Find a perfect home tutor for your child

Find a perfect home tutor for your child In today’s world parents are so much engaged with their busy schedule that they are not having time to help their kids with their studies. Not only with the studies but this situation prevails while helping them with any sort of extra curricular activities too. Even if parents want to help their kids with their studies, they are bound with several activities that they are not able to help them. Thus, as a result they need to hire a reliable home tutor or private tutor for their kids. Continue reading “Find a perfect home tutor for your child”

Why should you learn Chinese?

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Why should you learn Chinese? China is a country that is emerging as one of the strongest global economy in the last two decade and is the world’s biggest holder of foreign exchange reserves with the reserves touching $3.0447 trillion US in March 2011. Many countries around the world are interested in business with China and are actively involved in learning Chinese language to understand and enhance the business opportunities. Continue reading “Why should you learn Chinese?”

Exercise your mind with e-learning

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mind-exercises Every New Year, we are given a clean slate upon which to draw a brand new future. With the New Year’s resolution to exercise your body, it is the right time to consider exercising your mind. Now is the perfect time to continue your education! Of course the big question is, how do you fit it into your already insanely busy schedule? If you have ever hesitated to pursue further education because you couldn’t handle the rigors of a traditional campus, e-learning is perfect for you. Whether you are a handy man ready to take on a new career, a mid-level boomer ready for another challenge, or just somebody who loves to learn, online education can give you the boost you need. Online education, also known as distance learning and e-learning, is rapidly gaining popularity as a convenient, efficient and often lower-cost way to improve your mind, your life and your career opportunities. There are opportunities available for almost everyone: no matter if you are seeking a college degree, a career change, or a new trade, there are a multitude of choices being offered by numerous schools. Some are well-known brick and mortar institutions offering off-site, distance learning or “limited residence requirements” programs to meet every student’s need, plus there are numerous accredited online education programs that meet the criteria for financial ad. Searching the right online education program for you, your child, or your company might be a lengthy, time-consuming process as there are many things to consider – study, finances, and of course, which school to attend.  What is important is to make sure that your chosen distance education program is accredited by the appropriate agencies, so that insures a better chance at financial aid, as well as better opportunities after graduation. Make this a 2013 a year to remember with new attitudes and new goals! Online education can help you improve your self-worth, net-worth and your overall well being.
 

Successful e-learning experience

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Have a look at the examples on successful e-learning experiences and let us know where do you fit in: successful-e-learning-experience
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China online learning: market analysis and forecasts 2012-2017

China online learning: market analysis and forecasts 2012-2017 In 2011, the market scale of China online education and training was CNY60 billion. Forecast for 2012 is that it will grow CHY12.3, reaching CNY72.3 billion In 1999 China introduced Modern Distance Education Project. Toady, after more than ten years of development, China online education and training market has development widely becoming a profitable business. Continue reading “China online learning: market analysis and forecasts 2012-2017”

Teacher’s guide to social media

Teacher are no longer left to a board and a class. They have many aids that help them make the classes better and make them become more proficient and provide higher quality education. Read the infographic below and tell us your comments: Teacher-Guide-Social-Media-800
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Marriage becoming a difficult business!

Marriage becoming a difficult business! The world has never owned such opulence of womanly character, a splendor of womanly manners or multitudinous instances of wifely, motherly, daughterly, sisterly devotion, as it owns today. There are no words to express my admiration for good womanhood. Woman is not only man’s equal, but the affectionate and religious nature, which is the best part of us. As you may see, nowadays it is easier for a man to find an appropriate wife, than for a woman to find a good husband! According to a New York Times analysis of census results, in 2005, there were 51 percent of women who stated that they are living without a spouse, whereas in 2000 this figure was 49 percent in 1950 and 35 percent in 1950. There are multitudes of women, who have never been married and still greater multitude of them, who got married but change back to be single. Marriage has become a difficult burdening business, especially for women. Continue reading “Marriage becoming a difficult business!”

Which language should you learn?

Which language should you learn? English is currently “top-of-the-pops” when it comes to international business codes, but you probably speak this already if you are reading this article! Regardless of this, you could improve your own marketability and scope by picking up another language, or maybe more! The question remains as to which language would suit your purpose though. One cool fact about learning a second language is that your brain will function a lot more efficiently if you have the command of at least two spoken codes. Learning a language involves understand the culture as well as contexts and specific idioms, Google translate just doesn’t cut the mustard really. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some language options for you. Continue reading “Which language should you learn?”

Social media in education

Have a look at the pros and cons in using social media in education and let us know whether you agree with them, have something to add or have a comment we should consider. Impact-Of-Social-Media-in-Education Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Teach with Twitter !

Teachers and students are turning to social media to help inform their learning. This movement – often referred to as DIY PD (do-it-yourself professional development) – is empowering educators to utlize technology resources, digital media and community building to shape their own learning. It isn’t exclusive to teachers — classrooms around the world who are turning to Twitter and social platforms to expand student learning. The Teaching with Twitter Infographic looks at different ways teachers can use Twitter to inform their professional development and classroom practices.   Teaching with Twitter Infographic Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Online vs. traditional education

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I hope you like the infographic showing the current trends of online education opposed to the traditional education.
Trends clearly show the rise of popularity of online education and the percentage see an upward trend in the coming years.
 
 
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Tax preparation software for companies

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Tax preparation software for companies The task of tax preparation is both tedious and time consuming. For this reason, many people employ services of task preparation companies that take care of all the tasks of filing and calculating requirements of an individual or company. However, this comes with a cost and in some intricate cases with a considerable cost. Customers are being charged from the process of simple tax calculation to the end process of tax filling. Continue reading “Tax preparation software for companies”

Gates Foundation in education

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has focused on teacher quality as a key dimension of its recent grantmaking strategy. The Foundation supports education and heath projects worldwide. Here is a more detailed presentation of the number of grants they have funded: Teacher-related spending: 67 Grants : total: $78,938,413 1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: aid for improved teacher professional development and related tools, help teachers network and share best practices – 63 grants – Total: $122,665,467 2. CAPACITY-BUILDING: Support of the districts, states, and others in developing teacher evaluation systems, and helping build capacity for other teacher-quality initiatives – 53 grants – Total: $50,014,034 3. RESEARCH: Funding of research on effective teaching, including measures of effective teaching research project and related work products -49 grants -Total: $50,710,139 4. EDUCATION/ADVOCACY: Providing grants to educate communities, engage the public on Gates-funded teacher work, and build support for teacher initiatives -20 grants – Total: $37,958,606 5. TEACHER PREPARATION: Helping traditional and alternative programs that prepare teachers or groups engaging in advocacy around teacher preparation – 16 grants -Total: $20,725,979 6. UNIONS: Funding teachers’ union projects, including work on teacher evaluation and the common core- 12 grants – Total: $281,193,218 7. INTENSIVE PARTNERSHIPS: Supporting four “Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching” sites, including Hillsborough County, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and Pittsburgh – 9 grants – Total: $23,611,556 8. CHARTER-DISTRICT COLLABORATION: Encouraging districts and charter schools to share best practices, including for teacher effectiveness – 8 grants Total: $21,570,250 9. TEACHER VOICE: Supporting groups that help teachers have a voice in policy, such as Educators 4 Excellence and Teach Plus – 7 grants – Total: $8,198,912 10. DATA SYSTEMS: Helping states and districts in the collection of linked student/teacher data – 2 grants – Total: $1,052,505 11. MEDIA: Assisting the journal Education Next in covering teacher effectiveness, charter schools, digital learning, and common standards and assessments Top beneficiaries Four of the five biggest recipients of Gates Foundation aid teacher-quality initiatives participated in its “intensive partnership” grants, supporting changes to teacher hiring, evaluation, and pay. Denver used its cash for similar purposes. Beneficiaries Receiving More than $10 million in total See the infographic for more details or visit the Gates Foundation web page. Over 2 billion USD were spent since 2008. Gates Foundation in education  
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Websites that dominate Internet

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Websites that dominate Internet People have many different reasons for collecting and analyzing statistics on popular Internet sites. The most successful websites provide examples of proven web design techniques. In addition, successful Internet businesses provide relevant examples for entrepreneurs in many disparate industries. Highly analytical sites like www.internetworldstats.com provide fascinating information about the most successful modern websites. Though Google ranks highly, Facebook easily earns its place as the most visited website. Hundreds of millions of people use Facebook to network with friends, family members and business associates. Other social sites like Twitter have extremely loyal followings. Continue reading “Websites that dominate Internet”

BCG Growth-Share Matrix

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BCG or the growth-share matrix are the same thing. The BCG stands for Boston Consulting’s Group portfolio. This is a very useful and nice overview of the marketing portfolio of a company. In order to understand the BCG, you should think of it as a square that is divided into four equal fields. This square grid has a vertical and horizontal axis. A vertical one shows high and low market growth rate, while the horizontal one shows high and low relative market share. In other words, vertically, you show the cash usage, while horizontally, you show the cash generation.  This makes four fields in the BCG matrix. Their names are: Star, Question Mark or Problem Child, Cow and Dog. Here is what you need to know about each of them.

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Mobile apps to help you and your family settle In China

Mobile apps to help you and your family settle In China

Are you planning to move to China, either by yourself or with your whole family?  In the past, in order to learn more about a new area after a big move, you had to buy a lot of books, take language classes, hire a tour guide, and so much more.  However, with the invention of mobile phone apps, moving around the world has become a lot easier with abundant resources available on your mobile phone.

Chinese translation dictionary

The first app that should be on everyone’s “download shopping list” when moving to a new country is a translation dictionary.  You may remember scrambling through the pages of a dictionary, trying to tell a waiter, shop assistant, desk clerk, or just someone on the street what they wanted while the other person waited patiently for you to find the exact words you needed. These translation apps take out the hassle of multiple-page flipping: Hanping This app is a great dictionary to have on your phone.  It provides translations to Chinese characters and also to Pinyin.  What sets it apart from other applications is that it will provide you with a selection of words that it thinks you wanted.  This is because there will be several different Chinese words that technically can be used for every English word, but it will change depending on the type of person you are talking about and in terms of the sentence you are trying to say.  Below are some of the app’s other features:
  • Chinese character and Pinyin translations
  • Find Chinese word meanings in English
  • Speech recognition
  • Hand writing recognition
  • Translation into traditional or simplified
  • Storage of your word search history
Google Translate This is a very popular app to have on your phone, even if you’re not coming to China, as you can use it to translate words into any language.  What sets Google Translate apart from many other translation dictionaries is that many others will only translate to English.  I would recommend having this app, as well as a complementary one, because Google Translate will only translate using a word-for-word method, which doesn’t work well with the Chinese language.  But, at the same time, it is one of the only apps you can use to translate whole sentences.  Another cool feature is that you can take a photo of Chinese characters and it will translate them for you.  To review, the features of this app are:
  • Translating into multiple languages
  • Translating entire sentences
  • Photo translation
  • Hand writing capacity
  • Voice recognition
  • Audio pronunciation of the translated words
Learning Chinese Having a dictionary is handy for when you are stuck in a situation and you need a quick answer; however, these apps won’t help you learn Chinese.  You need to know how to pronounce the words, which involves knowing character sounds and the tones you need to use.  This is where having a Chinese learning app will come in handy.  It is advised that you use the following apps together with taking Chinese lessons, since they are very good for helping you study when you are not in the classroom: Easy Learn Chinese This is a great app for beginners to learn Chinese because it provides very clear pronunciation of the basic words, letters and tones. The app helps in learning how to say pinyin words correctly and with the right enunciation.  It is perfect for those who do not have someone else to correct them on their spoken Chinese.  This app has the basic words for a wide range of topics, from restaurant talk to directions to body parts. Daily Chinese This app is similar to the Easy Learn Chinese app above, but it has a slightly different use. It is designed for users to look up phrases that you are likely to need in practical situations, like in a restaurant, during shopping, or on a trip. Social Media As most foreigners already know, there is an Internet block on a lot of Western websites in China.  Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are all blocked; however, some platforms, such as WhatsApp, can be used as long as it’s installed on your phone before coming to China.  As a result, a lot of people in China don’t use these platforms very often. In fact, some of your Chinese friends will probably never have heard of these platforms. However, there are several social media sites that are similar to their Western counterparts: WeChat WeChat is the Chinese version of WhatsApp.  Since its launch it has been hugely successful in China, and is starting to develop a global audience as well.  It has all the same features as WhatsApp, plus a few extras that actually make it better (in my opinion).
  • Free messaging
  • Free photo and video sending
  • Voice messages sending
  • Live chat sessions with friends
  • Group messaging
  • A sharing “Moments” section (similar to Facebook’s Wall)
  • Talk to people in your area
The Chinese app market is different to the rest of the world.  Companies are not allowed to charge for an application to be downloaded, but some of these sites bypass this rule by selling a professional version of the app. In the modern era, phones have allowed people to travel light without the unnecessary weight of informational books.  In the past, it could take minutes to find the word you were looking for; now it takes mere seconds.  In this modern world, you can take advantage of mobile app technology, allowing you and your family full access to helpful information about your new location.     About the Author: Oliver Smith  is a writer working on behalf of Yew Chung International School.  He has been working and living in China for the better part of a year.  He is originally from the United Kingdom and is currently living in Beijing. Learn more about YCIS at Yew Chung International School of Beijing,  and how we want to help parents and families adjust after moving to China as quickly as possible, and we have recommended several apps to help you do so.

Is Japanese the hardest language to learn?

Is Japanese the hardest language to learn? Unfortunately, there’s no easy and definite answer to the question “Which is the most difficult language to learn” due to the huge amount of variables that the question raises, however for traditional, native English speakers, we do have a suggestion. First, we will discuss some of the considerations that have led to this conclusion.

Country of origin

It is important to note that in some countries, learning a language is a fairly natural process. For those minority countries that don’t have either a power language or a widely spoken language as their native tongue it’s an essential process they need to go through in order to succeed and be able to travel internationally, something English speakers tend to take for granted when they go abroad. Therefore there are children for whom it is natural to be bilingual or even trilingual due to that being common in their society or country. To give an example those living in Sweden, Norway or other European countries learn their native tongue just as we do, but for them, in addition to speaking Swedish or Norwegian fluently, they will also be fluent English speakers as this is a traditional part of growing up and part of the norm. In fact, this also occurs in Korea, India, and even China – we are quite unique in the United Kingdom where this is not the case.

Age

When you are younger you have far more of an affinity to learn a second or third language – when you are an adult it becomes much harder. Therefore Europeans that are used to learning languages are likely to find it far easier to pick them up than an English person would.

Natural talent

Let’s do not forget natural talent. Some people – myself not included – naturally pick up and remember new verbs, nouns, and sentence construction patterns. All of these points will impact how easy one finds it to become bilingual.

Self-motivation

Arguably the most important factor is enthusiasm. You can have a terrific ability to pick up languages, speak, interpret and translate them however if you don’t enjoy learning your chosen language, chances are you won’t go the whole distance. For home study especially, a lot of self-motivation is required – if you don’t enjoy what you’re learning, chances are you’re not going to learn it!

Language distance

This concept is fascinating and it brings together how closely one language is linked to another. To give an example, Dutch as a language is fairly close to English in terms of its words, patterns and expressions whilst Vietnamese and Somalian have a huge distance from English. The tools used to formulate these results are called cognates, measurements that look at language similarities to determine how close one language is to another and how easy it will be to learn.

The Answer!

So, language distance is a big factor as is personal ability, intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm, upbringing, culture, country of origin and even age. However, if you do speak English, if you are an adult and if you haven’t learned a second language apart from those obligatory lessons at school the hardest language for you to learn is…Japanese. There is an interesting infographic online here about learning Japanese and with its four scripts and totally different alphabet it’s easy to see why this gets the title – however, it’s extremely common for Japanese people to speak English, so it can be done! About the Author: Emma is fairly good at Spanish and can just about get by on her annual trip to Mallorca! For the more complex language services she requires, she recommends using the professional translators at LanguageNow.

Why learn Chinese?

Why learn Chinese? Because it’s too difficult” Well, yea … it can be if you approach it with a bad mindset, or you have the wrong training devices, or little discipline. Anything worth studying takes determination, time and practice. Bear in mind, understanding is power and in tomorrow’s world, you could simply require to understand Chinese someplace in your profession or individual life. “It’s ineffective, we reside in an English world, they should acquire English” Guess what? They have actually studied English and well. The company world has actually asked for them to understand English and us to understand Chinese advantageous interest of our economic climate and world relationships with one another. More companies today are searching for multilingual or bilingual task applicants. We are taking in at a much faster rate even more than ever previously. With America as a thawing pot, acquiring Chinese allows us to interact in interpersonal connections, reveal cultural sensation and recognition. “I think it’s a passing away language, and I will not have to employ it?” Undoubtedly? Well, think once more … Chinese is the 2nd most talked language on the planet. It is made use of in a lot of Asian nations and expanding being used in American citizen. If you prepare to take a trip, study abroad or get called there for reasons besides a position, you will have to understand a minimum of sufficient Chinese to get by every day. If you do not, how will you understand exactly what you are eating, where you are going, and the things that to spend for your services or acquisitions? How will you manage on lack of knowledge? “I do not even understand where to study Chinese anyways” With little effort included on your component, you can access great info on mastering Chinese either on the Internet or within your neighborhood. There are lots of outstanding training sources online. With a little aid from your favored online search engine, you can discover a minimum of one, two, or a great deal even more of training devices or courses made simply for you. And they go to your very own rate of studying. Practice is a must. Examine with location schools and colleges for the programs they provide if you’re a social kind. As soon as you have started your lessons, look for out others interested in Chinese and exercise your abilities with them. In all truth, there is no great reason not to study Chinese or other language for that issue. You will constantly utilize it. Although it simply feeds your brain, it benefits you. The world we reside in today needs constant studying for success, for self-improvement, for cultural assimilation. Even easy doings like a getaway or a meal in a Chinese dining establishment. When acquiring the Chinese language is not a choice, there might come a day. If the grownups of tomorrow are acquiring Chinese now, then why should not the grownups of today do it … enhancing themselves and their human connections? It is good and preferable to be multilingual. You simply never ever understand where your very own future roadway make take you. About the Author: Benjamin is a native Chinese who lives in Hong Kong. He start learning Mandarin since 1997. He is a blogger and Chinese teacher. Follow him on Twitter, .