Monthly Archives: October 2018

Oct 31

Why you will adore France

When I say “France,” I first think of fashion, wine, champagne, cheese, and that sophisticated and pleasant language. But France provides much more than these stereotypical concepts that first come to our minds.

WEATHER

France has excellent climatic conditions; Whether you are a fan of winter sports or enjoying the beaches in summer days, in France you will always find an interesting vacation offer for yourself (and even summer skiing!)

“Of the 60% of French people who go away on holiday, some 80 per cent stay within their own country,” points out Anthony Peregrine, author of Telegraph Travel’s Le Rosbif Writes column, and our Provence expert. “Could there be a better advert for the place as a vacation destination?”

Weather conditions are a great bonus when you live in the south of France; 300 sunny days per year will surely keep a smile on your face.

GOOD TRAVEL CONDITIONS

French TGV – train à grande vitesse, or “very fast train”, phenomenally works and you will quickly reach from one end of the country to another.

In one CNN article it says “If you want to go from Paris to the Mediterranean coast for lunch, hop on a TGV … Three hours later, you’ll be sipping rosé and gazing at billionaires’ yachts while the fliers are still putting in a claim for their lost luggage.”

ROADS

French roads are among the best-maintained in the world, if not the best. It has a very good road system, with more kilometers of road than any other country in the European Union. France has a total of 965,916 km (600,192 miles) of local, secondary, main roads, and motorways.​ If you come from eastern Europe, you will be amazed by the fact that French roads are well marked – it’s unlikely you will be able to get lost.

MUSEUMS

If you like museums, history or beautiful castles, the French will delight you. France is full of popular museums and castles that we all heard about (Louvre, Versailles, …) but also of those less popular but no less important ones outside of Paris. Also, in France you can see the magnificent palaces in which people still live or have been turned into top-class hotels.

BAKERIES AND PASTRIES

Bakeries and pastry shops in France are, I must admit, something like sacred places (for me). Anything you buy in one of these stores will kick you off your feet. The delicious flavors of baguette, creme brulee or croissants will leave you speachless.

BOOK LOVERS

Every small town in France has at least one independent bookshop that sells real books, including the French classics. Can you imagine this in your own country? Bookshops do not an economy make, of course; but the efficiency and intelligence of French work is evident, even in small things.

LESS WORK – MORE LIFE

The usual number of hours the French spend during the week at work is 35. That means they work for 7 hours a day, an hour less each day than in most other European countries. Isn’t it nice to have an hour of less stress, and an hour more for your family and friends?

Oct 23

5 Reasons why you should learn new language

  1. You will improve your memory

Learning a new language structure entails familiarizing with vocabulary and rules, and applying these memorized information into communication. This strengthens memory because the brain has built its ability to associate information with mnemonics and retains information better. Hence multilingual people have brains that are more exercised and quick to recall names, directions, shopping lists. The more the brain is used, the better its functions work. Also several researches suggested that multilingual adults experienced the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia at a later age of 75 compared to monolingual adults who had the first signs at age 71. The studies were conducted with other variables such as gender, overall health, educational level, and economic status, but there were no significant results that contributed to the mentioned diseases as significantly as the number of languages spoken.

     2. You will improve your first language

Someone who learn foreign language is exposed to a whole new language structure and it makes him more conscious of vocabulary, grammar, conjugation, idioms, sentence construction, comprehension and conversing. Learning this new mechanics is usually done juxtaposed with first language. Hence, students become more aware of their mother tongue and develop a good ear for listening to the subtle gradations of each language. The first language is usually not as thoroughly studied, for the simple reason that it’s a given. But with the new language on the other side, a student finds it important to look at first language with more interest.

Knowing English today, if it is not your fist language, has become quite a common thing like you know how to count to 10. It’s the second most common language in the world, and learning it you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate your monolingualism. This makes you interesting. People will approach you. They’ll want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to “bother” learning another language.

Learning English is not so difficult, because we are surrounded with English terms all the time, and almost everyone in the business world speaks it. So, make an effort to learn another foreign language and you will see how new opportunities will open up to you

     3. New language gives you more flexibility in thinking

Many people have come to realize that with learning a new language their response time when it comes to participating in a conversation of any kind whatsoever is dramatically decreased.

It is like all of the sudden you’ve become this conversational wizard, and have better word to serve each purpose. You browse through your vocabulary in an instant, and word selection is something that is now so damn easy, just because you decided to embrace the idea of multilingualism.

Being eloquent feels like second nature now, and you’ve come to realize that not only your speech skills are improved, but also your ability to come up with analogies, stories, and better ways to correlate or interpret things.

     4. New language will affect whole family

If you speak another foreign language, it will affect your children that they also learn a foreign language, and therefore will have more opportunities to travel, study and find a job. In this way, investing in yourself, you invest in your entire family. Language is easiest to learn when you speak it in family everyday. One day, your children will be grateful to you for “opening them the door” to the new world.

     5. Foreign language expands career potentials

This is a long-term self-investment. Whether locally or abroad, having the abilities to speak, to read, or to write in a foreign language increase your employment opportunities. This marks up your credentials, and promises greener pasture in the future. You can go ahead and search on how advantageous it is to if you know a different language, other than your own and English, in local corporate industries today. You can certainly become a company asset. Even when you’re planning to work abroad, this can be a pass to easily get it.

With universal unemployment problems, a multilingual ability is definitely a competitive edge over others. It is an ability that tells of a person’s intelligence, flexibility, openness to diverse people, and decision-making skills. And these are just bonuses to the evident ability to communicate in several languages and cross cultural barriers.

The world is changing fast. More companies than ever are doing business in several – often dozens of – countries around the world, but they can’t do it without hiring globally-minded people who can speak at least one foreign language. Ever wanted to be like those people you see in the airport travelling to foreign countries “on business” all the time? That can be you.

Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants. So go ahead mark up your value and have a brighter future ahead of you. Multilingualism is a passport that will open every border for you! 🙂

Oct 08

Student life abroad

If you are a student and you are planning to move abroad so you can continue with your studies we are sure that you are asking yourself is that the best decision that you could make? You will ask yourself a lot of questions: Can I do this? How I can handle this? What should I do I am leaving my friend and family? The answer on all these questions is inside of you. When you have decided to look on the internet for studies abroad your brain told you that you are ready for that step. So don’t be afraid, be excited about all the things that you will see, about a new country, city, neighborhood, friends, everything. We will try to help you to overcome these feelings.

Let’s suppose that you have already found appropriate studies and have already been admitted to the University. These are the steps that you need to take before you leave.

Preparation

Preparation of documents and budgets for studies abroad are assumed. If you are a student outside EU this process can be a little bit complicated and longer than for students who are the citizens of some EU country. Complications about visa and FT1P moments are very possible but overwhelming. If we skip this part (because without money and student visa you can not even start this adventure) there are some other things that you can prepare before the Internet thanks to the internet.

For example, when searching for an apartment, you can browse the offer on the internet in detail, and then you will be able to visit the flats on the spot and get to know potential roommates or landlords. For a transitional period, you can always rent an apartment over AirBnb.

Print and browse maps to get better on arrival. Through passenger social networks such as  Couchsurfing, you can connect with locals and other students to have a company at least in the first period. Of course, the option that someone you know knows someone who knows someone in the city provides some kind of initial security. But if you prefer to be independent in this segment, go on to yourself to conquer an unknown territory.

Leave your comfort zone

You must have already heard about the step forward in the unknown beginning of a real growing up. The dating process can be very fun, but also strenuous. You found yourself in an unknown city, at an unknown university with unknown people. You suddenly change the environment and you need to adjust your habits with those changes. Making decisions is an important aspect of this process. You become even more aware of the responsibilities you have to organize your time, motivation and some simple everyday choices. You may not be accustomed to cooking, paying bills, or regularly cleaning the room, but now you will have to adjust to the new situation and leave some things to the case. But you will use to it, just don’t be scared of changes.  

Discover the world

The events will be so intensive that you will not know where you are. Obligations at college, meeting with colleagues, local events, you should explore the city and the environment … The world is waiting to discover it! ?

As for new acquaintances, based on students’ experience, you better combine with students who are in the same situation like you, who came to study in that city, but with those who have long been living in that place. Why? Because you are in the same situation, you want to explore as much as you like, from curiosity you go to various events or daily excursions in order to pay more attention to the time you spend there.

Locals will share some common events such as Christmas Eve, Gatherings on the occasion of the beginning of the course/year, or organized events, but will nevertheless decide to spend the weekends with their friends. However, locals will know the city better and with them, you will be able to learn about the culture of the city and the country where you study.

The colorful society has many advantages: personal stories, different mentalities, and all these interests will make you become a sponge for absorbing different views of the world.

Meet yourself

And this may sound like a phrase, but it’s not. Like everything else, you will also see yourself better from another perspective and in some unknown situations. You can find out how much you like long walks in unknown streets or how you like to talk to random passers-by.

The relationship with roommates can also reveal a lot: how tolerant you are, how you handle conflict situations, how to set personal boundaries.

Getting acquainted with yourself is closely related to learning as it will gradually crystallize you so you would like to work in the future and in what you want to improve. This is the period in which there are questions about further steps, where and how to continue, but the answers can also be answered when you return, when you adjust the influence and when you can look at your life from some spatial and temporal distance

There is a lot of places which you can call HOME 🙂

As long as you are nostalgic for your city and country during your stay abroad, you will feel the same way after your return. It’s not that easy to get back to the old, no matter how familiar to us. Have you heard about the so-called post-Erasmus depression that just describes this condition?

In the first period, you feel like a stranger in your own country and in your city. You get used to the current rhythm of life, that for now, a lot of things seem tougher, you want to restore the intensity of the events that you had abroad. However, the nicest part of this process is to see that there is another place in the world that you call home.

Oct 01

France and all advantages of living there

The International Living Association annually compiles the list of top countries for living according to the quality of life criteria. In 2010 France took first place and it was there for the next  5 years. As the country with the best quality of life in the world, France ranks ahead of Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and New Zealand. The first place in the world brought her one-hundred-percent votes in the categories of freedom, security, and health, which is even better than Switzerland. Life in this country has a large number of advantages, we will present you here some of them.

The world’s best health system,

The French health system takes the first place in the World Health Organization classification. Public health has long been an important issue in France. Social security was born out of this concern to provide French citizens and residents with quality and affordable health care.

 

Work-life balance

The people who live in this country have the longest life in the world (77 years for men and 84 for women) and enjoy the benefits of work laws that give them plenty of free time (a work week of 35 hours and 5 weeks of vacation for all). This means less stress and more time for friends and family. The main premise in France is “Works to live and not live to work”.

 

The world’s first tourist destination

France has 35 sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the capital city Paris is the first worldwide destination for business tourism and international fairs. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, and the Disneyland Paris Park is the most visited in Europe.

 

The art of living

France also has an exceptionally famous gastronomy that was included in 2010 in the UNESCO World Heritage List (350 types of cheeses, vineyards in Bordeaux, Bourgogne and many others, spicy crab meals or masterpieces of large award-winning chefs), and a variety of activities in leisure time (city, sea, mountain, village) and the proximity of culture and art.

Nutrition with the French is not just food consumption, but a complete enjoyment of taste and time for socializing and relaxation. Lunch is composed of three parts, and often four: appetizer, main course, cheese, and dessert. Wine is compulsory and is considered a food product. It is also strictly taken into consideration that certain wines go with certain foods.

 

Fashion

In Paris, and generally in France there is always a fashion euphoria, which is why you can see in the street what you considered uninvited. The combination of complete extremes in the fashion styles makes their street fashion irresistible. The most famous fashion designers are born in this country and it’s not a coincidence why France is the capital of fashion.

 

What to say more about this wonderful country. If you are looking for a place with exciting history, quality food, and wines, with almost no stress then France is definitely your dreamland.