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I am an Italian localization expert, writer, blogger and proof-reader living in Berlin (Germany). 

Would you like to learn Italian or do you need a localization expert / translator? 
Are you interested in intercultural communication or diversity management? 
Are you looking for a Tandem-partner or for someone that can learn Scandinavian languages with you?

Just drop me a line for a coffee. I am always willing to get to know interesting and fascinating people.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Choosing my own Purple dawn, or how to start anew once again, even if the new year has already started

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain [pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910]

How are you living your life? Which habits do you have? 
Are you doing what you are doing because you want to?
Or just because you think that you don't have other chances? That you don't have a choice? 
Just because you are scared or afraid? Of what?


Tough questions, right?
Something that most people are afraid to ask themselves, if not strictly necessary. If they are not forced to. It is often easy to avoid such questions, at least in the short run.
And yet, they are indeed very important ones for finding purpose in life and achieving what one is striving for. 

[A new beginning: a wonderful Purple dawn, just for me.
How does your new beginning look like?]

So let's try to ask that in another way.
What if you would be born today? 
What if you could just start anew, as if you would have no idea or recollection whatsoever about love, fear, happiness, disease, excitement, pain, desire, failure and stress?

How would you live your life? 
What would you do?
What would you ear, read, eat, write, experience?
What would you search? 
What would you avoid?

Which kind of person would you like to be?
Which kind of people would you like to have in your life? Are they in your life already? 
If not, what are you willing to do, to find them? 
If yes, are you grateful for that and able to show them how much you are happy to have them in your life?


[One of my goals for 2015: 
Shirshasana, or "The Headstand"]

What I want to have in my life starting today, no matter what:
- six hours of sleep every night;
- two to three healthy Vegan gluten-free meals every day, at least 80% of which should be raw food based;
- something new to learn every day: a new Swedish word, a new concept related to either diversity management and/or intercultural communication, a new chapter of a good book or audio book, a new Yoga asana, etc.;
- positive and interesting people, able to appreciate me, that want to be part of my life, also called Fuck-yes people by Mark Manson;
- time for working out, taking a walk, dancing and blogging every week.


Tags: Purpose in life, Life-changing strategy, Mark Manson, Mark Twain, People, Quotes, Yoga

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A new project for 2015: 52 audio books by the end of the year

Audio books are a great tool while learning a new language or improving a foreign language one already knows. 

When I started to learn German, about five years ago, I heard the same audio book over and over again. 
It was, of course, The little Prince. At the beginning I was not able to understand a single word, but since I knew the story by heart, I was confident that very soon I would have been able to understand some words, and then even more words, and then whole sentences, etc.
I was right. I heard the audio book at least fifty times, for weeks. And in the end I was able to understand half of the story. A big improvement, in just some weeks. I was incredibly happy, and proud of what I did.

Audio books are also perfect for learning other stuff, for getting focused on self-improvement, for optimizing the commuting time, for listening to something interesting and inspiring while taking a walk, using the public transportation or working out at the gym.

This year I decided to hear a new audio book each week, so it makes 52 audio books by the end of the year. I will share my progress with you. And I would love to discover which audio book is your favourite one, so please feel free to let me know in the comments.

[Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jonathan Tucker in
Veronika Decides to Die (2009) by Emily Young]

#1.
Title - Veronika beschlie├čt zu sterben
Language - German 
Read by - Ursula Illert

Original title - Veronika decide morrer
English title - Veronika Decides to Die
Author - Paulo Coelho

Tags: Audio books, Learning a foreign language, Self-improvement

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