miércoles, 12 de julio de 2017

Learning a new language:
1. Enhances our brain power – and this is not a myth, I felt it on my own and many of my students are saying the same thing. Our brain is a muscle while we learn we train it and obviously we become smarter.
2. Increases our Memory – another wonderful side effect, learning a new language is ameliorating our memory. I am still making notes about the things I need to do or what I need to buy or meetings I have but I observed I do not need them anymore, I simply remember everything without an extra effort.
3. Develops our decision-making ability – I must confess I was very bad at this, I spent hours or even days thinking about whether I should do or not certain things. I feel a huge improvement in this area and I’m not stopping here.
4. Develops our multi-task working ability – I love this one, this is a must skill in our days, so many things to do all the time and so little time for it. While we learn a new language our brain is developing its ability to organise and schematize and later applies this skill in all spheres of our life. And it truly works.
5. Grow our self-confidence – I think this is a logical effect, our confidence is growing while we learn new things and we accumulate so many things while we learn a new language.
6. Expands our career potential – I never thought about it from this perspective before I start learning Italian but now I have a huge advantage while teaching Italians. I think this is applicable in any field, speaking a new language could help you in making connections, meeting new people, moving in another country etc.
7. Develops our communication skill – to learn a language presumes a lot of communication and practice always makes it better.
8. Enlarge us as life perspectives – I felt it right away, exchanging ideas all the time with people that were grown in another way helped me to see the whole world from a totally new perspective and this helped me to grow as well.
9. Changes our mindset – I must say that Italians are very positive, they always are smiling and they are making jokes and even the language has a certain musicality, all this, on the whole, made me more positive and of course, I smile more 🙂
10. Opens the door to a whole new culture – Seeing the language as a key is one of the best comparisons ever, with this key now I am able to read foreign authors or travel without a guide, learn from locals in a lost village how to cook authentic pizzafood from different places, the possibilities are enormous, probably I even don’t realise at this moment how this will truly change my life in the future but it is certain, I opened the door to a new culture which enriched me and continues doing so.
I am not at the end of my way but I must say that I enjoy so much the route that I even forget about the final goal. Learning a new language is also fun, a reason that was not on my initial list, it is something I discovered in time and it values even more than the rest.
What about you, could you think of a reason that is not listed here? Then please share it with everybody in a comment on this page and help others in their learning trip.
Thank you! (Victoria Dubasaru)😘😉

lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2015





Bluetooth technology

As a pre reading activity for this text which belongs to an English basic course to Electrical Engineering students, whose main aim is reading-comprehension, I would give them a WORDLE for them to guess the meaning of the main words of the text to read:

Find in the WORDLE one word which has the closest meaning to:
 modernization/novelty - Global - eternal/infinite - supporter - invulnerability - Happening at the same time- Distant - without connecting cables

1 Bluetooth wireless technology is a worldwide specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution that provides links between mobile computers, mobile phones, other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The specification is developed, published and promoted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).
2 Bluetooth wire technology revolutionizes the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections – enabling links between mobile computers, mobile phones, portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. Bluetooth technology redefines the very way we experience connectivity.
3 While the possibilities are nearly endless for the use of the technology, some of the current capabilities include:
eliminating the need for wired connections between electronic products and accessories , exchanging files, business cards, calendar appointments, etc. with groups of Bluetooth users , transfering and synchronizing files between devices, connecting to localized content services in public areas , functioning as remote controls, keys, tickets and e-cash wallets
4 Establishing a standard means integrating well-tested technology with the power-efficiency and low-cost of a compliant radio system. Establishing a standard also means a group of industry leading promoter companies who drive the specification forward (Bluetooth SIG). Bluetooth technology works because it has been developed as a cross industry solution that marries a vision of engineering innovation with an understanding of business and consumer expectations.
5 Bluetooth wireless technology is unique in its breadth of applications. Links can be established between groups of products simultaneously or between individual products and the Internet. This flexibility, combined with strict interoperability requirements, has led to support for Bluetooth wireless technology from a wide range of market segments, including software developers, silicon vendors, peripheral and camera manufacturers, mobile PC manufacturers and handheld device developers, consumer electronics manufacturers, car manufacturers, and test and measurement equipment manufacturers.
6The Bluetooth wireless specification defines a low-power, low-cost technology that provides a standardized platform for eliminating cables between mobile devices and facilitating connections between products. Unlike many other wireless standards, the Bluetooth wireless specification includes both link layer and application layer definitions for product developers.
7 Radios that comply with the Bluetooth wireless specification operate in the unlicensed, 2.4 GHz radio spectrum ensuring communication compatibility worldwide. These radios use a spread spectrum, frequency hopping, full-duplex signal at up to 1600 hops/sec. The signal hops among 79 frequencies at 1 MHz intervals to give a high degree of interference immunity. While point-to-point connections are supported, the specification allows up to seven simultaneous connections to be established and maintained by a single radio.
8 Synchronizing the capabilities of the telecommunications, computing, and networking industries Bluetooth SIG members understand innovation and the business of innovation. The Bluetooth SIG provides a forum for companies to work together using short-range wireless technologies to solve customer problems. Companies can join either as Associate or Adopting . The Bluetooth SIG promoters include 3Com, Agere, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and hundreds of Associate and Adopter member companies.

 WHILE READING: A. Answer True/False
 1. All wireless standards include both link layer and application layer definitions for product developers.
 2. The Bluetooth technology provides a standardized platform for connection between mobile electronic devices without using cables.

 POST - READING B. Choose the most appropriate heading to summarize each of the 8 paragraphs of the text
 a) The forum of companies that make use of this technology b) Why this technology works c) Some of the technical details d) New type of personal connectivity e) Characteristics of the radio system f) Market areas where Bluetooth technology can be found g) Some of the current applications h) What is Bluetooth