Learn new language in 6 months.

Can you learn language in 6 months? Find out how to do it.

Chris Londale, a New Zealand psychologist believes you can! In fact, anybody can learn a language in six months if they follow the five principles and seven actions.

Question is: how do you do that? Do this through modelling, a term Chris use to refer finding someone who have done it and in situation which is already working then apply its principles.

Before moving on Chris reminds about 2 myths – things that really do not matter. These are talent and immersion in new country.


5 Principles:

  1. Attention – Meaning – Relevance – Memory. Focus on language content that is relevant to you
  2. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from Day 1
  3. When you first UNDERSTAND the MESSAGE, then you will unconsciously ACQUIRE the Language!
  4. Physiological training – language is not about accumulating a lot of knowledge but is rather a type of physiological training.
  5. Psycho-physiological state matters – if you are sad, angry, worried, upset, you’re not going to learn. Be happy, relay, curious and need to be tolerant about ambiguity. Do not be upset in not getting every single word you hear.


7 Actions:

  1. Listen a LOT! It does not matter if you understand it or not. Listen to rhythm, patterns that repeat, listen to things that stands out.
  2. Focus on getting the meaning first (even before you get the words). Understand what different postures means. Human communication has a lot to do with body language. Use patterns that you already know.
  3. Start mixing. If you have 10 Verbs, 10 Nouns and 10 Adjectives – you can start making 10000 different phrases. Start mixing and get creative like babies.
  4. Focus on the core. In English, 1000 words covers anything you are going to say in daily communication. 3000 words gives you 98% of anything you are going to say in daily conversation. When you are just beginning, start with your toolbox:
    1. Week 1 Toolbox: What is this? How do you say? I don’t understand… Repeat that please… What does that mean? – ALL IN TARGET LANGUAGE
    2. Week 2 Pronouns, Common Verbs, Adjectives: you, this, that, me, give – simple nouns, verbs etc.
    3. Week 4 Glue words: Although, but, therefore – logical transformation that ties words together.
  5. Get a Language Parent: Just like children have parents who corrects their pronunciations. Someone who understand your message.
  6. Copy the face: Body gets the muscle right in a way people will understand you.
  7. “Direct Connect” to Mental Images: Realize everything to you know is an image inside your mind.

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Hilarious video – how to get through security as fast as you can at airport

This hilarious video by JetBlue tells you how to get through security as fast as you can!

Motion sickness

What can you do to beat motion sickness when traveling?

People have traveled in many forms of transport without having any sickness. But this statement isn’t true for everyone. If you are one of those who have encounter motion sickness when traveling on a train, plane or even a car, here are 10 tips that you can consider given by an expert.

  1. Sit next to the driver. Being a passenger in a car you are more prone to motion sickness than the driver. If this is not doable, have a conversation with someone. Avoid reading.
  1. Limit what you put in your mouth. Consumption / foods with strong odor may worsen symptoms of nausea or motion sickness.
  1. Your spot. On a plane the middle over the wing is calmest. On a ship lower level cabins near the center of a ship. Stay away from others who may have the same symptom.
  1. Enhance sensory congruence. When on a boat or car, keep your gaze on a fixed point. If you are getting seasick, try lying down. On train, sit facing forward.
  1. Talk to yourself. Tell yourself you’ll be okay. A study has shown this to be effective.
  1. Desensitization therapy. Have a short bursts of activities that cause symptoms, and then work up to longer periods. For example, try reading for five minutes and then putting the book down. Repeat over several sessions.
  1. Pre-treat using ginger. One to two grams of ginger half an hour before traveling for best results. If you’re on prescription blood thinners, consult your doctor before supplementing with ginger.
  1. Acupressure. Apply light pressure to certain points using your hand.
  1. Ride it out: Let motion sickness clears up on its own naturally by the body.
  1. Get medical advice: When everything else does not work out, be sure to seek help from your doctor or pharmacist who may be able to advice if over-the-counter medication is good enough.

Read further here. Happy and safe traveling!

Quitest Seat on Plane

Want the quietest seat on plane?

Do you notice where the business and premium seats are normally located? There must be a reason to this.

JetBlue went on to ask one of their pilot this question. This is what he said:

“There is less noise when you’re seating forward on the wings. In most planes, the engines are located under the wings. Sitting in the front of the wing is like being behind a speaker. All of the sounds of the engine and the disturbed air are projected away from you. For a more peaceful ride, find a seat in the front of the cabin.”


So there you go. Video courtesy of JetBlue Blog.

Flight Overbooked

My plane is overbooked! What are my options?

You arrived at the airport thinking made it just in time. As you make way at check-in counter, you are told the flight is overbooked! Someone definitely will not be in that flight this time. Airlines do overbook their scheduled flights to compensate for “no-shows.” This means passengers are sometimes left behind or “bumped” as a consequence. When an over-sale occurs, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires airlines to ask people who aren’t in a hurry to give up their seats voluntarily – in exchange for compensation. Those passengers bumped against their will are, with a few exceptions should be entitled to compensation.

Here is an infographic of how to avoid being bumped from a flight courtesy of Airhelp blog.


Infographic bumped from flight


7 Safety Tips When Riding Taxi in Foreign Country

7 Safety Tips when Riding a Foreign Taxi

7 Safety Tips when Riding a Foreign Taxi

Taxi ride is comfortable and good alternative to bus or train especially it travels on its own time. While they are generally safe, precaution needs to be exercised when riding a foreign taxi. There have been reports of kidnapping by taxi drivers in which you have to be aware of. Before hopping into any kind of vehicle, think of your safety first and then be alert of your surroundings when traveling especially when you’re alone.


Tip 1 Locate a taxi stand.

If you just came out of the airport, you can easily find taxi stands around and near the area. It would be a bit similar to what you have in your country. You just have to notice the congregating taxis under a sign that you can’t read and that would probably be it. When in doubt, ask a police or security person. Typically, only taxis that are authorized by the government are allowed to park at these stands. This also means that the taxi driver is licensed. Avoid drivers that are aggressive to win you over. They might have another intention than bringing you to your destination.


Tip 2 Have an idea about the place where you’re heading.

You should have even the slightest idea regarding your destination. If necessary, try to avoid shortcuts because this can confuse your memory and lead to another street that you are unfamiliar with. Notice If you’re heading east and the taxi is going west, do not hesitate to ask or otherwise make the cab stop, jump out and ask for help.


Tip 3 Observe for cab similarities.

Notice at the color of the taxi. Do they have certain similarities that can assure you of some firm mark that the taxi is really safe? You can never trust a taxi that seems different from the others because in some places, thieves use fake cabs to get your money.


Tip 4 Keep your possessions close.

If traveling alone sit next to your bags. Keep it very close to you. It will be very difficult for you to pull it out if in case anything bad happens if it is in the trunk.


Tip 5 Note phone numbers.

Taxi companies love advertising. Genuine taxis typically have company numbers either on the trunk, doors and roofs. Never get into a taxi that does not have the company’s phone number on its interior or exterior surface.


Tip 6 Sharing alert.

Sharing your ride with someone can minimize your cost and impose some kind of safety within you. Although, you should try to say “No” if your taxi driver wanted someone to share with you no matter how peaceful the stranger looks particularly in foreign countries. You could end up being kidnapped because the peaceful-faced stranger can be wearing a mask and is actually a monster.


Tip 7 Get a hold of the door handle.

Check the door handle inside it is functioning and not broken. It would be very difficult for you to escape a predicament with a busted taxi door.


Always have an emergency line where you can call local officials in case all of these tips fail. Remember to put safety first when traveling especially in foreign countries. Happy traveling!


3 Safety Tips for Women Travelers

3 Safety Tips for Women Travelers

3 Safety Tips for Women Travelers

It is not unusual for women travelers who get stuck in being confused on what to do when traveling alone. Being more of the vulnerable type, women would generally think that it can be quite scary boarding through stranger’s land where everyone knows that you are a

local. No worries for our women travelers. Here are some tips to guide you make it through safe traveling. With these safety tips you can ease out your concerns.


Tip 1 – Always think what to wear.

Your attire can precisely tell who you are and what lies beneath that bag of yours. Every place is different but nothing beats simplicity. If you are going to country wherein most places are still developing, it is not wise to wear signature clothes or branded shoes. This will not only make some kind of commotion but also attract the eyes of prowling thieves. In addition, other countries are reprimanding the wearing of revealing clothes. How do you go about this? Dress simply. Dress what locals will wear. If necessary, buy outfits that you often see them wear.


Tip 2 Stay away from suspicious strangers.

Recall you are in a foreign country where people may not even understand a single word you’re saying. For that reason, it is better to stay away from suspicious looking people. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt.

There is an opinion that because women are weaker than men in terms of muscle strength, they are more vulnerable to get mobbed helplessly. It is recommended to stay in parts of the town where it is considered safe but then again you will be defeating the main reason

why you’re traveling. You’ll miss all the fun of being a traveler. Alternatively, you could consider the following:

  • Be watchful of the people around you. Call it paranoia but better safe than sorry. Stay alert especially in crowded areas because some thieves would prefer to do their thing amongst a number of people.
  • Remove your jewelries. It is not advisable to strut your way through the busy streets of a foreign place showing off your most priced jewelry. It’s like inviting “Come and get me”!
  • Carry an umbrella or a heavy torch which can be very useful when you came home late or you’re passing through a dark alley.
  • Stash your money in a hidden wallet or pouch. It can be uncomfortable depending on the type you have but it would be one of the safest places. If youíre wearing shoes, you can hide it underneath or inside your socks or stockings.


Tip 3 Bring your medicines.

It is advisable to have something to prevent sickness to happen. If you have asthma, hypertension or any kind of illness that can strike you anywhere, always have a solution to it bring your prescribed medicines. Avoid in reaching a point where you have to stop everything or be rerouted just to get you to the nearest hospital. Always get your travel insurance sorted before heading out.

Equipped with these tips, you’ll be safer and be much more assured. This should make you comfortable heading on a journey. Always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to strange people. Following these safety first tips when traveling through different lands, as a woman, can get you home in one piece safe and sound. Happy traveling!