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July 2, 2013

Chris asks…

Which is the best way to learn a language fluently?

well im trying to learn German i have a book that teaches you but you know it would take a long time and also rosetta stone is like 500$ so what way?

Administrator answers:

I studied German for 4 years in high school, and largely got A’s. The summer before I started college I did month-long intensive in Germany with other American students, and got A’s. I then studied Germany for 2 years in college, and largely got A’s.

Then at the beginning of my Junior year in college, I went to Germany for a year with a study abroad program. I flew in a week early to travel on my own. After I arrived I went over to the bus terminal to get a ride to the youth hostel. I walked on the bus and tried to ask the bus driver if it was the right bus for such-and-such…

…and she didn’t understand me at all. She said something back to me, and I barely understood what she was saying.

I made it to the university and took some further German language courses there, but since there were so many other English-speaking international students there (and especially in my dorm), my German improved but I wasn’t really capable of anything but really simple conversations. It wasn’t until I transferred to the university in Stuttgart (where most international students didn’t go, at least at the time), got a room in an apartment with other German students, and immersed myself all day every day in German that I finally became reasonably competent.

Some years later I decided to learn Spanish. So I saved up some money, took off from work, and went to Latin America for three months. I purposely didn’t learn ANY Spanish ahead of time: I literally went in not speaking a word of Spanish. I avoided other English speakers, took classes at the cheap language schools there, and by the end of my three months I was able to have decent conversations in Spanish with just about anyone.

There is just no substitute for immersion. Assuming you can’t just pick up and move to Germany for three months, the next best thing would be to find some kind of German language immersion camp and go there regularly. You’ll get more out of a few weekends of immersion than a whole year of community college classes — for probably not much difference in price.

John asks…

How easy would it be for an American citizen to set up residence in Puerto Rico?

Administrator answers:

My FIRST question would be “Are you fluent in Spanish”? You don’t wait until you get to the island to learn Spanish.. You need to have a good command of it before you get there.. Assuming you are fluent in spanish then moving to PR is About as hard as setting up residence in IOWA.. Pueto Rico IS part of America or don’t you know that?

You will find it’s more expensive to live in PR than in the US unless you can “Go Island Style” and most Americans can’t hanl that. ANY foods that are ‘American’ have to imported to PR so they cost 20% to 30% more than in the US… However, if you can stick to locally produced foods, it’s much cheaper and the food is a whole lot freshere than anything you know from ‘back home’.

There are NO JOBS in PR.. You do know that.. Right? Americans think they can move to PR and find a good paying job and buy a shack on the beach only to discover there are not jobs in PR and they only shack lined beaches are in the movies.. Only about half of the native Puerto Ricans still live on the island because the other half have moved to the US for jobs.

You can find a nice Apartment for $500 to $600 a month plus gastos.. If you plan to move to San Juan then the places to avoid living are in

La Perla
Santurce
Lloren Torresw
Villa Palmeras
Puerta del Toerra
Most of the Projects

Enjoy you new life in PR

Nancy asks…

Is Take Charge America a good credit counseling service?

What is the best way to consolidate unsecured credit.

Administrator answers:

You dont consolidate it..

I got out of debit with no job and a baby on the way.. Here’s how

rent cheap 1 bed apartment close to work
sell everything you don’t need.. EVERYTHING
get two jobs

now start paying your debit off starting with the smallest and ending with the largest.. Pay as much as you can and soon you will be debt free

I now have two new cars paid in cash
a nice house
both kids have everything they need
college and 401k in savings

once you have NO DEBT it’s easy to live like a king.. But you must sacrific now for a year or two.. Life is short take it by the horns now so you can control it later… I hope you do what I tell you so your life can be changed forever

Ken asks…

Living in the canyon for the summer–being voluntarily homeless?

So I’m seriously debating over whether it is a good or bad idea to go live in the canyon this summer instead of renting an apartment. I love the outdoors and I could save a lot of money by just camping up there. No rent, no utilities, and natural living! I also think it will be a really good learning experience.

My plan so far is to rent a storage unit with electricity for all my crap. That way I could have a mini fridge and a place to plug in an electric griddle if need be. I would still have my car. I am a student at the university so I’d use the gym’s showers, campus internet, etc… Then I could rotate through campsites every week so I’m not too suspicious.

I think this town consistently rates one of the top safest towns in America so I really doubt I need to worry about creepers. And the campsites are usually well kept so I feel like large animals will steer clear. And like I said, I still have my car in case of emergency.

Am I forgetting anything? Should I be worried about anything else? Any personal experiences?

Thanks

Administrator answers:

In order to obtain a master’s degree, I camped in developed campsites for two summers in a van down by the river. Due to all of my papers and an electric-powered non-stick pan for meals, I was glad to have electricity provided in camp. Fees were cheap, but transportation and loss of time were costs. I also paid for one restaurant meal each day due to time constraints, usually a Chinese lunch for economy and healthy components in the meal. Your willingness to move camp weekly is very responsible and will allow you to leave-no-trace. Therefore, you will not be in conflict with law enforcement as long as you are following the local regulations for dispersed camping. In my circumstances, I was not near any lands where dispersed camping was allowed. I figured that my daily living costs were $20 per day.

Today, I could have adequate battery storage to run a laptop computer between charging at school. I would use propane-butane canisters for cooking now. During my education, internet was not a source of research materials. I slept comfortably in a +15 degree sleeping bag, especially because the van retained some heat. I did shower and shave in the university gym early each morning without ever being challenged. During the past decade I have never applied any of my university education from three degrees, five certifications, and spent two decades being either underemployed or moving every few years for career changes. Of course, I answer questions, write articles and books, but do not recover the costs of outdoor gear or transportation from my work.

I have known a few homeless men. One froze to death in winter on a below-zero night where alcohol was involved. Another beat a fellow homeless man to death at his campsite and is serving a sentence for murder. A woman was killed by her homeless man companion associated with a knife-stabbing during an alcoholic binge in their campsite. Several young men have frozen to death in snowdrifts near me due to being disoriented on their way homes from bars. No one ever had a conflict with a wild animal, except one man stored canned goods in his tent that were eaten by a black bear when he was away from his dispersed camp near town. I attribute that problem as stupidity of the homeless man and proximity to a community that trains bears to eat refuse. I have never had any encounter with a bear in my remote wilderness dispersed camps. Human communities educate bears badly and help create alienated homeless men. Military veterans, alcoholics, and mentally-ill men are typically homeless and estranged from “civilization.” Perhaps, you will be able to write a balanced thesis on homelessness in American after you get a taste of it.

Susan asks…

what is the cheapest way to get to Hollywood from Baltimore?

i live in baltimore MD. and i want to got to hollywood to persue my acting carrer and i want to know how to get thier without spending hardly anything over 100.00 and i do not care about comfort

Administrator answers:

Wow, I hope you fill out an application better than you ask a question.

Second, if you can’t afford to at least pay for bus fare, you can’t afford to live in LA. The cheapest “safe” way to get to LA is by bus. You could hitchhike, but I would not recommend it. It’s too easy to wind up a victim.

Before coming to “Hollywood” to pursue your acting career, you need to come up with a plan and a budget. Also, read the following:

One feature for Hollywood since the 1960s has been its attractiveness for desperate runaways. Every year, hundreds of runaway adolescents leave their homes across North America and flock to Hollywood hoping to become movie stars. They soon discover that they have extremely slim chances of competing against professionally trained actors. Many of them end up sinking into homelessness, which is a problem in Hollywood for adults as well as youth. Some return home, while others linger in Hollywood and join the prostitutes and panhandlers lining its boulevards; others go to Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles; and yet others end up in the large pornography industry in the San Fernando Valley.

Even if you have graduated from high school, college, or even grad school with a Masters degree in Film & Television Arts, the most important thing to remember is this: There is a finite supply of opportunities in Hollywood, but an infinite supply of opportunity seekers. You have to want it bad… You have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of comforts you take for granted… You must be able to hear “NO” 10,000 times and still be able to get up and try again…You have to audition a lot, study a lot, and network a lot… so that you are ready when an opportunity comes along. So, do a gut check: Are you doing this just to get out of a “boring” lifestyle? Think that Hollywood is filled with glamorous stars living the easy life? If so, stay home. Hollywood will kick your butt and either send you back home, or destroy you. But if you truly have the burning desire, the willingness to WORK like you have never worked before, then nothing I say is going to stop you anyway.

Now that I have made that disclaimer, let’s get down to business. The two biggest obstacles you must address when coming here are where to live and how to get around.

Where to live: First, lose the idea that there is a magical, “safe” city anywhere within 50 miles of downtown that’s cheap. If it’s safe, it’s not cheap, and if it’s cheap, it’s less safe. Safety is relative, anyway: There are “safer” parts of any city, as well as “less safe” sections. Second, get the idea out of your head that there are daily running gun battles in some parts of town. For every horror story you hear, I can give you 5 stories of people that have lived in the roughest neighborhoods of L.A. Without falling victim. It’s just a matter of being careful, cautious, and just a little lucky.

When looking for a place to live, don’t sign anything until you have scoped out the neighborhood personally. Landlords and rental agents will tell you anything to get you to sign a lease. And once you are in, you’re stuck. Also, be careful of terms like “adjacent” or “close to”, such as “Beverly Hills Adjacent”, or “close to the beach”. I’ve seen apartments listed as “close to the beach” that were 26 blocks away. Sure, it’s closer to the beach than Ottumwa, Iowa, but not what I’d call “close”. To me, “close” is close enough to walk without breaking a sweat.

I could tell you of some cities like Glendale, Pasadena, or sections of LA like Silverlake, Eagle Rock, or Palms. Even within these cities or areas, there are nicer sections and grungy sections. It’s all a matter of using the Yahoo maps to see where the building is, then visiting the neighborhood. Also, keep in mind that the traffic patterns play a HUGE part in determining where to live. In the morning, traffic moves (or tries to, anyway) towards downtown LA, West LA, Santa Ana, Irvine, and other business centers in SoCal. In the afternoon, the traffic flows away from those centers. Use that in determining where to live, as well. If you can find a place to live less than 10 miles from where you work, then you are lucky indeed.

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