by Jake Beus
November 21st, 2012
Every year around Thanksgiving I take time to reflect about the things for which I am thankful. You can bet that I am grateful for the opportunity to learn Spanish. Learning Spanish has opened doors and provided me with opportunities I would not otherwise have.
I met a Guatemalan man in Boston, Massachusetts on a work visa. His name is Eric Quixaj, and he became one of my great friends. We were able to take part in some service activities together and he has a giant heart. He has since returned to Guatemala and I have been unable to contact him, but the memories remain.
I am certainly not the brightest star in the sky, but I do know that learning Spanish has sharpened my memory. I am under the opinion that, with regard to memory, if you don’t use it, you lose it. I believe that it’s important to continue learning no matter what age you are.
And how can I not take a moment to be thankful for all the Spanish-speaking people I’ve met in my life. I have had the privilege of meeting people from nearly every Spanish-speaking country in the world. I have also had many wonderful home-cooked meals with these wonderful individuals.
Those are a few reasons I’m thankful for learning Spanish. What language are you learning, and why are you thankful for it?
by Jake Beus
November 5th, 2012
The main reason that people give up on a goal is because they don’t remember it. I recall as a child writing down goals I wanted to accomplish for the upcoming year and sealing them in an envelope to be opened in 1 year. All I did was write down goals on a piece of paper and put them in an envelope. I forgot about the experience a few hours later and re-opened the envelope one year later. Do you think I did well on my goals? Nope, I really hadn’t done much to accomplish the goals I had written down one year earlier.
Recently I set a goal to wake up and stay up each morning when my alarm went off. It is especially difficult for me to wake up in the morning when it is cold outside and I am at a perfect temperature in my warm bed with blankets. In Utah, the best sleeping months of the year are upon us (November – February). To combat the comfort of my bed, I keep a spray bottle nearby and spray myself in the face each morning to wake up and stay up. The problem is that I usually don’t remember that the spray bottle is there. A friend told me that I should title the iPhone alarm as ‘spray yourself in the face’. I should set the alarm and place it underneath the spray bottle, which will force me to touch the bottle in order to stop the noise.
What does this have to do with learning a new language? Well, many of you have a goal to learn a new language. That is a great and noble goal. Many of you will get busy and forget that you made this goal. You won’t remember your goal. Plan time each day to work on your goals, and remember to remind yourself. If you can set up alarms and reminders on your cell phone, that is usually the best way to remind yourself. Remember to remember. Do you have any tips or ideas that have helped you remember?
Language learning tips
by Jake Beus
November 1st, 2012
I would like to take a moment of your time and inform you about the language-learning resources on LearnALanguage.com. This website is full of vocabulary and phrases that will help you improve your knowledge of the language you are learning. The site provides you with hundreds of lessons, games and activities in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French to English and Spanish to English.
A few of the pages I visit most often include:
Learning how to say different phrases in other languages is fun. You may want to put a time limit on how long you browse around because you could get lost for hours. You have been warned. What page do you spend the most time on? Login and comment below.
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