How to Meet Native Speakers to Practice Languages

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Hi guys,

I’m learning that the key to studying a language is that you have to use it constantly through speaking, reading, listening and writing. The reading and writing part, while difficult, is something that you can do on your own (after learning the basics). I mean, you can buy a grammar book and practice or read articles on the internet, for example. However, the part that a lot of people struggle with is the speaking and listening part. To become proficient in this area of language learning, many people, including myself, like to have access to a native speaker in order to practice.

The reality is that you may not live near a community of people who speak the language that you want to practice. One solution that I’ve found to this problem is sharedtalk.com.

If you cannot leave the country nor do not have access to native speakers then Shared Talk will be a gold mine. Powered by Rosetta Stone, this site puts language learners in contact with native speakers in group and individual chats.  This site is one of the best resources to use when learning a language because you are speaking with native speakers. Seamlessly, you learn grammar and vocabulary (did I mention slang too) because you are putting your studies to use.

In the video below I walk your briefly through this virtual language exchange site.

How do you meet people to practice languages?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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How to Apply Eyeliner

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Hi guys,

What are some of your goals for 2015? Are you still trying to accomplish them? For me, one of my goals for 2015 is to learn how to apply eyeliner. I remember avoiding eyeliner because I didn’t know how to apply it. But…I got over that fear and bought some and started practicing. After all, the best way to learn how to do something is to practice and occasionally embarrass yourself. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than last year when I didn’t wear any. Who knew drawing a straight line on your face was so hard??

I am not a beauty guru, but in the video below I give my take on how to apply eyeliner from a Rookie perspective. This was probably my second or third time practicing with eyeliner.

Oh, and I know it’s a matter of personal choice, but I soo prefer liquid eyeliner over pencil.

Do you have any eyeliner tips?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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All Work, No Play?

From the moment my alarm goes off at 4:45 am—Yes you’ve read right—I am on the go until about 9-10 pm at night. During these 18 hours or so, you will find me blogging, editing, studying, working out, or at my paying day job.

While I love my hobbies (blogging and languages)…and yes, I have other hobbies J, by Friday I’m spent. By Friday, I don’t want to blog or learn how to translate a sentence. I don’t want to give advice nor do I want to be intellectual. I’d rather catch up on the shows I’ve missed, eat delicious foods, go to church, and see my family and friends.

The weekends are a time to chill. Even God took a day off.

And I’m slowly coming to this realization that it is better not to do any work (including blogging) on the weekends. My to-do lists can wait until Monday and there’s no need to get up super early on Saturdays and Sundays. Although, there’s things that I want to get done, my body nor my mental health agrees with me working past my day job on Fridays.

In life there needs to be a balance. Too much of anything is never good. I don’t want to reach old age and look back on my life and say all I did was work. That’s kinda sad.

And no, taking time out to rest, enjoy yourself, or to occasionally do nothing is not being lazy. It’s being human and that’s perfectly okay.

Cheers to a productive week. And if I can’t get it all done by Friday…it will just have to wait until next Monday.

How do you find balance in your life?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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Spanish/Chinese Languages Update

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Hi Guys,

I’m back with another languages update. I wanted to change my approach to how I do these updates. For the time being, I decided for Spanish to have a series or questions that I could respond to. In the video below, I talk about St. Patrick’s Day. While doing this I learned a few new words including Cristianismo (Christianity), Duende (leprechaun), and Irlandés (Irish). Forcing myself to speak about a wide range of topics helps me to build my speaking skills as well as build my vocabulary. Moving from intermediate Spanish to advanced Spanish is hard because it seems as if I plateaued. But, this is one technique (making progress videos and speaking on topics I wouldn’t normally talk about) that will help me reach the next level.

As far as Chinese goes, I found that while writing on my phone and paper may seem similar it is a different ball game. I guess when you’re used to using one medium (the phone) to practice writing characters, it makes writing on paper difficult. Now don’t get me wrong, I love using Skritter to help me learn Chinese characters/words…I don’t think I would know as many as I do now without the app. But writing them on paper takes some getting used to. I want to write by paper a few times a week while still using Skritter. If you want to see my review on Skritter, click here.

Writing Chiinese

Rookie Note to Languages:

Man, it seems difficult now. So many words I don’t know…but if I keep at it and practice consistently I will get it eventually. If I give up now, in two years I will have the same progress I’ve made to this point. But, if I practice everyday a little bit over the next two years…wow…I think will be in business. So, keep going. A little each day goes a long way.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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My Notes on Buying a Used Car

It’s Hump Day!

I hope everyone is getting through this week well and moving one step closer to your dreams and goals. If you’re not, well…today is a new day (see this post for some encouragement)!

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Y’all, I am in the process of buying a good ole´ used car…Well, I’m still in the search stage. I want something reliable, gas efficient and that does not cost a whole lot of money. Ideally, I would like to purchase a car without taking a bunch of auto-loans out. I can dream, can’t I?

Since I’m on the journey of buying a used car, I have started to collect a few Rookie Notes when it comes to this matter. Now mind you, before this process I knew almost nothing about cars. The only thing I knew was how to drive one (I’ve had my license since high school), and even some people might disagree with my knowledge base there. I kid, I kid.

Anyways, so this is what I’ve learned:

  • Hondas, Toyotas, Fords, Dodges & maybe Subaru’s are decent, affordable cars to buy that don’t give people nightmares.
  • When buying used anything under 100,000 miles is usually good. Fewer miles the better!
  • Check out Kelley Blue Book to compare car price values when buying used or new. You don’t want to pay too much.
  • The price you see listed is not the actual cost. Raise the cost a few thousand dollars in order to include taxes and fees (at least in America).

Well these are a few of my Rookie Notes when it comes to buying a used car. I would love to read your notes in the comment section below. Also, feel free to correct me :-)

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Until next time,

Chelsea

Opportunities You Should Know About

Are you interested in international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, global governance, globalization, or art and culture? If you are looking to obtain a bachelors, masters or PhD in cultural diplomacy at a fraction of the cost of U.S. programs, this opportunity may be for you.

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies in Berlin partners with Furtwangen University (HFU) in Germany, the University of Siena in Italy and Babes-Bolyai University and the University of Bucharest in Romania.

Through a joint partnership students can receive degrees such as:

  • MA Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy (One Year Program)
  • MBA in International Economics & Cultural Diplomacy (Two Year Program)
  • PhD program in International Relations and European Studies
  • BA in Political Science with a concentration in Cultural Diplomacy (3 Year Program)

Classes, which are taught by high profile politicians, professors and experienced professionals from the private and public sectors, provides students the opportunity to garner experiential experience and access to “high-level” knowledge and relationships.

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Dtudies

According to the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies the benefits of earning one of their degrees are:

  • Exclusive & Privileged Access to ICD Events & Programs- Students will have exclusive and privileged access to all ICD events and programs around the world, which will provide opportunities to network and build contact with world leaders and prominent experts in a diversity of fields from around the world. In addition, students will be offered important roles in these events such as moderating or chairing certain components of the events, conducting interviews with high-level speakers and delegates and presenting & publishing papers in the framework of the events.
  • Guaranteed Expertise in the Field of Cultural Diplomacy- The programs guarantee to provide students with expertise in the field of cultural diplomacy.
  • International Learning Experience- The programs provide students with the advantage of learning in two major cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in two different cultures.
  • Hybrid Model of University+NGO Partnership- The programs consist of a unique structure that provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience parallel to their studies by giving them the opportunity to participate in and support the activities of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy including its major international conferences, which will also save them time in their careers and guarantee that they will have this experience in their CV.
  • Expertise in a Minimum of Two Leading Academic Fields- The programs provide students with expertise in at least two distinct academic fields (such as cultural diplomacy as well as international relations), which will give them a significantly greater number of career options in the future and will be give them a considerable advantage within the political arena against students who simply have a BA/MA/PhD in only one field, such as only International Relations.
  • Professional Development Semester- During the Professional Development semester of the program, students will be able to create and implement their own events and programs on Cultural Diplomacy. This professional experience will allow students the opportunity to immediately apply the knowledge they have gained in the in the professional world. This also provides valuable relevant professional experience, contacts and relationships that can assist students in preparing for their future careers.

Financial Cost:

The reason why I decided to pass this information along is because the degrees offered by the Center of Cultural Diplomacy studies and the partner universities are a fraction of the cost of programs offered in the United States. For example, the cost for a one year master’s degree at the University of Siena, Italy is 9,000 euros. Or the cost of a two year master’s degree program in Furtwangen University (HFU) in Germany is 12,000 euros. You can’t beat that, especially with the current fall of the euro.

For more information on pricing click here.

Enrollment Dates:

For these programs you can apply in the spring (two sessions), summer or fall. For more information click here.

I do not endorse these programs but am simply passing along information that can be beneficial to someone. If you are looking to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in Europe, which focuses on international relations and cultural diplomacy, at the fraction of the cost of degrees in the U.S.A, this opportunity is one you should know about.

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Life is a Marathon

Maybe you wasted too much time scrolling on Instagram and Facebook…Maybe you had every intention of waking up early and getting a head start on your day, but you are still reeling from burning the midnight oil. Maybe you had every intention of keeping your house clean, but currently reality is laughing at your intentions. It happens to all of us where we get knocked off of our high horses, only to find ourselves drowning in to-do lists and fading dreams. We feel stuck because we don’t know how to get going again…because we don’t know how to jumpstart ourselves into being the person we idealize in our heads. But it’s never too late. Every day you wake up is another opportunity to get it right. If you find yourself in a rut of should-ofs, could-ofs, would-ofs, just get started again. Remember life is a marathon, not a sprint. You can do it…we all can. Happy Wednesday!

life is a marathon

Until next time,

Chelsea

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