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10 Reasons to Learn Other Languages

One of my life’s “To Do List” items’ includes “Mastering 5 languages I selected”.

This week, I did a brainstorming on what language I want to learn next. Although I have a lot to improve with my French, Spanish, English (and even Japanese), I thought it would be a good time to try new one to reach that goal.

After checking several articles and asking myself over and over, I came to think that Chinese Mandarin might be the next one. This time, however, I will not write about how I decided it. Instead, I would like to write about other essential question I kept asking to myself:
Why do I learn other languages? 

And Below are 10 reasons to that question (in my case).

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7 Reasons to Organize an Event


Three weeks ago (On Sep 4, 2016), there was an unique event in Mongolia: 20th International Steppe Marathon.

What made this unique was that, unlike other marathon taking place on the city road, this happened literally on the vast Mongolian Steppe. Also, another unique thing was awards: In several distance categories (3km, 5km, 10km, half and 100km!!), winners get something not so typical to marathon event: Camel, horse, sheep, etc.

This time, around 2,500 people participated, and I was one of them who ran 10km. Running on the Steppe for long time was such an interesting experience. Besides, there were some side events: Japanese idles cheer-up, different types of performance, and “Steppe Party” to enjoy Mongolian food and drinks after marathon. So I would say I enjoyed this as a participant.

On the other hand, however, I had another face in terms of this big event: I was one of the organizers who had prepared for this since 4 months ago. In short, being a participant was easy and enjoyable (you just need to pay and join) whereas being an organizer was very time consuming and not always enjoyable.

So why being an organizer? Let me share 7 reasons in this post. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Host in Couchsurfing

2016_08_7 Couch Surfing

Long time ago, I wrote about CouchSurfing (hereafter CS) through an article “save money when traveling”. The CS consists of 2 parts: hosts who are open to having a guest, and guests who request to at host’s place, and it’s free. There is a reference section from both side, which keeps accountability (if you do something bad, you will be out from CS)

In the above mentioned entry, I mainly talked about being a guest of CS. This time, I would like to talk about the other side of this system: host side.

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What is wrong with being childish

2016_6_22 Childish

“You’d better stop being childish, you are an adult.” This is what I heard sometimes after in my late 20s. Let’s go back a liitle bit.

“Don’t be so childish, you will be an adult.” This is what I used to hear in my teens. Going back ever further?

“You are still a child, so it’s too early for you.” When I was around 6-8 years old, this was what adults told be when I said I wanted to do something like elder people.

Einstein said “Every child is born a genius.” Also, we all know that children learn things (e.g. languages) very quickly. They challenge, try, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. So, being childish doesn’t seem to be bad at all.  Continue reading

Half way through the goal

2016_06_12 Marathon Goal

This year has a little bit more than 6 months, which means it is almost half way through the year 2016. Instead of saying “Ah…Time flies” and letting it go, let’s take a moment and look at the New Year resolutions, the ones many people, including me, made 6 months ago.

According to an article on New Year resolution, the following shows how many of resolutions are maintained as time goes on (surveyed in the U.S.):
– Past the first week: 75%
– Past 2 weeks: 71%
– After one month: 64%
– After 6 months: 46%

In other words, more than half will have given up resolution by the end of June, which is exactly where we are.

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