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Exciting Careers Where Language Skills Are Vital

An article about some of the careers that are available to those with foreign language skills.
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This article has to do with the language unit.

 

Being bilingual is good talent. But did you know that being able to speak multiple languages gives you an advantage when trying to get jobs? Especially when working for the government. If you speak multiple languages, that could effect your pay substantially. Depending on how well you speak each language, you could earn up to $35,000 on top of your regular salary. This is a good skill to have everywhere becasue there are a lot of people who speak different languages and you could get more money for being able to speak another language. This could have a very good long term effect on person.

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Cricketers play football wearing giant bubbles – video

Hampshire cricket club players play football ... while wrapped in giant inflatable bubbles
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I thought this was pretty interesting. Football(Soccer) played in giant inflatable bubbles. 

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Why speaking a second language can make you brainier: Bilinguals have 'better memories and problem solving abilities'

Why speaking a second language can make you brainier: Bilinguals have 'better memories and problem solving abilities' | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Penn State researchers believe bilingualism strengthens the 'mental muscle', benefiting those such as French speaker Bradley Cooper (pictured).
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The theme of this article is how being able to speak two, or more, languages may make you smarter. When going to travel to different countries that don't use English as their primary language, it is key to be able to communicate with the people there. It is a sign of respect for the country and it could be fun trying something new.

 

In this article, it explains how being bilingualstrengthens the brain's executive functions, such as its working memory and ability to multitask and problem solve. They say that switching from language to language can strengthen your brian muscles. 


Here in Whitewater, Wisconsin, we have a large hispanic population. Some might not be able to speak english, so it is important for us to be able to understand them by learning their language. Not only does this help them, it helps us if you travel to other countries or even other cities here in the United States.


The long term effect of learning a second language for someone my age is in 20-30 years, english might not be the most spoken language here in the United States. So it would be good to be able to speak 2-3 different languages for not only your daily life, but in the work force.


Learning a second language for anybody cannot hurt them, but only help them in many positve ways.


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The rundown on Mary Barra, first female CEO of General Motors

The rundown on Mary Barra, first female CEO of General Motors | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the career and leadership style of the first female CEO of General Motors.
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The theme of this article is the change in the culter of the American Auto Industry. Woman, which aren't thought of as to be at the top of a large company like GM, but Mary Barra changed that by becoming the first female CEO of General Motors. She is the first female leader of any Detroit automaker and any automaker around the globe, 

 

She was a strong canadate beating out 3 other male canditates. She had started at GM before she turned 20. She had done a lot of different things for GM before becoming a CEO. She is the first veteran of the company to lead in several years.


This could be the spark for more women to become CEO and presidents of motor companies or any other company.I think that since Mary Barra is now at the top of GM, she will have a say in some big decessions, maybe even designing a car for the interst of women? This could be a long term event comming in GM's future. 

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish
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After reading this article, I could see how a person that speakes one languages could interpret a situation much different from a person who speaks a another. This article shows that people who speak a different languages could shape the way they think differently. It gives examples from English, Russian, Turkish, and Australia.

 

Not knowing this would not be good. Like it said in the article, if you don't know which way is which, you literally can't get past hello when speaking Pormpuraaw. Knowing how languages are structured and spoken will help when speaking them. This would be good to know if you moved to a different country or even if you were learing that language.

 
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Mascot Scares Rocket Players In Prank - YouTube

Houston's mascot 'Clutch the Bear' hides in plain view, scares Rockets players as they leave practice
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This one's for fun Mr. Stewart!

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The Obama-Castro handshake that shocked the world

The Obama-Castro handshake that shocked the world | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A handshake between Obama and Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial has created a firestorm of speculation and controversy about whether there will be a thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations
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The theme of this article is Human Relations. The relationship between Cuba and the United States didn't change one bit just because the leaders aknowledged each other at Nelson Mandela's memorial. What did change though was the way that some Cubin-American citizens view President Obama. If this was President Obama's first term and he did this, he might not have been elected for a second term because of this upsetting the Cubin-American population.

 

The handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Rual Castro didn't change the relationship between the two countries, but it changed the way Cuba-American citizens view President Obama.

 

The short term effects of this event are that some people don't agree/ like what President Obama did by aknowledging President Castro. But in the long term, this could be a very small step into fixing the relations with the United States and Cube, but it's too early to know. 

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