Blog, Education, Self

Criticalness, reading, and the brain all go into a bar…

Not only can reading contribute to social responsibility and development, it's actually also physiologically good for you! This is especially when critical reading is applied - and it goes hand-in-hand with critical thinking!

The Linguist Archives

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

I previously wrote on the importance of learning another language. It’s a known fact, however, that we learn better as children because our brains are better wired for learning at a younger age. But fellow adults, have no fear – learning a foreign language can be easy as ein, zwei, drei even at a mature stage in your life. The following article was written by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora, published by TIME Magazine, and reblogged here for your enjoyment.

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Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.

I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques. Note that I had previously learned Spanish to fluency so this was not my first foreign language.

In summer of 2005 I stayed with a French friend in a tiny village in the Beaujolais region of France. No one in the village spoke English and, since my friend knew I had an ambitious learning goal, she refused to speak to me in English as well.

I set up a routine where I did the same things every day.

In the mornings, I woke up and wrote out longhand the regular and irregular verb tables for 1.5-2 hours. I managed to get through an entire pad of paper in two weeks. I still believe that writing…

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Blog, Environment

Replace flower gardens with ‘food garden’

In the interests of healthy living in a practical but enjoyable manner, I’ve found myself wondering on various alternatives or little ways on improving our home to be a fortress of health.

After all, it’s the little things that count. 😉

Anyway, so my brother has a small herb plantation in the garage, and I had caught myself thinking several times in the past to turn our rather plain garden into one vibrant with life, “life” on all levels. As such, when I spotted this post from my colleague, who runs the “creative life solutions” online magazine CSR Life, I knew it would be featured one day or another.

(And it’s my way of saying thank you, Ms. Lali, for featuring my Boogie Board post too! :D)

Enjoy!

Citizenship. Sustainability. Social Responsibility.

The wonder word “organic” became a household name as the revolution of healthy eating buzzed everyone in the past years. From food, cosmetics, up to anything that may involve product from nature, people really prefer the word “organic.”

Together with the idea of all-natural ingredients, health-centric individuals really find ways to put chemical-free food on their plates. This starts with the reduction of fast food and ready-to-eat commodities. This form of detox demands scrutinized selection. Some people complain that healthy munches are pricier; think of specialty restaurants for dieters and vegetarians that are located in certain places only.

Genetically modified organisms or GMOs is also one of the concerns. No matter how much we try to eat healthy, if the source of our “healthy food” was born out of a GMO infested root, there will be no escape. So, the best thing that we can do is to ready our…

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Blog, Self, Society

The Heroes in Us

This is a cross-publication of my editorial on CSR Bookshelf for yesterday, Monday, 25 August 2014, Philippine National Heroes Day for 2014.

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Today, we celebrate a national public holiday whose significance is very, very special to us as a nation, as a people. Although they are not the de jure subjects of the holiday, thanks to the efforts of some of the people we honor this day, the events that led up to 12 June 1898 began. As such, we commemorate them as our national heroes. Today is National Heroes Day.

National Heroes Day was first signed into law through the national legislature’s Act No. 3827 on 28 October 1931, to be celebrated as an official, national holiday on the last Sunday of August. During President Corazon C. Aquino’s term, her 1987 Administrative Code adopted this in the list of regular holidays and nationwide “special days”. In 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9492, which made our Heroes’ Day fall on the last Monday of August.

To us, the millennial youth of the…

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Blog, Style

OotD: 2014-05-02

We've all been talking lately about innovation in fields especially like business. The term "social innovation" has become almost synonymous to social enterprise; the very essence of the technology sphere is innovation. It seems, then, that innovation is not simply a key solution to building a brighter tomorrow, but forms an integral, indispensable, and essential part… Continue reading OotD: 2014-05-02