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I was at the World Cafe event last night, where social entrepreneur Ray Avery of emondiale.org/Home” target=”_blank”>Medicine Mondiale spoke. This guy managed to bring down the cost of cataract surgery from $5K per eye here in Auckland to $6 per eye in Africa. He also discovered some way of...

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How to remember what you learn

One of the most difficult tasks for new language students is to figure out how to remember new vocabulary. It can be pretty challenging remembering new words in your native language, let alone new words in a foreign language. In this article, my friend Stephen Bayldon, veteran educator and...

Economist: China's capital spend to overtake US

The Economist this week reported China's fixed-asset investment leapt by an astonishing 39% in the year to May, or by a record 49% in real terms. This year China’s domestic investment in dollar terms is likely to exceed that in America (see chart). There are concerns that a lot...

Immigrants get scammed again

If you're like me, you would be thinking why the heck would people stand in line to pay $500 to some scammers in return for automatic approval of New Zealand residency. Apparently, the story is that some guy has been going around the country selling visa stamps like how...

What it really means to be a leader

“One needs to work with what you’ve got and advocate strongly for what you need, but if all your energy is taken up in advocating for what you need, you might not get the best done with what you have.” This was the response of Dr Lester Levy to...

You get smarter by becoming bilingual

Two Cornell linguistic researchers are saying that teaching children how to speak a second language is great mind food for the kids.  According to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know...

Pleasant surprise from National Bank

OK this has nothing to do with language learning, but it's a good story anyway. Today I received an email from Heather, my National Bank manager which started like this: Just letting you know I have taken the liberty of changing your account charge so that you will get...

Bill Gates' dad shares insights

If I had the opportunity to meet Bill Gates' father, the first question I would ask is how did you do it? What's the secret? So it is indeed humourous to find that everyone from “reporters at Fortune to the checkout person at the local grocery store”  ask these...