Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Gestures are a part of non-verbal communication. Many cultures share the same gestures, but they don't always have the same meaning. Italians are famous for using their hands when they speak. Here is an interesting video about Italian hand gestures.

Body Language

Non-verbal communication makes up from 65%-95% of the way we communicate. A big part of non-verbal communication is body language. Rules may be different in different countries. For example, in some cultures, it is not polite to look someone in the eyes if he or she is in a higher position. In the United States, eye contact is very important. Watch this video to learn more about non-verbal communication. You can also learn how to tell how other people are feeling - are they bored, are they lying, do they like you???

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Speak English Like a San Franciscan

Do you have a hard time understanding San Franciscans? Here is a guide to speaking like a native San Franciscan.

Click on this link to read the article.

Here's a slideshow about being a "real" San Franciscan. I'm not a real San Franciscan, but I've never been to Alcatraz and I don't go to Fisherman's Wharf.

Click this link.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Beautiful Mess - Jason Mraz

You've got the best of both worlds
You're the kind of girl who can take down a man and lift him back up again
You are strong but you're needy
Humble but you're greedy
And based on your body language and shoddy cursive I've been reading
Your style is quite selective
Though your mind is rather reckless
Well I guess that suggests that this is just what happiness is

And what a beautiful mess this is
It's like we're picking up trash in dresses
Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write
Kind of turn themselves into knives
And, don't mind my nerve, you could call it fiction
But I like being submerged in your contradictions dear
'Cause here we are... here we are

Although you are biased I love your advice
Your comebacks they're quick and probably have to do with your insecurities
There's no shame in being crazy
Depending on how you take these words
I'm paraphrasing this relationship we are staging

What a beautiful mess this is
It's like we're picking up trash in dresses
Well, it kind of hurts when the kind of words you say
Kind of turn themselves into blades
Kind and courteous is a life I've heard
But it's so nice to say we've played in the dirt
Cause here, here we are
Here we are.....

Here we are, here we are, here we are......

Oh what a beautiful mess this is
It's like we're taking a guess when the only answer is "yes"

And through timeless words and priceless pictures
We will fly like birds not of this world not of this earth
Tides may turn and hearts disfigure
But that's no concern when we're wounded together
And we tore our dresses and we stained our shirts, but it's so nice today
Oh the wait was so worth it