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November 26, 2014

Learning Another Language’s Culture

Cultural diversity training is a commonly requested topic, but not often sought after by someone simply learning a new language. However, training in the culture in which you are learning a language can be crucial to truly understanding the language itself. This is especially true if you are intending on translation as a form of employment or public service.

Cultural Taboos

Each culture, even in the most “advanced” countries, have certain taboos. While most of the leading nations attempt to eradicate taboos, sometimes they simply cannot be avoided. As you learn the language of a certain country or culture, learn about their customs, religions, and taboos, as well.

Cairo book fair

For example, in certain parts of the Middle East, a woman must keep her head covered at all times. This may be as simple as wearing a scarf in public. However, in other countries in the Middle East, women must cover every inch of their bodies. You also should not ever offer to shake hands with a member of the opposite sex if you are in the Middle East. Women should also walk behind the man who is accompanying them. By understanding these customs, you will be able to understand the language better because of references that are made throughout a conversation. It will also help you if you are translating this is one purpose for cultural diversity training.

“Turns of Phrase”

Regional speech patterns can create “turns of phrase” can wreak havoc with communication, especially with the person for whom the language is not a first language. For example, in the USA, one foreign car executive had its car company name its small, economical car the “Probe”. This was seen by women in the U.S. as obscene, and the car was a very poor seller, considering that it was intended for the female market.

Traveling Abroad

Some people are so enamored of a country that they learn the language just so they can travel there. The dream is to spend time with the natives, absorbing the culture, food, and scenery for weeks at a time. However, without an understanding of the culture itself, you can make your trip more difficult. You can inadvertently offend an innkeeper, and find yourself with no reservation. You may find yourself dropped off by the cabbie before you reach your destination.

Even the volume at which you speak may be offensive in some cultures. Americans are often accused of being very loud in their speech. Study the customs of the different areas you plan to visit. While some cultures are naturally loud and boisterous, then a big-voiced American may get along just fine. However, find out what the culture prefers, and try to fit in. Simply the volume of your voice can make a difference in how you get along in a culture.

Proximity, or personal space, varies from country to country, too. Some people feel offended if you are too close, while others feel snubbed if you are not close enough.

Learning another language’s culture can make your holiday more enjoyable, and may make your efforts to serve as a translator more useful and profitable.

November 19, 2014

Maintaining Your Property: Companies You Should Know About

A lawn treatment company, a painting contractor, a roofing company, all different kinds of companies may be useful in maintaining your property while you are absent. Rental property and seasonal holiday property requires care whether it is being used or not. Here are some suggestions for maintaining your property, and companies you should know about.

Lawn Treatment Company

You can hire a lawn treatment company to take care of your lawn, garden, shrubbery, and trees. Caring for the lawn may require more than simply having the lawn mown. It may need watering, as well, and will certainly need weed and pest control. A good lawn treatment company will put your property on their schedule for maintenance so that you do not have to worry about keeping up with seasonal treatments.

The company will also take care of shrubbery and hedges, and make sure they are trimmed properly so that they do no encroach on the neighbor’s garden or in public access areas such as the sidewalk.

Trees also require attention to keep parasites from weakening the wood. Most lawn companies have a specialist who will keep an eye on your trees, keeping them trimmed out of power lines and neighbors’ properties, if necessary.

Roofing Contractors

You can actually get on the schedule of a trustworthy roofing contractor for the maintenance of your rental property. This can extend the life of your roof by several years.

The roofing contractor will come inspect your roof about once a year, or after severe storms. He will also make sure the gutters and scuppers are free of debris so that water will not back up and cause damage to the soffits. The troughs between eaves can also accumulate debris, which can cause moisture to soak into the roof deck, compromising the integrity of your roof. A roofing contractor will make sure those areas are cleaned out, and will inspect for any damage that may have been caused by weather or wild animals. Raccoons, opossum, and squirrels will take advantage of the smallest void in the roofing materials, and burrow into your roof, nesting in your attic.

Property Maintenance

Some companies specialize in property maintenance. Their employees will routinely inspect property contracted to them, reporting any plumbing leaks, electrical problems, or other maintenance work that needs to be done. If you have already contracted with a lawn maintenance company to take care of the growing garden around your property, you may be able to hire a property maintenance company at a reduced rate to take care of the rest of the property.

In many cases, the maintenance company does its own repairs, with plumbers, painters, electricians, and roofers on staff. Other companies will subcontract the work necessary. It will be important to hire a maintenance company that you trust, so that the money is actually spent on your property, and the work is actually done.

Get references, and go inspect the gardens being maintained by a lawn maintenance company, or any property maintenance company.

November 03, 2014

Best Places To Hang Your Clothes Drying Rack

The invention of the automatic clothes dryer revolutionized the workday chore of drying clothes. However, having a clothes drying rack is still the chosen method for drying some items. The old-fashioned clothes line outdoors may not be as common as it once was, but the drying rack is quite common. But, where should you hang your clothes drying rack?

Why a Drying Rack?

Many fine washables cannot survive going through a dryer. The higher, steady heat will shrink many materials, ruining the garment. Other items may lose their texture in the dryer. Other items, such as scarves or hosiery, will become tangled in the dryer. In these cases, the items may even be washed by hand, and draped to dry.

Laundry Room

 

The most obvious place to hang your clothes drying rack is the laundry room. This is because it will be close to the washing machine, and, of course, it’s where you have all of the laundry. There are several ways to hang your drying rack.

In some cases, you will have a drying rack that unfolds like a luggage rack and sits on the floor. Fine washables can be draped across the rack. The open structure allows moisture to evaporate. The rack can be folded and set aside when it is not in use.

Other drying racks can be attached to the wall, and lowered for use. These are often fixed racks, but may also be extendable racks. Either way, they can be tilted back into their place on the wall when not being used. Accordion racks are also usually mounted on the wall, and fold back into place once they are empty.

Some drying racks are actually suspended from the ceiling. Located just above head-height, they are easy to reach for use, but stay out of the way when not in use.

Outdoor Racks

There are also drying racks that can be set up outside. Of course, any free-standing drying rack that you would have in the laundry room can also be placed outdoors. But, there are also clothesline drying racks shaped somewhat like an inverted umbrella. In fact, they are on a pole that can be placed in an umbrella base. The drying rack can be set up when you need it, and folded away when not in use.

This clothesline type rack is also portable while outdoors, so you can either have your items drying in the shade with a breeze blowing across them, or you can hang them in the sunshine. Many people, to this day, enjoy hanging their white items in the sun. It helps the bleach them out, and the fresh air makes the laundry smell wonderful.

Drying racks can make your clothing last much longer, and actually reduce wrinkling. Without being tossed about with heavier fabrics, the finer and more light-weight fabrics will dry without having wrinkles set in. Where you put the drying racks is up to you, but generally, you will want to keep it close to the laundry room, and out of the way.

 

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