Bye bye, Frankfurt: el fin de una etapa.

¿Os ha pasado alguna vez que cuando creíais que vuestra vida empezaba a tomar una dirección más clara habéis tenido que dar un paso atrás porque pasa algo inesperado que cambia tus planes? Seguro que a más de uno. Continue reading

Adaptaciones: Aciertos, errores y opiniones varias.

Hola a todos:

Hoy os traigo una entrada completita. Hace unos días recibí por correo electrónico una infografía sobre traducciones y adaptaciones de contenido audiovisual en español. Todos hemos visto películas cuyo título nos ha dejado fríos o todo lo contrario; o la traducción de nombres de personajes o lugares unas veces más acertadas que otras. Continue reading

Ways of improving your foreign language (II)

First of all, I apologize for being away for so long and not updating with new blog entries. From now on I will try to keep it updated on a regular basis.

The previous blog entry was about way of improvinga foreign language which are certainly pricey and sometimes unaffordable for many people. So, I’m going to give those of you who can’t take up on those activities or prefer simple ones that can be carried out in your local area.

The following are activities or things that I’ve done myself and I can tell they work and help you to improve.

  • Reading books

If you like reading, or despite you don’t like it, reading books in the language you are learning is a great way of widening your vocabulary, learning new expressions, slang – which is very important in the everday usage of the language-, and after some time reading books you will notice how much you’ve learned through it. If you take it seriously, try underlining those words you don’t understand not even by the context of the sentence or paragraph and look them up in a dictionary. You can write the answer above the word in the book so it’s easier for you to read through and it will help you remember the meaning of that word until it becomes part of your vocabulary.

  • Movies / TV in other languages  or subtitled

I’m sure many of you think you are not capable of going through a whole movie in other  languages because you think you won’t understand anything. Nowadays, thanks to DVDs, we have the opportunity to watch a movie in several languages within the same disc. Try watching the movie in the chosen language using subtitles in the same language too. If it’s still too complicated for you, start by using subtitles in your language which will help you understand the dialogue you are listening to. After some time challenge yourself and start using subtitles in the foreign language you are learning and also try watching without any subtitles, you will see that after some time your ear gets used to the language and, even though you may not understand every single word, it will have become definitely easier than it was. It also helps you learn new expressions, words and such.

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Cultural exchange + fun = personal enrichment

This is not what I had planned for the first entry of this blog but it’s taken me longer to get hands on it because of a terrible summer cold. However, it’s related to what will be my next entry.

After these days me and the whole world has been trapped by the inevitable World Cup and the frenzy created around it. Some people dispise soccer as a sport and as a cultural reference, but for those who while we aren’t soccer’s biggest fan we enjoy watching a good game, we see much more to what this type of event involves.

In two weeks I have my best friend come from Hanover, Germany to visit me for some days. Also, a few days later her cousin and a friend from Los Angeles, California are coming on holidays as well. The story doesn’t end here, the three of them have a varied heritage that shows in their looks as well as in their personas. And we are going to go all together to watch the World Cup at some bar while sipping on some drinks and eating some snacks, isn’t it awesome? Four people from different parts of the world reuniting in one place and enjoying one event that at the same time brings the whole world together. It’s one of the few times in which the differences among countries are faded away and are barely visible because what prevails is soccer.

To me, this is an intercultural exchange which enriches me as a person, allows me to learn about the world through them, to use a foreign language and to enjoy at the same time.

One of the best ways of getting to know the world better is through its people. Put the rest aside and grow as a person sharing your own little world with the rest, it’s just one world after all.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog!

I’m very excited to start with this new idea. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and after debating whether I have something to tell the world or not, I’ve decided that maybe I do. I am very young and unexperienced, I still have so many things to do and live but maybe I can share my thoughts, interests and experiences about my job and the things I relate to it, and walk together the path I’ve just started to walk.

I’ll be writing for you very soon!