December, 2013

The Chinese New Year Dinner

The Chinese love to eat. Being full is the ultimate sign of wellness. Feeding and eating together is a sign of affection. Families eat when getting together. Moms like to think of what to cook or feed the family as a sign of love. Therefore, during the start of the year, to invite wellness and happiness it is but natural to spend time with the family eating.
The Chinese New Year’s eve dinner is believed to be the most important family ritual of the year. Food symbolizes abundance, and being together stands for family ties. Abundance, health and happiness of the family are the main focus of the New Year’s Eve dinner. It is said that if a family does not share this all-important meal of the year, the family’s love will grow cold. This is a special event in the year that sibling rivalries and family issues are set aside. Everybody is encouraged to eat well and be merry.
The Chinese New Year’s eve dinner honors both the past and current generations. Ancestors are remembered and honored. They too are included in the fast as food is offered at the family altar, especially for them. Letting the family elders eat first is a sign of respect and love. Before the family sits down to eat together, the family ancestral spirits are served the dinner first, including tea and wine, at the altar. This gesture not only pays respects to the forebears but is also a way of giving thanks. After all, it is believed that the wellness of the ancestors reflect on the family fortune.
The family dinner brings hope for the Chinese New Year. Food served also has many symbols of abundance, health and happiness.
Here are some of the courses offered for the family’s Chinese New Year eve dinner:
* Soup. Favorites are bird’s nest soupd and shark’s fin soup. The bird’s nest soup symbolizes long life and youthfulness. While shark’s fin symbolizes prosperity.
* Jai Choy is a special vegetarian dish that is most appropriate for Chinese New Year
. All ingredients symbolize good fortune, long life and abundance. It has:
o dried oysters for good business
o sea moss called fat choy that mean prosperity
o Chinese black mushrooms is about getting wishes granted
o bean noodles called fun see symbolize long life
o lily buds mean 100 years of blissful union
o lotus seeds to have sons
o dried bean curd also symbolize abundance
o cloud ears are good luck
o and snow peas also bring in prosperity.
* Poultry like duck or chicken are served whole (with head and feet) to symbolize unity or wholeness. Missing body parts mean it is broken and are not good symbols, so best have it in 1 complete piece when possible.
* Long, leafy green vegetables such as Chinese broccoli and Chinese string beans are served whole, believed to bring longevity to parents.
* Fish is yu. “Yu” sounds like abundance. This dish is often served last. The head and tail should not be removed from the body to ensure good luck throughout the year. The family should also be careful to not flip the fish over. This superstition stems from the old fisherfolk belief that flipping fish over will also flip fishing boats.
* Rice or long-grain noodles are also eaten with this hearty feast.
Some of the food are deliberately left over to signify abundance through out the year. This is also convenient, as it is custom that animals cannot be killed, even for meals, on the first day of the new year.
Other Chinese New Year
beliefs for the new year’s eve banquet are: All utensils and plates should be clean and unbroken. Even a small chip on a plate is not allowed, as this signifies that something will eat into the family fortune. Chopsticks should also be of equal length to represent harmony.

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Ray Ritchey is the owner of the site ChildBook.com which for over 12 years has been helping Children in the United States learn more about Chinese Culture and Language. You can read more about Chinese New Year at Childbook.com

Languages On The Brink Of Extinction

Some of the least spoken languages in the world are already on the brink of extinction and they are not necessarily in countries that you would expect. Many of the Sami languages of northern Europe were once widely spoken, but many do not have an official written version and unfortunately this has ultimately led to their dramatic decline in the last 100 years.

There will inevitably come a point very soon when there are no more family members to pass the traditional spoken word to and unless outside intervention is sought they will become extinct. As there are so few native speakers of the least popular languages in the world, it is very hard for someone to learn them without spending a considerable amount of time with these native speakers. There is no easy way other than direct one to one tuition if you intend to learn one of the rarest languages on the planet.

Votic is only spoken by 20 people in the villages of Krakolye and Luzhitsy in the Kingisepp district of Russia. It is similar in construction to Estonian, to the extent that some linguists claim that it is essentially an Estonian dialect and not a separate language at all. By the 19th century the popularity of Votic began to decline and locals started to pick up Russian instead, which soon became their language of choice.

Pite Sami is one of the four remaining Sami languages that is spoken and not written down, making it almost impossible to learn. The only way it can be learnt is by direct contact with someone from the Arjeplog municipality of northern Sweden where the language originates. The language spread from the Swedish / Norwegian border and is also known as Arjeplog Sami. There are only about 20 people on the Swedish side of the border by the Pite River who still speak Pite Sami.

Ume Sami originated in the same general area of Sweden and Norway but is spoken along the Ume River to the north of Arjeplog and Arvidsjaur. The number of Ume Sami speakers has dwindled to ten.

Another language on the verge of extinction is Aboriginal Kayardild with approximately ten fluent speakers remaining. Kayardild is native to Bentinck Island, Sweers Island and north-west Queensland in Australia and is part of the Tangkic group of languages.

Ter Sami was traditionally spoken in the north east of the Kola Peninsula in Russia where the total population of the six villages was recorded as being just 450 in the 19th century. This year, the number of Ter Sami speakers has dropped to two elders from a population of 100, making it the least spoken language in the world. This decline was accelerated in the 1930s when Soviet law banned the language from homes and schools, making everyone learn Russian and consequently they spoke it as their first language. Ter Sami will effectively die out as a spoken language as the opportunity to learn it from one of the two remaining speakers is exceptionally difficult.

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Learn Irish

Learning Irish is a goal for many people of Irish ancestry, most are fascinated by this ancient Celtic language and the myth and romance associated with it. But you do not need to be of Irish descent to learn this beautiful language; it is for everyone and needs as many new speakers as it can get to keep it alive. Irish is still a living language in the remote Gaeltacht (Irish speaking areas) regions of Mayo, Donegal, Kerry and Galway and has official status in Ireland. However the language is in decline and has been for the last 200 years. Its very survival depends on the Gaeltacht surviving and new learners of Irish keeping the language alive.

Many people claim Irish ancestry and many people search for their Irish roots. The Irish Diaspora spread to many continents especially during the Great Famine in the 19th century. The Irish set sail for the North American continent in vast numbers to the USA and Canada, fleeing starvation and persecution in their native land. Although North America saw the largest Irish immigration, the nearest port of call was Britain. Today cities like Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester have significant Irish populations. A significant proportion of the immigrants, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries spoke Irish and brought their language to their new countries, although in order to integrate many abandoned the language to speak English.

People continue to fight to save the language, in areas outside the Gaeltacht many parents send their children to Irish speaking schools e.g. Dublin, where all the lessons and interaction are in the medium of Irish. This is undoubtedly the most effective way to learn Irish as the child becomes immersed in the language and it becomes second nature.

This method is the best way to go if you wish to progress in your Irish learning. The immersion method allows the learner to absorb the language and learn the language in the same way they learned their native tongue. In order to reach a level of fluency in Irish, immersion allows the student to learn Irish by speaking and understanding the language. This emphasis on speaking and understanding the language allows the student to learn through trial and error. I mentioned the Gaeltacht above, if you get the chance to visit the Gaeltacht then this would be the ideal place to immerse yourself in the language. Unfortunately most people will be unable to take time off to go to Ireland and do this. However there is an alternative, find a fluent Irish speaker in your area and see if you can persuade them to form a learning group where all interaction and learning is done purely in Irish. Finding fluent Irish speakers is not that hard to do, if you live in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. All of these countries have fluent Irish speakers, it is just a case of locating them and asking the question about forming an immersion group. If you are serious about taking your Irish learning to the next level give the immersion method a go.

Learning Irish through the medium of Irish might sound difficult at first, but you will be amazed how quickly you pick the odd phrase or word. Soon you will be begin to understand small sentences and respond and think in Irish. You can consolidate your immersion learning by using more traditional methods, there are plenty of interactive courses that will compliment your Irish learning. I really believe in this method and unlike the way you learned languages in school, you will enjoy the experience without having to learn grammar as you learn the Irish grammar naturally.
So make an effort and find your local Irish speaker and set up your immersion group and before you know you will have made new friends and be on your way to speaking Irish.

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Sean offers tips and advice on how to learn Irish.
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New York – Great for Business, Great for Language

Few cities in the USA rival New York City as an international business hub. Besides its famous white collar Mecca on Wall Street, the city is a place where most of the country’s Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest corporations in the world make their presence. Because of its importance as the backbone of international business, you will find representation from nearly every country around the world right in New York.

Ranked #1 in the country as having the most international companies headquartered within its city limits, New York is a vibrant, bustling place for literally millions of people working from Manhattan to Long Island; to nearby Newark, NJ. Tourism, communications, commerce, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing companies, IT firms and virtually every industry imaginable is represented in the Big Apple. Its abundance of resources and transportation give New York the easy access to attract such a growing business climate.

Three major airports are within the city limits of New York, making it easy for business people to find a flight day or night to virtually any city in the world. Within downtown, many of the inhabitants don’t even need cars because of the easy availability for alternative transportation options. The subway, taxis, shuttles, buses and even bicycles or foot traffic is more common than driving.

Aside from its positioning as the headquarters for many large international businesses it is also the place where dreams are made. Many small businesses begin, thrive and grow to become big companies here. That is because of the many great resources available. Education, arts, music, culture, and activity throughout the day and night are what make New York so exciting as a place for international business.

New York’s economy is the largest in the U.S. and second in the whole world, with only slightly less business than in Tokyo. The New York Stock Exchange is the biggest in the world by market capitalization and the estimated gross business coming from NY was last known to be in the neighborhood of $1.1 trillion dollars. With all of this major action being done by big companies, New York is an attractive place for any business to truly make its presence known.

The Financial District in downtown Manhattan is the largest central business district in the world. Last count, there were over 600 major companies with headquarters here. Some of the top Fortune 500 companies in New York specialize in industries such as Real Estate, manufacturing, overseas trading, information technology, biotechnology and the health care industry, film, theater and media; not to mention the strong political force that comprises New York.

Aside from its world renowned status as an epicenter for international business, the Big Apple has many other perks that make it a place for millions of people to live and work. There’s always something to do, to see, to experience. From Central Park to Broadway, there’s no shortage of entertainment and adventure all day or night. The cultural diversity is exciting and creates a dynamic business atmosphere.

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Richard Allenby is the partner in Languagetran, a company that offers New York translation services for individuals, corporations and institutions. For a translation company New York, please visit LanguageTran’s site.

Learning Spanish Does Not Have to be Hard

Great! You want to learn how to speak Spanish. Luckily – it’s not difficult to learn Spanish. It’s no problem if languages aren’t your strong point. Spanish is spoken by so many people in the world, and you’ll have troubles finding a method that will work for you. We’ll discuss some tips and hints so your learning experience becomes much easier.

Locate a course offered on CD. CD courses are terrific for those who feel a bit shy about new languages. CDs are convenient because you can hear the words pronounced and then spoken in a sentence. The learning material is as good as any classroom. But with a CD you won’t have to worry about making mistakes in front of the classroom. And it’s great because you can listen to your CD just about anywhere. You’ll be able to listen to them on a CD player, or you can also download them to an MP3 player and take them anywhere. There are no limits to where you can learn Spanish.

Place some kind of note or label on various items, with the Spanish word for it. Make labels for everything in your home and, if you can, your work space. You will be constantly viewing the words then, without even having to consciously think about it. Nothing is more embarrassing than using one word when you meant to use another! You don’t want to be remembered for making a gaffe or even making someone angry by using the wrong word by mistake. If you label your home and office you’ll be able to practice learning your new language in a comfortable environment which, depending on your learning style, could speed up your learning process.

Surround your self in your new language. Do you live in a town or city that has a neighborhood where the predominant language is Spanish? A very good way to learn is listening to fluent speakers converse. You might also find that people in these neighborhoods are happy to help new speakers learn how to properly communicate. You won’t have to travel far, and you can get the same experience and practice with your second language. These are some ways to help you in your study of Spanish; there are many other techniques you can use as well.

Many people get help when they start learning another language. You will find that some methods will work better for you than others. Keep trying different learning techniques. Speaking Spanish is something you can do; just find the method that works for you and be persistent.

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Pimsleur English for Portuguese Speakers

Portuguese people usually find it quite difficult t learn the English language. This is not only because English is generally a difficult language to learn for non-English speakers, but also because of the vast difference in grammar, sentence structure, sound intonation and use of words between the two languages.

Portuguese speakers need not despair however, because there is a way for them to be able to learn the English language easily and fast. This is through the use of language audio lessons. Now, there are many English language audio lessons that you can find. However, the best in the market is the Pimsleur English for Portuguese Speakers Quick & Simple course. Hence the question remains, why choose Pimsleur as your tool in learning the English language? The reason is simple. The Pimsleur System is put together form the normal language learning capabilities of people. The Pimsleur method makes good use of the manner in which the human brain gets hold of new information such as language and speech. Then the maker of the Pimsleur method came up with a process which revolves around the fact that everyone has the same ability to communicate, whatever the language is.

This audio course comes with four hours of interactive and pure audio language learning. It also comes with spoken practice sessions that are spoken by real-life Portuguese English speakers in order for you to be familiar with the accent and follow how each word is being said. If you want to have a longer course, you can choose the extended version, which offers ten lessons. If you are still not satisfied with ten lessons then you have the option to purchase the lessons at the next level of learning.

The best thing about using the Pimsleur English language course for Portuguese Speakers is that once you have ordered it and submitted your payment information, you can easily download the lessons into your computer. There is no need to wait for delivery, so you can start learning right away. Not only that, you can upload the audio lessons into your portable music player so you ca take them with you wherever you go. You can listen and learn while you do your errands, drive your car, go shopping or even while you are out jogging. Best of all, you can continue learning to speak the English language even while you are sleeping. This is because studies have shown that playing the English language audio course – or any other language course for that matter – while you are asleep makes you absorb everything into your subconscious. This makes learning a new language even faster, easier and more effective.What better way to learn than do go nonstop?

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Break the Barrier of Language Learning

We are, however, unknown to so many things around ourselves. Language is usually included in these unknown points. Language barrier becomes a serious problem for which sometimes we don’t fully grasp any content. Language Translation services is the resolution of this difficulty. It makes it simpler by converting the challenging language to more suitable one so that it is adequate to any sort of people. Language translation is nothing even so the way of transference of meaning coming from text for you to the text which is written or recorded. There are numerous sorts of words of translation services just like video translation by using subtitles, sound translation, web site translation, legal translation, proofreading and document translation. A document interpretation is the process regarding translation of the financial assertion, medical transcripts or possibly a letter. Document translation is part of the adjusting of subject theme from Delivery Certificates, institution certificates, figure certificates occupation forms, resume to matrimony Certificates. The Spanish language, English, German, China, Japanese and many more are the ‘languages’ in which this service is available. Industry experts are very successful in translating languages in more than one hundred languages. This particular translation can even be done by the program. Now appropriate translation is a member of marriage, start etc. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical drug translation are usually important. These are generally done by translators. Proofreading refers to the correction of published document. Any individual translator can get the money they owe through the internet in case their clients and translators are in precisely the same city. Regarding translated paperwork, the chance of oversight is more. Hence those papers need to be evaluated very carefully.

If any text message is printed in any other languages, it is the work of interpreter to alter the language to other language to provide relaxation to the audience. Interpretation is reasonably different from language translation. Any doc written in foreign languages can be transformed to another variety by interpreters. Their presentation is at many correct this is, that should be established. Language Deciphering services are generally included in company level use a clear comprehending among the experts. On the basis of Three criteria deciphering tasks are inclined to contracted interpreters. These are as follows: official qualifications standard, geographical location and availability. Actually it is just a bidding showdown. Language presentation can be done with the languages like English, Arabic, Spanish, and French etcetera.

Corporate interpretation is another kind of translation. While translating this content that it is said as well as written in your favorite shows, books or even articles or any motion picture, the meaning must remain the same. Men and women always then have conversation in the language in which there’re very much well known. It’s also a habit of one person to acquire know-how in a way they might easily comprehend. So translation becomes vital. The is language you know. If you need to learn some languages like Chinese and English, using the language software is the best choice. You can so far choose Rosetta Stone Arabic and Rosetta Stone Chinese, both of which will help you well.

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How to Learn Hebrew – An Exceptional Language

By countless stories and histories of several folks, the language of Hebrew is a remarkable ancient affluent language carrying incredible religion and history symbols. However, reaching over the sense of the history of Hebrew, it by now functions as a stunning bridge of communications in between different cultures in the nation’s Middle Eastern area. Seeing this part of this planet turns into considerably influential and a key factor for many individuals who speculate on how to learn Hebrew.

This particular language is stunningly akin to Arabic language that typically they consider to alphabet and dialect. Actually, people recognize both languages to be the results of direct innovative Aramaic that accounts back to the prehistoric years.

Similar to many languages, Hebrew has totally developed to enable a more innovative style and traditional version that people are still using for various intentions these days. Whenever you decide to learn this language, you need to decide their specific purposes for Hebrew upon turning to be fluent to ascertain what version is relevant. Several individuals are intending to learn more innovative version that most Jewish communities utilize today.

Either of the version of Hebrew indeed needs little perseverance and analysis to speak the language fluently. Hebrew is much distinct compared to any other foreign language and needs a distinct learning method specifically those who never speak such language. Of course, adopting some easy and beneficial suggestions will definitely aid in the process of learning.

The origin of the overall language of Hebrew is highly coming from the Bible’s original language that creates it remarkably beneficial to acquire one specific within the dialect of Hebrew. Oftentimes, such versions offer translation guidelines that help in learning it. People who are however knowledgeable reading the Bible, this is a stunning first lesson.

When you are interested on how to learn Hebrew, the main emphasis is set on more visual resources that are typically a fundamental aspect to learn different words. This would create the learning of textbook of Hebrew a fundamental aspect to precise fluency. The guidance through the language with precise guidelines will offer a base understanding of the essence of this language.

Regarding the essence of speaking Hebrew, there various pronunciation and grammar policies that should be adhered. Hence, learning through a particular native Hebrew speaking individual is one of the most advantageous options to consider. Commonly, it is a more verbalize guidance that enables an amazing value of mastery in words pronunciation and learning grammar correctly.

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If you seek for a unique language that is rich in tradition, culture and remarkable to learn and study, it is imperative to consider the idea of how to learn Hebrew being the best foreign language to learn.

Learning Spanish Does Not Have to be Hard

Learning a second language has many benefits and is a tremendous idea. Spanish is rapidly approaching equal usage as English in the US. How many times do you hear messages in English translated into Spanish? That is a good reason for learning Spanish. Of course, for many people, learning new languages is very difficult. What follows are some helpful tips and a few tricks you can use to make things easier.

If you are immersed in an environment where only the new language is spoken, you are almost forced to pick it up quickly. If you were trying to learn Spanish, for example, you would visit somewhere in which Spanish was the primary language. In some American cities, you could find this situation right in the city where you live. Usually what this means, however, is traveling to another country so that you are not able to simply switch back to your own language when it is convenient. Language immersion puts you in a kind of sink or swim mode, which can practically force you to become fluent. For some, however, this puts too much pressure on them. You will have to decide for yourself.

Be sure to work on your listening skills for any language. Many languages are more oral than they are written. As long as it’s a ‘living’ language, you’ll still have to learn to hear it. Knowing how to write the alphabet or how to write a correct sentence will only get you so far. You will need to understand people when they talk to you. The best thing to do is listen to your language as much as you possibly can. When you find yourself being able to identify your language after hearing just a few words you’ll know you are on your way to really learning Spanish (or whatever language you have chosen)!

You really can achieve fluency with right practice. Just forget about it comes out, the important thing is to speak the language as much as you can. Another tip is to replace the words in your language with the words you know from the language you’re learning. So if your new language is Spanish, then just try to use “cena” instead of “dinner” and in place of “one” use “uno.” In time, the words will become natural for you. This way you’ll be able to understand the words when you hear others speak them. That is the best way to start piecing together translations when you speak with people who are fluent in the language you are trying to learn.

There is no good reason to suffer frustration while learning Spanish – or any language. The net is full of helpful ideas and cool tools to help you. But the real key to learning Spanish, or any language, is to have an open mind about it. Your mind will more easily absorb the knowledge when it is open. And this… the more you try to make Spanish sound like English, the harder it will be for you.

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Tricks That Guarntee a Fun and Quick Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish can be accomplished by anyone, no matter what their prior experience with languages. Learning languages seems like a daunting task but everybody is capable of doing it. When you think about it, you can probably think of many advantages to being able to speak another language. Learning a new language will help you if you travel outside of the country. It could also help you better communicate with the people you meet in your own community. For people who are planning to learn another language for the first time, Spanish is a wise choice for several reasons. By following some guidelines, you can shorten your learning curve when it comes to speaking Spanish.

Developing a Spanish accent or tongue is a good place to start your study. The proof of how well you know a language is in how you sound speaking it, not how well you know the rules of grammar. Read out loud from books in Spanish to get a feel for how the language flows. Whenever you hear people speaking Spanish fluently, record the words in your mind and repeat what you can recall later. When you do this, you will start to understand the right way to use inflections and put words together into correct sentences. You will also find that it’s actually quite enjoyable to practice speaking and reading in a foreign language. Think of how it felt to learn songs when you were a child; this can be similar.

Try putting tags on things in your environement. This can be helpful to do wherever you can, whether in the rooms of your house or your workplace. This way you will get used to associating the correct words with the correct items. Don’t risk confusing different words; this can be quite embarrassing! You don’t want to be remembered for making a gaffe or even making someone angry by using the wrong word by mistake. The very simple strategy of using labels can accelerate your learning of the new language.

Become immersed in the language.

Is there anywhere close where most people speak Spanish? Listening to fluent speakers talk is a great training device. You might also find that people in these neighborhoods are happy to help new speakers learn how to properly communicate. You’ll be able to practice Spanish without traveling to some place far away.

Learning Spanish or any new language does not have to be so painful. The beginning may be a little rough, but in time it does get a lot better. You will become fluent if you persist and make good use of as many tricks and tips as possible.

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