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Have you ever wished to... 

improve your English and your outlook?

It’s that time of year when the cold wind makes going outdoors a little less inviting. So what to do with those free moments cuddled up under your blanket on the couch, with your warm cocoa or coffee? Some fall reading!

If you want to practice your English with some easy reading that is good for your soul, I would have to recommend to you a book a wonderful mentor of mine recommended to me years ago. I’ve read this book a few times since. It is Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. The book is available in German as well, but if you want to improve your English don’t feel intimidated. It is only about 140 pages cover to cover, the vocabulary is put in an easy to understand way, and depending on your English level you could get through the book in a weekend up to a week.

 The message of the book is also a positive one and applicable to everyone regardless of religious beliefs or lifestyle choices. Ruiz’s book challenges you to make four (seemingly) simple changes that will drastically and effectively change your way of thinking and how you perceive the things around you.

 

Be Impeccable With Your Word:

There is an American expression mothers tell children; “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This agreement is not so basic but it does ask that you think about what you say before you do so. Do you complain too much? Are you just being nasty or negative? Is what you have to say helpful? Words are powerful and once they are said there is no taking them back.

Don’t Take Anything Personally:

This is something many of us have a problem with. We take too much personally and too much to heart. We can be easily offended when someone else behaves in a certain way or speaks to us in a certain way that we feel is not right. We shouldn’t. We also shouldn’t take personally short-comings or losses and feel as though they reflect upon our worth. Don’t take it personally.

Don’t Make Assumptions:

Don’t think to know what you don’t know for sure. This is a way we drive ourselves crazy, and before we know for a fact that something is or isn’t, we shouldn’t proceed as though we know something we don’t. Sounds simple, but you really have to adjust your way of thinking to accomplish this.

Always Do Your Best:

Sometimes when we are in a routine of doing the same thing for a long period of time, or we have a lot of obligations that we have to keep up with, we don’t give our tasks our full effort. Sometimes we start to give just enough to keep us out of hot water. This agreement is a re-boot. Give everything you are committed to your 100%.

Sounds easy enough? Ruiz puts it quite more eloquently I assure you. Head to your local bookstore to have his book ordered or order online for an enjoyable read!

 

Vocabulary:

cuddle up under your blanket – sich in die Decke einhüllen

some fall reading – eine Lektüre für den Herbst

applicable to everyone - anwendbar für jeden

feel intimidated – sich eingeschüchtert fühlen

be impeccable with – sei einwandfrei mit

nasty – böse, garstig

complain – sich beschweren

take to heart – zu Herzen nehmen

be offended – beleidigt sein

take personally – persönlich nehmen

short-comings – Unzulänglichkeiten, Fehler

reflect upon our worth – unsere Werte widerspiegeln

to proceed  - fortfahren

adjust your way – deinen Weg anpassen

accomplish – erreichen

keep up with obligations – Verpflichtungen nachkommen

to give a task its full effort – der Aufgabe vollen Einsatz widmen

be committed to – sich einsetzen für

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Can you imagine ...

being born in the jungle?

The thought alone is reminiscent of a Tarzan or The Jungle Book story, but in Madagascar it actually happens! … well so to speak. You won’t be stranded to be raised by wolves or gorillas, but there is an organization dedicated to helping (human) mothers give birth to their bundles of joy even in the roughest terrains of Madagascar.

TIP TOP recently sponsored and raised money to help aid in humanitarian efforts in Madagascar, during our anniversary party. With the help of our guests, partners and associates, we were able to raise 550 Euro which TIP TOP intends to contribute to Mobile Hilfe Madagaskar. The group includes doctors and dentists, but also has a team of midwives who travel into the jungle among other places to help those women who can’t get to a hospital during and after delivery.

You can go to the MHM website to read some of the midwives exciting stories, like the story of 15 year old Laloa in the village of Beroroa Kam, who had been having contractions for days before it became apparent that she would not be able to have a child naturally. Thanks to the organization Laloa was able to be flown to a neighboring city where a doctor named Laura who is from right here in Frankfurt, assisted the birth of her child.

Read this and more amazing stories and see what you can do to help or how to donate at: http://www.mobile-hilfe-madagaskar.de/index.php/en/

 

Vocabulary:

reminiscent - erinnernd

is dedicated to - für etwas leben, sich etwas widmen

bundles of joy - kleine Bündel voll Glück, Babys

help aid - Hilfe leisten

humanitarian efforts - humanitäre Bemühungen

associates - Gesellschafter

contribute - beisteuern, spenden

midwive - Hebamme

contractions - Wehen

become apparent - sichtbar werden

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Have you heard about the ...

wondrous discovery? 

Is visiting the wonders of the world a part of your bucket list? We may have a wonder to add. For hundreds if not thousands of years people have marveled at the breathtaking construction of Stone Henge, located in Wiltshire, England. The monument consists of the remains of large stones exquisitely placed in a ring, believed by archeologists to have been placed between 3000 and 2000 B.C. It is believed to be an ancient burial site; this theory concluded by the remains found on the grounds, believed to be over 2000 years old.

The Stonehenge had been placed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Site's and tourists have been awestruck at this marvelous site for decades. Imagine now not too far away from this marvel, buried just a few meters below, was an even greater wonder that had the entire time eluded us. This was the discovery made by archeologists some weeks ago.... http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34156673

 

Vocabulary:

the bucket list – das Beste kommt zum Schluss

to marvel at something – etwas bestaunen

breathtaking – atemberaubend

the remains – die Überbleibsel

exquisitely placed – erlesen platziert

archeologist – Archäologe

it is believed – es wird angenommen

ancient burial site – uralte Begräbnisstätte

World Heritage Site – Weltkulturstätte

be awestruck – von Ehrfurcht ergriffen

for decades – seit Jahrzehnten

the marvel, wonder – das Wunder(werk), Wunder

buried – begraben

had eluded us – uns verborgen geblieben, sich uns entzogen 

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