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This Is What Will Happen When You Learn Spanish

This Is What Will Happen When You Learn Spanish

Spanish is in the top 3 list of the most spoken languages in the world.

This means that if you’re only able to speak English, you’re missing out on over 400 million people you can communicate with. We often joke about the language barriers between dogs and cats, but the exact same analogy applies to us humans.

If you can’t speak Spanish or another language, how can you ever meet and build a relationship with people around the world?

Let’s face it: we’re entering what we call a multi-lingual world. Everything from business, politics, to the media is being globalized at a rate that’s astonishing. The only way to take advantage of this open world is to learn a new language. And there’s no better language to learn than Spanish.

Here’s what will happen when you start to learn Spanish.

1. You’ll be able to communicate with over 400 million people around the world.

As we mentioned before, there are over 400 million native Spanish speakers around the world. To give you an idea just how large that is, there are 365 million native English speakers around the world. Most of us have gone through our entire lives with just English or one other language, so imagine the doors that will open up to new people you can actually converse with, as you travel the world, seek out new business opportunities, and even around your social circle.

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If you think about it, we’ve put up a glass ceiling to our potential when we speak one language, because we limit ourselves to what we can understand. But we live in a massive world, with massive opportunities ahead of us.

Learning Spanish will help you get ahead of this growth curve and ride the wave of opportunities ahead.

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    2. You’ll attract new and more exciting career opportunities.

    Whether you’re in sales, real estate, business, or any industry for that matter, there’s no doubt that learning Spanish will attract more opportunities your way. In fact, many of you may already have Spanish-speaking clients where being able to communicate with them in their native language and understanding their culture will go a long way.

    Even if you’re doing business in the US alone (one of the biggest markets in the world), you’re going to have to appeal to the 30% (130 million +) of the population that are Hispanic.

    The good news is that, once you can understand the language, you’ll differentiate yourself from other job applicants, competitors, and organizations because the best words to build a connection with someone are the words from their own language.

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      3. You’ll become more attractive socially.

      We have this fascination and awe for people that can speak multiple languages, and even put them on a pedestal. If you’ve seen the movie Limitless, then you’ve seen first-hand from Bradley Cooper himself, on how much intrigue it can attract from others. If you speak another language, then you’ve probably experienced the immediate connection you feel when you hear someone speak one of your languages.

      Beyond social perception, learning another language simply opens your mind to new cultures, travel opportunities, and personal interests that will help you connect and meet more friends who come from a Spanish-speaking background. I’ve experienced this first hand, while traveling around South America and Mexico.

      This means you’ll develop a completely new mindset that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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        4. You’ll experience a whole new way of traveling.

        After traveling around South America for 15 months, I’ve come to understand the difference between tourism travel and local travel. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but it’s a completely different way of traveling. The reason is simple.

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        Just like you know your local town or city inside out compared to a journalist who spent a weekend reporting, the same thing applies to tourism advice around the world. Websites like Tripadvisor are great for getting an overall understanding of tourism attractions, but nothing beyond that.

        When you can speak the language of the locals, you’ll gain access to exclusive events, attractions, and hot spots that’s nearly impossible for an outsider journalist to spot out. What’s the point of traveling, if you can’t experience the lives of the people that live there?

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          5. You’ll gain the ability to learn other languages faster.

          Since several languages, including Italian, French, and Portuguese, come from the Latin root, learning subsequent languages from this family will become a lot easier. In fact, these languages share many of the same words and small variations in vocabulary and grammar, that you’ve already established the fundamental base when you start learning.

          If your goal is to learn not just Spanish, but to become a polyglot where you can speak many other languages, then Spanish is a great one to start with.

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            How to learn Spanish?

            The next step of course is to actually commit to learning. While there’s no magic solution, we can share that the best method is to learn from professional teachers, who can give you the personal attention and guidance you need to make fast progress. The reason why we want to avoid apps like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone, is that these methods are not only non-engaging, but it has nothing to do with how we’ll actually use the language. It’s like learning how to ride a bicycle through a manual or Youtube video versus learning by actually riding it.

            All of us want to learn a language to speak with other humans, so doesn’t it make sense to learn by speaking with other humans?

            Luckily for us, we’re no longer required to commute for an hour meeting a tutor in-person or attend an expensive language school.

            Online education allows us to have the same, if not better, quality of education at the comforts of your home. There are great solutions online that specializes in Spanish, such as Rype, where you can have unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons online with a professional coach.

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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