• Learning

    10 reasons to improve your general culture

      The perception of general culture is changing as access to information has become so easy. Indeed, you can find the answer to any question you have in just a few seconds. You type your question on google and the answer comes immediately to you. Does this mean that general culture is becoming redundant? Not really. Actually, you could argue that it is even more important than before. Here are 10 reasons why you should improve your general culture 1) It makes you a more interesting person.  When you know things about different subjects, you can easily adapt to the person you are speaking with. If he or she loves…

  • Languages

    How to raise bilingual children

    We do speak two languages at home, French and German. The children are exposed to both languages and we are trying to figure out how to raise bilingual children. This is not always easy and we are facing difficulties. Here is the list of the problems we faced and what we are doing to solve them. 1st difficulty: language inequality I am speaking French and my husband is speaking German. According to all the advice we read about raising bilingual children, it is best when each parent speaks only its language to the children, However, this did not really work for us. My husband’s French is not as good as…

  • Learning

    Defining microlearning + free online microlearning resources

    Today, lifelong learning is becoming a major topic and many are trying to increase their learning time. The way you are learning is becoming therefore always more relevant. This explains the new popularity of microlearning. Definition Microlearning, also sometimes called bite-sized learning, deals with short learning sessions and small learning activities. Instead of spending two hours on a subject, you are going to divide the work on small work sessions of a few minutes each. This can be watching a short video, reading an infographic, doing a small  exercise online, or receiving a daily small lesson per email. What are the advantages of microlearning? Microlearning is perfect for people who do…

  • Learning

    5 reasons why reading books makes you an (even) better mother

    As you become a mother, you have suddenly difficulties to find time for yourself and things that you like. So maybe you have not been reading much lately. If you need some motivation to read more, here is a list of reasons why reading books can make you an even better mom. 1- Reading literature makes you more empathetic As you reading about the lives of other people, you fell connected to them, you can feel their emotions and you can see the world the way they do. This means that you learn to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Empathy is of course a quality that all mothers need…

  • Learning

    The 5-hour rule

    Several months ago, I read an article by Michael Simmons about the 5-hour rule that I found really inspiring. Here are the key ideas under this concept. What is the 5-hour rule exactly? According to the five-hour rule, you should spend at least 5 hours every week learning. This rule has been followed by many successful people from Benjamin Franklin who planned a hour of learning each day to Bill Gates who read a book a week during his career. Why is it more relevant than ever? According to Simmons, „not learning at least 5 hours per week (the 5-hour rule) is the smoking of the 21st century“ Why does he…

  • Languages

    How to choose which language to learn?

    Before you begin learning a new language, you have to choose which one you want to learn. This is an important decision as you are going to spend a huge amount of time working on this language. There are different ways to choose a language. Here are the main ones. Focus on career opportunities If you want to learn a language to boost your employability, you should ask yourself a few questions. It is important to consider the following things: where you are living: you will not need the same languages if you live in Europe, in North America or in Asia for instance which type of jobs are you…

  • STEM

    How to conquer the digital world when you do not even own a smartphone?

    I am not someone who catch up easily with the changes in the digital world. It took me forever before I began using emails. When Facebook became popular, I began thinking about joining. I thought so long over it that it became out of fashion and I never joined at all. I still am using the kind of cellphones that people used ten years ago. And it took me ages to buy one in the first place. Not to mention how long it took me to actually check whether I had received text messages. There are several reasons for this. The main one being that I am very introverted and…

  • Learning

    How important is lifelong learning really?

    Lifelong learning is becoming now a fashionable topic. All over the Internet, you see articles about the importance of learning in a ever changing world. And this does not concern only career driven young people but any of us. However, to many of us, this is difficult to realize which place lifelong learning really has in our life. Defining lifelong learning According to the Collins English Dictionary, this is the provision or use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people’s lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfillment. This definition is interesting because it shows that lifelong learning is not something that…