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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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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How safe is Cape Town? No matter where you go in the world, you will always need to take basic precautions when travelling. Just be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk around with your cellphone in your back pocket, be careful not to walk around alone at night – take someone with you, only take what you need when going out – don’t take a lot of money with you, don’t let anyone help you at banks. What is the weather like in Cape Town? Cape Town has a moderate, Mediterranean-like climate. Summers (December to March) are usually dry and windy, while winters (June to October) are normal cold and wet. What language do Capetonians speak? English is the most spoken language as well as business language in Cape Town. Afrikaans and Xhosa are closely followed as other spoken languages. South Africa has a mixed culture and wide diversity resulting…

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