Advantage of being able to speak multi Languages

I am a bilingual in Chinese and English. I found it incredibility lucky that I am capable to speak more than just one languages. Most people would certainly agree on that being able to speak 2 languages have plenty of advantages.

From Science prospective; Scientists have found that the benefits of being bilingual stretch much further than those commonly associated with being fluent in two languages – it could also help a person’s brain in later life.

New research from the Université de Montréal shows that people who are bilingual are able to save brain power, which in turn could help with the effects of cognitive ageing.

The study found that bilingualism can make the brain more efficient and economical in the way that it carries out certain tasks.

From the personal opinion; It’s like opening my eyes to another world that I am able to obtain knowledge instantly without waiting those articles to be translated. On the other hand, I found it amazing that how well my 4 year old can speak fluently in both Mandarin and English with little bit of Cantonese as well. He can simply swap from English to Chinese and swap back and forth. I am obviously envious of his abilities and also feel so amazed that how this be possible only within one and a half year (as he couldn’t speak a word of English at the age of 2 and a half).

So being able to speak more languages, not just to open another door to new world , but also to help us broadened our ways of thinking and the different angles of looking at the the facts we deal with time to time.

Additionally, when we learn a language, is not just a skill we are studying, but also a completely new culture we are comprehending through this language learning. It can also provide more culture and knowledge for us to have an even better understanding for something based on the culture related background.

No bad dogs, but only bad dog owners

To have a good happy dog, just like raising up a child, it all depends on the way you train them.

I hear many times in the TV, or radio that some dogs, especially large size dogs, had been reported that some people got hurt by them. then later on, those dogs had been put down for hurting people. I do have great sympathy for those people who got hurt by the so called “dangerous” dogs, but I also feel a bit unfair for those dogs which was blamed purely based on their breed or their bad reputation.

I am not saying every dog is good dog. There must be some dogs having a bit mental issues and being very aggressive towards to the public. It’ s the same as in our human society that we cannot expect every person is that kind. there are so many criminals out there. Likewise, we cannot expect every dog is friendly and nice. However, many times, I found it’s the dog owners who turned their dogs into such bad behaved dogs. So we should provide more education for those dog owners and help the public understand that being a responsible dog owner is the key of reducing those incidents rather than blaming everything on those poor dogs.

Having a dog just like to raise up a child. If we can train them and raise them up at their early stages properly, they won’t be dangerous when they grow up in the future.

Self-discipline

We all have some goals or targets in our lives to be achieved on some points, it doesn’t have to be big. The goals can be small things as: getting up at 5:00 AM in the early morning; half hour’s walk or jogging in the early morning; reading a book each week; writing an article or posting a blog each day; drinking more water, eating less oily food; developing a complete new skill; getting promotion within a year ect… …

All the above things require one very important skill Self-discipline on a daily basis to help us achieve whatever the target we set, no matter how small or big it is.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what background you come from, the Self-discipline is the common and vital skill for all of us to comprehend, as long as you have a goal to achieve.

English is not my native Language, I started learning English when I was teenager. Frankly speaking, I didn’t enjoy English learning at the beginning when I was very young, because, just like many others non-English speakers thought, I didn’t need another Language skill by then, and lack of motivation of concentration on this.

However, once I enrolled into the University, I started to realized the importance of being able to comprehend another language skill. It’s like you find another way to explore and gain more knowledge and view from different way or angle. It will assist you to think and observe matters from an even higher position with a better integrity.

Then, I set up a schedule to help myself reach this goal of English improvement. I got up at 5:30 every morning, and grabbed an English learning book to the sport ground or somewhere else quiet while most of others were still in a sound sleep. I read loudly and repetitively lesson after lesson to practice my oral English pronunciation and improved my listening skills by constantly listening to English radio programs … ect

I also left the shyness aside and encouraged myself to chat with other English speakers in an awkward accent… To be frank, it was not easy, and very embarrassing, so what, let it be. That’s exactly the reason why I want to learn and improve it.

After several months later, I could tell that I was able to communicate with those English speakers fluently with more confidence.

Without the self-discipline, it hardly could be achieved. As a matter of fact, nothing hardly could be achieved if lack of self-discipline.

So, if you got a goal, no matter how big or small they are, get it done little by little with great Patience and Self-discipline. You will be fine in the end!!

How to balance work and life

It’s common concern for many people to constantly consider how to balance work and life. Frankly speaking, it is a very difficult question to answer, I mean it’s easily said than done.

We all know life is difficult sometimes, especially when you got a family and become a Daddy or Mummy later on. You got a lot of extra responsibilities added on your shoulder to carry. That’s why many families have to delegate the different responsibilities between Daddy and Mummy, such as: one of the the parents will sacrifice his/her career for staying at home to look after the children and take care of the whole house work. Alternatively, both parents can choose to go to work, but they have to ensure they share the family care duties by covering each other’s work shifts.

No matter which type of cooperation, you choose, it’s still not an easy mission to accomplish. If you are lucky you might get extra support from both sides of you and your partners.

Personally, I prefer to reduce some working hours to save a bit more time and effort for family’s duty, and also an ideal way to recharge myself’s energy for more challenge of life. What’s more, if I am lucky enough, I could develop something I truly enjoy and work at home as freelancer to maintain an even better balance between my own work and family life.

The Heart

Once upon a time, there were a Mum and Son living in a remote small village at the bottom of a mountain. The Mum was working very hard and did everything she could to provide best life style for her son. She has devoted all her love to her son to ensure he can live in a happy life.

One day, the Son met a beautiful girl, who was actually an evil witch hiding inside, in a deep dark forest. He was seduced by the pretty girl completely and lost his mind. He would do anything to please this girl.

One day, the evil witch told the boy that her heart was in a great pain, and there’s only cure can help her, which was his Mum’s heart. She persuaded the boy to bring his Mum’s heart to her.

The boy was lost and confused. He loves his Mum, but he loves that pretty girl shape-shifted by the evil witch even more. During the night, he grabbed a knife and took his Mum’s heart while his Mum was in a fast sleep.

The boy was holding his Mum’s heart and running fast though the forest to meet his lover. Suddenly, he was tripped by a rock and felt over. The heart was dropped off from his hands and rolling a few steps away, then stopped. Suddenly there was a gentle voice crying out:” Oh, my dear son, Are you hurt? … … “

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Man is tree

“It is the same with man as with the tree … The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep—into the evil.” —- by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

It’s common sense that the tree needs soil, water, air and sunlight to grow bigger and stronger, what’s more, the higher the tree grows up to the light, and the deeper its root has to go deeper downward into the dark side in order to maintain a good stabilization without being blown off easily by strong wind.

Somehow, mankind is the same, the higher rank people want to climb up for power or fortune, the more difficulties they have to go through, some experiences are good to help improve people’s abilities, some are nasty enough to make people go evil…

Most of the time, people don’t have much choice to choose what they want or what they don’t, some of them even are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their dreams. During the process, some people have the ability to control themselves not to drift away from their original life track. However, part of them not that lucky, they ended up losing their souls to devil for their greedy desires.

There are always options in front of mankind to be taken. But which one we should choose or what we want to become, it is entirely up to the individual person.

What I learned from “Little Prince”

I believe a lot of people have read this book “Little Prince” written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943. He was also a good aviator.

This novel has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into 300 languages and dialects, selling nearly two million copies annually, and with year-to-date sales of over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published.

The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story’s essence is contained in the fox saying that “One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.” Other key morals articulated by the fox are: “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed,” and “It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.” The fox’s messages are arguably the book’s most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.

Most of time, we as adults always have been trying so hard to achieve this or that to satisfy our desires or so called responsibilities whatsoever. I understand many times we don’t have much choices, or we were not brave enough to seek what we really want truly, and give up what’s more essential instead. Just as the fox, in Little Prince book, saying: One sees clearly only with the heart, and the essential is invisible to the eye.

It’s paradox, one part of our roll require me to be more like “Adult” to chase money and fame for our families, our responsibilities, and so on, … however, the other part of my heart wants me to live by choice, by following our inner voice, to be ME. It’s difficult to decide which one to follow sometimes. I guess as long as we live within the society, the best way to do is try to maintain a good balance.

We need money or job to survive and raise our family, but don’t get sucked into this trap too much, don’t get yourself lost for money and fame only. In addition to these, we also need to seek other things, which might not be valued by money under majority of humankind’s standard, but can truly make us happier and bring more joy into our meaningful life.