These summers started with certain expectations – I wanted to be learn more, and at the same time, do something to make myself healthier.
Moving on, languages! You can call me somewhat of a language enthusiast, for I simply love the experience and abilities that come with learning one. I did French back at school, know it to a very elementary level still, and recently have been grappling with Spanish, Japanese, and Russian. Too many, I agree! But I have this weird ambition of knowing as many as I can. Duolingo is helping a lot as far as French and Spanish are concerned, but the hunt for a good learning resource for the other two languages persists. Notwithstanding, I have been able to pick stuff of some significance from random sources online.
TED talks are simply brilliant. I have watched some recently, watched some old ones again, and want to share the ones that I really like. First off, Sam Bernes. He had Progeria, and shared his advice on living a happy life. The talk really moved me, and I probably see it once every week now. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36m1o-tM05g. Then, there’s one by Christopher McDougall – “Are we born to run?”. It was a revelation – I have been struggling to get running everyday, and gave up for like 15 days after some 10 days of minor running. I think it to be too strenuous, and music and Endomondo weren’t any help. This is, however, and I am hoping that I can incorporate the inspiration in me on a daily basis. Hopefully, then, in a future post, I might be able to get rid of the adjective “intermittent”. He has also written a book with the (almost) same title, and I am about to start reading it. I might throw in a review in a later post. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-iGZPtWXzE
And before I forget, there’s “Art of Misdirection” by Apollo Robins. It’s great, and talks about controlling human attention. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZGY0wPAnus.
So that’s a wrap, for now. I’ll keep you posted on how the language learning and the exercise goes. À bientôt!