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Motivational Quotes

by Taylor Pebley October 24th, 2012 18 comments More

Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal or project, such as speaking a new language, just to realize a few weeks or even only a few days later that your excitement and motivation have failed? I have. It’s always such a bummer…and it’s frustrating. We’re ambitious people! We want to be successful and progressive! We should be able to accomplish these extremely reachable goals! Well, one of the best ways I’ve found to overcome this tendency to burn out like a shooting star is to frequently read/say motivational quotes and then do something right away to implement those quotes.

There are thousands of motivational quotes out there. My suggestion is to start with a simple search on Google. I have collected a few over the years, and here are some of my favorites:

  • “I will do today what others will not do, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot do.” – Randy Gage
  • “Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.” – Russell Kirsch, invented the first computer
  • “Just do it.” – Popularized by Nike
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” – Joyce C. Lock
  • “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” – Cecile Springer
  • “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
  • “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

I hope you’ve found one or more of these to add to your collection. Regardless of what goal you are working on or weakness you are trying to overcome, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Use motivational quotes to help you succeed. Comment and share your own favorite quotes!

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World News of the Weekend

by Jake Beus October 22nd, 2012 2 comments More

It’s Monday, and that means we need to take a look back and try to get a grasp of what happened over the weekend. We do our best to stay updated with what’s going on around the world, and here is some of the notable world news of this past weekend.

The World’s oldest survivor of Auschwitz death camp dies at the age of 108, via Fox News. Antoni Dobrowolski died Sunday in the northwestern Polish town of Debno, according to Jaroslaw Mensfelt, a spokesman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.

UCI agrees to strip Armstrong of his 7 Tour titles, via Fox News. As far as cycling’s governing body is concerned, Lance Armstrong is out of the record books. Once considered the greatest rider in tour history, the American was cast out Monday by his sport.

BMW to build plant in Brazil, via Fox News. Officials say German automaker BMW AG will build a factory in southern Brazil. BMW will invest approximately $500 million to build the plant.

Please tweet @learntalk and let us know what other stories we should include and link to.

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Learning a Language : Our Mission

by Brent Jenkins October 19th, 2012 2 comments More

Every organization needs to have a mission.  This is the purpose, the overriding goal behind everything that we do.  We here at LearnALanguage.com had a very long, intense discussion over what our mission would be.  We think that you’ll be excited about this:

Our Mission: To make language-learning a convenient and social habit through modern technology.

 Pretty simple, right?  Let’s break it down together, just to see exactly why we’re here and what we’re doing.

  • Language-learning: We operate based on the assumption that everyone is interested in learning a second, third or fourth language (or ought to be so).  The benefits are enormous and let’s face it – no one will ever regret learning another language.  We all have our own reasons, and that’s good enough for us.
  • Convenient: We know that convenience is a major factor in how and when people are going to focus on learning.  A big part of that is money.  If you buy a language course (RosettaStone, Pimsleur, RocketSpanish, etc.), you’re going to be out about $300 (give or take).  If you go with LearnALanguage.com instead, you’re going to spend……. $0 – doesn’t that feel good?  We’re here when you need us, for free.  We have a huge variety of topics and learning methods.
  • Social: When we say “social”, we mean that we want you to be excited enough about learning a language that you invite your friends and family.  We’re making it easy to share these free lessons via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and many other ways.  It just makes sense.  If you like something, you share it.  If you find yourself at a great party with free food, you call your friends so that they can enjoy the happiness too.  Sharing is a great idea.
  • Making Learning a Habit: Let’s be honest: the only way to truly learn over a lifetime is to make learning a habit.  We’re making it easy to come back on a regular basis.  It doesn’t cost you anything, you’re actually learning, great games and activities to review – what’s not to love?
  • Modern Technology: LearnALanguage.com uses cutting-edge technology to make sure that we offer you the best learning experience possible.  Our future plans are enormous and we’re excited to unveil them soon.  We know that our fans are going to be happy with all of the new things that we will soon be offering, all for free.  We believe that we all benefit and learn most effectively by harnessing modern technology.

We love our fans, and we’re excited to introduce you to the future of language-learning.

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Red Bull Stratos – World Record Jump

by Jake Beus October 18th, 2012 1 comment More

This past weekend, some of you were able to witness a historic moment as Felix Baumgartner leaped more than 120,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico. He broke the free-fall record set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. I think it’s great that it was sponsored by Red Bull and a few other companies. I have a slight obsession/addiction to Red Bull, and it’s great to see that some of the money I spend to keep me caffeinated has been going to science and education. This jump was seen live via webcast by millions across the world in a few different languages. So, my props go to the fine folks at Red Bull for making that happen. Enjoy this short video of the live jump:

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Flash Card Apps

by Jake Beus October 17th, 2012 11 comments More

When I first began learning Spanish, it was important for me to consistently review and reinforce what I was learning. In fact, that is still very important today and will be forever. I reviewed reading, computer and audio materials and would take notes of a few concepts I was learning and  glance at them throughout the day. Before smartphones, I used index cards for review. Now I do virtually everything on my PC or my iPhone.

I recently had a need for a flash cards app and away I went to the app store. In my research, one particular website about flashcards apps was very useful. I suggest you visit flashcardapps.info to view information about 167 flashcard apps for the iPhone and iPad.

That website owner gives a few features you need to consider when trying to find the best flash card app for you:

  • Ability to download ready-made cards from Quizlet, Study Stack, Flashcard Exchange or the ProVoc library
  • Ability to share stacks over wi-fi, bluetooth or email
  • Import and export spreadsheets and textfiles
  • Ability to track and change your flash card stacks
  • Sync across multiple devices
  • Sounds, images, text-to-speech
  • Translation
After looking over many of them, these are 3 of my favorites (the links will open in iTunes):

Flashcards
Quizlet
Chegg Flashcards

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Funny Communication Fails

by Brent Jenkins October 16th, 2012 3 comments More

FAIL

The word “fail” is one of the most popular search words in Google and YouTube.  For some reason, human beings find enjoyment in watching the slip-ups and trip-ups of their fellow earth-dwellers.  America’s Funniest Home Videos, a TV show based solely on people falling over, is one of the most popular, family-centered TV shows of all time.  There’s nothing wrong with that (mostly), but here is the question: How do you make sure that you are the one watching these ‘fails’, not the one performing?

WAY TO UP: Don’t be whoever wrote this sign…

I can’t tell you how to ride a bike properly, or how NOT to jump into a swimming pool, but I can give you some help with the language blunders that happen so often.  We’ve all heard the horror stories, and some of us have been unfortunate enough to tell those stories in the first-person.  I vividly remember asking a sweet family if I could ‘eat their giant’ on my first trip to Cambodia.  I was so embarrassed, but now (years later), I find it as hilarious as if it had happened to someone else.

What’s the strategy to not be that person?  Be prepared.  Plain and simple, the best way to avoid the small-time, quick-fix mistakes is to do your homework, study intensely and frequently, and love what you’re doing (or trying to do).  We here at LearnALanguage.com pride ourselves on bringing you the best content out there – all for free – so that you no longer have any excuses to procrastinate your preparations.

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Happy Birthday Multi-Language

by Jake Beus October 15th, 2012 3 comments More

Are you tired of saying happy birthday in just one language? Add a little spice to the birthday party by being able to say happy birthday in multiple languages. You could even have a happy birthday multi-language party! Here is a video to help you:

I hope your birthday party is awesome!

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Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

by Brent Jenkins October 12th, 2012 No comments More

What does Friday mean to me?  It means that the weekend is only a few hours away and that it’s time to give my brain a well-deserved break.  Learning a language is important, and we’ve all been working hard.  We deserve a break – check out this video from Mr Jake Beus of LearnALanguage.com and have yourself a good laugh to start off the weekend:

Jake Beus on Learning – Click Here

We’ll see you on Monday!

 

 

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How to Turn Motivation into Celebration

by Jake Beus October 11th, 2012 5 comments More

celebrateWhat gets you motivated? What gets you super-pumped and excited? What events cause celebration in your life? Take a moment and really think about those questions. It may even be helpful to write down your answers. I’d like to take a moment and answer those question for myself, and together I hope we can learn how to turn motivation into celebration.

What gets you motivated? For me, the answer to that question depends on what the goal is. In my life, I usually see or experience something that motivates me and gives me the desire to set a goal and achieve it. For example, I have seen a healthy transformation in my father. For years, he could not sleep in a bed because he would get heartburn every night due to his diet and lack of exercise. He has completely changed his diet, eats much healthier and does his best to avoid eating late at night. He also spends more time exercising than he used to. He has lost weight, feels better and is happier because of this change. His discipline has motivated me to eat healthier, exercise more and be more disciplined in general.

I have also been motivated by others and their desire and commitment to learning, whether it be learning a new language, learning how to wake board or learning how to make homemade pizza. People in my life who are consistently learning seem to live more fulfilling lives. There is a certain excitement that comes from learning from life’s experiences, whether they be your own or someone else’s.

What gets you super-pumped and excited? I have a little brother who is talented in basketball and football, and I get excited watching him score touchdowns, make tackles and swish 3-pointers. I get excited when great things happen to the people close to me, whether it’s a buddy of mine who meets a great girl or someone does well on a test. I get excited when things go right for me, whether it’s finding a solution to a problem or just being blessed with unique opportunities. There are lots of things that make me super-pumped.

What events cause celebration in your life? This question is very similar to the previous question, but there is also a difference. For me, the difference is that excitement can be random and celebration usually is a result of hard work. That being said, here are 2 quotes that I really like regarding celebration:

“Remember to celebrate with others those things you have accomplished together. Celebration creates unity and strengthens relationships.”

“Celebrate every small victory.”

I am a celebrator. I think that people don’t celebrate enough, and perhaps I celebrate too much. If I want to be a millionaire, am I only going to celebrate as soon as I make that first million? No. My philosophy is to celebrate the little things that will ultimately help you achieve your goal. Celebration and motivation are closely tied. Celebrating the small things has helped me to enjoy the journey and stay motivated to keep working toward goals.

How to turn motivation into celebration:  The simple answer is hard work. For me, it’s a cycle of never-ending fun and excitement. This cycle begins as motivation, which translates into hard work, which leads to multiple, small celebrations, which keeps me motivated, which keeps me working, which leads to more celebration. I met a professor at a prestigious university who taught me that when working toward a goal, I should plan, do, evaluate and learn; then plan, do evaluate and learn. I would add celebrate into that cycle of progression, which will ultimately help me to continue the cycle of progression.

One of my favorite movies is Rudy. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. This is the final scene of Rudy, which is a celebration of a great moment that is a result of years of hard work. It’s obviously a dramatic celebration, but think about how you might celebrate more as you watch it. Enjoy:

 

What is something you should be celebrating in your life? Please login and comment below. I’m gonna go celebrate the completion of this post.

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Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Winners

by Taylor Pebley October 10th, 2012 15 comments More

One great way to immerse yourself in a new language is by watching TV or movies in that language. If movies are your choice, you should consider picking from the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winners. Every year since 1956 non-English films that are made outside the United States are nominated for the award.

These nominations and awards make a great resource when looking for the best foreign language films. The winner at the 2012 Academy Awards was “A Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film is in Persian and marks Iran’s first win since the award began. Some other notable nominees from this year included “Bullhead” in Dutch, French and Limburgish; “Footnote” in Hebrew; “In Darkness” in Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian; and “Monsieur Lazhar”  in French.

Yes, speaking is the best way to learn, but watching a foreign movie will definitely help you learn, understand, and love a new language. Know any more great foreign films? Let us know in the comment section.

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