object” pattern. It is a sentence structure where the subject comes first, the verb second, and the object third.


1. Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Learning linguistics is an important part of learning foreign languages. It includes phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis.
Morphology is the study of the internal structure of words, and of the rules by which words are formed. Phonology is the study of how sounds are organized and used in natural languages.
Syntax is the study of the principles and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages. It is one of the major components of grammar. Semantic is the study of meaning in a language. Pragmatic studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning.
Orthography is the linguistic study of written language. It includes spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, word breaks, emphasis, and punctuation.

Language Exchange

It is very difficult to achieve a good level of English or any other language without direct face to face contact with a native. You may enroll in an academy, have private lessons, learn it at Secondary School or simply just travel abroad.

Another option is an exchange, two people or mixed groups of native speakers of two different languages spend half the time speaking in one language and half the time in the other language. All adopt two roles, one as a teacher and one as a student.

Why is it a good idea?

Search settings

Be aware that some websites are NOT free:

English operating systems and applications

Set your operating system and applications to English. If you use Windows, you are running out of luck because Windows only comes with one language by default and you can’t change it.

However, if you use GNU/Linux, you can change the language of both the operating system, and all the applications at will. For instance, in Ubuntu, you can change it from: System Settings > Language Support > Languages.

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There are also many applications on the market that let you choose the language during the installation process. Some good examples are web browsers such as, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox allows you to install many add-ons that are very useful for learning English. Once you have launched Mozilla Firefox, select Tools, and then, Add-ons.

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Visit the Add-ons website for Firefox. As you can see in the Language Support category, you have access to translators, dictionaries, Text to Voice, etc.

You can also install more Search Engines to make your life easier: Manage Search Engines > Get more or Manage search engines. Good examples are: The Free Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Google Translator for Firefox, Quick Translator, Ask.com, Bing, and Goofram Search.

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Monolingual dictionaries

Try as much as possible not to translate your thoughts and sentences into English, but to think in English.

Avoid using online translators, such as Google Translator

Take advantage of monolingual dictionaries like:

Google is your English friend

Go to Google and click on Search settings, Languages and select English as your language of choice in “Which language should Google products use?” and “Currently showing search results in: English.”

Make sure you also save the settings by clicking the blue SAVE button below the page!

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Writing

Spell Check

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