People who speak both English and Spanish have quite a few advantages these days. Many jobs require that the successful candidate is bilingual and as neighborhoods diversify even further than ever before being able to speak Spanish can open up a great many neighborhood friendships as well.

There are lots of aids out there to help you teach yourself Spanish. Books, DVDs, computer software programs, you can even learn to speak Spanish online. No one method works for everyone, as everyone tends to learn in a slightly different way. There are some things that can help you progress faster when trying to teach yourself Spanish whatever method you are using. Here are some of the best of them:

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The best way to learn Spanish, if you didn’t happen to grow up in a Spanish speaking household, is to learn the basics of the language either through a course at your local adult education center/community college or to buy a Spanish language course online or at your local bookstore.  Once you have digested this initial information it’s time to begin immersing yourself in all things Spanish language.

Scholars have learned that the best way to learn Spanish, or any other language for that matter, is full immersion for an extended period of time.  This can mean living in a Spanish speaking country or studying abroad for a number of months.  It becomes a sink or swim type situation where you are forced to pick up the language just to function in society.

For those of us not able to just pick up and move our lives completely, full immersion will be nearly impossible.  That does not mean that you can’t surround yourself with Spanish as often as possible in your quest to learn to speak Spanish.  You can easily keep the Univision or Telemundo television stations on in your house and you can enlist any Spanish speaking friends or neighbors to help teach you the language.  Just being around Spanish speaking people will prove an invaluable tool to help you pick up the language.

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Picture yourself as a reader. You relax in a comfortable chair for a few moments with a magazine, perhaps the latest National Geographic. As you thumb through the pages, you encounter an article that describes the excavation of the ancient city of Ashkelon. So read on and learn how to become a Proficient Reader.

The title page captures your attention: historic figures such as Samson, Goliath, Herod, Alexander the Great, and Richard the Lion-Hearted may have once walked the streets of this forgotten city.

Immediately your mind begins to make associations as to what you remember about each of these people-Biblical characters, a Greek conqueror, an English Crusader. Although you have never heard of Ashkelon, you begin to place it both historically and geographically.

This is the way how Bestgedclasses preparation teaches their students to become proficient readers. When students are able to connect ideas within and between sentences, they learn faster and remember more. Skilled reading requires the mastery, integration, and application of numerous skills and knowledge. It requires some work but benefits are absolutely essential to education.

You predict that the excavation is taking place somewhere in the Middle East, and as you read on, a map showing the location of the site on the Mediterranean coast of Israel confirms your prediction.

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I have been writing a short series on key leadership skills required by Leaders. How to build your marketing organization? Competence!

These lessons are based on the book, Leadership Lessons From Star Trek The Next Generation, Wess Roberts Ph. D and Bill Ross. This lesson is about the importance of competence and how when it is fostered in your team members it becomes a ‘force multiplier’.

This is more so in MLM and network marketing where the quicker you can get each team member to be competent the more money you and they make.

The mistake so many Sponsors make is to recruit, recruit, recruit without stopping to ensure each person they have brought into their opportunity is competent. Just because you picked things up quickly does not mean they will do the same. I am not saying you have to personally train them but you should know enough about them to be able to point them to a personal development resource that will develop their weaknesses.

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The story of the black pearl

With the outbreak of WW II, James Assael, an Italian diamond dealer, left Europe for Cuba. He made a good living supplying the US Army with good quality watches because he could source the diamonds from Switzerland. Now, this story is about how to increase the perceived value of your product or service.

At the end of the war, the US Army no longer had the same demand for watches, so Assael found himself with a stockpile of watches. Japan wanted watches, however, had no money, so they bartered with pearls which they had by the thousand.

Eventually, Assael became known as the “pearl king”. He met someone who had purchased an atoll where the Oysters produced black pearls.

This person had tried to sell them but said there was no market. Assael waited a year until some better specimens came along and contacted Harry Winston the famous gemstone dealer.

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After seven years of working at the same company and for the same boss, I’m going in to work tomorrow and will give them an ultimatum. Yes, I’ll be jumping into uncharted waters!

When I joined this company in 2010, I was a single woman with lofty goals and great ambition. I worked very hard and got several promotions within the first few years. It was the right fit for me. My boss and I saw things the same way.

We were always ready to forge ahead with any challenge and conquer any obstacle. And it was fun and exciting.

Since I joined, I’ve gotten married and had two children. With my first child, I went back part-time because I didn’t want to be away from my baby the entire week.

With my second child, I also went back part-time and it all worked out pretty well. As time went on, I didn’t seem to be as happy or as driven as I was before and my ambitions were more about my family than about my work.

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In business, as in algebra, certain formulas apply. An old reliable in the world of commerce is that when revenue gets tight and forecasts become grim, the cost-cutting ax is unsheathed, sharpened, and poised to swing. The first cut usually lands on the neck of the marketing department, which has its budget cleaved in the course of an unpleasant afternoon. But when you want to reduce operating costs – don’t cut Sales And Marketing!

But that may not be such a good strategy. A study recently conducted by Getzler & Co., a New York-based corporate turnaround firm, indicates that most organizations experiencing a cash flow pinch are better off reducing operating costs than trimming back on sales and marketing expenditures.

The study evaluated the costs incurred by 190 struggling tech companies during the second and third quarters of last year. Faced with tough times, 46 cut their marketing budgets and 25 slashed operations. The surprising result: Firms that scaled back their marketing budgets saw losses more than double during the period, while companies that reduced operating costs maintained a constant rate of loss.

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When I got into the business of digital marketing back in 2004, one of the Web’s promises to advertisers was that it could target messages to consumers in ways that television, radio, and print never could.

I was never impressed with the way large advertisers used mass media to go after certain audience demographics without regard for context. The Web offered me a unique opportunity to show advertisers not only how to reach the right people, but how to reach them in the right place and at the right time.

A Mass Medium it Ain’t

Throughout my career as an online media planner, I’ve most admired the campaigns that have that magical combination of reaching the right people in the right place in the most appropriate manner. Yet as I surf the Web seventeen years after it has become a commercial medium, I find myself exposed to advertising messages that are irrelevant to my surfing habits and state of mind. This shows me that advertisers still don’t understand the Web’s unique targetability.

Why aren’t online advertisers taking advantage of the one-to-one marketing principles we’ve heard so much about over the past few years?

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Josh’s Experience

This was the first Coursera course I ever enrolled in, and I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my last assignment.  If you are looking for something inspiring and informative, I implore you to check this class out.

Instructed by James V. Green and hosted by the University of Maryland College Park, Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies was filmed directly in a classroom, giving this course a more casual feel, as you can see the interaction between the students and professor Green.

I will warn you in advance, the lectures are lengthy.  The quizzes are NOT multiple choice, but involve a degree of essay writing.  Still, after finishing each weeks’ assignments, I feel like I want to go out and light myself on fire because I’m burning up with so many new ideas about how to not only improve my own business but also how I can expand in the future.

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Whether you are blogging for fun, for profit, or a combination of the two, the main focus of success in the blogging world is increasing committed readership.

Even the best content creators need help bringing their pieces to the attention of their readers.

Thankfully, there are many strategies that work wonders for marketing your content to your target audience.


Whether we like it or not, there is a certain style that works best for writing online. Though in analog form, we can be far more dense, creative, and nontraditional with how we present our ideas, texts online should be condensed, clear, and concise to help readers digest the material with greater ease.

Many writers who feel that their work is intelligent, complex, and creative, struggle by refusing to adjust their technique for an online audience.

Adopt shorter paragraphs, clear sentence structure, bullet points, and numbered lists in order to facilitate the reading process for your followers.


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