Learning a foreign language is an enriching experience, and people are becoming more interested in being able to speak a second language thanks in part to the Internet and affordable travel. Deciding which language to learn, however, can be difficult, and those picking a language to study must decide how much time they have, what they wish to get out of it and how practical it will be. Increasingly, people are looking to Mandarin. Here are five reasons to start learning Mandarin this year.
1. Writing is Not as Hard as You Think
Mandarin has a reputation of being an incredibly difficult language to learn, and this belief is not without merit. Since it and English were developed on opposite sides of Eurasia, they have little in terms of similarities. In addition, the Chinese writing system, which requires people to learn thousands of symbols, is undeniably hard. However, pinyin, which uses standard Latin letters, is widely available in China, and there are plenty of resources available in it. While it is important to learn the Mandarin characters, pinyin writing makes the process of learning the language far easier. There is also another alphabet in common use referred to as bopomofo…
Working with a real estate agent is very common when a person decides to sell a home, but it’s also possible to enter the real estate market with a sign that reads, “For sale by owner.” The process of selling a home without the assistance of an agent takes some research, but with enough preparation any homeowner will arrive successfully on the other side of the sales process.
For homeowners who are first-time real estate sellers, the following projects offer the best chance for real estate success.
1. Talk with an agent
Even if a homeowner ultimately decides to sell a home on his own, speaking with a local real estate agent is a perfect way to gain insight into the sales process. Speaking with a real estate agent is also a great way to decide whether going the solo route is feasible or not. Sales statistics from the local area should help a homeowner to figure out the time that might be involved in selling a home, and whether a real estate agent might offer a faster successful sale.
2. Stage the home well
A home buyer needs to see the potential associated with a property, and it’s hard …
The Project Demonstrating Excellence consists of two parts. The first part is a massage training manual, Palliative Massage : Healing Into Dying . The second part is a contextual essay of an evaluative research model based on immersion in hospice caregiving, A Lived Experience .
The training manual was designed and developed to provide unique and thorough instruction for caregivers. It provides information that is consistent with professional massage standards. Topics such as patient and practitioner well being and safety; patient assessment; indications and contraindications for massage; caring, relational connectedness; and continued presence are included.
In addition to traditional massage techniques and procedures, some modern methods were used. A massage studio in Durango Colorado, Intuitive Massage, has been working on modern versions of these techniques for the past 36 months. They perform a combination of deep tissue massage techniques in massaging the elderly.
Sections in the contextual essay literature review describe accompanying the dying as a lived experience, touch as a developmental process, and the increasing acceptance of allied modalities in a medical context.
The research model, a heuristic inquiry, was a participatory evaluation of massaging the dying. The creative synthesis of the researcher’s tacit understandings contributed to the …
Detox and rehab centers are designed to offer help to people who do not feel they have the self-discipline or willpower to stop their addiction to drugs. When you are an addict, drugs come before everything else. An addict may feel lonely, depressed, angry and fearful. Their willpower is taken away, and they are physically a wreck. The addict has no support or sympathy, and therefore turns to drugs and develops a dependency on them. Usually, the addict knows this is wrong, and they long to get on the right track, but they don’t know how. A conventional detox center will treat them for their physical symptoms, but spiritually, they cannot be fulfilled without the help of a Christian drug detox center.
Christian detox centers such as Eternal Awakenings work on curing a person from drug addiction, while transforming them back into the real person they were before the drugs. One can choose to go to a Christian drug detox center on their own, or they can be referred through friends, family members, psychiatrists or a doctor.
Christian substance abuse centers rely on the teachings of Christ, biblical teachings and scriptural readings to help the addicted person build a stronger …
Going out to the bar with your friends is usually the start to a nice, relaxing evening. You can kick back, talk about your week, drink a few beers and enjoy yourself. It might be the part of the week you enjoy the most. At your local bar, you know the bartenders and the regulars. It starts to feel like a little family. The only thing that could make it more entertaining is some weekly planned activity nights, such as a trivia night.
Bar trivia nights have grown in popularity in the past few years. Having fun and goofing off while answering questions and competing for silly prizes or drinks and food at the bar is a good time to have with friends. Some bars actually form trivia teams and leagues and get into an intense competition, yet it is all still in good fun. There are a couple companies which have capitalized on the popularity of bar trivia nights by designing official bar trivia games that can be used in any bar or restaurant to host a trivia night.
Buzztime is one extremely popular form of interactive trivia that is widely used throughout the United States in bars and …
Your home is your castle. It is a place to rest, unwind, and be yourself. However, you may find that it is difficult to find that relaxation is difficult when you are faced with choice of constant chores or living with messes that continue to amass. Luckily, there are ways to keep your home clean and free from clutter without a big time commitment. Here are some tips from out favorite Austin maid service to keep your home clean.
Make a Chore Chart
Chore charts can be much more than deciding who is in charge of a specific part of the house. Even if you live alone, you can break down the chores that are necessary each week and assign all of them a particular day. Mondays can be for dusting, Tuesdays for vacuuming, and Saturdays for laundry. If you have multiple people in your household, consider giving each person a day for chores, which gives the rest of the family some time off.
Hire a Maid Service
If time is money, a maid service can pay for itself in spades. Nearly every maid service allows you to choose how often your home is cleaned. For some people, a visit …
As search technology has advanced almost exponentially in recent years, so also have marketers and advertisers been attempting to maximize the amount of attention their websites receive.
A certain amount of this attention, of course, is through search engine optimization, or SEO. If the right combination of keywords continues to appear throughout an article, then the site will come up when those keywords are searched. However, this is really only one step of the process when it comes to marketing a site. It is bad business for a site if a visitor clicks once, finds a long list of repetitive keywords, and never wants to return. The next step to maintaining a site that has a high number of views and consistent readership is to have strong content that is posted at regular intervals. Luckily, there are some basic ways to ensure that any website has a stream of excellent content that will keep people coming back for more.
The first step–which may seem obvious, but is not always followed–is to put sufficient research into any article posting. In an attempt to quickly maximize SEO and drive up page hits, there is an emphasis in internet marketing on producing material …
The story focuses on the historically significant phenomenon of the 1960s, Haight-Ashbury. The study includes a critically analyzed historiography, a discussion of the roots of 1960s counterculture, a chronological narrative of the Haight-Ashbury hippie movement with attention to its main events, such as the Trips Festival, the be-in of January, 1967, and the Summer of Love, 1967.
Major topics include hippie ideas and culture, social repression of the hippies, internal criticism within the movement; and its decline, fall, disappearance, and historical legacy. The study argues that the historiography has lacked a comprehensive and balanced treatment, that the roots of 1960s counterculture lay in a 1950s suppression of freedom and creativity as well as departure from community, and that hippie high ideals and spirituality have not been given their due in previous work.
These thoughts treat the subject more thoroughly than in the past, employing a diversity of voices, and makes use of tools such as semantics, and cultural anthropology. It offers a new interpretation of the hippies and an extended, complex, discussion of their historical legacy.…
The 1960s marked an era of unprecedented unrest among American youth. Historians have usually considered this youthful movement of protest to have had two distinct wings: the political, known as the New Left; and the cultural, given the term Counterculture. Youth rebellion is usually examined as having been either one or the other. However, while examinations of the New Left or the Counterculture are useful, it is important not to ignore or downplay the corrections between the two social tendencies. The political and cultural youth movements were linked in the 1960s in what one could call experiential politics.
Both the political and the cultural elements of the youth movement had aspects of the other inherent within them from their outset, but these links were especially apparent in the last three years of the decade. Not only were countercultural influences central to ostensibly political movements, but counterculture can best be defined as an inherently political movement when politics are discussed broadly rather than through more old fashioned definitions of politics as something pertaining only to politicians.
The central link between the two tendencies was the importance of experience as an end in itself. Although often cited as an important element of …
This investigation provides insight into the lives of males who participated in the counterculture movement of the 1960′s. Eight males who were involved in the movement in the 1960′s and have remained non-traditional in their lifestyle until the present were interviewed to provide an understanding of their mid-life experience. Two people who knew each respondent well (key informants) were also interviewed to provide corroborative material. Data obtained from over 1500 pages of transcripts were analyzed according to qualitative methodology.
The data collected from these interviews led to findings in four areas. First, reasons for the respondents’ initial involvement in the counterculture were explored. Although several reasons emerged, the most salient one involved the respondents’ commitment to protest against the War in Vietnam.
Secondly, reasons for remaining in the counterculture were sought. The respondents in this study felt that they were more committed to socio-political issues than their peers, many of who went through only a brief counterculturephase.
Third, the respondents’ level of satisfaction at mid-life was explored. The eight respondents generally reported satisfaction in the areas of career, love life, parenting, friendships, hobbies and avocations, and the meaning of life for them.
Finally, concerns typical of males at mid-life and …