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Being bilingual has a lot of advantages

Being bilingual has a lot of advantages | Human Geography |
Being bilingual has only advantages in my opinion. Well, sometimes I do have to search for words, but that can either be in Dutch or English...

As I wrote in my previous blog, my English vocabulary improved a lot when I moved to the USA, especially while writing blogs and interacting with people around here. I  do speak with an accent, although it sounds like I'm from Chicago too, when I speak English now. (At least that's what people tell me). If you want to learn how to speak with a Chicago accent, take a look here. If you visit Chicago from abroad just use the tricks they describe.

A lot of people around here think I am German. That might have to do with the fact that I am very blonde and have blue eyes and some people still think in stereotypes. Or because the way I speak sounds similair to how German people speak in the ears of American people who have never been abroad. It is true that Dutch and German are both West Germanic languages, but no it is not exactly the same!
Frisian language: Netherlandic-Germanic dialect divisions, Map, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online

However, I still speak Dutch with my husband and kids. It is great that our sons are raised bilingual, ever since we moved to the USA. I know some people might say we should have started that earlier, in order to get them fluently in both languages. If I do some research about when people are at the 'best' age to learn another language, I get all kinds of answers. Some people say it is a 'myth' that the younger you are, the better you wil learn a second language:

Frankfurt International School - Myth 1.
Frankfurt International School - Myth 2.
Others still believe in the 'younger the better':

Multilingual Children's Association
Bilingual Monkeys - Best tips for raising bilingual kids.
I think this is the best way to look at it:

 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
It doesn't really matter HOW you look at it, what matters is that being bilingual has a lot of advantages:

This article shows that if you use two languages for years on a daily basis, the white matter in your brain will grow and will stay structural.

This article shows that learning two languages at the same time doesn't show a thicker cortex as the brain from a monolingual person. Learning the 2nd language later showed a thicker cortex in the left (also known as Broca's area) inferior frontal gyrus (IFG ) and thinner cortex in the right IFG. So these results show that learning a 2nd language after you are competent in your 1st language modifies your brain structure depending on your age and that learning 2 languages at the exact same time has no further effect on the brains growth.

For those of you that want to learn more about the following:

How do infants that are exposed to two languages acquire them without apparent difficulty? Second, how do monolingual and bilingual language processing differ in adults? Last, what are the collateral effects of bilingualism on the executive control system across the life span?

I would click here!

Being bilingual does have the advantage of getting Alzheimer's Disease later than monolingual people.

I also think that being bilingual is very handy when you are studying ( a lot of books are in English in the Netherlands) or looking for a job. However, I don't think that Dutch is a very important language, if you look worldwide. To us Dutch is very meaningful, because it is our families language. Our boys should be and stay able to talk to their family and friends abroad!

My youngest son says he thinks in English and translates in Dutch when he is at home. He just turned 4 when we moved. My oldest son still thinks in Dutch and translates in English. He was 7,5 years old when we moved here. They both speak English with a big Chicago accent. My oldest speaks Dutch without English accent, but the youngest does have an English accent sometimes. He also has more trouble with finding Dutch words. I try to keep him up-to-date on both languages by watching Dutch tv, reading Dutch books and of course speaking Dutch at home all day long. This seems to work.

If I look at myself Dutch is still easier than English. If I have to warn my kids quickly, if I am angry, I will usually speak Dutch automatically. I do have problems finding words in both languages sometimes. And sometimes I speak Dutch to someone by accident. That's usually when I was dreaming away before speaking. Yes, I still dream Dutch too!

We do try to speak English when other English speaking people are around, but that is more because we think that is polite. I still remember people from other cultures in the Netherlands, that were speaking their own language that I couldn't understand. It usually felt awkward, as if they were talking about me. I don't want others to have that feeling. Of course it is convenient sometimes to speak Dutch, for example if you don't feel like being pulled in another advertising conversation. And that happens a lot around here. Just speaking Dutch to them (whether on the phone or in real life) usually does the trick.

In my next blog I will share some Dutch words that are also used in English, that have the same pronunciation. However they mean something totally different. This can result in very strange looks from others around us, if we sometimes do speak Dutch when Americans are around...



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Via Charles Tiayon
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     Being bilingual is a great option for multi-speaking countries. Being bilingual is very important for the region of Quebec. Quebec is a province in Canada who believe they should have a more French-dominant language. Quebec believes they should have a language like that because they want to preserve their native language. 



Astrid Aguiar's curator insight, March 25, 2015 3:24 PM

 learning two languages at the same time doesn't show a thicker cortex as the brain from a monolingual person. Learning the 2nd language later showed a thicker cortex in the left (also known as Broca's area) inferior frontal gyrus (IFG ) and thinner cortex in the right IFG. 

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Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population

Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population | Human Geography |
A comprehensive demographic study finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion.

Via Paulo Gervasio
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     Over the years, Christianity has become a dominant religion. From when Jesus and his twelve disciples until now, the universalizing religion has grown. Jesus was the main reason why Christianity has become a religion. It has spread through different people across the world because of the missionaries across the world. 

Aurora Rider's curator insight, March 10, 2015 4:50 PM

Christianity is such a wide spread religion and can be found in every region. Even though the number of Christians have grown since the world's population has grown as well Christians still comprise about a third of the population. The percentage however, of Christians in Europe and the Americas has dropped. My question is if the number has dropped due to other religions gaining more support or people not having a religion at all? Maybe it's a near equal mix of the two? In contrast, Christianity has grown in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. This is most likely because of missionaries there.


Mackenzie Mcneal :)'s curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:50 PM

Over time Christianity has evolved more and more. Different cultures have taken their own beliefs and own thoughts on what they think the Bible stands for / represents. Over the decades more and more people have evolved or been born into becoming Christians whether it be from their cultural beliefs or just choosing to change their ways. Over time the total population of Christians all around the world has more than tripled. More than likely it is because many people who don't know what to believe in has probably learned from a missionary, which has shared Gods word and informed them of what they believe the Bible stands for.

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LTI Trucking Services is now a truckload carrier and full service logistics company based in the Midwest, providing transportation services nationwide.

LTI Trucking Services is now a truckload carrier and full service logistics company based in the Midwest, providing transportation services nationwide. | Human Geography |

411 N. 10th Street, MO 63101

→ Established in 1975, Lanter Transport, Inc. was a truckload division of Lanter Company.

→ In October 2005, Nicholas Civello acquired Lanter Transport and changed the operating name to LTI Trucking Services, Inc.

→ LTI Trucking Services is now a truckload carrier and full service logistics company based in the Midwest, providing transportation services nationwide.

Via Mercor
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     Transportation services is a type of business service. Trucking is a type of transportation service. Trucking  is a way to transport goods over a long distance that other types of transportation couldn't go. One-half of transportation services is actually the trucking services. The other half are in information services, including publishing and broadcasting.


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How Ebola sped out of control

How Ebola sped out of control | Human Geography |
The story behind the failure of the world's health organizations to stop the Ebola disaster.

Via Seth Dixon, Rebecca Cofield
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

The development between MDCs and LDCs are very different in a lot of ways. The Ebola epidemic is handled in two different ways because of the levels of development in countries. in MDCs there is more of a health indutry and can cure sicknesses much faster than those countries of less development. 





















































Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 7, 2014 9:53 AM

unit 1

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 9, 2015 2:29 PM

It was sad that it took over 4 months for there to be declared an epidemic.  I think if this hit in the US or Europe then things would have been taken care of a lot faster.  Out of sight, out of mind till one trickled in then another.  Then we got scared.  But Africa needs to get it together and create a better continent with healthcare systems that work.  The doctors over there said it looked medieval.  I believe that and can't even fathom how horrible it was.  

Molly McComb's curator insight, May 27, 2015 11:11 AM

Talking about the failure of WHO to stop the Ebola outbreak and how the low developed countries were so quickly affected by the disease. 


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Agriculture is Everywhere

Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encour...


This video makes several important points about agricultural production within our modernized world, things that often go unnoticed and taken for granted.  Food for thought. 

Via Seth Dixon, Rebecca Cofield
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

Agriculture involves everyone. People today dont think about where their food comes from. They don't think about how their food is made. Which is all agriculture.  Now agriculture has faded where no one remembers it still exists. Agriculture is something we include in our daizly lives. The big process of food. 


luisvivas64@hotmail.'s comment, February 3, 2013 10:24 AM
No hablo inglès, pero nfiero el mensaje:Amemos la rierra como a nuestros ojos, hijos.
Lauren Sellers's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:58 AM

The video brings attention to the complex process that brings food, and sheets, into our lives. Agriculture is often overlooked and undesirable. The video gives a young face to agriculture.


Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:27 PM

I like this article because it shows that most of the things we do is related to agriculture there are so many things we take for granted  and things that people dont recongnize have to deal with agriculture its almost surprising after watching this I believe that people who do agriculture need more respect

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▶ Earth 2025 : POPULATION EXPLOSION - AFTERMATH (Full Documentary) - YouTube

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In eighteen-hundreds is when the world had its first billion people. After that the population started rising rapidly. In just a short amount of time the population of the world has grown to seven billion people. Some people agree that the world is  overpopulated, while others disagree greatly. I believe that the world is in fact overpopulated because of the rising population that is not stopping, but growing. In ln more developed countries there is less big families and longer life expectancy, while developing countries have bigger families and short life expectancy. Just wonder, how are we going to support the new children in the future?


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Can you say 'pumpkin'?

Can you say 'pumpkin'? | Human Geography |

Can you say where the word pumpkin comes from?


It came through Latin meaning 'melon' and through Greek meaning 'ripe'.  We retain these two senses in our modern word 'pumpkin'.  


In Russian, it took on meanings of 'bake' and 'stove'.  The '-kin' is a diminuitive still used in  'munchkin', 'mannekin', and 'napkin' (a smaller version of the apron!)


Now enjoy your pumpkin pie! ;

Via Alice Wujciak
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     The way people pronounce different words depend on the regions and places people live. Just like the word 'pumpkin' is pronounced, there are words like hood of a car in American English, but if your speaking Britain English you would say the bonnet of the car. There is a major difference between those two languages.



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The Cost of Sprawl: A Visual Comparison

The Cost of Sprawl: A Visual Comparison | Human Geography |

The cost of sprawl is 2.5 times more expensive than the compact city.

Sidewalks, water and wastewater pipes, schools and libraries, police and fire protection, and of course, roads. And whether the costs are paid by the homeowner, the local government, or businesses, the lower density in the suburbs leads to higher costs to operate, maintain and replace all these services...

Via Lauren Moss, massimo facchinetti
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     Sprawl is the spread of development over the landscape. For suburban areas it's going to be more expensive than urban areas. Sprawl in suburban areas would overall take more time in making it more as an urban area. Making urban areas more industrial is going to be a lot easier especially since the area has already been industrialized. 


Cluster Eco-Habitat's curator insight, March 10, 2015 3:33 AM

L'étalement urbain, une de nos spécialités en Poitou-Charentes a un surcoût concernant les services et bien sûr environnemental.

Bonne illustration de cela

Eben Lenderking's curator insight, March 11, 2015 8:22 AM

Pile 'em high

Suzette Jackson's curator insight, May 24, 2015 2:04 AM

The cost of sprawl is 2.5 times more expensive than the compact city.

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The Industrial Revolution - UK Parliament

The Industrial Revolution - UK Parliament | Human Geography |
The Industrial Revolution, which began three hundred years ago, was a period of unprecedented technological,  economic and social change that completely transformed British culture from a largely rural, static society with limited production...
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

     The Industrial Revolution happened many years ago. The Industrial Revolution is misleading because it didn't happen overnight. The Industrial Revolution resulted in new social, economic, and political inventions, not just industrial ones. Over the years it started to change into a new setting. It started in Great Britain but eventually it spread out in other areas across the world.


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Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe, More Growth Needed - Study

Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe, More Growth Needed - Study | Human Geography |
City dwellers are growing their own food on a much greater scale than previously thought, farming an area the size of the European Union, according to the first comprehensive study on the global scale of urban agriculture.

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Today there is now is an increased amount of urban farmers. People are growing more food then they imagined. The amount of urban farmers is now as big or bigger than the European Union. Now with having so many urban farmers, it's causing things to drastically change. We never would expected such a large number.


Don Brown Jr's curator insight, November 20, 2014 1:16 PM

Urban farmers are also more likely to cultivate vegetables rather than wheat, or rice. What environmental factors contribute to this trend?

Mackenzie Mcneal :)'s curator insight, November 28, 2014 2:54 PM

The increase in Urban Farming around the globe has had a major impact on our Earth. The amount of people growing their own food has increased so much that it has grown to be as big or even bigger the the size of Europe. With everyone growing their own food  supply the amount of has caused a dramatic change in the food supply amount in the world and in a given area.

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International Migration

Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...

Via Natalie K Jensen, Seth Dixon
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Migration is something that has been happening for years. Today there are many migrants in America. In fact migrants choose 
America to migrate to. The many migrants here in America is from Mexico. There are many reasons for migrating. Many people migrate to avoid war and environmental disasters. Also, many people migrate for job opportunities and economic purposes. I.C.

Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, September 10, 2014 10:02 AM

This video is primarily talking on the widely known topic of migration. 3 percent of the worlds population is living away from there place of birth. The push of migration from places include poverty, war, and environmental disasters. The migration pull in some places are because of  economic opportunity, and political freedom. Migration is increasing, and is thought of as a bad thing.(s.s.)

Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 7, 2014 8:59 PM

This video is great for going over the many different aspects that go along with migration. It talks about what migration is and the reasons why people migrate known as push and pull factors. It talks about the different types of migration such as asylum seakers and illegal immigration. It mentions the disadvantages and advantages of migration.

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:27 PM

A great YouTube video- discussing the controversy of international migration among other things that fall into place of the disapproval of international migration. -UNIT 2 

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The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture | Human Geography |

We can be connected (or disconnected) based on where we move, how we speak, and even what sports teams we root for.


This article is a great source for discussion material on regions (include the ever-famous "Soda/Pop/Coke" regions).  How do we divide up our world?  What are the criteria we use for doing so?

Via Seth Dixon, Samantha Fraser, Rebecca Cofield
Bella The Non-Vampire's insight:

i believe that these fifty states are divided into three different regions that define them by what those regions are made of. Those regions im talking about are the formal, functional, and vernacular regions. Some types of examples of those regions are common language, transportaion, and mental maps. I.C.

Kedryn bray's curator insight, March 15, 2016 9:45 AM
I think the United states does have many invisible cultural borders like the way people use certain words like soda or pop or coke. These define where different types of people love and it shows different sides of America. We are split up by many different kinds of small borders but those borders sometimes change the way we all speak and do things.