I’m Bi-curious about linguistics.

Hello ladies and gents,
I hope you’re having a lovely Friday, weather seems to be a little shitty but it’s meant to be jumping back up to the 20’s this weekend. You may or may not know that I’m half Brazilian (I guess now you do), and can speak a little Portuguese. I’ve been spending a lot of time on duo-lingo (Language learning app) recently brushing up on my language skills, both in preparation for Brazil and my summer job.

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I’ve heard a few times before that bilinguals supposedly think in different ways to monolinguals. On a handful of occasions I’ve even heard that our brains are wired differently too. This got me thinking about whether or not this was true, so I did a good old fashioned google search.

There’s been quite a few studies that suggest learning a second language can fortify the areas of your brain associated with language processing. This does result in seemingly positive changes in the brain structure, making you better at linguistic stuff. However, there seems to be some debate about whether or not knowing a second language affects your non-linguistic cognitive abilities. Personally I think it does, but I’d say it’s more of a change in personality due to the culture of the country that you learn in. I’m also biased because I want to feel special.

One thing I can certainly conclude is that learning a second language is nothing but positives. You’ll be able to speak to more people, you’ll be more employable, you can consume media from different cultures, all that jazz. The only downside I guess is the time you’ve gotta spend learning.

Peace ❤

-Jrod

Some Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/life-bilingual/201606/what-is-different-in-the-bilingual-brain

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23273798.2018.1448092

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01690965.2011.613209

Teachings from a wise uncle.

Good evening beauties,

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! I’ve had the pleasure of spending the night with my uncle in Godmanchester, a place just outside of Cambridge. It’s absolutely gorgeous here, rivers, meadows, blossom trees, a true haven.

I love spending time with my Uncle, he’s been through a lot and come a long way from his beginings in Vitoria, Brasil. He’s battled with mental health issues and now he’s in charge of massive civil engineering contracts. The sheer dedication this guy has is unreal, just by being around him you’ll feel motivated and ready to start a career.

He’s taught me a lot of lessons about life and the importance of hard work, dedication and dicipline. If you want something, no one is going to give it to you. He also stresses that you need to chase genuine happiness, everything else is a bonus. Money is good, but not a necessity, you don’t need to be rich to survive. Is a guy who spends a grand on a night out getting drunk with his friends really that different from someone who buys cheap vodka and gets his friends round for a barbecue?

I honestly wish that everyone could have an uncle like this guy, my words does not do his words justice. As always,

Peace ♥️

-Jrod

Praise the sun!

Oi oi saveloy.
Guess who went out and got drunk again last night… If you guessed Jrod you guessed correct. Guess who else had their last exam yesterday… You’re on an absolute roll, it’s me again. So I’m pretty much free for summer now to galavant around in the sun. Which means lots of fruity ciders, late night barbeques, and a lot of messing around in parks.

Whilst summer does bring awesome weather and good times, we can’t forget those days where all of your friends are working and you’re trapped at home bored. How do we combat that pesky Boredom you don’t ask? Well funnily enough I’ve compiled a small list of stuff you could do on these days (Here’s one I made earlier).

1) Go for a walk around nature, favourite nature parks? Nearby forests? Or open Google maps & look for your nearest sizable patch of green.

2) Learn a skill, got an old instrument lying around? Any cook books? Always wanted to speak Japanese?

3) Bake some dank brownies (If you do this you gotta invite me over)

4) Be creative! Make something cool, paint some shit or write a poem or something.

I’m super excited for summer and I hope you guys are too,

Peace ♥️

-Jrod

I decide, therefore I am.

Hey you, you’re looking mighty fine today.
I hope you’ve all had a banging weekend, despite the weather being a little shitty. So I’ve successfully managed to avoid revision and go to parties all weekend. In hind-sight, not the best decision making I’ve done but at least I’m livin’. Making choices that are right for you can be pretty difficult. I’m currently weighing up a job offer for summer, but right now I have no idea what’s the right choice for me, given my circumstances.

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Trying to decide whether I should revise or party tonight.

Have you ever wondered why it takes you so long to decide what you want from a well populated menu in a restaurant? Or maybe why you can’t decide what you wanna do right this second, despite all of the possible options? Usually it’s because you’re unsure whether you’ll regret the thing that you pick. Makes sense right? You don’t wanna get half way through your risotto and realise you really should’ve gone for the steak and ale pie.

Effective and efficient decision making is quite a hard feat. However, there’s a few things you can keep in mind when you’re trying to decide the next step in your life:
Which option “feels” right to you? Your intuition can tell you quite a lot about how you truly feel about things. Sometime’s it’s good to follow your “Gut feeling”, other times it’s good to logically think about things. You should always try to figure out why something feels a certain way, and can you justify why it feels right to go for this option?

Like all things in life, decision making is all about balance. Can you balance your gut feeling with solid reasoning and logic? Then again I’m only 21 and I haven’t really made many life-changing choices, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. 😉

Peace ❤

-Jrod

Achieve your goals with Trevor.

Afternoon lads,
I hope you’re having a great Friday, I’m sorry I didn’t post yesterday. Like always, I don’t have an excuse. I promise I’ll try to be more consistent with the posts, it’s just a little difficult at the moment with exams, but I’ll be all done by next Thursday, and then you’ll have my undivided attention (Or at least some of it ;)).

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This is Trevor my little insect twin, can’t even tell us apart lol.

I wanted to talk a little today about goal setting, because sometimes it’s the obvious simple stuff that can help us the most. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll have a seemingly never-ending list of things you wanna do and goals you’d like to achieve. But how often is it that you review your goals? Are they appropriate for where you’re at right now? Or even achievable?

For example, I’ve always liked the idea of becoming a writer, and that was a life goal for me to one day become. I mean how do you even achieve that?  Technically constructing a text to my mum makes me a writer. I now understand that goals need to have some kind of metric, a way of determining how far away from achieving that goal you are. And how far you’ve come!

Goals are great, goals help you maintain momentum. They can also make you feel like shit though, so if you don’t achieve your goals, don’t beat yourself up about it.

Peace ❤

-Jrod