Category Archives: Lifeskills

10 reasons to use italki to learn languages

These days when I recommend this to others, I say as follows:

you have to talk a lot with this, because there are 2 “i” and 1 “talk”. It is “italki“.

From my observation, I think many people would somehow want to learn other language for different reasons, and this helps us to achieve this. Let me describe what it is, how I used and 10 reasons to use it.

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Guide to pass DELF B1 and B2 at the same time

5 years ago, I started learning French by myself. But it doesn’t mean that I always studied it, since I didn’t concentrate on it when I was busy and I never lived in French speaking country nor studied at school. This means I studied it more or less 2-3 years.

And voila! Finally I could see some progress: I passed DELF B1 and B2 at the same time.

Given that many articles helped me to prepare, I would like also to contribute myself to those who will try this test in the future. And also I can learn by reflecting on this theme.

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How to motivate yourself

The majority of us has some kind of goal, but the challenge is how to motivate yourself to achieve it.

In my previous blog entry “4 Conditions to Gain Any Skill“, I explained about the 4 conditions among which the motivation and actions are the most important ones. Also, in other entory “Long journey to the goal“, I highlighted that the action was the key to maintain or improve your skill.

Before action, however, we have to have strong motivation, about which I will talk in this entry. The more difficult the goal you want to achieve, the more efforts and time you will need, and the more you get to lose your initial motivation along the time. I think every one has the similar experience like this.

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Long journey to the goal

Do you have any goal?

I bet everyone has one, be it gaining skill, completing study or making it on your career. But many of us suffer for not achieving as easily as we think.

I assume it comes from our misunderstanding or underestimation of what is/will be going on in reality. Based on my experience on learning and some investigation, let’s analyze it a little bit.

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How to improve Negotiation skills

Have you ever done any negotiation?

When I was asked, I couldn’t think of many examples since I thought “Negotiation=Business Talk or Salary talk”.

But it turned out that there are many different types of negotiation.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bangkok to participate in 4-day-long negotiation training in humanitarian setting, which was organized by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Although the main topic was on refugee, there were many contents that can be applicable to daily life.

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