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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Reading goals July 2014

As I announced in my half-year review, I want to set myself reading goals in the future because I feel that I don’t find enough time for reading. I want to share my reading goals here on the blog because it will help me to commit more and also I hope that I can give you some inspirations for your next reading evening.

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Project evaluation: Remembering (Swedish) articles

About three months ago I started a mini-project on how to remember articles well. The background of this project was that I know many German learners who struggle with learning articles. As I am a native German speaker it made obviously no sense for me to try to learn the German articles. So I tried to test some methods with Swedish.

 This week my project officially ends and in this post I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

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Half year review & goals for the next 6 months

Today is the  1st of July which means that the second half of 2014 starts. It’s a good date to review the goals for the year, measure the progress and, if necessary, adapt the strategy. I spent the last weekend on doing so and there was actually also a little bit more involved than just language learning: I finished my bachelor’s degree last week (provided that I passed all my exams) and I recently started my freelance business as a translator. Additionally, June 30th was kind of a deadline for the blog because based on the experiences of the last six months I wanted to decide whether I want to continue blogging and if yes, how to proceed.

Today, let me share my reviewing process + my goals and strategies for the upcoming six months with regards to language learning with you. Why am I sharing this here on the blog? First of all, I want to commit myself more the goals and I think publishing them here, and more important, reporting them later on, helps me to do so. Secondly, I thought that reading about my process could be an inspiration for others. Thereby I don’t mean the specific goals themselves but rather describing the process and the reasons behind it. I read a lot about goal-setting and I always find it very helpful when authors describe goal-setting processes and the resulting goals and strategies rather than just telling me how a sensible goal looks like :)

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Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2014: Some nerdy moments

When you attend a happening where people with the same interest and passion come together, you can expect that discussions will go very much into detail or that people start using special terms of this field of interest etc. And to people not so much involved in this hobby/topic/passion, such things could appear pretty… odd. And of course, the same happens at a Polyglot Gathering, where it’s all about languages.

Not that the Gathering appeared odd to me – not at all! But at several occasions I thought, Oh my god, this is now really freaky and nerdy :) After having spoken with several participants who felt the same way, I decided it might be funny to remember some of these situations in a blog post.

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Polyglot Gathering 2014 Berlin: Language trends

Yesterday evening I came back home from the 1st (and hopefully not last) Polyglot Gathering in Berlin and there is so much going on in my head now that I need to put down it in writing. So I decided to publish a few more posts than usual within the next days and share my personal experiences and opinions.

I was amazed by the variety of languages people spoke at the Gathering and it totally motivated me to learn more languages – at least some basics. I paid close attention to the languages people used, spoke or wanted to started learning and I put together a summary of the “trendy languages” of the Gathering 2014.

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