As a child you may remember asking yourself "what do i want to be when i grow up?". Well when are we going to grow up because i think 90% of adults still ask themselves this question.......
OK, SO YOU'VE DECIDED TO GO TRAVELING FOR FOR A FEW MONTHS. YOU HAVE AN APARTMENT LINED UP , LANGUAGE CLASSES AND MAYBE A LOCAL DANCE CLASS. THAT TAKES UP ABOUT 4 HOURS TOTAL OF YOUR DAY, NOW WHAT.
WELL A GOOD WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS AND MONEY IS TO GET A JOB. NOT A JOB LIKE YOU PROBABLY JUST QUIT BACK IN THE STATES BUT A FUN ONE. MAYBE A SKILL YOU'VE OBTAINED THAT IS A HOT COMMODITY WHERE YOU ARE STAYING. MAYBE BAR TENDING AT ONE OF THE LOCAL DISCOS OR RENTING SURFBOARDS AT THE LOCAL BEACH. IT'S UP TO YOU I'VE FOUND WORKING WHILE TRAVELING IS A FUN WAY MEETING PEOPLE AND PRACTICING YOUR SKILLS. WORKING IN THE AUTO BODY BUSINESS FOR ALL MY LIFE, IVE PICKED UP A FEW TRICKS AND FOUND DOING IT WHEN NOT ON THE CLOCK IS ACTUALLY ENJOYABLE.
THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO MAKE MONEY SUCH AS BRINGING STUFF FROM YOUR COUNTRY TO THERES. BEFORE GOING ABROAD SEARCH THE NET FOR HOT PRODUCTS THEY WANT IN YOUR DESIRED DESTINATION, SIMPLY CONTACT A STORE THAT MAYBE ALREADY HAS THESE ITEMS AND ASK IF THEY WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO BRING THEM WITH YOU.
IN MY CASE I KNOW SOMEONE IN NAPOLI THAT SELLS KANYE WEST STYLE GLASSES FOR 20 EUROS. I GET THEM FOR 25 CENTS HE GETS THEM FOR 5 EUROS AND HE MAKES 15 EUROS. EVERYONE IS HAPPY. NOT BAD, USUALLY CAN PAY FOR YOUR TICKET THIS WAY. IN ARGENTINA IVE CONTACTED A SKATESHOP, I BRING SKATEBOARD WHEEL'S , WE SET A PRICE AND THE MORE I BRING THE MORE I MAKE.
THESE DEALS ARE EVERYWHERE AS THE ECONOMY GOES DOWN THE TARIFFS AND TAXES GO UP, SO THEY WOULD BE MORE THEN GREAT FULL FOR YOU TO BRING STUFF WITH YOU. IN FACT MAYBE MAKING A LOCAL FRIEND AND WHILE YOUR AT PRACTICING THE LANGUAGE!
PLEASE CHECK ALL LAWS IN THE COUNTRY YOU PLAN TO EXPORT TOO,
SOMETHING LEGAL IN THE STATES COULD MEAN PRISON IN
According to etnologue there are 6,809 languages on this earth being spoken, and nearly half of these languages are on there way to being extinct or are spoken in a jungle somewhere. Whether living in NYC or traveling abroad you will always find yourself somewhere some how lost in translation. How do you fix this, you can't but you can make a difference by learning basic's or learning the languages that most interest you. " I can't learn a language, I have a horrible memory, I just wasn't born to speak another language". 95% of you are saying this now.
Let's break it down, language are sound's. If you can learn the english language before you were 5 years old what makes you think you can't learn one at 20 or 50? You can, in fact it will be easier! First and foremost you must have a genuine interest in the language you want to learn. A difficult language is one you have no interest in. In my case my family speaks italian, I want to share emotions and thoughts with them so I have a genuine interest. If you want to work in miami you best learn spanish. Language learning doesn't have to be a burden. if it is you won't learn it.
When studying language in school i passed by the skin on my teeth. I dreaded going to class and did enough just to get by. So how did I learn to speak enough italian to express myself in just 3 months? Taking the most used words from the language and learning those first. About a thousand words make up 75% of the italian language. Not bad. 300 words are of almost 40% spoken everyday.
Here are a list of 500 word's most spoken in the english language.
How I did it.
Start by learning these words in language you choose.
Don't try to learn them all at once, set a goal maybe 10 a day.
Then try to surround yourself whether by computer or work or socially with people speaking the language you desire.
Get a phrase book for basic grammar and pronunciations. (i prefer Berlitz)
Next time you watch a movie or tv show put the language you desire in subtitles.
This has helped me distinguish when the word are used and in what manner.
Be confident when trying to speak the language even if you know only 10 words
Finally have fun with it. It is not a chore.
Go to a spanish club or italian restaurant and try speaking to the employee's.
If practiced intensively replacing 30 min. of tv with language a day you can learn 60% percent of any language, conversationally fluent in just about 3 months depending on your interest more or less.
NOW GO, YOU CAN DO IT!
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To me skateboarding has always been more of an art or therapy then an action sport. I was born a very hyper child always getting into everything. Always questioning authority and trying to be the alpha male of my surroundings. I found a constructive outlet of this testosterone through skateboarding. I started skateboarding when i was 7 years old and i guess just never really stopped. On my travels around the world my skateboard is sometimes my best friend. Alone in a foreign places sometimes leads to depression or feeling of obvious solitude but my skateboard was always there. i could express my feelings and thoughts through skateboarding using my creativity to learn new tricks to stimulate my mind, or simply to get around. It is acceptable for carry on with almost every airline making it easy to pack. In any case i am a true adrenaline junkie and without it i think i would go crazy. If your not a skateboarder or dare devil at all its fine, i have met people who always need a sketch book or guitar even. The best part is you pick your poison .