Learning a New Language Outside of the Classroom

There are many reasons as to why people have a desire to learn a new language, especially children. For instance, a student is interested in learning a new culture in hopes of one day visiting that country, or two people from different backgrounds fall in love and want to communicate with each other. Whatever the reason, there are different ways to go about learning a language, ways that do not involve a classroom. Let’s take a closer look at the various aspects of education when it comes to speaking and writing in a foreign language.

The saying, “practice makes perfect,” is absolutely true. Especially when it comes to learning a new language. Practicing over and over again, every day, whether it is with another person, or you are speaking to yourself, practice will make a world of difference. Another great point is to carry a pocket dictionary everywhere you go. This will be put to great use, especially as you are starting out.

If you’re doing it on your own, it might help to learn with a computer software program such as the Rocket Languages series.

At first, it would be best to learn 100 common words used in that language. From there, you can start putting different sentences together using those words. Do this until you feel very comfortable with those words. It is also in your best interest to accept that you will mess up, and probably more than once. Accept it and move on. Another great tip is repetition. When you learn a new word, make it a practice to use it right away in different sentences. Using the word over and over again will help you commit it to memory. Finally, if money is not an issue, hiring a tutor is definitely worth your time. A one on one conversation for one hour a day, a few days a week, will do wonders for your speaking skills.

Having the ability to speak a different language other than your own opens many doors and opportunities. Speaking, reading, and writing in a different language allows you to take part in a completely new culture, which can be amazing and empowering. Don’t be afraid to pursue any dreams you may have concerning different languages.


Getting Around The Office – Computer Issues

Recently the office has had some computer issues take hold.  We had some issues with our computers giving us errors.  It ended up having to do with a driver incompatibility with the newer version of Windows that we updated to.  We updated to Windows 8 and our video card drivers were giving us issues.  We looked up some driver update software from http://www.nomoresadcomputer.com and we found that it worked really well.

Computer issues around the office can really cripple us since we are so computer based with everything that we do.  However, with software sites like those we have a much easier time conducting our business and getting things back on track.  It’s hard enough to do things like that without that hanging over our heads.


Child Abductions: Causation And Prevention

What is the general causation of child abduction?  According to research they are the most rare of crimes involving children, especially amongst the very young:

Stealing a baby, one of the most distressing crimes, is rare. Of all “violent offences against the person” recorded by the Home Office, only about 0.08% – about 120 a year – come under the category of child abduction.[1] This term also covers two other offences: abduction by a parent – as in a custody dispute – and abduction of an older child, often by a man with a sexual motive.[2] Compared with other offences, the stealing of young children is unusual in that those who carry it out are almost always women who show evidence of mental disturbance.[3 4] Despite this psychiatric context and the attention that each case attracts,[5] the subject is virtually untouched by research. Little is therefore known about the mental state of those who commit the offence and less about the crucial mediocolegal questions of disposal, outcome, and repetition.
Appleby, Louis, and Tony Maden. “Baby stealing.” British Medical Journal 22 June 1991

So what can we do about this?  One hospital initiated a system to help keep newborns safe through a “crib card” system:

Infant kidnappings can and do occur, though fortunately not often. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tallied 10 abductions and a handful of attempts in 1990 among 3.7 million births. But even one abduction is one too many. Hospital security officers say the expanded visiting hours and relaxed atmosphere that have become commonplace on childbirth/postpartum units increase the risk.

Prompted by such warnings, and by news of a kidnapping at a nearby hospital, our nursery’s medical director and nursing staff developed our Infant Security Crib Card system. We think it’s unique, and we know it’s effective.

One identifying crib card is issued to each mother-newborn pair. When the infant is with the mother, the card remains at the nursery; when the infant is in the nursery, the mother keeps the card in her room. No one has the infant and the card at the same time, or takes the baby from the mother without relinquishing the crib card first.

The expectant mother’s admission to the labor and delivery area sets the system in motion. The admitting nurse stamps the top of a 3 x 5 inch card with her patient ID plate, which includes her name, address, physician code, patient number, medical record number, insurance provider, room number, birth date, and date of admission. The words “crib card” are written in the middle of the card in bold black letters. After delivery, a stamp of the newborn’s ID plate goes on the bottom.

~Godwin, Tina Coker, and Joyce Simmons. “Our simple system keeps newborns safe.” RN May 1991