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Accent Reduction: Half of All Languages Come From One Root Language

Accent Reduction:  Half of All Languages Come From One Root Language

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There is so much which connects human beings to human beings.  Remarkable.  Don’t you think that it is remarkable that half of all languages come from one root language?

To get to the facts —  What do English, Spanish, and Hindi all have in common?  They all originated from the same mother tongue: Anatolian, or more commonly known as Proto-Indo-European.

Furthermore, there is about a 50 percent chance that any person in the world speaks a language from the Indo-European family.  This Indo-European language family includes about half the languages spoken today.

To make a little diversion here.  If you were taught more than one language, chances are that language may have been French, Spanish, English, German or another language which evolved out of ancient Proto-Indo-European.  Also, chances are you noticed that words in that other language had similar spellings as your mother language.  Smile. Smile. That is your living experience of ancient Proto-Indo-European language.  That one root language probably made it a little easier for you to learn the new language for you.

Linguists know that Proto-Indo-European was a language unique to a tribal culture in ancient Eurasia.  Those ancient humans only spoke their language and never wrote it down, so it is extinct today.   Linguists reconstruct that language from languages that followed the originators.

So when and where did this language truly begin and how did it come to generate so many of our modern languages?

The current theory was put forth in 2012 by a team of evolutionary biologists from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  They estimated that Proto-Indo-European originated 8,000 to 9,500 years ago.  For geographic origins, this team points to Anatolia, or modern-day Turkey.    How did the language spread?  These scientists theorize that the first speakers practiced animal domestication and agriculture.  As these practices spread, so did their language.

Wow — humans are so interconnected in so many ways – including the sources of our language.  That is awe inspiring.

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Rerun from Aug 19, 2015

Acceptances- The Only Way to Say Yes

Acceptances- The Only Way to Say Yes

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“The mind gives us thousands of ways to say no, but there’s only one way to say yes, and that’s from the heart. “ – Suze Orman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rerun from Aug 24, 2015

Accent Reduction: Fascinating Facts About the World’s Most Spoken Languages

Accent Reduction:  Fascinating Facts About the World’s Most Spoken Languages

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Get these fascinating facts about languages.

Our world of languages:

  • There are at least 7,102 known languages being used in the world today.
  • Twenty-three of these languages are the first language or mother tongue for more than 50 million people.
  • Also, these 23 languages make up the native tongue of 1 billion people

What are the most popular languages being learned around the world?

  • English has 1,500 million learners
  • French has 82 million learners
  • Chinese has 30 million learners
  • Spanish has 5 million learners
  • German has 14.5 million learners
  • Italian has 8 million learners
  • Japanese has 3 million learners

The reason why English, French, and Spanish are among the world’s most widespread languages has its roots in the land acquisition past history of the nation’s where the languages originate.

See the remarkable infographic created by Alberto Lucas Lopez for the South China Morning Post.   Source for the information is based on data from Ethnologue, a comprehensive reference cataloging all the world’s known living languages since 1951.

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Rerun from Aug 13, 2015

Responding to Their Need – Part 3

Responding to Their Need – Part 3

“This may or may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but Mary Jones has a business that…”

“I don’t know if they are hiring, but here’s the name of someone at XYZ Company.”

 

 

 

Rerun from Aug 10, 2015

Public Speaking: Slides: What the Experts Know About the Print

Public Speaking:  Slides: What the Experts Know About the Print

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You know, confidence is much more fun than uncertainty.

There are so very many choices for the printed words on PowerPoint or other slides.

How is a person to know which features are best?

Yay, yay. You don’t have to guess.  Experts at doing presentations have figured out what works.

Tips for Using Typefaces, Fonts, and Sizes Effectively

  • For projection on to a screen, don’t use anything smaller than 18-point text. For larger rooms, consider 24-point text or larger.
  • Use a sans serif typeface for titles and major headings
    • Arial Narrow
    • Verdana
    • Century Gothic
  • Experiment with a serif typeface for the body of the text
    • Times New Roman
    • Courier New
    • Garamond
    • Book Antiqua
  • Experiment with 36-point type for major headings, 24-point type for subheads, and 19-point type for text
  • As a rule, use no more than two different typefaces in a single visual aid
  • Avoid using all capitals. Use upper- and lowercase type
  • Don’t overuse boldface, underlining, or italics

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Rerun from Aug 6, 2015