Pets – The Ups and Downs

When we decide to get pets, we have to consider the ups and downs of owning them.  Rather, taking care of them.  It’s not all fun and games when it comes to taking care of them.

What are some of the things we have to consider?  Cost, Life Expectancy, Vet Visits, Intelligence, Size of Animal, Sex of Animal, and even possible problems such as Fleas.  Is it worth it to you to have a dog or cat?

Dogs and Cats are notorious for being Flea ridden, especially if the care takers don’t take care of them properly.  Regular baths and flea medicine can help with that.  Do you have to time to take care of them?

Some animals are cheaper to take care of than others.  For example, other than the initial investment of the tank, decorations, pump, filters, etc Fish are relatively cheap to afford.  If you don’t go overboard, that doesn’t even have to be expensive.

Let’s go back to the Flea issue.  I mean, do you really want Fleas in your house?  What about if you have small children?  What about babies?  Do you really want them to have to deal with that?  Let alone you?

Some pets actually stink.  Ok, let me rephrase that, some pets actually stink if you don’t take care of them.  What does this mean?

Not every pet is easy to take care of.  None of them are really.  Just some easier than others.  Some pets even require you to clean out their cages, if you don’t, guess what?  Here comes the smell.

I’m sure you’re probably tired of hearing the bad sides of having a pet.  What about the good sides?  Yes, there are positive reasons for taking care of pets.

Children for some reason are attracted to pets.  Their like magnets.  Polar opposites.  Don’t believe me?  Go into a big Pet Store one of these days, you’ll see.

Why are pets good for Children?  They can offer companionship to them in times of need.  Perhaps a child is feeling down, but their dog might be able to help cheer them up.  Medical institutes let Pets into children’s hospitals to help easy the burden for the children.

Elderly can find companionship in pets as well.  When there is no one around for Mom or Dad, a pet might actually do them good.  Doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go see them.

I for one will probably never have pets, unless it’s some Fish, or maybe an Eel.  Those Snowflake Eels are pretty cool.  I for one don’t see the benefits outweighing the down sides of caring for a pet.  At least in my situation.  For others, that may be a different story.

Snowflake Eel

Learning A Language

There comes a time in someone’s life, when they decide to learn a language.  Languages can be a lot of fun to learn, but challenging at the same time.  What’s the best way to go about it?

Many companies offer courses on speaking a foreign language.  But is this really the best way to learn?  Sure, they might offer Voice, Visual, and Hands On learning, but is Software really the best way to learn a language?

What about College course material?  Many Colleges offer and even require one to learn a foreign language, or two, or three, etc.  Depending on your degree.  But is College really the best way to learn?

Perhaps the best way to learn a foreign language, is to immerse yourself into the culture.  What Culture?  Well, the culture who’s language you want to learn.  If you want to learn Japanese, you’ll need to immerse yourself in Japanese Culture.  The only way to do that?  Go to Japan.

Why is Total Immersion important?  The thing is, software and audio courses can only get you so far.  In other words, you might be learning how to pronounce a word, but what if you’re not accurate?  People might look at you funny when you’re trying to speak to them.

Some languages, like Chinese, are tone regulated.  In other words, the tone that you speak in, may actually mean an entirely different word/phrase.  Most of the time though, it’s usually different ways of saying something.  Like we have different levels of love, they might have different tones for love.

So, rather than make a fool of yourself, you might want to consider taking an immersion course, or even just traveling on your own.  It’s never too late to travel and you may as well do it while you’re still young.

For those of us who can’t quite afford to travel, at least yet, there is always the courses to use.  I for one find myself having trouble learning certain words, so I have no clue if I’m right with the pronunciation or not.  What about you?  What’s your biggest challenge when learning a foreign language?