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Computer languages are likely to be the linguistic skills that make you outstanding

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This post was post-dated. I thought of this a day after the birthday of a woman I love and care. Although she is very serious, she can be very funny. Since she does not know English, and her children are all overseas pursuing better lives, so she has to start making overseas trip to see her children, especially when they need her.

There was a funny incident that made me laugh until stomachache.

Once, in a rush upon returning from hospital upon the arrival of her first grandchild, she thought that the free sample of Tollyjoy liquid wash for bottles, was meant for baby bath, simply because she does not understand English. So, she let her grandchild to bath with liquid was for bottles! Her daughter was over exhausted from delivery to early discover it until she saw why such a bottle was placed in the bathroom.

Even the father of the baby does not know this, I am the privileged one to be shared such a story. In future, as a potential mentor / consultant to the baby, I may tell her grandchild this story when the child refuses to learn something.

In Asia, if you know English, you can secure a good job (i.e. one with higher salary than average job).

Asians in English speaking cities in Asia (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore) enjoy higher income (though it comes with higher expenditure as well), more choices in employment.

People in India also benefit from the global companies that take advantage of geo-arbitraging.
Though these outsourced employees earn less that employees in US, yet they earn more than people in India.

Not many Asians know English well, although the number is increasing. More Asian parents in China are sending their children to English speaking countries (US, UK, Australia). These generations of Asians are well versed in their mother tongues as well as the international language — English. Some of the ambitious ones even speak the third, the forth languages. A personal encounter was the high school age Korean girl who sat next to me on a flight to Canada. She speaks : Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese.

I am so thankful that by chance and choice, I have the opportunities to learn English. I am still learning everyday through reading and writing.

In my humble prediction, since more and more Asians are mastering English, a good command of English alone will no longer differentiate a talent.

The Pareto Law applies. When less people speak English, you are a rare talent. When more people speak English, you need to have additional skills to differentiate yourself.

One need additional language skills. Instead of another language, e.g. Chinese Mandarin (I think it is important too, but the Chinese are eagerly learning English) and Spanish, one can and must focus on computer languages.

Simply put, for the 21st century,
computer languages = English for people in non-English speaking countries in the 20th century.

Oh my goodness, my command of computer languages is far from acceptable.
After my project L in the 1st half of 2013,
it is time for me to improve my computer languages.

Written by blueroselady

February 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Tips: magazines / newspapers

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@~@ National Geographic
My favorite with impressive pictures.

@~@ TIME

@~@ The Economist
SI of Ukraine subscribe to it.
Free copies at the university in Switzerland where I attended a conference twice.

@~@ The New Yorker
reccommended by Jason Chin.

@~@ Sinorama magazine

@~@ SBLUESCI
written by students

@~@ SCIENCE IN SOCIETY REVIEW
written by mostly undergraduate

Written by blueroselady

June 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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GEPIK: Gyeonggi English Program in Korea

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Official Program Objective: “Gyeonggi English Program in Korea (GEPIK) is a flaghip initiative of GPOE as a driving force for achieving dynamic and quality English education in our schools by inviting young and educated individuals from English speaking countries.”

Program Eligibility: University graduates holding a Bachelor’s degree.

Program Duration: Varies according to the scholarship acquired.

Cost: None. Salary is 2.0-2.3 million KRW/month.

This is a governmentally-sponsored teach-English-in-Korea opportunity. Specifically, it arranges teaching locums for schools in Gyeonggi province, the “countryside” outside of Seoul.
Only nationals of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa are eligible to be teachers in this program.

Written by blueroselady

January 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm