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6 Key Rules for Learning a Foreign Language

February 19, 2019

Learning a foreign language is no picnic, but nor is it impossible. You will have to work hard, but the result will be worth it. Just like everything, learning another language has its rules that make the process easier. You just need to remember that it’s going to take time and you can’t just dive right in. Learning a language does not have to be hard and frustrating all the time, so here are some major rules to help guide you.

  • Learn Pronunciation

Wrong pronunciation can change a word’s meaning, and that is why you need to learn it. A fantastic way to learn pronunciation is to listen to songs or talk shows in the target language. No one can teach you how to pronounce a word better than the native speakers themselves. If you are learning Spanish, try listening to how different words sound in Spanish.

  • Create Achievable Goals

Some people start learning a language and create goals that are too hard to achieve. For instance, setting a goal to learn a language in three months is unrealistic. A goal like this is too vague, and you cannot concentrate on what you have to do. If you set up a goal to become an intermediate learner in a certain time period, then that will help to keep you motivated. Instead of aiming to be fluent in a language, just try being able to strike up a conversation with someone instead. Fluency comes automatically!

  • Read For Pleasure

Reading is very beneficial generally as it broadens the mind and introduces you to rich vocabulary. Find literature written in the target language, and try reading it. You’ll probably have trouble at first, but you will slowly get used to it. Highlight the words that you don’t understand and then check their meanings. If you want, you can write the meanings in small footnotes on the pages so the next time you read it, you know instantly what the words mean and slowly you will begin to remember them.

  • Take It Easy

When you start to learn a language in the most difficult way possible, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Taking the easy way is going to be your best bet and will help you learn certain habits. If you are learning grammar, try to find a simple way to achieve your goal, and you’ll be able to learn the language much quicker.

  • Learn Cognates

Have you ever heard a word in a foreign language and think you know what it means because it sounds like something similar to a word in your native language? These words are known as cognates that originated in one language, and another language borrowed it or the word had roots in another language. These words are what enable us to understand particular phrases and words when we hear them even if we do not know the language. Learning them will give you a nice start to knowing some words from the target language without needing to memorize anything.

  • Practice

Whether you’re a basketball star or giving a speech for the first time, you have to practice. The same goes for learning a new language. You cannot sit in a room learning the vocabulary and grammar expecting to become an expert miraculously. You need to put yourself out there and start having a conversation in the target language in order to become good at it. This will give you enough confidence to communicate with the native speakers of the language, and you’ll learn a lot in the process.

Follow these key rules and language learning will become a whole lot easier for you! Don’t forget that GradGuard is here to help you with all your college tips and hacks!

Bio:Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.

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Ways to Keep Your Dorm Warm and Cozy This Winter

January 22, 2019

With the winter chill freezing our bones on our walks around campus, the best part about coming back to your residence is feeling cozy and warm with the decor around your room! Here are a few ways you can keep toasty and feel nice and comfy in your dorm room this winter.

Hang Christmas Lights

That overhead lighting is less than stellar most of the time. However, hanging a strand or two of Christmas lights gives your dorm a completely different feel! The warm, staggered lighting is easier on the eyes and great for watching movies, reading a book, or listening to music.

Make Warm Drinks

Using your microwave or that new Keurig you got for the holidays makes for great hot drinks such as cider, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate! Wander around the grocery aisles and find something that really speaks to you and use your favorite mug to warm your insides after a cold day of walking around campus.

Get a Space Heater

Sometimes the dorm heater is not all it’s cracked up to be. Getting a small space heater can help add a little extra warmth to your small space! Be sure to plug it directly into the wall instead of a surge protector and turn it off when you leave for any reason, but it is a perfect addition to keep you warm on frigid days.

Invest in Fuzzy Slippers or Socks

Keeping your feet warm can make all the difference during the winter! Get yourself a few pairs of thick fuzzy socks and some new slippers to keep your feet happy this winter. Slip them on right when you get back to your dorm and you surely won’t regret it!

Hopefully, these things will keep you toastier as the winter keeps on keepin’ on. Spring is just around the corner so there is light at the end of the tunnel, but until then, stay warm with these tips from GradGuard!

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Why Was My Resume Rejected? 4 Mistakes You Can Correct

October 2, 2018

Writing a resume is not exactly rocket science, but creating an effective one for the first time can be a real struggle. We’re lucky to find almost everything on the internet nowadays so we can have some guidance while writing it.

Sometimes, even if you make sure everything was on point, you might still have your resume rejected. Here are 4 common reasons why your resume has failed to bring you your desired job.

Improper Proofreading

Believe it or not, this is one of the most common reasons people get their resume rejected. It’s easy to misplace a comma, add an extra letter on an essential word, or to fail to align all the bullet points, and your resume will be left unread by the recruiter.

Be sure to proofread as most recruiters use ATS software to tailor the resume first, so they can check out the best of the best. Fortunately, there are a few ways to “beat” most of today’s ATS software that your recruiters might leverage.

Too Long

Usually, a good resume has one page; no more, no less. It can be hard to fit all your relevant information, skills, and experience in just one page, but sending a 3 to 4-page long resume is too much for potential employers.

Hannah Johannes, HR manager of the company that’s considered to be the best essay writing service in the UK, suggests that “The purpose of a resume is to show your competencies but also your ability to synthesize and prioritize only the most essential information about your professional life. If you succeed to do it wisely, you’ll get the chance to get into details during the interview.”

Bad Formatting

When you write your resume, you should keep everything as simple as possible. There’s no point in choosing a “diverse” or unusual font as you don’t want to make it hard to read and digest. Stay away from fonts like Comic Sans and use Arial or Calibri instead. Try to keep the font point between 10 and 12.5 as well.

Along with font choice, you’ll want to make sure that your formatting stays intact. When it is moved to another platform (say from Word to PDF), its formatting might be altered. If you fail to take care of this aspect, this could be the reason why your resume was rejected. Just save it as a PDF – it will spare you all the trouble.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Do you ever lie on your resume? You might think that nobody will take their time to check all the information you wrote in your resume, but someone is fact-checking. Employers don’t want to risk hiring an incompetent candidate. Most resume lies are about scores on important exams, about their education, or about how long they’ve been working for a company. Always remain honest and eliminate any of those white lies that have accumulated.

If you want to stand a chance against the competition, next time you write your resume make sure you avoid all these common mistakes. Your resume is your only shot to get the interview, that’s why it’s crucial to be flawless when it reaches the recruiter’s hands. Just pay attention to details, give your best, and if you’re still not confident about your work, ask for some professional advice. 

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