Golf is a Funny Game

I was chatting with Fred Greene of Golf Smarter the other day and was aware of how often we broke into laughter during the course of our conversation. There are many things which made us laugh, and I am only too aware that my jaw got a great work out!

Both of us are passionate about golf, and both of us have found our way to forming a marriage between our passion and our employment. Golf makes me smile a lot and I can tell that it does the same for Fred.

There are many aspects of golf which I dearly love. It is a friendly game and a wonderful way in which to meet new people. My home is in the Isle of Man; although I’m lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in California (even though it’s quite a commute!). It was a gentleman (an avid golfer) who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, who put me in touch with Fred who also lives in California. There are very few games which put people together from all over the world in such an easy and comfortable manner.

Part of what leads to that ease of getting to know someone is the shared passion for the game whilst another part is the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf together with the gentle pace of the game. A further aspect is the fact that you can be almost any age or fitness level and still be able to play golf. And then of course your level of accomplishment doesn’t affect the play of the other people who you are playing with. Golf is pretty much unique in this combination of facts.

Cricket is another game which affords plenty of time to get to know a fellow spectator, as a gentleman pointed out the other day. It provides a great “networking opportunity” as you bond over your shared passion. But you can’t play cricket on your own and your level of ability will affect the overall game. Tennis requires too much energy to leave much time for pleasantries and you again cannot play alone. Can you think of any sport which provides the same opportunities to “connect” that golf does?

Aside from the friends you can make through golf, there are many other things which make it a very special game. I have already mentioned that you can play it alone or with others and level of ability doesn’t cause issues. A far greater thing however is what golf teaches you as a person.

I played yesterday with a friend who passed comment on how much her temperament had altered since she had started to play golf, both on and off the course. She is now a more placid and person; she was always determined. Golf teaches you the mental skills which are necessary in life in general because it provides you with immediate and dramatic feedback upon your thoughts and actions. As you learn to control your emotions and direct your focus more appropriately, these skills can then be put to good use in every other area of your life.

Cause and effect are seen very clearly in golf, as your thoughts control your arms and then the club and ultimately the ball. The impact of your thoughts are therefore illuminated; you can see very clearly what needs a little work or practice. As your control of the golf ball increases, you inevitably grow as a person.

Roseanna Leaton, author of the GolferWithin mind training program which helps you to learn the mental skills necessary for success in golf and life.

Free Online Learning Spanish Grammar Book

Today I will tell you about a free online learning Spanish grammar book that you can download immediately and get access to. Over the weekend, I was surfing the web and I found a Spanish Grammar book in the public domain. The book was first published in 1917. The name of the book is Pitman’s Commercial Spanish Grammar by C. A. Toledano.

I am not sure why the book has the word “commercial” in its title because the book covers Spanish vocabulary and grammar in general and not only for “commercial” purposes.

What I like most about the book is that it is very thorough. Equally as thorough as many if not all of the Spanish grammar books that I have paid “dinero” for. It also has lots of exercises in the book to review and reinforce the material that you have learned.

I also found it very interesting just to learn how much the “style” of writing learning-Spanish books has changed in nearly a century.

Not only did I notice how much the “style” of writing learning-Spanish books has changes in 89 years, but I noticed the “style” of written English has drastically changed in 89 years. You can get instant access to Pitman’s Commercial Spanish Grammar book by doing a Google search or a search at your favorite search engine for “Project Guttenberg Pitman’s Commercial Spanish Grammar.”

If you are serious about learning this foreign language and you are on a budget I highly recommend that you get a copy of this grammar book.

Top 5 Free Online Language Programs

You have it on your calendar that you have to make that business overseas trip to Japan in a few weeks, and, gasp, you don’t know have enough skills to carry a conversation in Japanese. You don’t have time to enroll in a local class, and you don’t want to put down $500 for the latest version of Rosetta Stone. What can you do? Why not take a class online? Better yet, why not take advantage of a FREE class online.

When approaching free online courses, there are tons of options from learning about upgrading your software skills to seeing how to throw better at darts. With the internet becoming more easily accessible globally and the thirst for knowledge is in abundance, it makes sense that learning a foreign language can be as easy as a click away.

However, there are some things you want to keep in mind when approaching free online learning in general:

They don’t give you credit for learning. Though there are some colleges offering openware classes online from calculus to biology, it is not all for credit. So, don’t be anticipating college or continuing education credits to be put on your resume.

Unless you want to take a class with a friend, it can be a lonely experience learning by yourself. Not all programs provide assistance from a teacher or a message board with other students.

Self-discipline is key in making your experience of learning successful. You will have to be motivated and a great time-manager to embark in any self-study endeavor.

Because there is such a great quantity of Free Online Learning, sources, here is a list of top 5 free online courses on foreign languages which can help you in your learning.

1. Openware – as briefly mentioned above, this is a system that is free through certain universities. You can get access to syllabi from past years classes, and give you a rigorous format for learning (not for college credit or any access to the professors, of course). Keep in mind, when they publish their syllabus from their 2006 class in French 101, and ask you to participate, it is only for that 2006 class to do so. You will have to purchase books, just like any college student would. Though the classes would be free and away from campus, you feel like you are learning from the best professors in the country. MIT is leading for this type of education. Get a sampling of courses on their website.

2. About.com -known more for its general online sourcing, About.com has its own language university. They have a team of teachers who have developed pre-made lessons that can be forwarded to your email each week. Your time in learning would be motivated by deadlines with assignments and quizzes. You can spend an average of 2 to 3 hours a week on a lesson. A typical beginner’s course for a language is about 20 weeks, so you can anticipate completing a course in 5 to 6 months.

3. Youtube.com – this video website is a great source for learning another language. You can simply type in your language of choice and Voila! A listing of courses is immediately available for show. Though these are from various sources, the experience of finding all the videos could be choppy, meaning that all videos or modules for the lessons may not be there for viewing. There are some videos you would need a subscription, which would be of a better quality, because they are more systematic. You can always check it out to see if all the videos are downloaded by the account member.

4. Byki.com – this website is a free way to download flash cards to study word phrases and have it spoken. You also have choices from languages that are not commonly taught like Haitian Creole and Icelandic. You can choose which modules fit your needs, and in what you want to learn. This system is ideal for travelers or anyone wanting to supplement their continuing language education.

5. Word2word.com – A fantastic online board compiling just about all available information out there in online foreign language learning. There are many language courses to choose from. By clicking the free online language courses, you would be taken to 119 choices, including Native American languages. If you want to learn Japanese, click on Japanese and there are 10 free online courses available from sites for travelers or for those who want weekly lessons. Again, each course is going to be different in format, so choose what would work best for you.

As we all know, learning more languages in today’s world is more imperative than ever. Though traditional ways of learning languages is out there, there is also a more economical way to learn. Why NOT take a free online language course?