Review: Reading with translations

Over the last few months, I tested various methods that are related to reading in a foreign language. I recommend starting reading at an early stage of a language process but I know that this can be very difficult sometimes. There are some formats of texts out there that focus on beginners and aim to help us read real content in our target language although our level is still low – usually through providing translations. As always, not every method is suitable for everybody and today I want to share my personal opinion about some of these reading formats that involve translation with you.

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Reading goals July & August 2014

July is over and it’s about time to review the reading goals I had set myself. First of all, I was able to read all three books I wanted to read but it was a really difficult task. To be honest, if I hadn’t published the reading goals on the blog in advance, I wouldn’t have gone through all of them. But I kept reading and it totally paid off.

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Language jobs #1: Teaching your native language to migrants

As promised in a recent blog post, I will write a bit more about my personal working experience with languages and provide some tips for those who are looking for an activity that is related to their passion.

The language job I want to start with today is (usually) not paid but very important: teaching your native language / the language of your country to migrants.

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Should we focus on improving our strengths or our weaknesses?

A few years ago, I studied management and we focused, of course, on a lot of successful and not so successful companies. What are some typical characteristics and, more important, which strategies do they imply in order to ensure long-term success. To cut the long story short, there is no magic pill and therefore thousands of experts are selling their personal approach to willing-to-pay clients.

I really enjoyed my studies of management and the one thing I liked best was trying to mentally adapt strategies designed for huge international corporations to strategies suitable for individual people. So recently I flipped through my old notes and I found a hand-written statement on my notepad that says “companies should focus on improving the skills they know better than their competitor rather than trying to close a gap to a competitor”. It was a hand-written note out of the context, so I don’t know if this was a quote of somebody or just the summary of a speech. But anyway, I found this sentence quite interesting and thought more about it. Should we focus on improving our strengths or our weaknesses? As always in life, there will be no correct answer to this question but I wanted to share my thoughts about it with you.

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The power of clean ups

Do you know these moments, when you suddenly (and unexpectedly) feel a deep desire of making space for something? Maybe you don’t know yet what exactly this space is for but still, there is this feeling of “I have to get rid of something”. I have this feeling every now and then and in these moments something has to go. Sometimes clothes or pens that don’t work anymore but most recently: books.

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Reader’s questions about grammatical genders

After having posted my evaluation of the mini-project on how to remember articles, I received two very interesting questions from Farschied, who you will definitely know if you follow the Polyglots group on Facebook.

The answer to these questions is not very easy and I needed some time to think about them. Eventually, I thought that this could be an interesting topic for more readers and decided to answer the questions in a blog post.

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