Lingua Franca Safety Tip


Here is an Ecuador safety tip that a reader from Florida recently sent me.

Also see below details of our first Super Thinking + Spanish courses in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Most Ecuador taxis are safe and the drivers helpful… but they probably do not speak English and the safety tip below is helpful with taxis anywhere in the world.

Dear Gary,

I recently returned from Cuenca, where we own a condo (across from the Oro Verde).  I had an experience while there which you/others may want to know.

It was 9 P.M., and I was returning home after dinner with friends.  The cabbie (older man) was confused due to road construction and let me off at a Super-Maxi near my condo, rather than at the condo itself.   While walking the remaining 1/2 mile home, a car pulled up, and I was jumped by two men.  They took my money clip, cell phone and apt. keys.  I wouldn’t give them my wallet with credit cards, so received a punch in the eye as a parting gesture.

When I reached the condo, the Ecuadorians in the lobby were absolutely furious when they found out what had happened.  They even wanted to go looking for the muggers (who were long-gone)!  We had to unscrew the door frame to the apt. to get in.  This is being repaired now, and new locks are to be installed.

I guess the useful information to come from this is

1.  Incidents like this can occur and at fairly reasonable hours too (9 P.M.)

2.  People need to be alert for cars on the street.

3.  Older cabbies are to be avoided if possible (I had just been warned of this that very day!)

4.  The Ecuadorians felt that the muggers were Colombian.  They said Ecuadorians didn’t do violent things like this (and I tend to believe them).

Feel free to forward this to anyone whom you think might benefit.  (I didn’t contact the police, because it was late at night, I had to leave early the next morning and couldn’t have identified anyone anyway.)

I replied:  Thanks. I’ll share this as it fits our experiences in Ecuador. I have written similar messages before but it is good to remind readers.

One tip, next time give them the credit card.  That would be better than a lost eye or something.  You need both your eyes so you can remain a good reader of our website!

I once did a similar thing when a robber who broke into my home in Naples. I attacked with a paint brush. I just ran on adrenaline rather than good sense.  Afterwords I realized I could have been really hurt and may have hurt the robber also. None of that was worth any of the material things he had grabbed.

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Local San Clemente Ecuador beach taxi. Would you expect him to speak English?

Here is another safety tip in Ecuador or any Spanish speaking country.  Most taxi drivers in Latin countries do not speak English.  Be able to communicate!  Knowing how to communicate in a lingua franca such as we teach in Super Thinking + Spanish course can help you get where you want to go and avoid trouble wherever you go in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese speaking countries.

Super Thinking + Spanish expands to Montevideo, Uruguay.  Our active Spanish teacher force is expanding and teacher, Spiro Michas, is hosting his first course in Montevideo, Uruguay March 25-26-27, 2012.   Because this is Spiros first course it is offered at large discount. See details below.

2014 – 2015 Schedule

2014 – 2015 Schedule

Schedule 2014-2015  Seminars and Courses

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Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.

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We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.

Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer.

Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.

Here are the courses we will conduct in 2014 and early 2015.

November 14-15-16, 2014, Friday, Saturday Sunday.   Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

November 20-21-22, 2014  Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

November 24-25-26, 2014 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  Super Thinking + Spanish course  Manta Ecuador . (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

January  16-17-18,  2015,  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.   Super.  Thinking + Spanish,  Mt. Dora, Florida (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

January 22-23-24, 2015, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

February 26-27,28,  2015, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

Enroll in the Writer’s Camp.  You receive a full scholarship to attend a Super Thinking + Spanish course FREE. You save $699 to $899.

Hemingway’s Secret to Better Writing Saves You Up to $899

Our Writer’s Camps specialize in how to write to sell through self publishing.  This course goes way beyond logic and looks at how to think, write, earn with greater wisdom.

We help you learn ways to go the extra mile.

Was Ernest Hemingway’s secret to better writing in English or Spanish?  

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‪Hemingway with Friends at La Florida (“Floridita”), Havana, Cuba.‬

To get a Nobel Prize in literature… you have to be willing to go the extra mile (1).   In Hemingway’s case perhaps he went further… 104.91 miles to be exact from Key West to Havana.   There may have been many reasons why Hemingway liked Cuba but he already had access to them in Key West.  Why go the extra 104.91 miles to Cuba?

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See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish below.

Perhaps Ernest Hemingway knew that speaking a second language makes you smarter.  Perhaps he realized that he could think and write better in English when one learns Spanish.   In 1939 he moved to Cuba and wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which  became a Book-of-the-Month Club choice.  The book sold half a million copies almost instantly, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and cemented Hemingway’s reputation as one of the great writers in the English language… at a time when he was speaking two languages.

You too can be be smarter, write better and incidentally… and save up to $899 in the process.

You might ask… “What the heck does Spanish have to do with writing and self publishing?”

Well… to start, being smarter means you write better and the fact is, you do gain greater intellect with Super Thinking.   Super Thinking tactics integrate brain waves so absorption, retention and recollection of  information improve… a lot.   Most important of all, Super Thinking helps you synthesize what you learn so you can connect dots and use the knowledge you gain to achieve your goals.

In short, Super Thinking makes you smarter.. a lot!

Super Thinking is not a gimmick nor a trick.At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri was among those few who learned how and is licensed to teach the Lozanov system.  She has organized a practical course on how to learn faster and better.  With her modified system, you discover how to think more powerfully in just three days…and experience the wonders of superlearning.

When I figured this out, my first thought was… “Why not help readers learn writing  AND Spanish?”  There and then was a two for one deal.

Enroll for our summer Writer’s Camp and you gain a full scholarship to one of our Super Thinking + Spanish course or vice versa.  You save $699 (single) to $899 (couple).

Still you ask… “Why Spanish for writing and self publishing?”

Spanish is the second most spoken romantic language.  Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you.  Speaking Spanish can be helpful in innumerable ways just from this fact.

There is more.  Learning a second language makes you smarter and healthier.

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Image from Telegraph article “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism”. (2)

The Telegraph article (linked below) entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism says (bolds are mine):  Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

You can read the entire article at the link below but to sum it up it shows seven ways that learning a second language improves your intellect and health:

* You build multitasking skills

* You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

* Your memory improves

* You become more perceptive

* You become smarter

* Your decision-making skills improve

* You improve your English

A better command of English… used by a smarter, more perceptive person who can remember details and multi task, creates a better writer.

With this. I rest Hemingway’s case.

Learn the power of Super Thinking.  Gain the seven benefits of being bilingual.  Attend our Super Thinking + Spanish course and Writer’s Camp. Save up to $899.

We have three Writer’s Camps and two Spanish courses scheduled for the year ahead. Enroll within the next two weeks for any one of the Writer’s Camps and you gain a full scholarship to the Spanish course of your choice.  You save $699 (single) to $899 (couple).

Pick & choose the best schedule for you.

November 14-15-16, 2014, Friday, Saturday Sunday.   Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

November 20-21-22, 2014  Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

November 24-25-26, 2014 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  Super Thinking + Spanish course  Manta Ecuador . (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

January  16-17-18,  2015,  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.   Super.  Thinking + Spanish,  Mt. Dora, Florida (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

January 22-23-24, 2015, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

February 26-27, 28, 2015, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. (Normally $699 or $899 for a couple)

Enroll in the Writer’s Camp.  You receive a full scholarship to attend a Super Thinking + Spanish course FREE. You save $699 to $899.

Gary

Enroll in the Writer’s Camp.  You receive a full scholarship to attend a Super Thinking + Spanish course FREE. You save $699 to $899.

Single $799/ Couple $999

(1) See Ernest Hemingway speaking Spanish.

(2) Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.


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