- Producer11/06/2017Why and How to Make Languages Fun and Interesting in post-Brexit UKRecently I returned from the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, where I attended many interesting talks, including one by the Seán Ó Riain on Brexit and languages in Europe.Ever since the Language Show Live in London, October 2016, featuring the...
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See also: http://bit.ly/1LvtYDaVenezuela Is Starvingwww.wsj.com Once Latin America’s richest country, Venezuela can no longer feed its people, hobbled by the nationalization of farms as well as price and currency controls. The resulting hunger and malnutrition are an unfolding...
- Producer27/04/2017My Introduction to Intercultural ManagementIntercultural management is an field that some say dates back to the end of World War II, when the US foreign service began to send more staff members to a greater number of posts worldwide. So it was a way to intertwine language learning with...
- Producer02/04/2017To Raise Well Adjusted Kids Host Exchange StudentsGrowing up as an only child, I missed out on the many great experiences other kids were having with their brothers and sisters. That is, until we decided to start hosting exchange students. As I was growing up, my family hosted kids from France,...
Comments05/04/2017 #11 Sweta ParmarYes indeed ! It's a great experience and we really get to know many new things n culture, tradition n many more . I hosted four times (once from Switzerland and then italy and then germany and then Indiana)when my daughter was in school and now I'll be hosting again for a year a student from USA
It's great for learning and diversity uniting
Great article though
Regards!03/04/2017 #10 Marcel Kuhn BamertHi @John White, MBA - Thank you for this article. I grew up in a family where we had hosted a few exchange students and other guests from different cultures: Tibet, NZ, USA, Australia, Korea.. For my two brothers and I it was a great opportunity to improve our English skills. All three of us had the opportunity later to live and work abroad. These early contacts with different cultures had a lasting influence on us. Knowing both sides - as a host family and as a student I will make sure to host foreign exchange students at my home as well. And of course, I will encourage my kids to study abroad. There is now better way to grow open and tolerant kids. Best, Marcel02/04/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergGreat advice here, John, as always. It's important for children to gain a broader perspective of the world than just that of the USA, or wherever country in which they live. Moreover, in today's modern and hyper-connected global, digital, mobile and virtual world, it simply makes good sense -- personally and professionally -- to learn more about other cultures and peoples. This will make the next generation of leaders more well rounded and grounded.
Again, John, kudos on another brilliant buzz!02/04/2017 #2 Gert Scholtz@John White, MBA We hosted an American exchange student through the AFS program when I was at school. In a year he learned Afrikaans and wrote the final Grade 12 School exams in Afrikaans with full university exemption – remarkable. I attest to the formative and educational value it brings – both for him and for me. Thanks John.
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- Producer12/10/2016Left Brain, Right Brain - Why everything you believe about the two "parts of the brain" is wrong by Robert BacalLeft Brain, Right Brain - Why everything you believe about the two "parts of the brain" is wrong by Robert Bacal Of all the myths people hold about how people behave (Psychology), the left brain, right brain "idea" is probably the most common. No...
Comments13/10/2016 #47 Praveen Raj GullepalliHi Bob! Thoroughly enjoyed all the comments and liked quite a rowdy few of them before I read your uncharacteristically long buzz. Oops sorry! I think you have had enough of all trainers who make it sound as if the left and right brain are two different things with distinct, disparate functions that need to be integrated (by Trainers like them) to increase corporate productivity and individual performance ;) What Gerry is saying is that at the cellular, anatomical, neurological levels the uniqueness of each hemisphere is true. And those distinctions do apply. A faulty bridge or connection can upset the entire mechanism, but so can a faulty part in the left or right, right? But your buzz sounds like it underestimates the neuro-scientific paradigm a bit and it is quite likely that folks might arrive at a conclusion early and overlook the hyperbole ;) I had responded to something by Ian a while ago...let me paste that response here..but let this not take us on another tangent :) : ''....While waiting for a close relative to emerge from a comatose state that lasted for 41 days after an accident, many a doctor told us that time and again that the human Brain was still a mystery and only 10% of it made sense to modern science! And that the average human uses only 10% of his/her brain for all functions. So it was wait and watch till he finally came through. But it wasn't the same person that went in. The multiple clots on the frontal lobe and the right hemisphere/side/part of his brain did something no one could understand or explain. Just like a hard drive with bad sectors/corrupt areas that will not function the same as before! The OS now has less functionality or limited functionality! The Brain is the closest to the barrier that separates matter from consciousness.Through the sensory complex of the Mind perhaps?....'' Okay end of that quote...time to pick up that guitar and sing a right brain song plucking with the left brain fingers maybe? :)13/10/2016 #46 Mark AnthonyCorrect me if I am mistaken but isn't Robert referring more to the dynamics , behaviours , learnings and thinking of the brain as a whole whereby Gerald is considering the science facts to date regarding the physical aspects of the brain. No doubt there is some overlap on the effects on people however , I would agree that the human brain is more than a machine and has many complex layers both physichal and psychodynamic .13/10/2016 #43 Gerald Hecht#37 @Robert Bacal The original "Corpus Callosum patients" weren't rats they were humans suffering greatly --it was a desperate medical procedure designed to limit the focus in people suffering from the most severe types of Epilepsy that were intractable to any other available treatment. You could ask Ian; you don't seem very fun or knowledgeable about much...it is amazing to me that they pay you to write Psychology Books! Could I trouble you to forward my resume??? I could also submit samples of my writing ---here's one of my recent "cut up rat runner" pieces https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/september-9-2016-postscript-on-swimming-in-poison-with-horses13/10/2016 #42 Dean Owen#39 I am loving the show. But that was last night! 8am here now and I've moved on to bacon and eggs. Loving it as my knowledge on the subject is zero, so when someone writes with such authority, I tend to take every written word as gospel, not that I will ever be a doctor, but I totally understand this is serious stuff!13/10/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht#37 @Robert Bacal All kidding aside I hope and pray that you or anyone you know never suffers a severation any of the neural connections "discussed" here --I really wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Yes I am as serious as a heart attack about that --speaking of which; l recommend thinking of the heart as a single, simple pump...alternately pumping and resting in perfect harmony with the Universe!13/10/2016 #39 Gerald Hecht#37 @Robert Bacal yeah I guess I'm like a Tolman...I can play Bob Dylan songs with my hands and endodermis/decode cognitive maps with my feet; no one would ever accuse me of being a living example of the neuroplasticity wizard of your dreams...I'm known around here as that "one trick pony rat runner" --OH BTW @Dean Owen I almost forgot ✨💫🎸...this whole show was for your benefit...believe it or not... I wasn't really into it until I got that image of you sitting back with an extra huge popcorn 🍿13/10/2016 #32 Ian WeinbergThought I'd just add my little bit to the pot! Much of what is being debated here is dealt with by us in neuro-rehabilitation. Individuals that have suffered damage to the non-dominant hemisphere (usually the right) are more difficult to rehabilitate than left/dominant hemispheres. Non-dominant are often emotionally disconnected, lose subtlety (and humor), lose big picture appreciation (often remaining inappropriate); Dominant hemishere lesions are the usual aphasias, agraphias, acalculias and other linear/strategic functions. And yes, there's a fair amount of neuroplasticity activity giving rise to some re-wiring, but ... clear differences in hemispheral function within a comprehensively integrated whole brain.13/10/2016 #31 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#19 Utterly clear about the anatomy and the very real difference that makes us "feel like a unified system until we break our neck" neuroplasticity won't get anyone anywhere in that case. And thousands of other physical issues. But this article isn't addressing anatomy. Certainly the title is hyperbole. He is saying you can't ascribe creativity to right brain and analytical processing to left, if you do you are reducing what humans are capable of to rigid categories.
As Socrates, help me understand this further, because I don't quite know how to pinpoint what functionality can be considered to have neuroplastic potential in the brain, which is what I see to be the debate. How far can we take the possibilities of what might be re-wired and what will hit a literal anatomical wall?
In all honesty, I feel like I am looking at that picture of an old hag or fancy lady in a hat depending on how I squint. I have this fuzzy grasp of what you are objecting to, but I cannot find the specific place where I have the knowledge to negate anything Robert has said. I think quite a few of us are interested so pretend I am 18 and learning about a brain without any malfunction.
How about this question - if your corpus callosum was severed would you have responded any differently? I am really curious.12/10/2016 #30 Gerald Hecht#29 @Milos Djukic thank you...when it comes to our anatomy/physiology (how we are "built", and how we "work")...it seems particularly important; if gross neuroanatomy and neurophysiology have become indistinguishable from a Trump/Clinton Debate and people can decide on who makes the better....THIS IS CRAZY! It will soon change with medical breakthroughs (it is) but as of now --IF A PERSON BREAKS THEIR NECK AND COMPLETELY SEVERS THE SPINAL CORD...you can't write a book called "Everything you Learned About Spinal Cord Transection is a Lie"... What is going on here?12/10/2016 #27 Gerald Hecht#17 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich okay let's throw away my mechanics and go with your thingie --do you consent to either 1) a complete surgical transection of all of the the "bridges" connecting your Cerebral Hemispheres 2) A complete surgical transection of either all of (your choice) your ANTERIOR or POSTERIOR spinal nerve root ganglia or 3) a prefrontal lobotomy because you know with absolute certainty that all of that is mechanistic crap that will not effect you in the least ? YES OR NO? WHY or WHY NOT?????12/10/2016 #26 Gerald HechtDo really think there is an Anatomical/Physiological Expert who is going to publicly say that the "Bell-Magendie Law" snd the effects of Corpus Callosum/ANTERIOR Commissure transection are LIES?? WHAT PLANET IS THIS? Where are the Neurologists...where are the scientists @Ian Weinberg ???
- Producer01/02/2017A Letter From My German Friend to The USAMy friend wrote this on facebook and wants to keep her anonymity. I will respect that but I want to repost her letter. I have known her for years and her views have always been moderate. Here is her letter. To all my English speaking friends......
Comments02/02/2017 #40 siraj shaikSome pointing on Middle east countries.. about support etc.. OK let me pullout some from history: How many know about "Desert Storm".. when Kuwaiti's left their country, Saudi Arabia opened it's borders and high rise buildings were given with amenities.. till date those are known as Kuwaiti buildings. Also other GCC stood in support. Give a thought thinking.. deep dive if anyone can pull out the points to ponder then you have the answers. No need to think or workout like a person from Top 1000 institutions, simply just give a try to think like Aryans.02/02/2017 #39 siraj shaikThe first focus. Seems the media unnecessarily giving roller coaster ride ..and also the article here posted carry some terms as "The Muslim Ban". There is no such declaration "MUSLIM BAN". How many of those here sharing opinions allow "someone to jump the fence"? How many allow the guest to take over there ownership of something they own? How many stand outside giving away & allowing someone to take shelter under their umbrella?. How many allow the weed to grow because it has attractive flowers .. later only to worry over dandelions?. Any Canadians here in the comments thread.. let's ask @Jim Murray "refugees are given support by government.. is the same supportive given to legal residents, citizens, senior citizens, single moms, below income residents?. How many times any homeless person at anytime given a free ride by TTC or any transit? Did anyone see the shelters of homeless people?.02/02/2017 #38 siraj shaikNowhere have anything to do with The USA, but I openly applause and give a thumbs up to "President Donald J Trump". If by chance anyone followed my tweets more than a year back, tweeted tweets mentioning 'seems @realDonaldTrump will be bring back American dream..." and "how many see passion in eyes of @realDonaldTrump. Some or many are surely overlooking it". Adding another important point to ponder "after sworn in the addressing speech" which was awesome, amazing and superb.02/02/2017 #37 siraj shaikPlease don't take me wrong. @Robert Bacal sir if it's ok to ask on your opinion "when and how did The USA became un-great? Who are behind it? From where the competitors emerged? Where all it not adapt? What does it mean "the culture is broken"? There are answers for all these give thought over with "Why", not in the pundits but with perceptions of a common persons thinking". Not necessary only those from top 100o institutions but anyone can surely pick points to ponder and need to be an expert with best practices certification. Just chalk out and maybe not everyone but many surely deep in their heart and mind applause "Donald J Trump the newly elect president of The USA".02/02/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#32 I don't think ISIS can be defeated under Trump. As you put it, "it must be done in coalition with Islamic Nations," that I do agree with. It won't happen with a President Trump or as I like to call him #45. I can't even refer to him as President (yes, I said it) ;-) Trump won because many people were disenfranchised Bernie supporters who A. Stayed home and didn't vote B. Voted to spite Hillary because they did not like her, C. People's choices in news organizations sway who they vote for, and one media channel in particular, has always been anti-Obama which helped to further Trump's agenda, D. Nationalism whether some agree or not and lastly E. People who don't do their homework and truly saw Trump as this Savy businessman who could run a country. I agree, those who didn't vote have no right to complain NOW- I hope they will learn a lesson from all of this. We didn't deserve him and agree, the world didn't. Did you hear about him threatening to send troops to Mexico to go after 'the bad hombres, " today?!! And, he was rude to the Australian PM over refugees and the call was over fairly quick. Good job Trump.. 2 of our Allies- Australia was the first to fight w/the US during Vietnam.02/02/2017 #32 Dean Owen#28 I am saying this presidential election had more media coverage than any election in history and it went on for well over a year. The American people had plenty of time to formulate opinions one way or another. The American people voted and Trump was elected democratically. Your nation chose your president. What did people expect? That he would change? You now have a president that is acting on his campaign pledges. Again, what did you expect? I know you voted Hilary, but what about all those that didn't vote. They don't have a leg to stand on by complaining now. And ISIS can be defeated, but it must be done in coalition with Islamic nations and the vacuum cannot be filled with puppets. Trump's actions have played into the hands of ISIS recruiters and the World will suffer the consequences. Trump needs to be stopped. We didn't deserve this.02/02/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#26 I love hearing others views when it comes to countries we only hear about via the Media or in print. Yes, many are concerned about Human Rights Issues and I do pray that will change since those Governing China are changing their views as you pointed out. I had no idea Japan had become so stagnant, that's sad to hear. In the 80-90's they were booming. I hate to say this but I'm just waiting for the Trumpster to provoke China soon. This man or shall I say those who steer him want to dominate the Globe, some would disagree with me.02/02/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#21 Do you mean "America is getting what it deserves," Because the people voted for Trump, @Dean Owen? That confused me. I fear what will follow too. I don't think anyone can defeat ISIS unless they kill many, many innocent human beings and even then, there will always be a 'form' of ISIS. There are differing opinions on how ISIS came to be. Some say Russia backs and funds them. We've always been told they formed after we invaded Iraq. I fear if the US or any Country for that matter thinks they can defeat ISIS, the big bombs come out and much of civilization will be forever defeated. Whats ironic- many of us predicted that if we went to war against Al Qaeda another faction would rise and they did, ISIS aka as ISIL. They are like breeding rats, hard to defeat.02/02/2017 #26 Dean Owen#25 With globalisation came a need for nation's workforces to compete. The Western hemisphere is losing out to an Asian workforce that is willing to work harder, longer, and for less money. These protectionist measures are a direct but unfortunate result of this, and an all out trade war will ultimately benefit neither side. Innovation and IP is less and less a factor. The only way to compete in this era of globalisation is to increase productivity. The Chinese will be unbeatable as the up and coming generation benefits from a Western education at top schools plus a highly motivated workforce willing to do what it takes. This is very different from what we saw in Japan in the 80's. Japan will continue to stagnate as it is a culture of doing things by the book and every corporation is so wrapped up in bureaucracy, nothing ever gets done. I am in a rather lonely position as a Westerner who is a fan of the Chinese government as most are blinded by human rights issues. What they don't understand is that the govt here is sensitive to these issues but now is not the time. Social instability can easily derail the tremendous progress of the last decade. There will be a time to discuss freedom of speech, democracy, Tibet and other issues, but the time is not now. The Chinese govt is acting in the best interests of the majority, and I can tell you, the majority of people are extremely happy with the government. I am not a fan of corporate governance in China, but that is to be expected. Most of the current business leaders grew up in a dog eat dog world and would do anything to get ahead. That will change with the upcoming generation of Western educated Chinese who will import Global Best Practices and adopt them to a uniquely Chinese model. Apologies for going off-topic. Once in a while I like to get my views off my chest.02/02/2017 #24 Brian McKenzieThey used to burn libraries and books to keep the public from learning the truths of History ~ Now they just put a # on their blather and their 6 second minions will devour that next hit of Pavlovian Kibble like it is the very air they breathe. The Truth will Set you Free - namely because nobody will pay to hear you speak it.
The current Marxist Recipe that Soros and Crew are using is 150 years old - y'all should acquaint yourselves how each and every one of those has ended badly for the useful idiots they deployed. * Hint Imprisonment, Disappearances, Assassinations, Prison, Exile, Execution en Mass. History - Go Read Some.
PS - keep down voting History, Facts, Performance, Precedence and Voices that are inconvenient & counter to your Propaganda - it is more than telling of intellect and character.02/02/2017 #23 Dean Owen#22 Every country has a right to put their citizens first. Even China agrees -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7J6wFa-vYc View more#22 Every country has a right to put their citizens first. Even China agrees -
"America First" is a great policy if enacted with consideration to the World at large. Unfortunately America elected a leader who is clueless as to the potential consequences of his actions. But he is a result of a democratic process that is clearly flawed. I have long stated that a strong central government, if it is the right one, will always produce superior results since there is no reset every 4 or 8 years. Singapore and China have had the right governments in place. China has had wrong governments in the past, but the current one is steering the country into huge prosperity, and it's foreign policy cornerstone is to focus on win-win scenarios. America perhaps needed a reset. A slap in the face. A reality check. This hopefully short Trump presidency is it. Let's hope we all get through it unharmed. Close
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- Producer12/12/2016What Happened to Your Sense of Humour?You know you had it, but when did you or anyone else last see it? Maybe you lost it during your morning commute; or that endless meeting; or perhaps you lost it when your team didn’t reach the quarterly goals. Perhaps it decided to look...
Comments12/12/2016 #4 John PrpichI'm fortunate in that I have a rather large sense of humor and I make it my goal to make several people laugh each and every day, I've been quite successful so far. What amazes me is not how many people have a sense of humor, but the opposite, how many need to find their sense of humor. My family suggested that I do stand up comedy, I told them that as interesting as that would be, it's much harder than they could ever imagine, although it might be fun to give it a whirl one day. I have a difficult time thriving in any environment where people can't take the time to laugh at themselves and with others, it's one of my core values. The only thing that's better than the sound of people laughing is the gurgling sound of a baby. Imagine if we made it our goal to make at least one person laugh everyday, what a better place we would all be in together.
- Producer10/11/2016Thoughts on the presidential campaign in the USGood day, friends! The new president of the United States was chosen. Congratulations Mr. Donald Trump! I've been following the campaign but never commented. And now I want to say a few words.Listening to primaries was not very positive. But it's a...
Comments10/11/2016 #19 Andrew 🐝 GoldmanThank you for a great comment, @David B. Grinberg! Yes, all that takes place. Luckily USA now has a new leader and I hope for the bright future for the whole world. Not only US. The world is watching. I can only say, that back in the days I dreamed of working for a leader like Donald Trump in one of his businesses. Now just living in the states will mean the same) #1610/11/2016 #16 David B. GrinbergWell stated, Andrew. As I previously have noted, I did not vote for President-elect Trump or Secretary Clinton. However, I would urge all of Mr. Trump's detractors to now listen to, and carefully consider, their own words during the campaign. That is: "Love trumps hate." There can't be a double standard based on political convenience. Part of the fabric of American democracy means citizens unite as one America even after contentious elections. At an absolute minimum, folks should give the new President-elect the "benefit of the doubt" and keep an "open mind" (Hillary's words), unless or until he proves otherwise once in office.
Moreover, any U.S. President who can mend USA-Russia relations should be applauded rather than castigated. To those who criticize Mr. Trump because of praise by President Putin, I say this: would you rather maintain a Cold War mentality or work together toward common goals and global interests? And finally, to those Hillary supports, please remember that it was HER "reset button" for US-Russian relations that blew up in her face as Secretary of State. How embarrassing that she could not even use the correct Russian language for "reset" on the button/prop she presented to the Russian Foreign Minister at a public event -- for which he subsequently embarrassed her and the USA by pointing out this pathetic mistake -- which speaks volumes in and of itself.10/11/2016 #12 Cepee Tabibian@Andrew 🐝 Goldman, thank you for this! It was not the outcome I had hoped for but he won, and I accept that. Now let's move on, look forward, and wish him the best....and for those Americans who'd rather have another president, let's stop complaining, try to understand the pain points and reasoning of those who feel he was the better choice, and start getting involved at the local and state level, 2020 isn't far away.10/11/2016 #10 Bobga RonardI seem to like the below write up.
More lessons from Trump......
DON'T BUILD YOUR LIFE ON PUBLIC OPINION
Trump lost the presidential debates, twice.
Yet he won the election.
He lost the public opinion polls to Hillary by double digit margins.
Yet he won the election.
All living former American presidents opposed him.
Yet he won the election.
Top celebrities and entertainers opposed him
Yet he won the election.
Top party power brokers deserted him.
Yet he won the election.
Millions opposed him.
Yet he won the election.
Global public opinion ridiculed him.
Yet he won the election
Don't build your life around the opinions of critics.
Don't build your life on public opinion. PERIOD! It's all “OPINION”
BUILD YOUR LIFE ON GOD'S WORD and STICK TO YOUR DREAM..
- 05/11/2016Corndog: Hotdog on a stick dipped in cornbread batter and deep fried...mmmm.5 American Things British People Don't Understand - Tea 'n' Toast 11 In this weeks episode Jason & Greg talk about those things from across the pond that we Brits really don't understand!-) America we love you but some of the...
- Producer03/11/2016(Not even close to) Everything your international business needs to know about AmericansLately, I’ve been amusing myself by following online threads like this one detailing stereotypes and impressions foreigners have of America. If I had a stereotypical American ego, my feelings might be hurt. But instead, I find these observations...
Comments17/04/2017 #20 Paul KemnerLarge parts of the midwest have gotten much more "southern" in the last 50 years. Workers moved north to the big industrial cities, then moved to the suburbs and small towns when the factories closed. You'd never have seen things like roadside shrines where someone was killed in an auto accident, but now they're common.17/04/2017 #19 Javier 🐝 beBee@Alexa Steele : thanks ! I am learning a lot with our bees !!! Can you please put a pic of you on your profile ? Our System is automatically removing profiles without "a face"... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/fake-social-media-accounts-on-bebee-important-announcement Many thanks!!!17/04/2017 #18 Todd JonesGreat post, Alexa. I like your observation about Upstate NY. As a native Upstater, I can attest to the fact that when I mention my residency to anyone removed by a two state radius or more, they automatically think "NY City." Nothing could be further from the political, cultural and economic truth. By and large, most of Upstate NY is rural, Republican, blue collar middle class, and approachably pleasant.
During 1990 shortly after graduating college, I moved to the Los Angeles area for what I thought was greener pastures. Talk about a culture shock! Completely different values. It was a very transient population back then, with many SoCal residents who thought it better to lease a BMW or Mercedes and live in an apartment than to save and buy a home. It all seemed very superficial and appearance driven to me, and I lasted about two years before deciding that the grass is not necessary greener on the other side of the country, and moved back.17/04/2017 #17 Donna WoodNorth Dakota may have a small population, but we are hardly uninhabited. Although, I concede that we have four major cities (urban centers) and the rest is pretty much small towns, which are closer together than you think. A few places are still clannish, but not many. As for the Canadians, well most of us the old families that live up here came to America through Canada first - Ontario in particular. I enjoyed the post though over generalizations and all!17/04/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, Brand Ambassador @ beBeeI was born and raised in Florida and I agree, Florida is not part of the South. The state of Florida has many different personalities. I was born in Orlando and lived in South Florida, Tampa, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville. The difference in the lifestyles is like night and day. I currently live in Georgia, close to Atlanta, and yes it is a very sophisticated city.
We travel up to BIue Ridge, Ga frequently, which is a delightful and quaint mountain town. They finally serve alcohol on Sundays. Different strokes for different folks. Nice piece, @Alexa Steele.03/11/2016 #12 Randy KehoYes. I refer to "soda" as "pop," but my secret desires have nothing to do with being Canadian, although I used to have an affinity for Pamela Anderson. @Kevin Pashuk When I lived in Florida, everyone immediately knew that I was from the Midwest when I'd request a cold pop. It was a dead giveaway and I often received a lecture on the proper terminology. 903/11/2016 #10 Alexa Steele#8 You've got a point, @Randy Keho. But did you know that the Standard American Accent (the one broadcasters use) doesn't exist anywhere but on TV. It's similar to the Midwestern accent, but even the Midwestern accent isn't standard (like the curious way Chicagoans pronounce Chic-A-go). Persnoally, I've got no problem understanding New Yorker's or Bostonians; it's the folks in the hill country of East Tennessee or the bayous of Louisiana that REALLY sound foreign.03/11/2016 #9 Kevin Pashuk#8 I've often thought that Midwesterners have a secretly desire to be Canadian... to the point where some of them even refer to 'soda' as 'pop'... just the way we do in Canada. They are also pretty genuinely nice in my experience. They only pretend to be grumpy, but if you were broke down on the side of the road, they'd stop to help. Just sayin' @Randy Keho03/11/2016 #8 Randy KehoThe regional dialects/accents may be just as defining, if not more in some cases, than the regional boundaries.
However, if they listen to the media, local or national, they would think we're all Midwesterners and sound alike.
I'm from the Midwest and, even to me, New Yorkers and Bostonians sound like foreigners.03/11/2016 #7 Alexa Steele#6 There is definitely no consensus on which states belong to which region. For example, I don't think I've met anyone from the South or Midwest that ever claimed Missouri. And you are absolutely right, Texas is a very different beast from Appalachia. Maybe I'll write follow up posts on individual regions.03/11/2016 #6 Phillip HubbellI think Texas is not particularly tied to the rest of the south. It fought its own revolution and elected Presidents. Sam Houston worked hard to get Texas into the union and was very unhappy with the secession into the Confederacy. Texans have a unique culture. Austin is an anomaly.
- 18/10/2016"The most empathetic countries in the world have just been ranked , according to data collected from 104,365 adults across 63 different countries, Ecuador is the most empathetic country in the world, followed by Saudi Arabia and Peru. The study, which placed the US at no. 7 on the list, measured the locals’ compassion for others and their tendency to imagine another person’s point of view. Lithuania was ranked as the least empathetic country of the bunch." Do you agree ?
- Producer01/10/2016GENGHIS KHANGenghis Khan... No one knows what he looked like Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire and became one of the most feared conquerors of all time. The above photo was from the History Channel Documentary. Between...
Comments04/10/2016 #24 Brian McKenzie#23 @jesse kaellis Kyrgz is a tough language - it has more Chinese and Mongolian influence than Slavic - I get by with Russian here quite well. An American here that does not belong to the 'Government' and speaks Russian is a rarity. Plus the local girls all have a bit of English as it is a forced requirement for most jr high level students - and they are all too eager to practice it with a Native Speaker. All in all - a great place to land. I just may have to learn how to ride a horse.02/10/2016 #8 Praveen Raj GullepalliSuper! His tales of conquest are indeed legend. Even today the descendants of Chenghiz Khan...the Mongols ...Mughals....Pathans...reign supreme as noted sportsmen in Pakistan and Hindustan (India)...and in Bollywood as the super-actor Khans...they still inbreed and marry Hindu actresses...they have over the years become Buddhists, Christians, Muslims too many contend. It is their relentless invasions across Asia and Europe that for many centuries thwarted attempts of the Turks to invade and conquer the peace loving kingdoms of mid central and Southern Indian peninsula. One of the most adaptive and religiously-tolerant races too!
- Producer30/09/2016Time to Examine Our Relationship with the Philippines and Spread the WingsOn May 9, 2016 the Philippines elected Rodrigo Duterte to the office of President of the Philippines. A little over a month later, on June 30th, he was inaugurated and immediately made good on his promise to address the country’s drug problems—often...
Comments30/09/2016 #1 Pedro 🐝 CasanovaI see a big lack of gratitude here. Phillipines has been helped by the US countless times. Nevertheless that seems to be the latest fashion. Bite the hand that feed you and push it to the limits. Then, when people / countries takes action. It comes the complaints and the tears.
- 06/09/2016México protege una de las playas más bonitas del mundo y sus mil islas,EL PAÍSwww.elpais.com Noticias de última hora sobre la actualidad en España y el mundo: política, economía, deportes, cultura, sociedad, tecnología, gente, opinión, viajes, moda, televisión, los blogs y las firmas de EL PAÍS. Además especiales, vídeos, fotos, audios,...
- 05/09/2016The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced the following pearl regarding the UK's decision to leave the EU. A must read:
- Producer03/09/2016On the countries of beBeeMark Twain said: “there are lies, damned lies and statistics” which is often the case when it comes to national statistics. Let’s consider figures of the true kind. Wondering about the subscriber base of beBee I viewed the country statistics...
Comments05/09/2016 #38 Gert Scholtz#37 @Nick Mlatchkov Spanish hives are at present slightly more than English hives. I am not sure if your statement is totally correct Nick because quite possibly you and I have only joined English hives where we will see only English honey's. Thanks Nick for reading and stopping by.04/09/2016 #35 Javier 🐝 beBee#28 @John Valledor USA is the second spanish speaking country in the world. Have a look https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/29/us-second-biggest-spanish-speaking-country .... Spain is the third one. But the most excitement news is that the USA will be the first spanish speaking country by 2050. There are a lot of studies about this. Spanish is the most growing language in the USA. That means.... any native english and spanish professional will have a lot of advantages04/09/2016 #34 Pamela 🐝 Williams#31 John, I was raised on tacos, frijoles, and ate jalapenos more often than pickles; in Southern California. I remember Taco Bell when the food actually resembled Mexican cooking. Before it was toned down for the American pallet and destroyed with manufactured foods. As a very young child my best friend was Deb Duran who taught me every Spanish curse word she knew (not many at 7 hears old!) Her mother made fresh flour and corn tortillas every day and they was mine and Deb's after school snack (spread with butter). I've never been able to duplicate the steamed artichokes with the cheese dipping sauce she made.(OMG the best thing I ever ate). I marched in a band and wore a uniform that was based on traditional Mexican dress. Because of my own dark looks many assumed I was Hispanic. My schools were Jurupa Junior High School (now Middle School) and El Camino Elementary. Everything in my young life seemed to be centered around the Hispanic community. Hell, my first boy crush was a young man name Juan who had long black wavy hair. Zouza! what a cutie he was!!
As a military brat myself and having worked on an military base for 8 years I'm well aware of the many Hispanic military personnel that have served this country and done so proudly. BTW, Thank you for your service John! I think the Hispanic community would bring wonderful value to beBee and have been trying to think of ways to reach out to them since reading your comments. Not being Hispanic myself I may not be the best choice to spearhead the plan and would truly appreciate your input/help.03/09/2016 #31 John Valledor@Pamela 🐝 Williams the Hispanic community in America (of which I represent) spends millions of dollars, owns thousands of businesses, live thriving culturally rich lives, are job seekers and have blended culturally within America to a very high degree...just think of the culinary impact to the American pallate that Latinos have made. Willing to guess every American household has some form Tex-Mex ingredients in their cupboards right now. Maybe even you too.
My point was that ignoring this demographic which currently sits at the center of gravity in beBee's member base is odd to say the least. The beBee staff can communicate to this population in America in native Spanish--TODAY! Easy peasy.
Establishing a social media foothold in the American landscape with this one demographic alone seems ready made.
Then again, I'm no expert. I'm just one of countless like-minded constituents that is attracted to business that want my patronage. Those that don't, I'll ignore--along with my pocketbook.
Thank you for engaging with me in this buzz.
Lastly, we Hispanics also defend America. For me, for 35 awesome years and five tours of combat. No regrets.
#2903/09/2016 #29 Pamela 🐝 Williams#20 That's very interesting John and one I hadn't really considered but it is rather obvious. Perhaps we reach out to Latin organizations, of which I am in total ignorance. I wonder what the statics are on the use of social media by the US Latin community? I know they are second to cellphone use to the black community. (That study is several years old so...). A community I really want to focus on is true environmentalist, an ever growing group. The beauty of beBee is that this communities can build a sector within the hives, have their own audience. Hmmm, now you really have me thinking on some outreach programs. Why should we focus on those already on social media (e.g. LinkedIn) and creating a migrations. What if we reach out to those who may be on the fringes of social media because of the other sites cultural centralizing on English speaking groups? beBee is definitely an opportunity to integrate and shy away from segregation because of comfortableness with native languages.03/09/2016 #28 John ValledorAccording to the 2011 US census, Spanish is the number 1 spoken language in America after the native tongue of English. Clearly, there's an affinity (relationship, resemblance) to this census fact and the stats presented in this buzz. Given that beBee brands itself as an affinity (kinship, association) based social media channel, the connection is too obvious to dismiss. Building on this demographic can serve as a launchpad for harvesting more members in the rest of America. Surprising that there aren't satellite offices in California, Texas and Florida--the states with the highest Spanish speaking US populations respectively. New York comes in 9th. Interestingly, in 2015 the GDP (or gross state product) of Texas ($1.6 billion @number 2) is on par to that of all of Spain. The GDP of California is number 1 in all the US. Again, lies, damn lies and statistics. #2603/09/2016 #27 Javier 🐝 beBee#26 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, english speaking countries will grow a lot. I predict english will be first language but spanish, portuguese, german, italian, french, russian, and others will be important too ;) ...anyway beBee will be diverse and cool . Next release will be unstoppable !!!03/09/2016 #26 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#20 beBee is now Spanish-centric. That's to be expected given its birthplace. I believe there will always be a healthy percentage of Spanish-speaking members. The language is well distributed around the world. I'm even taking Spanish lessons and am developing a strong affinity with elephants (long story best filed under "weird stuff Duolingo says")
There are what, about 60 million American Spanish-speakers? That's a good start until we can grab the other 270 million.03/09/2016 #24 Gert Scholtz@CityVP 🐝 Manjit Country statistics is as I mentioned a categorized and perhaps unrefined way of looking at demographics. It is quite true that there is much finer stratification within nations and countries. Thank you Manjit for bringing your appreciated insights and contribution to the post.03/09/2016 #22 Gert Scholtz@John Valledor An interesting angle that you mention John. Within countries there could be a few language clusters of Bees which overlap with the home country language. It would be illuminating to see in a year or so what the demographics of the US Bees are. Thanks for your comment John.
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