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Spanish Language Software Courses

IF you want – or need – to learn Spanish fast, a quality Spanish language software course might be just the thing to get you on your way and pronto!

There are several on the market. Possibly the most well know is Rosetta Stone. It teaches Spanish by immersing you in it so much that nothing is translated into English. It’s heavy on images, so it’s perfect for visual learners. Whether you realize it or not, that is most of us. The program is easy to use and features speech recognition to give you feedback on your pronunciation. However, some users have said they would have liked more instruction on grammar and sentence structure.

Fluenz is not as well-known, but this learn Spanish software gets high marks from users for its comprehensive approach and lessons that are geared toward tourists and business people. It has visual components as well, but unlike Rosetta Stone, includes grammar instruction.

The best option is a program called Rocket Spanish – a digital training course that teaches Spanish in a fast and comprehensive way in just 8 weeks. While the lessons are structured in that time frame, you can go at your own pace. It is perfect if you need to learn Spanish fast to secure a new job, for instance, or fulfill a school requirement, or prepare for traveling to a Spanish-speaking locale. You can buy the physical product, but you can also purchase the full course for instant download and start learning Spanish right now. The download also costs less, but the choice is yours.

One advantage of learning Spanish software over, say, a formal course is that you can fit it into your schedule instead of having to find time to go to class. A formal course can cost 5 to 10 times more, and if you have to miss a class, you still have to pay for it. Of course, a class is great because you have a professional who will give you instant feedback and interaction with other people who are interested in learning Spanish, too. But for convenience, Spanish software can’t be beat. (And make mom smile by learning how to say Happy Mother’s Day in Spanish.)

So whatever the reason you want to be able to speak Spanish, check out these choices, but for the money, Rocket Spanish probably offers the best value.

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First Date Tips for All Women

It’s not uncommon for people to hit bad streaks when it comes to dating. After several unfortunate experiences in a row anyone may feel like giving up. But the most important aspect of dating, whether you are a man or a woman, is perseverance through the hard times. WaitingAfter all, if you give up completely, then you reduce your chances of meeting that special someone down to zero. As long as you stay open to possibilities there will always be opportunities to meet new people. No one ever said dating was easy, but the rewards of sticking with it can be tremendous. If you’re looking for dating tips that might help your situation please read on.

Some women like to be fashionably late but it’s time to move into the 21st century. You don’t have to rely on cheap tricks to attract your man, and he will actually appreciate it a lot more if you show up on time. If he is supposed to pick you up then be ready right when he gets there. There are other ways to entice him without being rude, so don’t resort to tricks like these.

It’s always a good idea to get an indication of where you will be going on your first date. This will help you to decide how to dress. You always want to look the best that you can give and the situation, but if he plans to take you rock climbing you are obviously not going to wear a brand new dress. So once you know where you’re going plan your outfit to look great.

It’s important to be able to engage in an interesting conversation, but don’t forget about listening to him as well. Many women make the mistake of talking too long about various things that may or may not be engaging. Try to keep the flow of conversation even so that both parties get a chance to speak. And stay away from talking about your past or how you tried to get your ex back two years ago. It’s time to live in the present and treat each experience as a fresh chance for a new start.

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Christmas Greetings in Other Languages

Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad in Mixed Languages Afghan Throw Blanket - click for detailsMaybe your grand- parents hail from Italy, or your best friend’s family is from France, or your new son-in-law is Spanish. Whatever the connection, it is easy to add a special personal touch to your holiday cards to them by using a greeting in their language. Here are a few Christmas greetings in other languages to get you started.

Merry Christmas in Italian is Buon Natale.

Merry Christmas in French is Joyeux Noël.

Merry Christmas in Spanish is Feliz Navidad.

Merry Christmas in German is Frohe Weihnachten.

Merry Christmas in Portuguese is Feliz Natal.

Merry Christmas in Russian is С Рождесtвом. This one is slightly trickier because it’s in Cyrilic, of course, but in this phrase only two letters differ from the alphabet you’re used to. Even if you mangle those two letters (which are pronounced zheh and deh, respectively, so you know), your Russian-speaking comrade will understand what you were trying to write and appreciate the gesture.

If you’re really feeling brave, you can learn how to say these greetings out loud and express your holiday wishes in their language the next time you meet.

The Russian phrase may be the most difficult. While only two of the letters differ from the Roman alphabet you know in written form, two additional letters are pronounced differently. For instance, that letter that looks exacly the same as ‘P’ is pronounced like an ‘R’. The spoken phrase sounds like this, with the stress on the syllable in all caps: s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM

Brazilian Keratin Treatment

long hairFor women with fine, curly hair, summer can be a nightmare. Heat and humidity wreak havoc on this very common hair type, leaving it fluffy and frizzy and its owner wanting to pull her hair out! Anti-humidity hair products can work to an extent, but for lasting smooth and shiny hair, nothing beats the Brazilian keratin treatment.

The Brazilian straightener is not your grandmother’s relaxer. Lye relaxers strip strands down, weakening hair and leaving locks lifeless. Brazilian Keratin is different. It coats your hair with a protecting cover of keratin, the protein that is naturally found in hair and nails. Hair that is frizzy, unruly and tangly is transformed into silky, manageable hair that’s impervious to humidity.

The word “transformation” is not hyperbole – for women who have battled their whole lives with an untameable mane, this straightening treatment is nothing short of a miracle. And while it won’t make your hair grow faster, its protective coating can help your locks reach new lengths.

It is temporary, of course, as your hair will continue to grow in its naturally wild ways. Also, the keratin coating eventually wears off over time with normal shampooing. If you avoid the ocean and products with sodium chloride – these will strip the Brazilian blowout, as it’s sometimes called, right out of your hair – you can expect it to last three to four months.

Different salons will likely use different brands, and prices will vary, but shoulder-length hair will take two to three hours to do and cost anywhere from $200 to $300 or more, although where I live, I’ve seen Brazilian salons advertising $99 specials occasionally.

For more hair care tips visit How To Grow Hair.

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