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My first lesson in the Irish Language

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Irish. Maybe because they remind me of my own people, or maybe because they’re the ones who’ve always been at the brunt of English jokes. This obviously makes me believe that they’ve been in the right, more or less of the time.

So, as always I start with SHEIT/WITY and i find some verbs and nouns and learn to create our 3 main sentence types of cases. Accusative, Genitive and Nominal.

I eat food
Ithim bia

I have a bia
Ta bia agum

Tá me bia
I am a good

S sí shi
H sé shey
I sé shey
T sibh shiv
W sinn
I mé may
T sibh shiv
Y tú two

I eat food
Ithim bia

Sheit// eats food
he/it Itheann shey bia
She itheann shi bia

They eat food
itheann siad bia

We eat food

Ithimíd bia we eat
Itheann tú bia you eat

I am food

Ta me bia

Sheit// is food
Ta shi bia she
Ta shey bia he

They eat food
itheann siad bia
Ta siad bia

We are food
Táimid bia

Ithimíd bia we eat
Itheann tú bia you eat

You are food
Ta tú bia

Is mise Puc
I am Puc.

Neila me Alex
I am not Alex.

I have glasses
Ta glonei agum

Ta glonei aige he has
Neil glonei aicí she doesn’t

We have
ta glonie againn (aguen)

Ta bia agaibh (agwiv)

You have
Ta bia agat

Ta teanga againn

Ta teanga diferal aguinn

Ta gloni e diferal aguinn
We have different glasses

17 mistakes to make before 30

1. Bomb a big presentation. 

“Even polished, professional speakers and public figures lay an egg now and then, and it’s an important lesson to learn early: It happens, and you’ll survive,” says Kerr. “And you’ll realize it’s not the end of the world, and you’ll learn a ton about what not to do and what to do next time.”

2. Date the wrong person.

Whether it’s the “rebound” person or just a bad choice, most everyone’s done it. Discovering what you don’t want early on will help you make better choices with all your important relationships, says Kerr. “It’ll help you learn things about your own values and life goals that perhaps you weren’t aware of.”

3. Stick with a terrible job.

Even if the boss is horrible and the pay is bad, don’t just give up and jump ship. Stick around for a while and try to find a solution — even if it seems like a terrible move at the time. “The way you handle yourself in this situation will forever shape the way you treat people when you’re in charge,” says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of “Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad.”

Don’t jump ship when things get hard.

4. Feel entitled, at least once.

“Assuming you were going to get that promotion or be assigned an important project or made team leader are all mistakes you should make at least once,” says Kerr. “Learning from these types of mistakes will remind you to not take things for granted and to never sit back and assume something will be handed to you.”

5. Hit rock bottom.

Before the wildly successful “Harry Potter” series came to life, J.K. Rowling was a single mom in her 30s on welfare, with no job, no money, and a child to raise on her own.

In a 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, Rowling discussed how hitting rock bottom forced her to finish the first Harry Potter bookShe says:

“I’ve often met people who are terrified — you know, in a straitjacket of their own making — because they’d rather do anything than fail. They don’t want to try for fear of failing,” she says. “[Hitting] rock bottom wasn’t fun at all — I’m not romanticizing rock bottom — but it was liberating. What did I have to lose?”

6. Get fired.

If you’re ever going to get fired, doing it in your 20s is the way to go, says Kerr. “Getting fired early on can be a brutally tough life experience, but it can serve as a huge wake-up call for change if there was a performance issue.”

It may even serve notice that you were on the wrong career path — and better to learn that in your 20s than in your 40s.

“Being fired or laid off also teaches you the most valuable life lesson: That ultimately you need to take 100% control of your own destiny and develop the skills necessary to always have a viable back-up plan and take responsibility for your own life,” he says.

Move around … a lot.

7. Change jobs three times.

Sure, it won’t look great on your résumé — but by trying out different career paths you’ll gain insight into what your true calling is, says Kahn.

8. Take the wrong job for the wrong reasons.

It might be because of the money; it may be because you felt this was the only option at the time. But learning this lesson early will help you define your values and set you up for a more fulfilling career in the long run, Kerr explains.

9. Say whatever’s on your mind without any regard for anyone else’s feelings.

This is part of growing up and navigating relationships, both personal and professional. “Making the mistake of deeply offending someone can serve as a wake-up call to be more empathetic around others and help you develop better communication skills,” says Kerr.

10. Burn bridges.

Obviously you don’t want to do this frequently, but making the mistake of burning a bridge once or twice can actually be beneficial.

“It’s sometimes more challenging to see the long-term consequences of our actions when we are younger, and burning bridges can come back to haunt us in substantial ways,” Kerr says. “Learning to walk away from a difficult situation on a positive note with your head held high is an important lesson to carry with you throughout your life.”

You’ll never regret the fun you had with friends.

11. Go out with your friends, even though you have work to do.

“You’ll always find ways to get that particular work project done, but you’ll never find ways to retake that particular moment with friends,” Kahn explains.

12. Offend someone with your humor.

This may not seem like a huge deal, says Kerr, “but navigating the minefield of appropriate humor in a business setting can be a challenge for people starting out in their careers, in extreme cases even costing them their jobs.” Figuring out where those lines are and that everyone has different tastes and perceptions is a critically important skill to learn early.

13. Risk everything.

Risking everything for an uncertain career or romantic relationship might seem like a huge mistake to most people, but everyone should do it once early in their life. It can pay off. And if it doesn’t, you will at least learn something from the experience, so it won’t be a total loss.

14. Be passive.

“It’s natural, especially when you’re young, to sometimes sit back and want to please everyone in the hopes of making sure everyone gets along,” says Kerr. “But being too passive and not learning to ask for what you want can lead to missed opportunities — and the earlier you learn that lesson, the better.”

Go ahead — offend someone. You’ll need to learn this lesson eventually.

15. Think you have all the right answers.

This is a mistake you’ll make over and over again your whole life. Each time, you’ll be one step closer to realizing you’re not always right — so it’s best to start thinking this as early as possible.

16. Blame someone for your mistakes.

You should blame yourself or someone else at least once. It will help you realize this isn’t productive.

“When something goes wrong, instead of looking for who to point the finger at, look for ways you can create solutions,” says Kahn.

17. Think mistakes are always a bad thing or a personal reflection on you.

“Mistakes are life’s feedback — they are research; they are part of your education; they are necessary stepping stones if you are actually putting yourself out there and growing,” Kerr says. “If you aren’t ever making any mistakes, then chances are you aren’t taking any risks or trying anything new, and as you get older that may end up being the costliest mistake of all.”


Four strategies for remembering everything you learn

Four strategies for remembering everything you learn

To wit, new education research shows that low-achieving students have “substantial deficits” in their understanding of the cognitive strategies that allow people to learn well.

If you’re going to learn anything, you need two kinds of prior knowledge:

– knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming 

– knowledge about how learning actually works

The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in academics to getting ahead at work. It all requires mastering skill after skill.

“Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge,” shares psych writer Annie Murphy Paul. “We’re comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. But the guidance we offer on the act of learning itself – the ‘metacognitive’ aspects of learning – is more hit-or-miss, and it shows.”

To wit, new education research shows that low-achieving students have “substantial deficits” in their understanding of the cognitive strategies that allow people to learn well. This, Paul says, suggests that part of the reason students perform poorly is that they don’t know a lot about how learning actually works.

It’s a culture-wide issue. 

Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel, psychologists at University in and coauthors of “Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning,” say that “how we teach and study is largely a mix of theory, lore, and intuition.”

So let’s cut through that lore. Here are learning strategies that really work.

Force yourself to recall. 

The least-fun part of effective learning is that it’s hard. In fact, the “Make It Stick” authors contend that when learning if difficult, you’re doing your best learning, in the same way that lifting a weight at the limit of your capacity makes you strongest.

It’s simple, though not easy, to take advantage of this: force yourself to recall a fact. Flashcards are a great ally in this, since they force you to supply answers.

Don’t fall for fluency. 

When you’re reading something and it feels easy, what you’re experiencing is fluency.

It’ll only get you in trouble.

Example: Say, for instance, you’re at the airport and you’re trying to remember which gate your flight to Chicago is waiting for you at. You look at the terminal monitors – it’s B44. You think to yourself, oh, B44, that’s easy. Then you walk away, idly check your phone, and instantly forget where you’re going.

The alternative: You read the gate number. Then you turn away from the monitor and ask yourself, what’s the gate? If you can recall that it’s B44, you’re good to go.

Connect the new thing to the old things. 

“The more you can explain about the way your new learning relates to prior knowledge,” the “Make It Stick” authors write, “the stronger your grasp of the new learning will be, and the more connections you create that will help you remember it later.”

When you’re weaving in new threads into your pre-existing web of knowledge, you’re elaborating.

One killer technique is to come up with real-life examples of principles you’ve just uncovered. If you’ve just learned about slant rhyme, you could read poems that exhibit it. If you’ve just discovered heat transfer, you could think of the way a warm cup of cocoa disperses warmth into your hands on a cold winter’s day.

Reflect, reflect, reflect. 

Looking back helps. In a Harvard Business School study, employees who were onboarded to a call center had 22.8% higher performance than the control group when they spent just 15 minutes reflecting on their work at the end of the day.

“When people have the opportunity to reflect, they experience a boost in self-efficacy,” HBS professor Francesca Gino tells us. “They feel more confident that they can achieve things. As a result, they put more effort into what they’re doing and what they learn.”

While reflecting may seem like it leads to working less, it leads to achieving more.