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Audio Books, Something Educational To Use Your MP3 Player For

The MP3 player and other devices have become very popular. The many advancements that have been made in terms of technology are amazing. We have much more technology now than we did just five or ten years ago. The technology industry is always coming out with something new and improved. All these devices are to make our lives easier. We can do so much with the technology we have, and it will just continue to become more advanced.

The MP3 player is one of the many technologies that has grown rapidly in popularity. Your MP3 player allows you to take your music with you anywhere. Many people enjoy listening to their music, and this allows you to do so where ever you want. You can listen to your favorite songs while at work, or jogging, or exercising, without disturbing anyone else. They are small enough to stick in your pocket and be out of the way. No bulky walkmans to carry around anymore.

Time seems to be something many people feel they do not have enough of. We are so busy doing so many things it is sometimes hard to get everything done, or find time to do everything we want to do. Reading is one such thing that many people do not have time for. Finding the time to sit down and read a book can be very difficult in today's busy world. After going to work all day, and cooking, and cleaning, and taking care of the kids it is hard to make time for reading. After getting everything else done you are ready to just go to bed.

The MP3 player may have a solution to your problem. You can now download audio books for free off the internet. You can visit one of the many sites available and get an audio book. By doing this you can be listening to your book instead of reading it. Now you can get your reading in while you are cleaning, or cooking supper, or on the drive to work. This is a great way for you to keep up on your reading and still keep up with the rest of your busy life.

There are many sites that offer these free audio books. Some sites offer only certain categories, while others have a wider variety. You can find audio books of the Bible, or scripture readings if that is what you would like. You can also find classic books, or science fiction, or more modern novels, or even children books, or rhymes. Whatever you are looking for you can find. You can many options available to you.

Next time you want to read a book, but don't think you have the time you may want to think again. Just remember that there is a wide variety of audio books available for you to download for your MP3 player for free.


How Language Similarities Help to Learn a New Language

If you are contemplating taking on a second language, it's common practice to lean toward a language that is very similar to your native tongue. Languages that share similar words, similar sentence structures and similar conjugations to any language that you are already fluent in will most likely be all the easier for you to pick up quickly.

People often compare the romance languages like French, Spanish and Italian; or the Germanic languages like English, German and Dutch and site all of the notable similarities that connect them and how seamlessly one can be translated into the other, but do you know why some so seemingly different languages share so many similarities?

It's All Relative

The reason that some languages are so similar to others is that the two are somehow related, and as they say, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The different families of languages share the same or very similar words or word combination often because one language was partially derived from the other. Languages change over time, they borrow words, sounds and ideas from other languages and melt them into their own, this has been going on since the dawn of the spoken work.

Thousands of years ago, as these languages were being developed, explorers where traveling to new lands and picking up nuances of communication from the people that they were interacting with and in essence changing or newly developing the language that they were speaking. Languages are constantly changing and evolving and in essence turning into different languages.

If an English speaking American from today could be transported back in time to the year 1900 and tried to communicate with someone speaking English as it was spoken at that time, the two would have a very difficult time understanding each other due to all of the words, ideas and phases that have been borrowed and absorbed into the English language over the course of the last thousand years.

If the English spoken in America continues to transform itself at the rate that it has over the last few hundred years, they may have to start calling it "American English", because of all of the alterations will have created a real separation between it and the English spoken in England, though the two would still be from the same "family" of languages.

Spanish and French seem so similar to one another because they are so closely related, despite the fact that there are many differences present with individual words and vowel sounds, the two languages have enough similarities in terms of pronunciation and structure that someone who is fluent in one can often understand at least some of the basics of the other without having had any formal instruction.

The Borrowers

Even when two languages aren't directly "related" there can be a connection that leads to some glaring similarities. When two previously unrelated languages come together, as could be the case with war occupation or invasion, one language will often borrow any number of things from the other - adding potentially hundreds of new words to the borrowing language.

This is precisely the reason that there are so many similar words in the English language and the French language. French speaking Normans had at one time occupied a portion of England, the English speaking natives borrowed several words and phrases that stuck and effectively altered the language from what it had been and made it much more similar to a language from another language "family"

Purely by Chance

The least likely reason of all of the potentials for a similarity among different languages is the fact that it is so purely by chance. Things can certainly happen by chance or by accident, which may be why two words from otherwise entirely different languages, having the same meaning, may sound similar, but when there are several similarities of sounds, pronunciation or grammar, often either the languages are related or there has been some other reason for borrowing.


Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, Most Incredible Rescue Mission of WW II

It was near the end of World War II and a mixed group of 24 WACS and soldiers boarded a C-47 - the Army Air Corps workhorse aircraft - for a trip through "Shangri-La" as they would see it from the air but who knows what happened, the C-47 went down in the middle of the New Guinea jungle that was inhabited variously by the Japanese and bloodthirsty tribesmen known as the Dani.

Mitchell Zuckoff's account of their harrowing tale of survival, despite grievous wounds and loss is an excellent read that has you on the edge of your seat from takeoff to the crash where 21 or 24 people are killed.

Two men and a woman, all horribly maimed one way or another, faced the trackless New Guinea jungle with no food, little or no water and no way to contact their headquarters. It seemed to be a case of whether the Japanese or the Dani, rumored to be a cannibalistic, as well as a brutal tribe.

If this had happened earlier in the war, it is highly unlikely there would have been any survivors and if there were they would either have been guests of the Japanese, who were known to covet New Guinea until almost the end of the war, grudgingly pulling divisions out to fight the U.S. when they landed on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima and more. The vision of the Japanese General Staff was one with horseblinders. They could only see two major campaigns, the Manchukuo (China) campaign where upwards of 25 divisions were still held in reserve for China use and then there were the divisions that were committed to the New Guinea campaign, so the three survivors of the crash faced, even at this late stage of the war, the odds against the survival of three severely injured military personnel on a sightseeing flight were little or none.

It took the bravery of a U.S. paratrooper unit, who planned and executed the rescue of the survivors of the "Shangri-La" flight, to ensure that they were rescued to tell their tale.

That the tale was told by Zuckoff is also a bonus. Zuckoff is known for the thoroughness of his research and his ability to tell a tale from that research. He humanized the characters and gave this story the punch it needed to make it an Amazon Book of the Month selection, at the very least.

Perhaps because Zuckoff has the ability to make his characters step off the page and into your mind's eye, the "Shangri-La" flight assumes its place among the many great, historic rescue missions of the World War. The real heroes, here, though, are the paratroopers, all volunteers, who went in and pulled out the survivors and the others who didn't make it.

This is a great summertime read whether you are reading it on your Kindle or in hardback because it will keep you turning the pages right until the end. Not many historians are also storytellers, too, but Zuckoff is the lucky combination of the two and the reader is the beneficiary.


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