Years ago I proposed to my wife and she said yes. Good news right? (No judgments here please). Well over time after doing my best for more than fifteen years I decided that it was time to end it http://plankeniers.nl/ and why? Well, without the gruesome details, the relationship was gradually eroding my self-esteem, confidence and optimistic mindset and I decided that I didn’t like who I was becoming in that relationship. We parted, amicably – but we parted. Good news as I was able – over time – to regain all I had lost – emotionally and spiritually.
We all have our stories and we all can create lists of good news and bad news we have received but in the end it’s all just news.
During some of my corporate programs I share this simple concept – stop asking your employees for good news or bad news – just ask them for the news and then you decide which it is. Because their definition could be completely different than yours.
And vice versa – as an executive or manager don’t broadcast – I have some good or bad news – just tell your employees you’ve got some news and let each of them interpret it as they see fit based on their personal viewpoints, attitudes, mindsets, experience, expectations and how it might impact them personally.
I want to make it clear here that I’m not talking about denial, surrender, acceptance or apathy – just the willingness to see that there may be another side of the story, one you may be missing because of your history, viewpoints, opinions, judgments etc.
I bet many of you like to keep up with the latest news and events that happen every day. Then why not start watching the news in your foreign language that you are trying to learn no matter the level of your advancement?
Actually, watching TV news on a daily basis can help your learning and overall comprehension of a foreign language. I used to follow my TV News strategy when learning Spanish. I started with 24Horas and their Noticias (the link can be found online). At first it was just hard to catch up with all the information. To be honest with you, during the first week I could barely understand a few words, but with time when the level of my vocabulary and grammar knowledge increased I could grasp more.
While watching we will always hear more than we can really understand (at least in the very beginning). You can deal with it by watching the entire news broadcast and then come back to those bits that were difficult to understand to watch them again. Don’t give up if the news pieces appear to be presented in a fast motion. This is very common for Spanish and Italian news as the presenters have the tendency to speak real fast. If you just begin to watch the news attempt to answer some basic questions such as for instance when, where, who, why and how that concern the news.
Well, news and world events are always broadcast in major TV news services. This way, you can first follow news in your native language to get a general understanding of what is happening around the world. This general knowledge of current events will help you understand more when watching the news in your foreign target language and your anxiety level will decrease significantly.