Thursday, February 26, 2015

Getting Paid to Learn

I've been fortunate to have learned from one of the best mentors on Earth. Anyone in the free world can learn from the best in anything in the digital age. Go to Youtube and watch some videos on how to do something. Go to the public library and borrow a book and begin to read and learn. They say that reading is fundamental and that knowledge is power. I believe that in every ounce of my body. There's no right or wrong way to learn. Either you are learning or you're not. That's why it's important to read books, absorb knowledge, and grow more successful everyday. 

I've been working in a call center since forever. I learn something new each day about myself and others. Right now I work as a Customer Service and Sales Rep, and like every employee on some days I'm tired and on other days I'm enthusiastic. I always remind myself once in a while that I'm being paid to learn. That's something I picked up from Mark Cuban. In the book How to Win at the Sport of Business he said that if you find yourself in a job you don't like, the thing to do was to continue your education. He did not mean go back to school but that you should treat your job as getting paid to learn!   

Let's all go out and learn and paid for it!

P.S I think college education is great. I am not dismissing a college education. I went back to get my Master's and I'm proud that I have earned such a distinguished degree. Not only that my parents are super proud and that's a feeling money cannot buy. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Duolingo Review

This month I found out about Duolingo.com and boy am I glad! It's a free foreign language learning site and app that you can learn in just ten minutes per day. Let me tell you I am hooked. If you have ever wanted to learn another language but don't think you have the time or money, well, you've run out of excuses! 

Personally, I've been using Duolingo.com for a little bit over two weeks now and I've made a lot of progress in learning Spanish. I've been learning Spanish since the 5th grade and even took a college level Spanish course. But I've stopped studying Spanish over 10 years ago. The human mind is amazing though and I using the Duolingo.com app has refreshed my memory of Spanish. I've managed to reach level 8 in Spanish on Duolingo by just putting in maybe 10-20 minutes per day the past two weeks. 

Since relearning Spanish on Duolingo I've become a little bored and wanted to try other languages such as French and Swedish. I attempted to learn French about 7 years ago after I got back from my Paris trip. I studied French for about a month and then I guess I got bored and stopped. In just three days I've reached level 2 on French and Swedish. However, because of my previous self study with French I expect to progress much faster in French than in Swedish. 

So yeah, by next year I hope to be conversational at least in Spanish, French, and Swedish. If I can do that I am going to reward myself by going to Sweden. And I definitely want to visit Spain and France again. In the mean time you can see all the progress I've made and follow me on www.duolingo.com/MarcPong.

 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Learning Thai

Happy New Year! Today's post is about my reasons for learning Thai but first a little background. 

I am bilingual and I consider myself to be conversational in Thai because of my early upbringing in Thailand. However, I am kind of ashamed to admit this but I did not know how to read Thai until last month even though my parents are both Thai and I was born in Thailand. I am a red blooded Thai American and I think part of understanding who you are is understanding where you came from. 

For the past few weeks I've been learning how to read Thai. At first, I learned the Thai alphabet (well, actually Thai letters since there are no ABCs in Thai) and had fun memorizing the letters. I'm at a point now where I can recognize all the letters in the Thai "alphabet" and read basic sentences. I'm loving the progress I've made and look forward to being able to read Thai novels later on this year. It's going to take hours upon hours of endless study but I believe it's going to all be worth it.

I have a Thai/English translation website, www.thaitranslation.net, that honestly has not made a sale yet. I started the site with the intention of getting it off the ground at first. It's still up because I know very smart bilingual people who can translate from Thai to English and English to Thai. Learning how to read Thai is important to me because in the near future, I hope to take over as one of the translators. For now I'm just the salesman and middleman that facilitates those transactions. So if you're reading this and you're in need of a quality, inexpensive translation please contact me. 

Another reason I am learning Thai is the fact that I want to be involved with the Thai financial markets. It's been a dream of mine spanning several years now. I started a blog back in 2008 called 'Thai Stock Investor', thaistocks.wordpress.com,  and it's still active, though it hasn't been updated in forever. The goal of that blog is to show to potential companies, clients, and employers that I have an keen awareness and strong interest in the Thai stock market. 

So as you can see I have strong motives to learn how to read Thai. I like Thai. It's a beautiful, tonal language despite my other reasons to learn it. I should've learned it a long, long time ago. I'm glad I started learning Thai again. 





Saturday, December 27, 2014

Free Click to Donate

There are two click to donate sites that I'm quite fond of - www.care2.com and www.thehungersite.com. You can donate for free with a click of a button. It's so easy and you can visit daily. 

On 'The Hunger Site' you can click to help end Hunger and End poverty. It's a apart of the www.greatergood.com, which is a free to click charity network of sites. With a daily click of a button, you can help fund mammograms, rescue animals, feed homeless veterans, support autism awareness, fund alzheimer's disease research, fund diabetes research, give books to children, and stop global warming and protect endangered animals. 

Why not take 2 seconds right now to visit and bookmark www.greatergood.com?

Care2 is one of my favorite sites ever. It is a very large social networking site and click to donate site combined with over 27 million members. You can make friends with like minded people that want to do some good in the world. 

There are some many worthy causes that you can support on Care2 such as Animal Welfare, Women's Rights, Civil Rights, Environment and Wildlife, and so much more! There is also a Healthy Living section that publishes eco friendly health and wellness articles with tips, recipes etc. The best part is you can earn points to redeem to support your cause by being active on the site. My favorite gift is a day of safe drinking water for a child which costs 200 points on Care2. I can easily achieve that when I comment ten times on the articles on site or when I sign four petitions. 

I've been a proud member since December 11, 2009 so going on 5 years now. My Care2 page is on my.care2.com/marcpongpamorn. You can do all kinds of good on Care2. If you sign up please do not hesitate to send me a friend request!