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Audio Books, Something Educational To Use Your MP3 Player For

The MP3 player and other devices have become very popular. The many advancements that have been made in terms of technology are amazing. We have much more technology now than we did just five or ten years ago. The technology industry is always coming out with something new and improved. All these devices are to make our lives easier. We can do so much with the technology we have, and it will just continue to become more advanced.

The MP3 player is one of the many technologies that has grown rapidly in popularity. Your MP3 player allows you to take your music with you anywhere. Many people enjoy listening to their music, and this allows you to do so where ever you want. You can listen to your favorite songs while at work, or jogging, or exercising, without disturbing anyone else. They are small enough to stick in your pocket and be out of the way. No bulky walkmans to carry around anymore.

Time seems to be something many people feel they do not have enough of. We are so busy doing so many things it is sometimes hard to get everything done, or find time to do everything we want to do. Reading is one such thing that many people do not have time for. Finding the time to sit down and read a book can be very difficult in today's busy world. After going to work all day, and cooking, and cleaning, and taking care of the kids it is hard to make time for reading. After getting everything else done you are ready to just go to bed.

The MP3 player may have a solution to your problem. You can now download audio books for free off the internet. You can visit one of the many sites available and get an audio book. By doing this you can be listening to your book instead of reading it. Now you can get your reading in while you are cleaning, or cooking supper, or on the drive to work. This is a great way for you to keep up on your reading and still keep up with the rest of your busy life.

There are many sites that offer these free audio books. Some sites offer only certain categories, while others have a wider variety. You can find audio books of the Bible, or scripture readings if that is what you would like. You can also find classic books, or science fiction, or more modern novels, or even children books, or rhymes. Whatever you are looking for you can find. You can many options available to you.

Next time you want to read a book, but don't think you have the time you may want to think again. Just remember that there is a wide variety of audio books available for you to download for your MP3 player for free.


How Language Similarities Help to Learn a New Language

If you are contemplating taking on a second language, it's common practice to lean toward a language that is very similar to your native tongue. Languages that share similar words, similar sentence structures and similar conjugations to any language that you are already fluent in will most likely be all the easier for you to pick up quickly.

People often compare the romance languages like French, Spanish and Italian; or the Germanic languages like English, German and Dutch and site all of the notable similarities that connect them and how seamlessly one can be translated into the other, but do you know why some so seemingly different languages share so many similarities?

It's All Relative

The reason that some languages are so similar to others is that the two are somehow related, and as they say, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The different families of languages share the same or very similar words or word combination often because one language was partially derived from the other. Languages change over time, they borrow words, sounds and ideas from other languages and melt them into their own, this has been going on since the dawn of the spoken work.

Thousands of years ago, as these languages were being developed, explorers where traveling to new lands and picking up nuances of communication from the people that they were interacting with and in essence changing or newly developing the language that they were speaking. Languages are constantly changing and evolving and in essence turning into different languages.

If an English speaking American from today could be transported back in time to the year 1900 and tried to communicate with someone speaking English as it was spoken at that time, the two would have a very difficult time understanding each other due to all of the words, ideas and phases that have been borrowed and absorbed into the English language over the course of the last thousand years.

If the English spoken in America continues to transform itself at the rate that it has over the last few hundred years, they may have to start calling it "American English", because of all of the alterations will have created a real separation between it and the English spoken in England, though the two would still be from the same "family" of languages.

Spanish and French seem so similar to one another because they are so closely related, despite the fact that there are many differences present with individual words and vowel sounds, the two languages have enough similarities in terms of pronunciation and structure that someone who is fluent in one can often understand at least some of the basics of the other without having had any formal instruction.

The Borrowers

Even when two languages aren't directly "related" there can be a connection that leads to some glaring similarities. When two previously unrelated languages come together, as could be the case with war occupation or invasion, one language will often borrow any number of things from the other - adding potentially hundreds of new words to the borrowing language.

This is precisely the reason that there are so many similar words in the English language and the French language. French speaking Normans had at one time occupied a portion of England, the English speaking natives borrowed several words and phrases that stuck and effectively altered the language from what it had been and made it much more similar to a language from another language "family"

Purely by Chance

The least likely reason of all of the potentials for a similarity among different languages is the fact that it is so purely by chance. Things can certainly happen by chance or by accident, which may be why two words from otherwise entirely different languages, having the same meaning, may sound similar, but when there are several similarities of sounds, pronunciation or grammar, often either the languages are related or there has been some other reason for borrowing.


Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, Most Incredible Rescue Mission of WW II

It was near the end of World War II and a mixed group of 24 WACS and soldiers boarded a C-47 - the Army Air Corps workhorse aircraft - for a trip through "Shangri-La" as they would see it from the air but who knows what happened, the C-47 went down in the middle of the New Guinea jungle that was inhabited variously by the Japanese and bloodthirsty tribesmen known as the Dani.

Mitchell Zuckoff's account of their harrowing tale of survival, despite grievous wounds and loss is an excellent read that has you on the edge of your seat from takeoff to the crash where 21 or 24 people are killed.

Two men and a woman, all horribly maimed one way or another, faced the trackless New Guinea jungle with no food, little or no water and no way to contact their headquarters. It seemed to be a case of whether the Japanese or the Dani, rumored to be a cannibalistic, as well as a brutal tribe.

If this had happened earlier in the war, it is highly unlikely there would have been any survivors and if there were they would either have been guests of the Japanese, who were known to covet New Guinea until almost the end of the war, grudgingly pulling divisions out to fight the U.S. when they landed on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima and more. The vision of the Japanese General Staff was one with horseblinders. They could only see two major campaigns, the Manchukuo (China) campaign where upwards of 25 divisions were still held in reserve for China use and then there were the divisions that were committed to the New Guinea campaign, so the three survivors of the crash faced, even at this late stage of the war, the odds against the survival of three severely injured military personnel on a sightseeing flight were little or none.

It took the bravery of a U.S. paratrooper unit, who planned and executed the rescue of the survivors of the "Shangri-La" flight, to ensure that they were rescued to tell their tale.

That the tale was told by Zuckoff is also a bonus. Zuckoff is known for the thoroughness of his research and his ability to tell a tale from that research. He humanized the characters and gave this story the punch it needed to make it an Amazon Book of the Month selection, at the very least.

Perhaps because Zuckoff has the ability to make his characters step off the page and into your mind's eye, the "Shangri-La" flight assumes its place among the many great, historic rescue missions of the World War. The real heroes, here, though, are the paratroopers, all volunteers, who went in and pulled out the survivors and the others who didn't make it.

This is a great summertime read whether you are reading it on your Kindle or in hardback because it will keep you turning the pages right until the end. Not many historians are also storytellers, too, but Zuckoff is the lucky combination of the two and the reader is the beneficiary.


Review Of Harv Eker Millionaire Mind Intensive - Should You Go?

The Millionaire Mind Intensive (MMI) is a three-day event that was created by T. Harv Eker, founder of Peak Potentials Training and author of the New York Times best seller, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. This is my review of the event I personally attended which will give you some insight to whether you should attend one or not.

On the Friday morning when I arrived, I saw that they had staff to serve as ushers to find single seats much like they do at movie theatres since these events usually attract full capacity.  About 1/4 of the audience were people who had attended previous MMI events so they do have a good fan base.

The main speaker trainer was not T. Harv Eker himself (which I already knew in advance) but it was one of the trainers from Eker's company Peak Potentials, who turned out to be a really good speaker.  He was also a multimillionaire which secured his credibility in my mind.

In fact, there were a few millionaires in the audience as some past Peak Potentials students were in attendance and have achieved financial freedom.  This fact alone made it so different from other events I went to since it was really something to be in the same room and hear from these folks who really found success in terms of wealth.

The energy level was very high as the speaker utilized audience participation every several minutes.  This was in complete contrast to your usual Toastmasters event where most of the time, speakers speak and the audience just listens.  Here at the Millionaire Mind Intensive, there was constant back and forth demanded by the speaker trainer.  There were lots of high fives and declarations.

Personally, I think this was a bit excessive for my taste as I would have preferred maybe about 50% of the amount of audience participation but then again, it was a very long three days that went into evening sessions and the audience seemed to eat it up without anybody falling asleep. To continue with the high energy, after each break, they played dance music and invited eager audience members to come on stage to dance away.  They had no problems filling up the stage each time.

The content was quite sound in my opinion.  They covered financial beliefs, attitudes and went into some financial wealth strategies, all presented in a fun, high energy way. They used a lot of partner work as well.  Some I liked and some I honestly did not.  But again, the vast majority of the audience seemed to love every minute.  

Of course as expected, the presenter spent time to pitch the more advanced and expensive courses by Peak Potentials.  Interestingly enough, these pitches were done in a way that I didn't actually mind sitting through.  The Millionaire Mind Intensive just scratches the surface of many of the topics that Peak Potentials cover so I expect that the real 'how-to' material will be in the advanced courses.

Would I recommend people to attend the Millionaire Mind Intensive?  The answer is yes, if one wants to achieve financial freedom.  This is an event where you will get a good introduction to the modern concepts of achieving high wealth and freedom.  It will take the advance courses to teach you the main details but at least the MMI will really get you thinking.  


Have You Thought About Publishing A Book On eBooks

People compare their published books to eBooks all of the time. They are pretty much the same until you compare what they do. Both the printed version and the eBooks on line have text and pictures on them. But when you compare them to what they had to do in the olden days, which was use stone for their books, then we come to a totally different conclusion.

We have come a long way from the old days. They used to carry around stones, then scrolls, and then what we know today as books. So as the years went on the ways in which we saw the text became lighter and a lot more convenient for us readers. Even since the time of books things have gotten a little easier. When books were first being published they had to be written by hand, but now we have the printing press which can publish books faster than writing the books out by hand. Now even in these days we can access books on the internet for pretty much any thing that we need them for. So as time goes on we have made many advancements in how we publish books.

Why make things more complicated than they already are?

Which format should you publish your book in? This is a very important question to ask your self if you are thinking about publishing a book of any kind. The smart thing to do would be to publish your book on eBook. Why you may ask? Because most people use the internet to find what they are looking for these days so you may end up making more money if you publish your book on eBook.

Are cattle and eBooks similar?

Cattle and books have some things in common that most people do not think about. They both have to have some sort of mark on them to show who has written it or owns it. Not only do you do this to show others that it is yours, but also so that people will know your mark on certain things. There are of course some people out there who will try to remove your mark from your items and try to sell them as their own. But if people know your mark they will know that it is yours and will do something about the person trying to sell it as their own.

Why are the lights off?

There are basically two ways you can advertise, passive and aggressive. If you choose to do the aggressive advertising you need make sure that you have a catchy slogan that people will remember. After you have come up with a catchy slogan it is time to start the passive advertising. This is done to inform the people about the branding of your product.


Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

The date is somewhere in the future and the world government has finally completed its gargantuan task - blotting out the written word.

In this world, the task of honored "fireman" is not to put out fires, but to start them as anyone with a book is considered subversive. Those in the underground who have saved libraries full of work are considered traitors, subject to termination.

If you live by the rules, everything is wonderful as Montag, the unlikely hero of the piece, finds with his boring wife Mildred who sits at home communing with here "cousins" on the family television wall.

One day, Montag meets a young woman on the tram on the way home from work. Losing her balance and dropping her tote, Montag notices her "reading" material as he spies a "banned" substance in her handbag, a book.

In the normal course of events, Montag, just a few days from promotion to a leader of his "fire brigade," should have reported the young woman - Clarisse - but he does not. He finds her strangely compelling. They also just keep on running into one another as Montag goes home to a marriage he finds less and less fulfilling as Mildred and "cousins" find that hallucinogens and television are the only way to fulfill their lives.

Montag wants none of it and makes a fateful decision when he follows Clarisse home, where he find a veritable underground "library" that, unfortunately - and to throw suspicion - away is reported. Answering the call, the "fire brigade" handles the traitors it finds with its usual dispatch even as the books they cherish burn around them.

Horrified by his own act of inhumanity, separates from his team and finds a trove of books and he stuffs them into his bag, hiding them at the bottom. Meantime, the house burns down with Clarisse's father going up protecting his books. Clarisse, meantime, escapes and heads north to a land beyond the reach of the government. (She had shown Montag the "escape route" when she saw his slow conversion to the "book cause.")

Now, every time his "fire brigade" responds, Montag finds more and more books to read and he reads voraciously, to the point, where Mildred can take it no longer and she leaves. Of course, being a good "cousin," she reports him, and on their next run, his "captain" brings a pistol, having every intention of shooting the "traitor" Montag. In the ensuing struggle, Montag gains control of the gun and the course of events reverses itself. The run, by the way, is to Montag's home.

The key to this, so far, is Bradbury's keen understanding of human nature and his excellent writing style and ability. He makes the total unbelievable, believable as we watch Montag's transformation into a real person from being an automaton.

Realizing what he has done, Montag has no choice but to drop his "fire brigade" in its tracks so that it will never bother people again. He realizes the cost of his actions when he fills his house with gasoline and puts down his brigade. Of course, there will be a new one along soon, but now television, the real medium of this "age" begins to track the villain.

Montag hides from patrols by day and travels by night and is horrified when he sees his alleged capture and punishment (some innocent is gunned down by a helicopter) and all is right with the world.

Bradbury's juxtaposition of the world where television (the "Internet" of its day) and his creation of a world where the "word" was the enemy was brilliant and his writing clear, concise and powerful. The late author had few peers that could match him, other than Poul Andersen, Anne Taylor and others.

This was a generation where the word was still king and good authorship and editorship was valued. Now with the Internet and Web, things are changing, but, the interesting note is that, if anything, they are making things freer.

Montag, by the way, does take the "escape route" where he finds Clarisse and he leader of the rebels and here he is forced to make the ultimate choice because each "rebel" becomes a book that he or she treasures, down to the watermark. Now, he must choose with the prophetic sentence: "I am born... " from David Copperfield by Dickens. His transformation from Hugh Montag to Copperfield is complete.


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