With the elevated competition in the employer’s market, learning a new language is an added boon. Everyone is trying to learn a new language these days either through private tutors or through applications. Apps have sure made our life easier, and entry of apps like Duolingo and Busuu has made learning a new language even easier.
The world is becoming more favourable to polyglots than monolinguals. As statistically observed, European languages have a much higher scope of being chosen by an English native than by a Japenese. Similarly, why would anyone choose a new language? Some reasons can be:
- Internationally viable
- Residing in such a country
Apps To Learn A New Language From
Duolingo offers a number of lessons that employ listening exercises, flashcards, reading exercises and multiple-choice questions to test your skill on new words, grammar, phrases, and sentences. Most questions also have a comment thread where users can discuss a particular question. Also, it offers a service where can you connect with other people who are learning the same language as you.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps that is used widely by people. Most if its lessons are created by native speakers themselves which empower and builds communities and language passionates to get involved and give rise to perhaps less expected courses such as Guarani or Klingon.
As the name suggests, Memrise is learning through memes and games. It is your go-to place for fun vocabulary practice and the bizarre ways to keep the words on your tips. You can standardise your searches such as « naughty words in German » or cultural references in a particular language. For instance, Friends or Game of Thrones references in German.
The community of members allows you to meet like-minded people as well as find similar language learners. You can create memes, earn and revise simultaneously and advance in the Memrise hierarchy of users (from Membryo to Overlord).
A WhatsApp-like interface, it facilitates speaking practice and reduces the potential stress of a real-time conversation. It allows users to find native speakers to converse with.
This feature of language barter allows you to have lively language exchanges and minimises language error problems. For instance, its integrated translation system will help you avoid those stressful moments when you really want to communicate something but the lack of just one word hampers it. It provides the missing word and the conversation flourishes well.
Busuu offers language courses in 12 languages. The app is majorly free but certain features and course materials need you to invest $17 a month. A special feature that it offers is a separate mini « travel course » for those who may need quick conversational tips just before a trip abroad.
The desktop version of this app allows you to chat with native speakers in real-time. Both studying and contributing to the platform as a teacher allows you to collect “berries”, which are the points used to rank students based on their activity.
5. (How To) Pronounce
If you are finally in the city where you can employ your language skills, you may find (How To) Pronounce very handy. You may want to avoid embarrassing and frustrating situations at a restaurant or at a bus stop. So in order to avoid that hazard, you can type the sentence or phrase and voilà, your pronunciation will be back on track.
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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!
Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.
|Phone||64 GB||128 GB||256 GB||512 GB|
|Apple 12 mini||$649||$699||$799||N/A|
|Apple 12 Pro||N/A||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|Apple 12 Pro Max||N/A||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.
- Four iPhones
- New physical design
- 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
- Triple-lens 3D camera
- All OLED displays
- 5G connectivity
- A14 chip
- New Blue colour option
- No power adapter or EarPods
No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?
Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.
Delays due to COVID-19
iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.
Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?
But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!
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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing
7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now! Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:
To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.
To make the hand lotion, you need:
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
- Vanilla and Lavender
- Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
- Rose Otto and Vanilla
- Roman Chamomile
- Sweet Orange
- Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
- Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
- Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
- Then add the Aloe Vera gel. Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
- It will look like this:
- Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
- Apply as often as you want.
- You can also use this lotion on your kids.
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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body
Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.
Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:
It May Affect Your Mental Health
Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.
Your Thinking May Get Distorted
Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:
- Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
- Distort your sense of time
- Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous
You May Get Hooked
About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.
You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.
It May Impair Your Brain
Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.
But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.
Your Lungs May Hurt
Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.
Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?
Thanks for reading and stay safe!
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You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects