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Learning a New Language Thru Music

Do you know that listening to music is one of the quickest ways of learning a new language? You can give it a try and see if it works. This article will explain to you how music is related to language and how listening to music, especially using classical music headphones ( click here to see an example ), can aid in learning a new language. But before that, let us first understand what language and music are. What is Language? Language is a system or method of communicating either in terms of symbols or words in which human beings express themselves, either thru written or spoken means. On the other hand, communication is the process of exchanging or conveying news or information. What is Music? Music is the art of using, producing, and playing sounds that are organized into harmonic frequencies. It uses voices and instruments to deliver messages, ideas, and even emotions. It is also an entertainment form that is used in a lot of ways and on different occasions. The sound is organized and arranged with the use of harmony, melody, and rhythm.  Its other characteristics are timbre, dynamics, and pitch. All the sounds form into one cohesive whole, with one or more voices and instruments. How music started is not easy to determine, it probably began with singing, clapping and beating of the hands in different angles although in which there is not a  single archaeological record for this. The Relationship between Language and Music Music and language were initially thought to involve distinct mechanisms in the brain Speech and music in words were thought to be controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain and music in the right. The most apparent connection between music and language, though, is that music can help you to remember and recognize words. It has been discovered that listening to music enables you to learn words more easily than when it is in the form of a speech. Listening can be enhanced by the use of classical music headphones or any other type of headphone with good clarity and noise cancellation capability.  Music can also help children develop language skills easily. How Music Helps You Learn a New Language It is believed that music can unlock any language. If you want to learn a new one, it would be good to keep the following in mind: Memory Technique Music ...
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Reports on Medical Marijuana Aired on Vietnam

The cultivation and use of marijuana, popularly known as Cannabis remain illegal in most countries including Vietnam. This plant is said to cause adverse effects on the mental health and emotions of the user. Nevertheless, some people still argue for medical cannabis and related products, including it cannabidiol. Here are some facts you should know about TV reports medical Marijuana in Vietnam: First Report This report was aired at 11.30 am. The report stated that “Medical Cannabis Vietnam” is a Facebook page that blatantly markets and sells this illegal substance. This claim emanated from an interview with a man whose son had been taken to Accident and Emergency Room (A & E) due to brain damage that resulted from the use of drugs, such as CBD Oil. It is alleged that the man’s son had taken cannabis. This programme was followed by another interview with Mr. Pham Van Tru, the Vice President of Ho Chi Minh National Psychiatrist Hospital. According to Mr. Tru, there exists no sufficient evidence that cannabis cures cancer and is good for expectant mothers. He emphasized that prolonged use of Cannabis sativa alters the intellectual functioning of the brain. He concluded by emphasizing that Medical Cannabis is just a name used by the Facebook page to cover up illegal drug dealing. Second report This report was aired at 6.30 pm on the same day. In this report, the representatives of the drug administration in Vietnam state that morphine is the only substance produced from cannabis that is strictly allowed to be used in hospitals. Additionally, Major Mai Van Linh, the deputy head of Ho Chi Minh City’s Police Office, stated that he had worked with medical officers and came to the conclusion that there is no scientific proof that marijuana can be used as a medicine. He concluded by emphasizing that any shape or form of this substance, including cannabidiol (CBD), is illegal under Vietnam’s law. Thoughts from The Reports From the initial report, we can see that despite VTV lacking sufficient evidence about medical cannabis, they still make invalid claims on national television. It is therefore incorrect to state that CBD oil (also called Rick Simpson Oil) has been verified by thousands of patients to help cure cancer. Furthermore, it is also wrong to state that morphine is obtained from opium and morphine from cannabis. On a different note, a research done by Vietnam’s Bach ...
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Cashless Economy: Vietnam’s Goal for 2020

In recent times, transactions have become cashless. Many countries all over the world are now using plastic cards, or more commonly known as credit/debit cards, as a way of paying for services and commodities. In relation to this, Vietnam is aiming that by 2020, they will be able to have a cashless economy with people using plastic cards (such as those created by CardLogic), digital banking, and digital payment apps. However, realizing this goal seems to be a little bit far. In the current times, only a little over 30% of the citizens in Vietnam own a bank account. The government, however, is looking for ways to get people to use credit cards or debit cards in their monetary transactions. The Increase of Bank Users Over the Years Vietnam is one of the economies that use cash payments in most of their transactions. Many people, especially in the rural areas oftentimes use cash to pay for their necessities. However, the number of people who are using ATM, debit, and credit cards have been slowly increasing as of 2017. The government aims to have more banks and other payment methods implemented in the rural areas. In this way, people will find it more convenient to use cards when paying. Using credit cards, debit cards, and digital banking has its own perks. People will no longer have to worry about being robbed.  Their money is more secured when they are placed into their bank accounts. They can just swipe their cards and the amount deducted from their accounts are exactly the amount that they would be paying for. Changing the Way People Think About Credit and Payment Cards Most people think that credit cards are dangerous and are more prone to hacks. But credit cards are not that bad. Most of the time, carrying cash with you is more dangerous than paying with credit cards. Cash can be stolen and you can never get the stolen money back. However, for credit cards, you can stop robbers from using your credit or debit card by reporting and blocking it at your bank. Plastic bank cards are now equipped with EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) - standard chips. These chips will help ensure the security of your bank account as well as protect you from fraud. Banks were mandated to change old credit, debit, and ATM cards since 2016.  The EMV chips aim to reduce ...
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Different Languages, Different Learning Struggles

Vietnam has already proven its place in the world of tourism. The country boasts plenty of tourist spot destinations which remain preserved and serene. Vietnam is also one of the four remaining countries that adapt the communist rule. It also shows great economic performance and potential among South East Asian Nations. Traveling to this magnificent country sounds interesting but one usual concern that travelers might have will be the language. The main language in Vietnam is Vietnamese or “Tiếng Việt”. Learning Vietnamese can be handy if you want to travel and experience Vietnam. There are Vietnamese language schools in different countries with strong Vietnamese ties like USA, France, Canada, Laos, Cambodia, etc. You might find learning Tiếng Việt or Vietnamese quite enjoyable because of the following: Vietnamese is part of the Mon-Khmer branch from the Austroasiatic language family. Its language is part of the South East Asian language groups used by Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. Majority of its lexicon used in Science and Politics came from China mainly because of the 1000 years Chinese rule upon Vietnam. Phonology Like other South East Asian languages, Vietnamese consists large number of vowels. It has varying sounds and varying spelling for each vowel. Front and Central vowels are unrounded while back vowels are rounded. There are also diphthongs which are combination of monophthongs or single vowels. The phonological features of Vietnamese is quite opposite with the German language. To learn German, in terms of vowels, just consists of short and long vowels. Depending on the word, their vowels can be stressed or unstressed. While Arabic only has 6 phonemes which are pairs of short and long vowels. Though Vietnamese language has numerous accents (diacritics) and varying pronunciations for each letter, this could be the only crucial part in learning Vietnamese. Other aspects of language are quite easy to comprehend. Alphabet Vietnamese uses the Romanized alphabet. They do not use special characters like that of Japan, Cambodia, or South Korea. You can easily read words or signage if ever you are in Vietnam. Just remember to know the diacritics to properly pronounce them when talking to locals. German language also uses Romanized alphabet with different accents or diacritics. While attempting to learn Arabic, you need to study its characters since they do not follow the Romanized alphabet. Grammar Vietnamese language has a simple system of words and Grammar. First, they do not have ...
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