10 Ways to Communicate Effectively Pause before responding. I don’t know about you, but I’m often in a rush for something and whenever I’m trying to communicate, I’m usually trying to do so quickly. As hard as it is for me to just pause sometimes, I’ve actually found that it works wonders when it comes to communicating more effectively with others. Sometimes just that tiny break, giving you time to think, is just what you need to really understand what someone else has said or to formulate the thoughts you really want to convey. Be trustworthy and honest. When you’re trustworthy and honest, communication becomes a lot less complicated. You don’t have to think about what you’re going to say wrong and you don’t have to worry about uncovering a secret or a dishonest statement. If you remain open, honest, and worth of trust, you’ll have a much easier time communicating with…

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Some people think that correct English grammar matters only to teachers and is of no real importance in daily life. This is certainly not true. Grammar, regardless of the country or the language, is the foundation for communication. When a message is relayed with the correct grammar, it is easier to understand the purpose and meaning of that message. In order to communicate, a learner should know the grammar of the language. It is important to be able to express yourself, but this should be done in a way that people find easy to understand. Writing that is poorly punctuated and contains grammatical errors is difficult to read and sometimes impossible to understand. If the reader has to go back and re-read a sentence several times because they are not quite sure what it means, it spoils their reading experience and they are quite likely to misunderstand the point or…

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There are hundreds of reasons why you should study abroad. Kaplan thought that writing each one would be too hard. We decided to list the top ten reasons instead. 1. Making Friends Studying abroad might seem scary but it is a great opportunity to make new friends. You will meet people from different countries who are doing the same thing. Sharing your experience with them will create friendships that can last forever. 2. Gaining Confidence Traveling to a different country to study takes courage. You will do things that you have never done before. Succeeding at new challenges will give you extra confidence and turn you into a stronger person. 3. Becoming Independent Some people might not be used to do things for themselves. Studying abroad makes you learn to look after yourself without the help of family. Gaining greater independence will help you to achieve more in life. 4. Food Why study abroad? For…

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Here are ten things that you may not have known about this wonderful language of ours: 1. It is the only major language without an academy to guide it L’Académie française, based in Paris, is in charge of overseeing the French language. Part of its job is suggesting alternatives for the English words that are pouring into French. That’s how email became courriel, for example (although you will still hear it called e-mail in French). For Spanish there is the Real Academia Española. German has the Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung. There is no equivalent to L’Académie for English. Of the 10 most-widely spoken languages in the world, only English has no academy guiding it. There are political reasons for this. The closest Britain ever came to having a language academy was at the start of the eighteenth century, when Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift was lobbying hard for an academy because “our Language is…

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1. Being bilingual has positive effects on the brain Studies show that being bilingual has many cognitive benefits. According to research, speaking a second language can mean that you have a better attention span and can multi-task better than monolinguals. This is because being bilingual means you are constantly switching from one language to the other. Numerous other studies suggest that bilingualism can also reduce the risk of having a stroke. Cognitive benefits effect both bilingual kids and bilingual adults. Children as young as seven months who are exposed to more than one language tend to adjust better to changes in the environment. For older bilinguals, there tends to be less cognitive decline. 2. Bilingualism gives you the educational advantage Many of the cognitive benefits mentioned above can also mean that bilinguals have an advantage at school or further education. Many studies show that those who speak a second language are more likely to be less distracted and more focused on tasks. Even bilingual…

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merry-christmas

There’s more than one way to say Merry Christmas, why not learn it in a different language.   French – Joyeux Noël German – Frohe Weihnachten Mandarin – Sheng Dan Kuai Le (圣诞快乐) Danish – Glædelig Jul Finnish – Hyvää joulua Hungarian – Boldog karácsonyt     Italian – Buon Natale   Norwegian – God Jul   Portuguese – Feliz Natal Russian – rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM (C рождеством!) Spanish – Feliz Navidad Swedish – God Jul   Merry Christmas to all our non-English speakers!

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1 ) Sleep: I usually come home from an exam and jump into bed to catch up on my lost sleep. The couple of days before my exam I find it difficult to get to sleep because of the looming exam but after my exams are finished, I need that period of rest to recuperate from the stressful exam period! 2 ) Go for a celebratory meal: This is something that gets me through many long periods of revision. The thought of going somewhere nice to eat and just having a generally pleasant meal and having a fun time with friends without that nagging feeling of having to revise at the back of my mind is a welcome end to revision and exams. 3 ) Pack/throw away notes: This is very satisfying. Its something that I almost see as a ritual. Packing away revision notes and folders full of lecture…

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art

IS Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of the Intsikizi Tapestries from the Keiskamma Art project during the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The six piece set of the exhibition shows the hunt for the endangered Southern Ground Hornbill (Intsikizi) and focuses on the natural environment. Using the style, composition and content of the famous European artwork “The hunt for the Unicorn” as a starting point, the theme follows in a Xhosa context showing a Xhosa traditional hunt with dogs for the ground hornbill. In the South African context Xhosa dogs are often trained to hunt by hunting the ground hornbill as it is slow to fly, and is associated with rain making, so is hunted in time of drought. It is now endangered and the hope from this work is to engage in a deeper understanding of nature and its meaning in Xhosa life, thus helping to restore traditional values of respect and awe…

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technology

The future of the educational system is practically determined by the development of technology. Some educators and experts are against the trends of implementing EdTech tools and apps in every single aspect of the schooling system, mainly because technology is a source of distraction for students. However, proper technology integration guides students towards greater understanding of all concepts covered in class. Advantages Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere The teaching strategies based on educational technology can be described as ethical practices that facilitate the students’ learning and boost their capacity, productivity, and performance. Technology integration in education inspires positive changes in teaching methods on an international level. Are you still wondering whether or not you should start relying on different apps and tools? The following list of benefits will help you come to a final conclusion. 1. Technology makes teaching easy!  Aren’t you tired of giving theoretical explanations your…

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The importance of setting new year goals. This is an important life skill you need to learn. Here are 10 tips to help you set goals for the new year. 1. Define the Word “Goal” Make sure you know what the word “goal” means. 2. The Importance of Setting Goals Setting a goal will: Improve your confidence. Help you make better decisions. Give you motivation in life. 3. Set Realistic Goals Set small, achievable goals that can be achieved quickly. This will help you understand the process of setting and achieving a goal. 4. Improve Unrealistic Goals Some people may dream big, maybe too big, and you know that this goal will be unachievable. Instead, refine your goal into something you know you will be able to achieve. 5. Develop a Step-by-Step Method to Achieving the Goal Develop a step-by-step method to achieving this goal. 6. Visually Create Your Goal…

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