5 Most Useful Second Languages For Travelers

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRAVEL TRIVIA)

 

5 Most Useful Second Languages For Travelers

In addition to the world’s most influential and widely spoken language of English, understanding a second language is key to unlocking authentic experiences on your travels and making and maintaining global connections. It’s a way of displaying respect to the people of the country as a traveler, and it will allow you to feel more comfortable in foreign destinations and ease the process of adopting a new culture. Before taking off on your next journey, consider picking up one of these useful second languages to better engage with locals.

Russian

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Outside of tourist hotspots in Eurasia, navigating the public transportation systems and ordering food can pose a challenge. Though the official Russian speaking nations of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus don’t regularly top bucket lists for many travelers, its Soviet Union legacy solidified Russian as a recognized second language in its 15 former countries, allowing Russian speaking travelers to move through Armenia, Estonia, Georgia and Uzbekistan with ease. Based on the 33 letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, a grasp of the Russian language is pertinent to Eurasian adventures of traveling on the Trans-Siberian and hiking the rugged paths of Lake Baikal.

Arabic

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As one of the United Nations’ six official languages, Arabic is a useful second language for exploring the Middle East and North Africa. Comprised of 30 modern types, Modern Standard Arabic is officially used in politics, books and news channels, while Classical Arabic is the language of the Quran and is used in Islamic literature dating between the 7th and 9th centuries. The squiggly lines of Arabic script written from right to left may seem intimidating and foreign to English speakers at first, but the biggest challenge of learning Arabic is deciding on which dialect to study, as these regional variations are the basis for daily interactions.

Mandarin

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Widely used in Asia and beyond, Mandarin is the world’s most spoken language, with over one billion native speakers. Because few residents speak a language other than Mandarin, navigating China and Taiwan can prove difficult for foreigners. The most challenging aspect of learning the language is mastering its tonal component, as the meaning of the word changes depending on which of its four tones you use. But grasping the language means being able to engage in daily interactions with locals in the markets of Malaysia, with street food vendors in Singapore, and can also prove useful in the sizable Chinese communities of Indonesia and Thailand.

French

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A native language of France, French is also one of Canada’s two official languages. It remains a popular second language across Europe and is also widely spoken on islands of the Caribbean and parts of Africa. France consistently tops surveys as the most visited country in the world and is one of few places where tourists outnumber locals. Immerse yourself in the French culture by ordering delectable crepes from street vendors in Nice and sailing the sparkling blue waters of Corsica in the Mediterranean, all in French. Travelers fluent in the language can also lay on the sugary white sand beaches of Martinique, explore Montreal’s Old Port, or navigate the souks of Morocco without a hitch.

Spanish

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America’s second most spoken language, Spanish, also dominates Central and South America, allowing Spanish speaking travelers to easily navigate their way through the region’s most popular destinations of Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. Aside from its high geographic coverage in the Americas, Spanish is also a native language of Spain, and its commonalities with Portuguese and Italian assist travelers in communicating across southern Europe and Brazil. Due to regional accents, Spanish is spoken differently in countries around the world, but Guatemala’s neutral accent has been recognized by travelers as a favorite place to learn, resulting in a high number of Spanish language schools in the nation’s colonial city of Antigua.

(Humor Poem) Donald ‘Jailhouse’ Trump

DONALD ‘JAILHOUSE’ TRUMP

 

Pennsylvania Avenue is used to being paved with lies

But it ain’t seen nothing like this frauds Turkey Jive

He’s got a Pinocchio nose and those tiny little hands

Couldn’t find the truth if he was grabbing with both hands

Got that Turkey Gobble neck and that big wide behind

 

Molestual Congress and the Clinton’s ain’t got nothing on him

Coward refused to wear the Uniform, now he’s in charge of them

Was his Daddy a Goose stepper or only the head of the NYC Klan

He’s just a ‘robbing hood’ except all the stolen money goes to him

Career of stealing from Charity’s and investors, all the same to him

 

Presidents Putin and Jinping playing this clucking Moron like a clown

Maybe he can teach Russian to the Guards when he’s Leavenworth bound

Alphabet Soup is getting tired of his mouth and his little Tweety brain

Will habitual lying and destruction of justice be where he will gain his fame

Deserving end, Donald, Hillary and Sessions doing life in the same jail cell

 

China’s Permanent Space Laboratory One Step Closer To Reality

(This article is courtesy of the Shanghai Daily News)

Tiangong-2 to be launched tonight

CHINA will launch its second experimental space laboratory late today, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.

China will launch its Tiangong-2 space lab from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s Gobi desert at 10:04pm.

Engineers have begun injecting propellant into the Long March-2F T2 rocket, which will carry Tiangong-2 into space, said Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, yesterday.

“All systems are ready for lift-off,” she said.

“The launch of Tiangong-2 will lay a solid foundation for the building and operation of a permanent space station in the future,” she said.

Once in space, the 8.6-ton Tiangong-2 will maneuver itself into an orbit about 380 kilometers above the Earth for initial on-orbit tests.

It will transfer to a slightly higher orbit about 393 kilometers above the Earth’s surface before the Shenzhou-11 manned spaceship ferries two astronauts into space to dock with the lab.

The two astronauts will work in Tiangong-2 for 30 days before re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

In April 2017, China’s first cargo ship, Tianzhou-1, will also be sent into orbit to dock with Tiangong-2 and provide it with fuel and other supplies.

Wu said experts will verify and evaluate key technology involved in on-orbit propellant resupply and equipment repairs as well as that related to long-term stays in space by astronauts.

They will also use the lab, which is designed to operate for at least two years, to conduct space science experiments on a relatively large-scale compared to China’s previous efforts.

Measuring 10.4 meters in length and 3.35 meters in maximum diameter, the Tiangong-2 is much like its predecessor Tiangong-1, which was launched in 2011, but its living quarters and life support facilities have been improved to allow for longer stays by astronauts.

Originally built as a backup for Tiangong-1, it can enable two astronauts to live in space for up to 30 days and is capable of receiving manned and cargo spaceships.

Once inside Tiangong-2, the two astronauts will carry out key experiments related to aerospace medicine, space physics and biology as well as on-orbit equipment repairs in areas such as quantum key transmission, space atomic clock and solar storm research.

More than 40 space science and application experiments will be conducted aboard Tiangong-2.

Its payload includes POLAR, a collaboration between Swiss, Polish and Chinese institutions to study gamma ray bursts.

The space cold atomic clock, which scientists say only loses one second about every 30 million years, is expected to make future mobile navigation more accurate.

Also piggybacking on the Tiangong-2 launch will be a micro satellite that will orbit close to the space lab.

Earlier reports said Tiangong-2 will also carry three experiments designed by the winners of a Hong Kong middle school design contest.

According to Wu, Tiangong-2 is China’s first space lab “in the strict sense.”

In a manned space mission in 2013, three Chinese astronauts spent 15 days in orbit and docked with an experimental space laboratory, the Tiangong 1, or “Heavenly Palace.”

Tiangong-1 was mainly tasked with verifying technology involved in space docking and serving as a platform for a limited number of scientific experiments, Wu said.

Tiangong-1 ended its data service earlier this year.

The manned space engineering office said in March that the orbit of Tiangong-1 will descend gradually over several months until the orbiter eventually burns up in the atmosphere.

UKraine President What In The Name Of Hell Are You Doing

UKraine President What In The Name Of Hell Are You Doing

I have some questions that I would like each of us to answer, you don’t have to answer them aloud, with whispers that only our minds here is plenty good enough. I was going to say  that only your soul hears, but I do realise that there are a lot of people in this world that do not believe in the existence of a soul. But I do hope that even those folks do realise that they have a brain even though we are all guilty of not using it at times. It is this factor that I wish to address today, the factors of thought. We all think, even those who are comatose still have active brain cells. It is only when a body whether human, animal, or fish, cease to have active brain cells that one is truly dead. I brought up the silent factor because in some countries people cannot speak aloud on many subjects in their lives for fear of having their tongues ripped our or their heads cut off. I want each of us to think about what is going on in the country of Ukraine right now. If this situation comes to your door, and if you live another generation or two it will, and yes, even here in the States it is coming, what are you personally going to do? I am asking each one of us to think quietly to our own selves, to be truthful to our own selves. Think ahead before it happens so that maybe you can protect yourself and your family when this is happening in your own country.

Each day now we see on our television and computer screens the violence in the Ukraine, the latest of many so called hot spots on this planet. Most of us know the reason why this situation is happening. If by chance you do not, it is because their President at the very last moment backed out of a financial agreement with the European Union and instead went with a loan package from Russia. Russia was their former Master whom they had not very long ago had broken free of after the fall of the Soviet empire. I have two very good ideas where either one of them if adopted would stop this hate, murder, and death. Plan (A) I believe is better than plan (B), obviously that is why it is A.

(A)—Why, in this case is it mandatory that the Ukraine government and their people have to accept an either or situation between Russia or the EU? In the far eastern part of the Ukraine which is the most industrial part of the country, the majority of the people speak Russian as their first language and it is said that they prefer to take the Russian loan package. But these folks by the numbers are the vast minority to the population to their west. The vast majority of the population especially in the western 75-80 percent wanted their government to align with the EU. Their elected President at his own personal whim after a deal had been worked out with the EU betrayed what he knew very well was the wishes of those who elected him, turned face toward Russia with his hand out. This is why all this violence in their streets where where government snipers are on top of buildings shooting people down in their streets. My part (A) is a simple conclusion, why can’t the people of this country accept the East (Russia), and the West (EU) together? Why can’t it be where they except the good will of East and West and throw away the bad parts of each ideology? In our world’s history many countries have prospered greatly from being on established trade routes whether by land, sea, or both. Geography they are setting in a great spot between ideologies. The country and the people of the Ukraine should be

setting on a geographical goldmine, not a battleground. I believe that this is the option that for the sake of their people that they should be following.

(B)—If the UKraine government can not find in itself to have all the violence stopped, and put an end to shedding the blood of their own countrymen, then I think that the next best option is for the country to divide itself North to South, creating two separate countries. I know, I hear some that say,”well, they can’t do that, that would cause a Civil War”. My response to that is simple, what do you think has already happened there with the spilling of all this blood?

If the Government of the people of the UKraine is too ignorant to not bargain for the best of the East/West divide for the behovement of all their people (which should have already been done) then I pray that they leave office now. There is no way that the people of this Country will ever allow the current President to remain in office, it is his fault that all this blood has been shed. The only way to avert much more blood shed and a full blown Civil War that will crumble this country like we see in Syria is if the brakes are put on this situation right now. And yes, in the title I did say “In The Name Of Hell” because Heaven hasn’t got anything to do with cold blooded murder.