Friday, December 12, 2014

One Girl Among Many

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Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations. On July 12 2013, the first ever Youth Takeover of the UN took place, organised by the President of the UN General Assembly, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and A World at School.

WordPower:
dignity - Würde; compulsory - obligatorisch; embrace - umarmen, annehmen; to shield - beschirmen, abschirmen;  to wage - unternehmen, in Angriff nehmen; struggle - Auseinandersetzung; 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Workforce Crisis in 2030 - TED

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It sounds counter-intuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests that countries ought to look across borders for mobile and willing job seekers. But to do that, they need to start by changing the culture in their businesses.

WordPower:
counter-intuitive - gegen die Intuition; overdue - überfällig; peak - Spitze; forecast - Vorhersage; GDP - Bruttosozialprodukt; shortage - Mangel; current - gegenwärtig; gap - Lücke; measure - Maßnahme; average - Durchschnitt; skill - fachliches Können; mismatch - Fehlplatzierung; boost - beleben; in jeopardy - gefährdet; extent - Ausmaß; decade - Jahrzehnt; scarce - knapp; appreciate - schätzen; recognition - Anerkennung; retain - zurückhalten; crucial - unabdingbar; 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Smartest Dog

'60 minutes' is an American TV program by anchorman Anderson Cooper. In this episode he features Chaser, a Border Collie who knows more than 1000 words.
Below is the YouTube version, which is a bit blurred. You can get a perfect film and the text here at this link.
But before you go, check out these words:

WordPower:
anchorman - Nachrichtensprecher; feature - vorstellen; blurred - unscharf; 

decade - Jahrzehnt; assign - zuweisen; porch - Terasse; dump - wegschütten; peer review - von Fachleuten überprüft; inference - Folgerung; alongside - nebeneinander; canine brain - Hundegehirn; reciprocate - erwidern; scam - Schwindel; sedate - betäuben; plug - Stöpsel; glimpse - Eindruck; slice - Scheibe; release - freiwerden, ausschütten; cunning - gerissen; litter - Wurf (Welpen); 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Romanian Elections 2014

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On November 16, Romanian voters came to the ballots and made a surprise decision: they voted for a newcomer on the political scene. Klaus Iohannis, mayor of Sibiu, used the slogans: "Law, not robbery. Facts, not talk. Romania: things well done."
His finger points to the facts: in 14 years he has transformed Sibiu into the most attractive city in Romania and has eradicated corruption from the city administration.

Iohannis won on the vote of the Romanian expats, an electoral group who are not happy with the situation at home. Many of them queued up in front of their polling stations who were kept at low numbers in an attempt to discourage them from voting.
Some stood in line all night, bringing their toothbrushes to symbolise their determination.


WordPower: 
ballot   - Wahlurne, eradicate - auslöschen. expats - Personen im Ausland, electoral group - Wählergruppe, to queue - Schlange stehen, polling station - Wahllokal, determination - Entschlossenheit


Friday, October 17, 2014

How do flashcards work?

Flashcards–one of the oldest study methods around–is actually one of the most effective. And now, with the proliferation of mobile devices, you can take advantage of the same benefits of flashcards in a new digitized form. - See more here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Future of Work

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The scope of 3D printing... Could you imagine that it may reverse globalization? How are people going to earn a living if machines do all the work?

WordPower:
scope - Bandbreite, Möglichkeiten; imagine - sich vorstellen; to reverse - umkehren; to earn a living - den Lebensunterhalt verdienen; 


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