The Role of Corporate Universities in Canada

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.” — Steven Wright

It has been at least some thirty years since companies first became aware of the vast potential of universities to serve as de facto R & D units. Rather than spending millions of dollars investing in infrastructure and personnel, pharmaceutical companies set up ‘collaborations’ with universities in order to save on development costs.

Academics would perform some of the basic research, and the company would carry the product to market. While this arrangement was not completely without benefit to the university and its researchers, the bulk of the profits were to be enjoyed by the company.

The argument has been made that it is far more efficient to do so. After all, if university laboratories are performing research (be it in biochemistry, computer science, or in genetics) along the same lines as private companies, why should the two not combine their efforts? The answer can be gleaned by examining the underlying motives of the two sectors.

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How to learn Conversational Spanish fast

The Spanish language is so-called “the new English language” and is the third-most-widely spoken in the world according to some sources. Not only that it is vastly used in many countries, but it is a language you can learn just for fun or for an understanding of all these romantic Spanish songs.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive language courses to learn conversational Spanish. A language so simple and pleasant, Spanish can be easily learned at home. Here are a few tips on how to become a good Spanish speaker and gain a comprehensive understanding of the language in about a month.

Don’t get discouraged – Spanish is pretty simple as many words have the same or very similar spelling to any Roman language (English, Italian, etc). The pronunciation is pretty simple as well because 90% of the words are pronounced just the way they are written, so no heavy pronunciation rules (like in French for example).

Browse the web – you will quickly find a lot of free recourses providing basic Spanish lessons. No matter what you’re interested in conversational Spanish you still need to know the basic spelling and grammar rules.

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How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish?

To get by in Spanish, and to get the information or things you need, you don’t have to be fluent. Even if you know just a couple of hundred words, there’s a lot you can say, and a lot you can understand. So conversational Spanish could be learned in a few months. To speak Spanish fluently, though, will take longer. So the question “How long does it take to learn Spanish” cannot be simply answered.

There are many elements that play a role, like how much time you will dedicate to studying or how well your general langue-learning skills are developed, so it’s is really up to you. But we can see some general trends. The US military, for example, and in particular the Defense Language Institute, teaches students Spanish on a continuous basis and students are required to do extensive homework. After about half a year, these full-time students can speak Spanish pretty fluently.

Here are seven tips on how to put your message across successfully, and how to increase the odds of understanding what’s being said to you:

1. Remember to speak loud enough, so people can hear you. When we speak in a language we’re not confident in, we often say things too quietly. Project your voice and don’t lower it when you’re hesitant about a word or expression.

2. Speak clearly. Don’t mumble or put your hand in front of your mouth. If something doesn’t come out right, say it again.

3. Think ahead. Before you go out shopping, to a restaurant or to rent a car, prepare the sentences you may need. Check the main words and make sure you can say them correctly, and in the right order.

4. Think of the possible answers you might get when you ask a question. Write down the words you’re likely to hear and check any you’re not sure of.

5. Keep it short and simple. Avoid building long sentences.

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Learning Spanish Methods

There are many informative sites that provide facts and details about learning Spanish in general. Spanish is known to be a romance language that is part of the Ibero romance group, which evolved from various dialects and languages from Iberia in the 9th century. This language is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union, United Nations, Organization of Ibero American States, African Union, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations, Caricom and the Latin Union.

Nowadays, you have many options for learning Spanish. The methods on how to learn Spanish are various, which include computer programs, audiobooks, audio Cd’s and MP3, books, private tutors, institutes, podcasts, online courses, etc.

The language of Spanish has become very important with regards to the business area. Spanish learning enables all individuals more employment opportunities in all working areas because of the fact of being bilingual. In the United States, it is known that the Hispanic community is the fastest growing segment market. Nowadays, if an individual is bilingual, he or she will have more opportunities for career choices than a monolingual person. Now, with the globalization and the free trade agreements it involves (though with Trump, I’m not so sure), those individuals that want to learn Spanish are in for better employment offers worldwide.

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