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What Are the Useful European Languages to Learn?

Language learning isn’t just great for personal development, it’s an in-demand skill that employers will pay a premium for. Digital nomads can dramatically expand their horizons by adding at least one foreign language to their repertoire, while jobseekers looking to go in-house can bolster their salary by 15% with language skills. Although many people focus on Asia when considering new languages to learn, the Indo-European language family is arguably more lucrative. Unsure of whether it’s time to firm up your French or pursue Portuguese classes? Read on for the most valuable l European languages you should be looking to learn.

1. Spanish

With more than 460 million native speakers, Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages on the planet. This number is quite staggering when fewer than 50 million people live in Spain itself. More than 110 million Spanish speakers live in Mexico, although you’ll also find significant populations throughout South America. If you’re looking to travel to one of the 22 countries that recognise Spanish as an official language, being able to speak it fluently will make your life easier. With companies like Banco Santander and Repsol ranking in the Fortune 500, Spanish language skills can bolster career prospects.

2. Portuguese

Portuguese is often dismissed as secondary to Spanish, but this distinct language is incredibly widespread. It’s a recognized language in more 10 different countries, with 279 million speakers worldwide. As with Spanish, only a tiny percentage of Portuguese speakers live in its country of origin. It’s the official language of Brazil, with 211 million people using it as their native tongue. You’ll also find sizable Portuguese-speaking populations elsewhere globally, with around 693,000 speakers in the United States. If South America is on your travel bucket list, this is one language that’s worth investing the time in.

3. German

With more than 95 million native speakers in Germany alone, German is one of the most widely spoken languages. After English, it’s also the most commonly spoken language in the European Union. Aside from Germany, it’s an official language in countries including Switzerland and Austria. It’s also widely used elsewhere on the continent, with large groups of speakers in Luxembourg and Belgium. It’s hardly a romance language, but mastering German can yield lucrative returns. The German economy is one of the strongest globalloy, with the country dominating several sectors including the mechanical engineering and automotive sectors.

4. French

Are you thinking about dusting off your high school French? It’s certainly worth considering. More than 300 million people use this language regularly, with more than 278 million people speaking it as their native tongue. It’s the official language of almost 30 countries scattered across five continents, meaning it enjoys considerable cultural and economic importance. Working on your French skills is something to think about if you’re looking for a language to guide you through globe-trotting adventures or grant you access to international freelance assignments.

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Caterina Bonvicini – The Year of Our Love

The Year of Our Love will be released on June 22nd, 2021 by acclaimed Italian author Caterina Bonvicini. A sweeping romantic drama set in Bologna and Rome over the course of nearly four decades, The Year of Our Love chronicles the history of contemporary Italy through one couple’s relationship – a fervent affair rooted in friendship that transcends the boundaries of social class. Already a success in Europe, Other Press is excited to introduce this resonant, heartfelt novel to U.S. readers.

Opening in 1975 at the height of the Years of Lead (a tumultuous period of both right- and left-wing violence in Italy that lasted until the late 1980s) and spanning through the three cabinets of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (1994-2011) and beyond, The Year of Our Love tells the story of Valerio Carnevale and Olivia Morganti from early childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Valerio, the son of the wealthy Morganti family’s gardener and housekeeper, grows up alongside Olivia. Despite their differing socioeconomic backgrounds, the two are inseparable; they are driven to preschool together by Olivia’s grandfather, Gianni, and read stories and Shakespeare plays by her lively grandmother, Manon. At age 5, Valerio and Olivia innocently kiss each other, a moment that seals their star-crossed fate and presages a decades-long romance that weathers distance and time.

When his parents’ separation forces Valerio to move from the comfort of Bologna to Rome, where his mother’s new boyfriend, a petty criminal, lives in a borgata (working-class suburb), Valerio and Olivia write letters to one another to stay in touch. After graduating high school, Valerio chooses to attend university in Bologna, so he can be near Olivia once more. Though they date briefly, they drift apart in the whirlwind of their 20s. Olivia impulsively marries a dandy with bohemian ideals, while Valerio pursues a career in real estate development, sacrificing his dream to work in law in favor of a more practical path. Yet, no matter how their lives twist and turn, destiny keeps bringing them back to each other. Relishing chance encounters and stolen moments, Valerio and Olivia rediscover the pure love that first blossomed between them as children.

Releasing in June, the month during which Italians celebrate Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day, a national holiday commemorating the end of monarchic rule on June 2, 1946), The Year of Our Love offers a spirited portrayal of the ups and downs of romantic and familial affection. Through the lives of her vibrant, unforgettable characters, Bonvicini deftly captures the shifting mood and milieu of Italy over the past 40 years. 

About the Author 

Caterina Bonvicini lives between Rome and Milan and holds a degree in Modern Literature from the University of Bologna. Her novel L’equilibrio degli squali (2008) was hugely acclaimed and won Premio Rapallo, Premio Fregene, and Premio Frignano in Italy, and Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro in France. It was followed by Il sorriso lento (2010), Correva l’anno del nostro amore (2014), Tutte le donne di (2016), and Fancy Red (2018). Her books have been translated in several countries.

About the Translator

Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. His recent translations include Kill the Father and Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri, The Catholic School by Edoardo Albinati, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances by Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera, and Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia.

Praise For The Year of Our Love

In Italy, the heir to an industrial fortune and the son of the family’s gardener and maid cross paths throughout the years. – Nytimes.com

In a novel focused on dark, messy relationships, acclaimed Italian writer Bonvicini creates satisfying characters who are charming, short-sighted, selfish, and loving. Her rendering of the politics and social structure of Italy from 1975 to 2013 have a nuanced authority, and the blend of the personal and political feels authentic and adds depth and significance to the story. Readers of Beautiful Ruins (2012) by Jess Walters, Like Water for Chocolate (1992) by Laura Esquivel, and Gabriel García Márquez will appreciate the star-crossed pain Bonvicini delivers from start to finish. – Booklist

Acclaimed Italian author Caterina Bonvicini delivers a big, bold, all-encompassing novel in The Year of Our Love, a deeply engrossing 40-year love story influenced by historical events that occurred in Italy over decades…Through short, perfectly selected and astutely crafted scenes, Bonvicini depicts episodes from the lives of Olivia and Valerio over the next four decades in an Italy where corruption—in both personal lives and the society at large—is endemic…High drama and moments of great wisdom flesh out themes centered on the perils of upward mobility, appearances for appearance’s sake and allegiance to marriage and family. Chilling, stark realities force some characters—including a very strong, vividly rendered supporting cast—to become victims of the dark era in which they live. In stunning prose, translated by Antony Shugaar, Bonvicini renders an intricately plotted contemporary Italian epic where the fate of her star-crossed lovers is magnified by the crushing influence of familial and societal forces…exquisitely written. – Shelf Awareness

Sweeping, surprising, and bristling with specificity, this novel combines the best ingredients of a love story with unflinching snapshots of a contemporary Italy roiled by violence, corruption, and social upheaval. The clarity, honesty, and veracity of Bonvicini’s writing will conquer you from page one. The first work of this acclaimed author to appear in English, thanks to Antony Shugaar’s supple translation, is cause for celebration. – Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake

Preorder The Year of Our Love today via otherpress’ website.

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Unforgettable Foreign Films

10 Foreign Films with the Most Unforgettable Love Stories

By Roberta Seret, PhD

I have two loves – literature and film. The most powerful love stories jump off the pages or off the screen, narrating different types of love turmoil, journeying through danger and obstacles to find love. The best love stories occur when love triumphs over evil. 

In the past twenty years, I have taught film through my NGO at the United Nations and at New York University. It is a love story that captures my students the most. Their 10 favorite love stories in foreign films deceit different ways of loving, but they all try to overcome these obstacles to find it. Although they may not always get their happy ending, it’s always worth the risk:

1.     JOJO RABBIT – (New Zealand) 2019, director Taika Waititi. During World War ll, ten-year-old Jojo is being brainwashed as a Hitler Youth. Strangely, his mother allows this, for it is her only way to protect him. We see how deeply a mother loves her son as she prepares him to be independent. Simultaneously, the director expresses his love for the future of children to do what’s right.

2.     HONEYLAND – (Republic of Northern Macedonia) 2019, directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary and Best Feature Film, this story recreates a Paradise Lost and its destruction by a greedy man. Love for beauty and nature, and the desire to recapture it, is represented by honey – becoming extinct – and man’s inhumanity to lose it.

3.     NEVER LOOK AWAY – (Germany) 2018, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Based on the life of the famous painter, Gerhard Richter, the director recreates the artist’s search for Truth. It is only through love for Art that the artist can find peace. It is this tumultuous search that pushes him/her to create.

4.     CAPERNAUM – (Lebanon) 2018, director Nadine Labaki. Lost children, abandoned, hungry, and forced to go against their conscience, are victims of war-torn Lebanon and Syria. The director opens her heart by using her hand-held camera to capture how children suffer in their struggle to survive. It is through her love for these children that we understand and want to help. 

5.     FACES PLACES – (France) 2017, directors Agnes Varda and JR. At 89-years-old and one year before her death, famed filmmaker, Agnes Varda embarks on a road trip to show her appreciation to the people of France. As a token of her deep love, she offers them a new type of art – photos of themselves – while she is making a film of their acceptance. Photography mixes with cinematography, the moving image fuses with still art, to show the director’s love for people and give them Art. 

6.     LION – (India/ Australia) 2016, director Garth Davis. The true story of 5-year-old Saroo, who gets lost on a train in India and cannot communicate in a different dialect to return home. He is placed in an orphanage and adopted by a couple from Tasmania, Australia. Twenty-five years later, his obsession to find his biological mother is proof of his filial love.

7.     TONI ERDMANN – (Germany / Romania) 2016, director Maren Ade. A father loves his ambitious, modern daughter and wants to help her understand what happiness and love are. But the generational gap proves to be stronger than his quest. Despite his struggles and sacrifices, she answers when she sings Whitney Houston’s song, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.”

8.     PHOENIX – (Germany) 2014, director Christian Petzold. Nelly survives World War II because she is obsessed at Auschwitz to be loved again by the man she loves. She does return to him but disfigured, and he does not recognize her. Deceitfully, he schemes to help her survive the traumas of her past. But as she learns the truth, will her love forgive him?

9.     IDA – (Poland) 2013, director Pawel Pawlikowski. Ida embarks on a spiritual journey to choose between a life of love and family, or God and religion. As she voyages toward the answer, she learns about her history and what the material world can offer. But she keeps repeating, “And then?” She realizes it is love for God and the spirit that can offer her the truest love.

10.  CASABLANCA – (USA/ Morocco) 1942, director Michael Curtiz. This is the best love story of all. For those who will see this film for the first time, I am jealous. This is an American movie made in Morocco with an anti-Hollywood ending. It shows and answers what is true love? What we see on the screen is a love that hurts – for all of us. And yet, love must be experienced, and this film must be seen!

Roberta Seret, Ph.D., is the director of Advanced English and Film at the United Nations for the Hospitality Committee and Founder of the NGO at the United Nations, International Cinema Education. She is the author of the Transylvanian Trilogy, with Love Odyssey releasing March 23, 2021. Visit her website for more information.

Is Happy Marriage Possible With Mail Order Bride?

Today, dating and marriage take so many different forms, that every single person can find or even invent their own format of dating, wedding and family life. The cultures merge, people accept a new approach to relationships, and few can today be surprised with an unusual marriage. Globalization, on the other hand, removes the barriers between cultures and also removes distances between people of different cultures. As a result, a lot of couples meet online and build strong relationships, despite the fact of being the representatives of different nationalities, cultures, races or ethnicities.

The other side of it is that if the person cannot find a match for themselves in their area, lacks social circle or lives in a small town where all younger people try to move away, instead of being desperate about finding a couple, such person just goes online. So, people who are unhappy in relationships with their fellow citizens, just find a person, maybe of a totally different culture, who suits them just fine. Therefore, today dating mail order brides and creating families with them is a totally legal, acceptable and promising endeavor.

One has generally equal chances to create a happy family with a girl next door and a mail order bride. The only real difference is that with the girl next door, one may just lack other options. With the mail order bride, though, one can choose, and the girl herself is also ready to relationships, moving to a different country, and creating a family.

There are many benefits of mail order brides. Firstly, these are women who are truly ready to build relationships. If she has registered on the website, she understands the risks and responsibilities. Secondly, the majority of mail order brides are women from poorer countries, while the majority of their men are from richer countries. As a result, the girls are usually grateful for the possibility to move, and thus they are not that demanding in terms of courtship, presents, and similar stuff. After creating a family, they tend to take care of husband and children, instead of building a career or pursuing hobbies.

In the period of dating such girls, there are some possible difficulties like getting in touch on a regular basis, talking through an interpreter, organizing all those trips to each other, etc. For some men, this part is pretty tiresome, especially the legal aspect. However, as soon as everything is done, and the girl got married in her husband’s country, chances are high she becomes the most tender and attentive wife.

This is mostly caused by the fact that the man and the woman actually chose each other, considered all pros and cons about each other, discussed not movies and books, but their relationships and potential life together. They had the chance to know everything about each other and make an informed choice. So, such a marriage has more opportunities to be a happy and successful one.

ARKONIK DEFENDER

NEW ARKONIK DEFENDER: A Timeless Classic Enhanced for Adventure

Every inch of this D110 is enhanced for adventure. At first glance, this station wagon emanates a classic look with Fungus green bodywork, satin black chequer plate and traditional steels. However, the off-roading aficionados amongst you will notice that everything about this Defender is there for a reason. The OEM steering wheel, powerful V8 engine and BFGoodrich® AT tyres are perfectly suited to provide superior leverage and handling.

The designer of this truck knows Defenders inside and out and plans to use it for what it was built for. Aided by a NAS exterior roll cage and WARN® winch, this station wagon will hold its own on the Florida trails, just like its Native American namesake.

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1) Exterior:  Fungus Green body with Satin Black chequer plate Raptor Black Safety Devices® NAS roll cage Original Land Rover grille & wing-top vents Front and rear light guards A-bar with twin LED spotlights Front bumper DRLs |WARN Zeon 12-S winch Gloss Black Heritage steel wheels BFGoodrich AT KO2 tyres | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps Rear LED work lamp Raptor Black steering & front differential guard NAS rear step

 

2) Interior:  Nutmeg Brown leather trim Modular heated front seats 2 Premium heated high-back centre row seats Matching leather door cards Lock boxes in front & centre rows Bench seats in load area Grey suede headlining & side panels Black anodized gear knobs & door furniture Land Rover leather steering wheel Ice White LED lighting package Deluxe sound system Air conditioning

PIRELLI × LAMBORGHINI URUS

PIRELLI TO EQUIP THE NEW LAMBORGHINI URUS WITH SIX TIRES:

 

–       P ZERO FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE;

–       P ZERO CORSA FOR A SPORTY DRIVE;

–       SCORPION FOR GREAT CONTROL ON AND OFF ROAD

TIRE SIZES FROM 21 TO 23 INCHES IN SUMMER, WINTER AND ALL-SEASON VERSIONS

Pirelli will provide six tires for the new Lamborghini Urus, its first Super SUV. The Pirelli tire range will be offered in 21 to 23 inch sizes to best highlight the Urus’s different functionalities and driving experiences.

For such an extreme car that can go from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, 0-124mph in 12.8 seconds and with a maximum speed of 190mph; Pirelli needed to develop multiple tires. Pirelli has provided Urus drivers with three tire product families to cater for different driving styles and experiences: P Zero for performance lovers, P Zero Corsa for on-track adrenaline, and Scorpion for more adventurous, off-road driving. The Scorpion tire family, designed for extreme use, is available in the standard tire version, as well as Winter, All Season and All Terrain variants.

There are six different Pirelli tire types in total, reflecting the multi-faceted soul of the world’s fastest SUV – driving on snow, gravel, sand, the road and racetrack. These tires all combine functionality with a sporty drive.

The most important technical challenge Pirelli’s engineers overcame for the new Urus was creating a tire that could cope with such contrasting demands, such as grip, snow traction, durability and laceration resistance in off-road driving. The result is a tire that’s both extremely quick on track and versatile driving in snow or gravel without compromising on comfort, which is an important attribute for a SUV.

Pirelli’s development work concentrated on compound and tread pattern design, to offer maximum grip and flexibility for the vehicle’s various driving demands.

Through creating a more open tire pattern by leaving out some tread blocks, for example, the tire is able to guarantee perfect handling off-road on gravel, while offering excellent dry and wet handling to tackle more conventional surfaces in complete safety.

Through the specific performance offered by each Pirelli tire product family, these tires offer Urus drivers versatile use. Those who favor off-road driving can also rely on safe performance on roads or in snow/ rain conditions. Conversely, those who love the thrill of on-track performance will enjoy optimal car handling on wet and dry surfaces in an urban environment.

Ultimately the key element of these Pirelli tires is versatility, in dedication to the new Lamborghini Urus model that has revolutionized the SUV market.

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ATIYE

Atiye  was  born  on  the  22nd  of  November  in  Bremen. She was raised in West  Germany  by a  Turkish  father  and  Dutch mother  and  spent much of her  childhood  in  Germany,  the  Netherlands,  the  United  States  and  Turkey.   The  second  album  by  Atiye  was  self-titled  and  released  under  Sony  Music.  It  spawned  a  number  of  hits  for the  artist.  The  lead  single  “Muamma”  and  the  second  single  “Salla”  became  huge  hits  in  Turkey.  They  peaked  at respectively  No.5  and  No.3  at  the  official  Turkish  chart. Magazine  Covers  include:  ELLE,  Women’s Health,  Home  Style,  Avon and  People. In addition, she received the ELLE  Style Award for “Best  Dressed  Artist” and dubbed as the Best  “Turkish  Act”  at  the  MTV  Europe  Music Awards.