Why I taught myself 20 languages — and what I learned about myself in the process

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During the past few years, I’ve been referred to in the media as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot” — a word that sounds like a rare illness. In a way it is: it describes someone who speaks a particularly large number of foreign languages, someone whose all-consuming passion for words and systems can lead them to spend many long hours alone with a grammar book.

But while it’s true that I can speak in 20 different languages, including English, it took me a while to understand that there’s more to language than bartering over kebabs in Arabic or ordering from a menu in Hindi. Fluency is another craft altogether.

I began my language education at age thirteen. I became interested in the Middle East and started studying Hebrew on my own. For reasons I still don’t quite understand, I was soon hooked on the Israeli funk group Hadag Nachash, and would…

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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

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Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and for our speaker coaches to give advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best the day of their talk. During this time, we overheard speaker coaches Gina Barnett, Michael Weitz and Abigail Tenenbaum give a few extraordinarily helpful tips that we’d never heard before.

We asked Gina Barnett, longtime TED speaker coach and author of the upcoming book Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success (to be released in June), to share some specifics:

  1. Start drinking water 15 minutes before you start talking. If you tend to get…

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Edge of Heaven by Lisbeth Scott & Joel Douek

“The lyrics are based on words from the love letters that George Mallory and his wife Ruth sent to one another. Closing song of the film, ‘The Wildest Dream’.

lyrics by Lisbeth Scott

everyday i look beyond the endless sky and see you smile
every night i dream that you are by my side
in the thousand frozen moments i have stared into your eyes
i brought you with me all these miles i have climbed
i brought you with me

on the edge of heaven i will wait for you
on the edge of heaven find me there
on the edge of heaven stand with me my dear
and you will feel the end of time
and you will feel the end of fear

oo…..

like a breath upon the wind i have been tossed around my dreams
i don’t know how to find the words that could explain
but i do know every time i’ve fallen deep into the dark
i feel you with me like a fire in my heart
i know you’re with me

on the edge of heaven i will wait for you
on the edge of heaven find me there
on the edge of heaven stand with me my dear
and you will feel the end of time
and you will feel the end of fear”

永忆 重生

0

“你没有如期归来
而这正是离别的意义”

1

那些年,我们互相写长长短短的信,虽然是打字居多,但也是一段一段时间的集中思考和记录。

那些年,我们还用手机发短信交流。我们常用的卡叫“动感地带”。那些长长短短的信息,在一个个夜晚一个个白天积聚起了我们的感情。那时候,眼睛很清亮,未来很清亮。

2013年12月30日晚上,我终于可以比较平静地打开那个在硬盘里已经被我特殊标记了的文件夹。那里存着所有遗物。

2

去年尾到今年以来,我终于愿意主动承认,这段记忆将伴我终生。我将永远不会忘记它们,但我也不再排斥它们,我终于学会静静地注视它们,然后告诉自己回到当下的现实里。这些时刻,我经常想起《美丽心灵(A Beautiful Mind)》里的最后一幕,当白发苍苍的Hansen问同样白发苍苍的Nash:Are they gone? Nash回答:No. They are not gone. Maybe they never will be, but I used to ignoring them and I think as a result they’ve kind of given up on me. You think that’s what it’s like with all our dreams and our nightmares, Martin. You’ve got to keep feeding them for them to stay alive. They’re my past, Martin. Everybody’s haunted by their past.

3

我依然是一个爱哭的人。很多时候,我依然任眼泪自然流淌。只是现在,这样的时刻也多是我自己一个人的时候。就像现在,写这些文字的时候,我又成了一个爱哭的人。

4

我从来没有告诉过你,因为更换手机的缘故,我把我第一个手机上所有我们的短信都摘抄在了一个doc文件里。后来,我干脆将我觉得值得收藏的我们的短信都一点点地摘抄在了这个文件里,到现在可见的最后一条一共积攒了11页。

只是,不知道从什么时候开始,我们的交流又开始更多地依赖MSN和GTalk。我还记得一段时间我热衷于安装各种各样稀奇古怪的表情附件,然后在不经意间突然把它们传送到你的界面上。不知从什么时候开始我很依赖打开电脑之后的所有这些即时通讯工具,我长久地隐身,只对你在线,也很信任你只对我在线。然后,这一切在一个时间段似乎戛然而止,让我困惑了许久许久。

后来,在日记里发现,我告诉过你这个短信记录的存在,当时你说,以后再看不知该多有意思。

5

那些年,我们一起看《集结号》和《海角七号》。还有《十全九美》,还有《聆听爱》,还有,好多。

这是你曾经的留言:“‘人生若只如初见’,所有往事都化为红尘一笑.只留下初见时的惊艳、倾情……这是不是意味着对于我们来说,得到的东西往往不会被我们所珍惜,我们总是在得到的同时飞快的去追寻下一个目标?然而,借用一句印第安的谚语:当我们走得太快的时候,停下我们的脚步,好让我们的灵魂赶上。生活中总是会发生各种各样意想不到的事,无论如何,让我们珍惜现在得到的一切。让我们每次见面,都能有初见时的微笑:) ”——还记得吗?

6

2013年12月31日凌晨1点50分,我改了标题,改成了“永忆 重生”,我去掉了原本中间的“送别”两个字——我觉得有点残酷。这一段我看到我的日记里2008年2月12日我记下的和你争吵的记录——我的确太倔强,因此而显得残酷——但这不是真的我。

这是当面问你的话:我这个人,残酷吗?

7

从2013年的倒数第2天开始有写这篇文章的念头,一直在写。到今天是2014年1月3日。

“我要守住这片天空 守住属于我的天真

在你倦航的时候 栖息舔舐伤口

爱要不要一个承诺 谁是谁的又能如何

感情到无所谓的时候 剩下的却又是不忍心

你爱过我吗 爱过你

为何你转身都不曾留恋

还爱我吗 爱着你

既然爱着的人怎么流浪

你爱过我吗 爱过你

还是不习惯他给的习惯

你爱我吗 爱着你

爱是错过痛过的伤 我还傻傻寻找

爱其实很简单是我们太挣扎

没有人反省自己 却有人忙着猜疑

爱着你 爱过你 你是心中的秘密

爱过的人才会懂得 错也是种爱

你爱过我吗 爱过你

为何你转身都不曾留恋

还爱我吗 爱着你

既然爱着的人怎么流浪

你爱过我吗 爱过你

还是不习惯他给的习惯

你爱我吗 爱着你

爱是错过痛过的伤 我还傻傻寻找”

(电影《非诚勿扰II》主题曲《爱过》;演唱者:陈楚生、安以轩)

8

刚刚过去的圣诞和新年假期,我翻看了好多好多过去的照片和文字记录。我真正明白那些过去的都是真感情(至少对于我)——我很感谢你,教会了我那么多,我们一起共同经历了那么多。只是,很可惜,命运注定要那些停止在过去。

9

电话是我们的死穴之一。你从来不曾主动给我打电话。最后那次接通之后的无人应答,之后便是“此人已关机”的播报声——残忍得不留半点余地。只是,那串长长的已经成了空号的号码竟然比我自己的号码还顽固地留存在了我的永久记忆里。而我的号码从来没有改变。

朋友是我们的死穴之二。我曾经把你当做我一生以来最好的朋友。但你离开前告诉我:这不够。

10

现在是2014年1月6日凌晨,我在继续写。我还孤独一个人。

11

2014年1月8日深夜到1月9日凌晨。

我感到很气闷——大概是再次想到了目前的孤单状态,也渐渐体会到了身体上的某些特殊变化,下意识又有些着急起来。然后,又忍不住地问自己现在的状况究竟是怎么了?而我,在这其中究竟是做了什么?为什么原本顺利的状况要被撕扯成现在这般的摸样?还有,那些一起上路的旅行呢?一个个的问题——然后意识到这一切都无解,终将无解。

于是,任眼泪流着,站起身来泡好要洗的衣物和清洗干净锅碗厨台,开始洗脸——因着红眼圈而扩散的红的脸。

洗完脸,坐下,决定写完这段文字。

12

我想我是个好心的人。

这三年多的时间,我好心地选择了更多的沉默。

我好心地修改了那个我曾经唯一对你开放的网页的地址。但是,终究那里再也没有出现过我不知道是否应该去设想可能出现的你的足迹。也许,只有我会去记得。

我想,我写不下去了。我想,我也不用再写。已足够,不是吗?

13

Young and Beautiful

I’ve seen the world

看过繁华

Done it all, had my cake now

历尽沧桑,人已老

Diamonds, brilliant, and Bel-Air now

金钱,成就,如过眼烟云

Hot summer nights mid July

仲夏午夜

When you and I were forever wild

疯狂的你我

The crazy days, the city lights

放纵的日子,城市的灯光

The way you’d play with me like a child

我们孩提般的嬉戏

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

当我一无所有,只留悲伤,你是否还会爱我

I know you will, I know you will

我知道你会,你会

I know that you will

你会的

Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你还会爱我

I’ve seen the world, lit it up as my stage now

看过这世界,把它点亮,做我的舞台

Channeling angels in, the new age now

安排演员,创造,新的时代

Hot summer days, rock and roll

炎热夏日,激情四射

The way you’d play for me at your show

你给我的表演

And all the ways I got to know

和那一切关于

Your pretty face and electric soul

你面庞和心灵的记忆

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

当我一无所有,只留悲伤,你是否还会爱我

I know you will, I know you will

我知道你会,你会

I know that you will

你会的

Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Dear lord when I get to heaven

主,当我升入天堂

Please let me bring my man

请允许我带上爱人

When he comes tell me that you’ll let me

当他到来,请告诉我

Father tell me if you can

告诉我可否

Oh that grace, oh that body

那优雅,那外形

Oh that face makes me wanna party

那面庞,都让我雀跃

He’s my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds

他是我的太阳,赐予我钻石般的光芒

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

当我一无所有,只留悲伤,你是否还会爱我

I know you will, I know you will

我知道你会,你会

I know that you will

你会的

Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

Will you still love me when I’m not young and beautiful

当我青春不再,容颜已老,你是否还会爱我

 (music theme from “The Great Gatsby”; singer: Lana Del Rey)

永忆。

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重生。爱。2014年1月9日凌晨1点31分。HK。