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Very convincing data from +Forbes to encourage American businesses to learn languages. LOTS of convincing data and yours truly lent a hand in the article, so do share ;)
Countries beyond the U.S. (like Britain for example) have established progressive initiatives to make their workforce more multilingual to improve their economic advantages. Yet the issue goes largely unaddressed in America, author Benny Lewis maintains.
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learn it now!
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Did you know...
* General Electric once attempted to release its new partnership brand in Europe under the name GPT. This caused a bit of scandal, because in French, GPT is pronounced “J’ai pété”, which means, “I farted.”
* The familiar Jolly Green Giant, when translated into Arabic, came across initially as “Intimidating Green Monster!”
* In the US, KFC’s slogan is “Finger lickin’ good.” The company stuck with this when moving its campaign into China, where unfortunately this phrase translates to “We’ll eat your fingers off”.

See these ridiculous translation blunders and more at today's blog post: http://www.fluentin3months.com/better-business/ - where I also try to encourage businesses to learn a language. Share it with your friends if you liked the ridiculous examples!
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I'm in an area of the USA that puts people down for wanting to learn a new language. You better believe I'm taking my Japanese skills elsewhere when I get to a higher level.
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Need some suggestions for the highest rated movies to watch in your target language? Found this great tip on reddit/languagelearning:

1. Go to the International Movie Database Title Search (linked in this update)
2. Tick "Feature Film" box
3. Go to "Number of votes" and put 500 into the left box
4. Choose your target language (not target country) from the selection box
5. Display Results by "User Rating Descending"
6. Search, and see what you NEED to watch asap. Copy the title and search for it again (Google/Amazon etc.) to see where you can buy the DVD or legally download it.

Enjoy!
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I'm going to give this a go, cheers Benny!
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I've never had a post on the blog about Russian, but that changes today!

Very relevant since Russia is in the news a lot lately, David wrote up this detailed post to encourage people as to why they should learn Russian, and also why it's easier than they think!

Check it out and share it around if it's your language of choice! www.fluentin3months.com/learn-russian/
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I was on Bloomberg TV and BBC radio this week! See this blog post for links to watch/listen to them, as well as updates of other Fluent in 3 months media appearances lately.

Starting my book tour tomorrow, to meet up with people in person and give them face-to-face language learning advice. London this weekend, Dublin next, and onward. Can't wait!
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Brick walls, plateaus or whatever you may call them - there is hope to get around them!
In today's +Fluent in 3 months blog article and guest post, we examine what the biggest 9 problems are, and how you can get to the other side. Enjoy and share! http://www.fluentin3months.com/language-learning-wall/
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I get so many amazing tweets/emails/FB/G+ messages every day about #fluentin3months the book! Would LOVE to read these on Amazon! :) Do share!
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Thanks so much for all of your applications! We have received a LOT!!! Unfortunately, it’s too late to apply now – yes, even if you would have been perfect for the job. So sorry! We will email all applicants within the next days with news either way. If there are any other job openings, I’ll let you know via a Facebook update, but please don’t apply in advance.
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Readers at our London meet-up a week ago. Having a great time getting to chat to passionate language learners across the UK/Ireland over the next weeks!
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looking good guys, keep up the great work
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Starting now. Come in and ask me what you like!
 
Since there was already a meet-up convenient for those in the states, this one is for Europeans, and especially those of you in the UK/Ireland who want to ask about language learning. Ask me any question on your mind by typing it in comment bar when we go live and I'll answer each question one at a time.

Otherwise, don't forget that you can meet me in person by signing up to the book tour / language exchange events here: http://www.fluentin3months.com/book-tour/
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    Language Hacker, 2009 - present
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I'm travelling the world learning about its languages and cultures, and about myself along the way. You can find out more about my journey on my language learning blog http://www.fluentin3months.com
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Can speak 12 languages in varying degrees of fluency. Gave 2 TEDx talks. National Geographic's Traveler of the Year
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    Electronic Engineering, 1999 - 2003
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