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Big Dreams in London

By Nancy Carranza

London is a big beautiful city where people come from all around the world either for tourism, holiday, to learn English as a second language or to work. Many of us have a dream of coming to London to start a better life. So why move to London?  What has London got to offer?

Education

One of the big reasons why people come to London is for the education. Till the age of 18, education in London is free. Unfortunately in most countries such as Peru, education is not free. Regardless of your age, you have to always pay a tuition fee and it can be really expensive. Sadly, this is why only people with money are able to get education in Peru. But here in London you have the opportunity to receive a great education which will help you with your future. So take advantage of it!

Language

Coming to a new place and not being able to understand a single word can be a little, well, a lot scary sometimes. Imagine getting lost in a big city where it was difficult to find your way home because you couldn’t just turn around and ask someone for directions. Luckily there are translation services which can help you out whenever you need it because sometimes, language can be a great barrier in life. But not to worry because there are English programmes in which you can easily enrol in and before you know it, you will be speaking English like a pro!

 Work

Living in such a big city, well, you have to find a way to pay for all the good times you are planning to have in London. Sometimes work can be really difficult to find but something is always available. It can be the smallest of jobs but it is still a job. With all the great bars and restaurant which London has to offer, there are always waitresses, baristas and kitchen staff needed. Now, if you are looking for that special job, to be right at the top of a company, you have to work hard to get there! Nothing in life comes easy but you should be grateful to live in London as there are always opportunities.

 Culture

London is a multicultural city where  nearly 9 million people from all around the world live peacefully . British culture is something that every person can adapt to. By British culture I mean, the music, the food, the traditions and the British humour. Although this is a great culture to be a part of, everyone brings a little bit of their culture to London. Me for example, I have been raised in London from the age of 6 and I love it.

At home it was ‘Peru’ every day because my mum only cooks Peruvian dishes. Everyone in my household speaks Spanish, so this has been spoken every day since we came here. The reason my parents suggested to do this was so my sister and I wouldn’t forget how to speak Spanish, as we came at a very young age and we were likely to forget! On the other hand, at school it was completely different. English was spoken all the time. Traditional English food such as sausage and mash was served at lunchtime. We even got to play ‘British bulldog’ (a traditional English children’s game) at playtime. Every day was a different cultural experience.

London is a great place to live in. It has many things to offer apart from the talked about sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye etc. Although these sights are amazing, Life in London is something you want to experience first-hand. So if you ever plan on visiting or settling down in London, then I guarantee you’ll have a great experience!

My Trip to Syria

By Patrizia Stellato

My first trip in Damascus was in August 2009. As soon as I arrived, this ancient and beautiful city impressed me in a very positive way. For its geographic position, getting in touch with Syrian people means to approach a world that seems to be in a perfect balance between East and West, past and present. Small traditional shops, milled around in the crowded, chaotic “suq”, the local traditional markets, full of thousand of colours and scents, coexist with immense shopping centres. Night clubs and discos, full of young people lost in the music and alcohol, stand close to some of the most ancient mosques and churches of the Arab world which face each other, almost as the symbol of an endless struggle between two religions so similar yet so far. This is Syria, or this my first impression of an amazing country where young people try to project into the future but anyway they give importance to traditions and to the national pride.

Furthermore, I was very impressed by the great ospitality and the warm welcome of Syrian people in the way that Arab are famous for. When we got lost in Damascus, people always tried to help us and escort us in the right place. All the friends I met there, still now in my heart, were very hospitable and generous and made us feel at home. The Syrian, a such genuine people, unfortunately, still now, wrongly suffer the lack of democracy and political rights due to an endless dictatorship whose tentacles reach any field of life: freedom of political expression, freedom of press, right of assembly, right of free elections. Syria fascinated me to such an extent that I decided to learn the Arabic language and I can proudly say that now I have completly learned the language.

 After a month in Damascus, we also decided to take a short trip to Palmyra. A deserted ancient Roman situated in an palm-tree oasis, Palmyra is an incredible sight. We arrived there in the evening, and went up to the beautiful old castle to watch the sun set over the stone desert. But we stayed the night in a hotel in Palmyra, and decided to get up early in the morning to see the sun rise over the Roman ruins. We got up at 4.30 the next morning and staggered sleepily into the ruins, expecting to find as many tourists and salesmen as the night before crowding the place but we had all to ourselves and I think t’s probably one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.

In conclusion, Syria was really a life-altering experience for me. I really miss this heart-breaking country and I hope, one day, to come back there.

How The Internet Can Hinder Learning a New Language

 

Daniel Harris

From merely exchanging information from one computer to another, the internet has evolved into a tool by which almost every task can be undertaken at the touch of a button. That’s all well and good for a culture such as ours where the easy route is the only route, but what if you actually want to learn through using the internet?

At the present time, I myself am looking to learn a new Language. I would like to say it’s for a specific reason, but seeing as I like to be honest it’s simply to test myself and see how quickly I can pick up an entire pool of new information and put it into practice, a self exploring experiment if you will.

Naturally growing up in the digital age, you can imagine my first port of call was to turn on my computer and hunt through the cyberspace forest to find tools to help me learn (no one picks up a book these days)

But what information did the internet give me? A list of Translation Agencies and self proclaimed magnificent Translation Services. That’s fine if I’m doing French or Spanish homework at school but I would like to think my mind is slightly more advanced and ready to learn for my actual self rather than a Translation Agency telling me the answers. It doesn’t feel like a special achievement to say I learnt how to say ‘Hi, How are you?’ in French when all I’ve done is write the phrase into an English to French Translator, even if it was for free, even though we all love our freebies.

That being said, it began to make me think whether this was where learning a new language was emigrating to, and if it is, is that really the right way to do it?

There’s a major lazy part of me that wants to say yes, but my brain prevails and I have to say no. Learning a new language is a complex activity and one that requires a lot of time and the want to learn. I feel too many people these days can simply listen to a tape or go on the internet to learn how to speak another language. For me however, I want to learn by immersing myself in that language, learn about the culture in which it was conceived and maybe even grow as an individual.

The internet can help you; do your shopping, banking, paying your bills, in some cases can even help find you a life partner, but can it help you truly learn something as complex and time consuming as learning a language? Can it convey an entire culture and history to you in the form of a page on a screen?

Unless I can travel through the internet (who knows maybe long after I am gone this may be possible) I don’t think so.

The Difference between Listening and Interpreting Someone’s Actions

Daniel Harris

When someone says something to you this is the general process: Words and noise travels through one ear, those words and noises are then interpreted by the brain, and then the majority of the time, those words and noises go flying out the other ear!

Even when someone speaks in a completely different language to you, we are still capable of being able to understand them through our access to portals of information that can help us define the meaning of what someone has said to us

But my question is; can it be the same in the way we understand someone’s actions?

In our society for most general actions we can say yes, we understand them and why the person in question has behaved in such a way. For example if someone waves to us, we know that this action means that that person is greeting us in a friendly way, or if someone runs away from you, the likelihood is that that person is trying to get as far away from you as possible!

Those kinds of actions are obvious because we have been brought up to recognise these actions and interpret them instinctively!

But, what about the less obvious?

People do some strange and wonderful things in the world, which can go from the extremely nasty, to the most amazing acts of human spirit and kindness. We can recognise these people but can we explain there actions.

Any psychologist will say YES I can, but to a normal person like me I cant. To give an extreme example you have a mass murderer who kills with no consideration of consequence. Can we mere mortals determine as to why someone would commit such atrocities unless we are some sort of neuroscientist. Thankfully I can say NO.

The truth is there aren’t such things as translation services that can interpret why someone can behave or think the way they do, so when someone does something that we don’t understand, we are left clueless!

I honestly believe we think more about the way a person acts and behaves rather than what they actually say (seeing as we don’t really listen anyway)

If actions really do speak louder than words, someone had better turn the volume up!

The Land of Opportunities: USA

More and more people are choosing to leave their homeland and move to live in the USA. As markets become more global and the ability to travel easier, a lot of professionals are now living and working in the USA. Globalisation has changed the way people live their lives and purse their professional careers.

 But what are the implications of leaving one’s home country and moving to somewhere as vast and diverse as the United States?

 For those coming from third world countries there is bound to be a huge culture shock and depending on which part of the world that is, the cultural gulf can seem pretty wide. From different modes of dress, to different moral codes, social interaction and cultural mores, this can prove particularly daunting for a newcomer. For example an Indian person can easily get lost in America with huge landscapes and diverse living environment. India has several different languages compared to ‘English’ being the most widely spoken language in America. In such situations a foreign professional may also need help from a reliable Translation agency for language translations. Reliable Translation services can help people get a long way in a foreign place. Now let’s get back to our main Topic!!

 As a professional coming to live and work in America, you need to be prepared emotionally, mentally and physically for life in the USA.  As a western society, the prime focus is the individual and so anyone coming from a background or culture where things work collectively , needs to get used to the idea of “every man for himself” and learn to become self-reliant and independent.

 Secondly, the American society is one that thrives on speed and efficiency and this is mirrored throughout day to day interactions and activities – such as shopping ( self-shopping checkouts being a prime example), living on credit – most things are bought on credit and utilising services where everything is automated or computerised from bill paying, to buying petrol at the gas station.

 In order to prepare yourself for coming to America you need to remember that you must be self-reliant, willing to take responsibility for your success or failure, quick off the mark and quick to learn – and there will be a lot to learn. From how to deal with government agencies (which though efficient, can sometimes be rather slow), to handling every type of bill under the sun. Everything is paid for; water, gas, electricity, road tax, car tax, insurance for home, healthcare, life etc. You must be prepared for this, especially if you have come from a country where a lot of these things do not exist or are not as sophisticated.

 Finally in order to adapt well to the American way of life, you have to understand the people. Americans are generally genial, friendly and quite open. However, they value hard work, industry and the ability to “get on with it”. They work long hours, have on average 14 days holiday per year and are firm believers in reaping what you sow.

 If this doesn’t put you off, then living and working in America could prove to be a rewarding and enriching experience that could open doors and opportunities for you. There are ample opportunities for relaxation such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theme parks and sports arenas. Sports features hugely in American life both participatory and watched – and it is a national pastime to support a baseball, basketball or football team. They take it very seriously.

 It is also a country rich in diversity and culture, extremely large and very welcoming. Several languages are spoken across different states of America with people from around the world living and working in the country. So for those considering a move to the States, give it a try as it might just surprise you in more ways than one.

Impact of Translation on Religions across the world.

Religion is an important aspect of the human race across the world. Religion has widespread impact on human values and people’s behaviour. Politicians across the world have misused the influence of religion over people for their benefits. Most of the existing religions on this planet today have been able to be documented on Paper only because of Translation. I would like to state the example of Upanishads that are the ancient sacred Indian texts. The most unique thing about Upanishads is that it hasn’t been dated. The original text had been written in Sanskrit that is the oldest language on earth.  Since then, it has been translated into Persian, English, French and other several languages. While translating a sacred text, Translators in the past have taken special care to include the exact philosophy and message contained in the original text. Some religions have encountered this problem where while translating or communicating to masses, the philosophy or the message has been incorrectly interpreted and has resulted in unpleasant situations among the masses. The Upanishads claim to be passed on generations through means of verbal communication to the following generations till the time it got scripted. Thanks to translation by languages, we are able to preserve such a valuable gift from our ancestors. Another example, I would like to state would be Christianity. Jesus is said to be using the language called “Aramaic” which is indeed a group of languages. Most of the biblical books are considered to be written in this language. Because of its available translation in English today, Bible is available to majority of the world. Similarly, most of the religions have originated in some language and later been translated onto other languages. We should appreciate the bond that Translation has created in this world through its existence. We can communicate and share ideas through means of translation. Thus, the impact of Translations on religions has been enormous. Today, Translation services is widely used for business across nations and is a growing industry. Hence, Translation from having an influence over religion has evolved into various sectors.

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