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As an avid reader who is the son of avid readers I am disturbed by the decline in reading among young people. Well, let’s be honest, young men. It’s a fact that in centuries past the world of literature, used to be viewed as part of a mainly male profession.

The irony in today’s Dominican society, is that what was once seen as a male thing — namely reading — is viewed by today’s generation as the opposite. Boys today don’t read, just like they don’t cry.

In secondary schools all over the island, reading is viewed as “uncool.” But what’s worse, for some boys it is almost a condemnation against their masculinity. Books, of any kind, are foreign objects. They contain information, maybe some pictures, but they dare not been seen to contain that most catholic of qualities: pleasure.

Some all-boys schools have been forced to make the study of English language and literature compulsory; sensing that if given the choice, students would rather study other things like additional computers and mathematics. The freedom of critical thought, the challenging of world perspectives and the beauty of the written word contained in books are not enough to counter the taboo associations books now have. Books are for girls.

This attitude coalesces with a more general problem of male under-achievement, is an observable fact which has rotted our secondary school institutions from the inside out. Boys, in addition to not reading, apparently do not and are not meant to study. The result speaks for itself: girls today by far out-match boys in terms of academic and verbal excellence. Boys are relegated to an illiterate and unambitious ghetto, and are encouraged to stay there.

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I can’t believe how quickly the technology is changing – particularly the way smart phones are getting smarter and smarter – with new features are being added everyday.

PomeGranaTe Phone is the ultimate mobile phone.

A phone that translates what you say into any language? Have you ever come across that comes with a built-in mini projector for presentation and movies? It also doubles as a harmonica – yep you heard me, as a harmonica!

If you don’t believe me take look at the video below or visit pomegranatephone [dot] Com.

What do you think about the Pomegranate Phone? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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If you’re like me, who struggles to speak a foreign language then you’re in luck. A Web Application called Mango Languages offers 11 free foreign language courses in Spanish, Russian, Greek, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian and Polish. You just simply sign up with you email address and you’re ready to learn. 🙂 As you progress through the slides, you’ll be able to quiz yourself to see how much you’ve learn. Mango has about 100 available lessons per course, and they seem to have done a good job setting a foundation for conversational in a foreign language.

Useful if you’re traveling abroad or if you’re work allows to meet people speaking different languages…example: Tours Guides, Bus Drivers, Hotel Receptionist, etc.

[Mangolanguages.com]

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