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Speaking multiple languages can give you multiple personalities

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The idea that language affects the way we look at the world is hardly new. But could your personality actually change depending on which language you're speaking? That's the idea put forward by a new psychological study.

Professional Identity

Choosing a profession

  1. What is your profession? What personality traits one should have to get it?
  2. What influenced your career choice? By what criteria did you make a choice?
  3. What kind of talents does a person need to be a professional in your field of work?
  4. What are your talents? How do you utilize your potential at work? Which of your talents do you develop just for yourself as a hobby (if you have one)?

7 ways to quickly become a master at anything

There's a right way to learn. Want to be more successful? Actually that's not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the "10,000 hour rule" is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn. Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way. So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:

School

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your first memory of school?
  2. Were you happy at school?​
  3. Do you think children like school?
  4. What do you think about the fact that English children start school at 4 and Russian children start at 6 or 7?
  5. If you could talk to yourself as a child now, what piece of advice would you give yourself about school?

Teenagers: Why Do They Rebel?

Driving fast, breaking curfew, arguing, shoplifting. Teenagers can push your patience, but unfortunately, some kids go as far as blatantly flouting rules or breaking the law, often with tragic results. What's with this rebellious streak? How can parents funnel it into less risky business?

Information

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘information’?
  2. What’s the difference between information and knowledge?
  3. Do you think we get too much information every day?
  4. How much useless information do you think you’ve learned?
  5. Is it important to know a lot of information in today’s world?
  6. How do you gather information?
  7. Do you have more information than your grandparents?
  8. What topics would you like to know more information about?
  9. What do you think ‘information economics’ is?

Play is More than Fun

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Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

One study found that kids who played with blocks scored higher on language tests than kids who had no blocks. Perhaps the children with blocks simply spent less time on unproductive activities such as watching TV--but the end result was good for them in any case.

Schools Kill Creativity

Questions for discussion:

  1. Which school subjects do you think are the most important?
  2. Are subjects like art, drama P.E, or dance important or are they a waste of time?
  3. Were you creative when you were a child?
  4. Do you still consider yourself to be a creative and imaginative person? Explain.
  5. Did you enjoy school? What were the best and worst things about your school days?

Writing a CV

1. Why do you need a CV? Can you get a job without one and how?
2. Why do you need a covering letter? What do you write in a covering letter?
3. What should a student write in a CV? What should they put first? What should they hide?
4. What should one write in a CV of a person with a 1-2 years’ experience? 3-4 years’ experience?
5. What should you write in a CV if you want to change your professional sphere radically?
6. What should you write in a CV apart from working experience?
- contact info (cell ph #, email, address)
- personal info (marital status, kids, etc.)

Building a career

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s a career in your opinion? What do you think of career-oriented people? Is it good or bad?
  2. Do you consider a successful career only the one that ends at the very top of a career ladder, like CEO or President of a company?
  3. What do you think of a person who has spent all their life in one and the same company? Or at the same post?
  4. Does one need to be ambitious to build a career? What do you think of ambitious people? What’s the attitude to ambitions abroad?

Time Management

Questions for discussion:

  1. What's time management for you? Do you think it's really useful and needed? What are the good and bad sides of TM, in your opinion?
  2. Are you often late? Are you annoyed when somebody else is late? What are the drawbacks of losing time on waiting for somebody? Do you think being late depends on the person or on the situation?
  3. In your opinion can TM be applied only at work? Do you need it in your everyday life?
  4. How do you proiritise tasks when there is a lot to do?

Education

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is a good education?
  2. When does education begin?
  3. How important do you think education is?
  4. Do you think you had a good education?
  5. Is the level of education in your country good?
  6. Do you think the quality of education is slipping?
  7. What do you think of the idea of all education being online?
  8. What kind of education did you have in your home?
  9. What would the world be like if everyone had access to a good education?

Education

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you remember about your teachers? Who was your favorite teacher?
  2. Do you still stay in touch with your teachers? Did you have any teachers you didn't like?
  3. Do you know anyone who attended a private school? Do private schools offer higher quality education or are they just prestigious?
  4. Was it harder to study in college than in high school? How does college compare to high school? What advice would you give a high school student who is about to go to college?

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