How to Learn the Basics of Mandarin Chinese

by Tom Roynon Reference and Education
Intro (jièshào) In this post I will be laying the foundations of how a person would go about (in my opinion and experience) learning Mandarin Chinese. I will present 3 basic points that will get the learner off on a flying start to mastering the Chinese language. Pinyin (pīnyīn) In my opinion, the only thing that causes people to say that Chinese is a hard language is because of the writing system. Let's take the writing system out of the equation until the ...
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Using a Youtube Linguists Method to Learn Chinese

by Tom Roynon Reference and Education
There are many Polyglots (people who speak many languages) on Youtube and they all are very impressive. Each share their own methods and experiences in how they go about learning a languages, and if you are wanting to learn a language then it would be wise to follow their advice. Because of this I am conducting a language learning mission by learning Chinese by using a method that one Polyglot spells out on one of his Youtube videos. I have actually studied Chinese ...
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Learn Basic Welsh via Cognates

by Tom Roynon Reference and Education
Hello fellow language enthusiasts! Here I want to share with you some basic Welsh words and building blocks that will get you going in order to speak some Welsh and impress your friends. Here we go! Cognates A cognate is two words that look and sound the same and have the same mearning, a Welsh example would be: Trio - Try Cognates are an easy way to start learning a language, in fact, in languages that are very closely related to English - ...
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5 Signs That it's Time to Quit the Rat Race

by Tom Roynon Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
The Cambridge Dictionary website defines the rat race as: "a way of life in modern society, in which people compete with each other for power and money.". We have all been brought up to believe that the rat race is just a normal part of life and that we should find our part in it, however with the advent of the internet and the so-called digital economy, it doesn't have to be like that anymore. People all over are quitting the rat ...
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The Welsh Town of Yr Wyddgrug (Mold)

by Tom Roynon Travel and Leisure
Today I went to the north-eastern Welsh town of Yr Wyddgrug (pronounced like: 'ear withgrig'), or you can call it by it's anglicised name: Mold. It is winter now in Wales and it was raining and overcast - perfect weather to go sightseeing and to take pictures!! In English Yr 'Wyddgrug' means 'A Prominent Mound' because at the top of the town you will come across a Motte-and-Bailey castle, which is (or was in the case of this one) a castle ...
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How Spartan Discipline Will Change Your Life

by Tom Roynon Self Improvement
There is a reason why Spartans are famous for being warriors. Their warrior-like mentality can be reduced down to a pure and unrelentless discipline that governs their entire lives. Below are some of the quotes from the movie 300 which I think sums up the Spartan mentality, and if you implement them in your own mentality, you will become unstoppable. Like I keep saying, in order to succeed you need to follow through on EVERYTHING that will improve yourself, others around ...
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Why Self Discipline Is Better Than Motivation

by Tom Roynon Self Improvement
I want to talk to you about motivation and why you should not depend on it all the time. The fact that, even though it can be useful (I have used it), it won't get you far along the road to success. In achieving your dreams, motivation is useful to get you started, to get you off the mark, but it is short lived. To pick up the pace and to carry you across the finish line, what you need ...
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How to maintain the discipline needed for success

by Tom Roynon Self Improvement
I want to talk about a state of mind that we must be in if we are to maintain our discipline in all things. As you know if you've read my previous articles, I believe that self-discipline leads to success, and that the victorious among us are the disciplined: They get up early, they get things done, and they know what they want. Think of an interest that you have, think about your feelings towards it, is it an obsession? Do ...
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How to overcome procrastination and get things it

by Tom Roynon Self Improvement
“Do it now. Then it's done.” - Anonymous “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” - Karen Lamb Think of the number of times and the number of items that have been put off doing, is it a lot? Is it things that are trivial or are they actually important things that have to be done? We are all guilty of this. Putting things off long enough becomes habitual, we justify it by devaluing the importance of those things ...
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Adopt This Mindset To Achieve Success

by Tom Roynon Self Improvement
It happens so frequently. People say they are going to do things, they even tell their friends and family about it, however down the road, in a week or in a couple of months time, they quit. They quit because they can't be bothered, they get bored, it gets uncomfortable, or they let life get in the way. Think of those New Year Resolutions. Do people commit to them? (I'm sure we all know the answer to that) There are many reasons why people ...
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