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Monday, January 27, 2014

Classic car garage, @Speed Garage, Thailand

Originally posted on YouTube.com on Jan 11, 2013

Initially I built this to keep all my cars.
But now it is more than just a car garage. It is like my home.
I can come here and just relax.
I keep all my spare parts, wheels, and cars here.
They are sort of like my children.
My friends can come here and we can all relax together and share a passion for cars.
My name is _____ ______.
My nickname is A. I am 47 years old.

Actually I started driving when I was 8 years old.
My father taught me how to drive a little bit,
and then I stole his car for driving on the street when I was 8.
So I've been driving for 31 years already.

You know, driving a car always gives me pleasure and relaxation.
I like to control the cars.
Sometimes I also do very high speed.
And we, as a group of friends, we get together and start also to go into motor-sports.

I think the rarest car, especially the Japanese cars, is the Hakosuka.
With the Hakosuka in Thailand, there are only maybe four or five.
In the beginning, when they started selling Hakosuka in Japan,
maybe only four or five of them were imported to Thailand.
I think this is the most difficult car to find in Thailand.

I do love Japanese cars because my first car I got also a Japanese car.
And you see, I've been working with Japanese (cars) a long time.
So, I really like the way the Japanese thinking. You can see, yes?

I think restoring the old cars back to life is a kind of fun.
And also you have to put (in) a lot of effort, and also investment.
Especially with the car you love or prefer to have.
And when you've got it, you have to, I think, (give) it attention to the car.

I have to say (that) I love them all, the cars that I own.
I cannot say that I love this one more than the other
because you see the cars now, some of them took me four or five years to restore.
So I have to love them all equally.

And I still enjoy doing it.
And I have no intention to stop restoring the cars.
And maybe one day I (will) put them into a museum.

You see, cars can bring you into … friends … and also societies.
You see, we are getting together because of the cars.
So I think cars can be friendships also.

Monday, January 20, 2014

In Mongolia, centre helps children with disabilities learn new skills

Originally posted on UNICEF.org on May 28, 2013
By Sabine Dolan

UNICEF correspondent Sabine Dolan reports on a mother in Mongolia who is taking care of a daughter with learning disabilities.

Like all children, those with disabilities have many abilities, but are often excluded from society by discrimination and lack of support, leaving them among the most invisible and vulnerable children in the world.

UNICEF launches its flagship report The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities on 30 May 2013. The report brings global attention to the urgent needs of a largely invisible population.

In northern Mongolia, a centre supporting children with disabilities has proven a lifeline for 13-year-old Uyanga.

Tsagaannuur, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia, 28 May 2013 – Tumenjargal is a kindergarten teacher in northern Mongolia. She’s also a wife and mother of four. The family live in the small village of Tsagaannuur, about an hour from the Russian border.

Tumenjargal’s 13-year-old daughter Uyanga enjoys the same things as a lot of girls her age. “She really loves music and dancing,” Tumenjargal tells us. “She could watch television for hours, listening to music, especially traditional music, and watching how people dance.”

Two days after she was born, Uyanga was diagnosed with brain damage, which left her with permanent learning disabilities. Uyanga has difficulty speaking, and her vision is impaired. She learned to walk when she was 3 years old. Her parents tell us she can usually walk alone in a familiar environment. Otherwise, she is afraid.

Challenges for Uyanga

In Uyanga’s village, there are few options for children with disabilities. Uyanga attended kindergarten from the age of 4 until she was 9. She then went to her brother’s school, but was soon faced with stigma and discrimination.

Uyanga, 13, (left) with her mother, Tumenjargal, outside their home in Tsagaannuur. Two days after she was born, Uyanga was diagnosed with brain damage, which has left her with permanent learning disabilities. © UNICEF Mongolia/2012/Dolan

“When she was 9, she started attending school with her brother, but children made fun of her,” Tumenjargal tells us. “It was hard for her brother, too, so she stopped going. It was difficult. There were some challenges.”

Children with disabilities are less likely to receive an education. They’re also less likely to engage with peers or have an opportunity to participate in their community. They are often neglected and isolated.

Inclusive education

Today, Uyanga attends a centre that helps children with disabilities learn new skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. UNICEF supports this centre, which has become a lifeline for Uyanga – who now enjoys learning and has made friends. UNICEF has also trained the teachers here to promote child participation and inclusive education. Thanks to this inclusive model, 40 children with disabilities are now enrolled in the centre as well as in the main school.

“She doesn’t yet know how to write, but she is exercising how to hold her pen,” Tumenjargal explains to us. “Also, she practises how to pronounce sounds and consonants. After school, she comes home and she tries to practise in front of the mirror.”

“Please help and try to understand”

Children with disabilities face many barriers; they encounter social exclusion, as do their families. Yet, in a supportive community, families can help foster a more inclusive and enriching environment.

“My message to parents of children with disabilities and people all over the world is this: Please help and try to understand children with disabilities,” Tumenjargal says.

UNICEF wants to raise awareness about the rights of all children. We want to support more centres for children like Uyanga so they can enjoy the same opportunities as others.



Definition List:
  • disability: a physical or mental condition that means you cannot use a part of your body completely or easily, or that you cannot learn easily
  • to exclude: to prevent somebody/something from entering a place or taking part in something
  • discrimination: treating somebody or a particular group in society less fairly than others
  • invisible: that cannot be seen
  • vulnerable: weak and easily hurt physically or emotionally
  • flagship: the most important product, service, building, etc. that an organization owns or produces
  • lifeline: something that is very important for somebody and that they depend on
  • to diagnose: to say exactly what an illness or the cause of a problem is
  • permanent: lasting for a long time or for all time in the future; existing all the time
  • impaired: damaged or not functioning normally
  • options: things that you can choose to have or do; the freedom to choose what you do
  • stigma: feelings of disapproval that people have about particular illnesses or ways of behaving
  • to engage: to succeed in attracting and keeping somebody's attention and interest
  • inclusive: including a wide range of people, things, ideas, etc
  • barriers: a problem, rule or situation that prevents somebody from doing something, or that makes something impossible
  • to encounter: to meet somebody, or discover or experience something, especially somebody/something new, unusual or unexpected
  • exclusion: a person or thing that is not included in something
  • to foster: to encourage something to develop
  • enriching: to improve the quality of something, often by adding something to it
Pronunciation MP3:
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= exclude
= invisible
= vulnerable
= flagship
= lifeline
= diagnose
= permanent
= impaired
= option
= stigma
= engage
= inclusive
= barrier
= encounter
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Envoy tells Mongolian students to make most of studying in Korea

Originally posted on Korean Herald on May 12, 2013
By Philip Iglauer

Mongolian Ambassador to Korea Baasanjav Ganbold spoke at a Mongolian student group’s biggest annual meeting highlighting the rising presence of the Mongolian expatriate community in Korea at the National Institute for International Education in Seoul on May 4.

The Mongolian Student Association in Korea (CMOX) organized the annual student meeting that hosted Ganbold and Mongolian poet, actor and musician Divaajin Sosorbaram.

Mongolian Ambassador to Korea Baasanjav Ganbold (second from right) poses with Mongolian poet, actor and musician Divaajin Sosorbaram (left) and Mongolian students during an annual meeting of the Mongolian Student association in Korea (CMOX) at the National Institute for International Education in Seoul on May 4.

During his speech, Ganbold advised the audience of about 200 young people to make the most of their time in Korea.

“You should use the opportunity that you have been given to study here in Korea to learn as much as you can. It is, of course, important to learn Korean while studying here, but take this opportunity to study English as well. That will be vital to your future,” Ganbold said.

Hundreds of Mongolian students studying at universities all over the country converged in Seoul to attend the meeting.

Mongolia and Korea have close diplomatic relations by virtue of the large Mongolian expatriate community here. Some 33,000 Mongolians ― equal to 1 percent of the entire population of the Central Asian nation ― reside in Korea including industrial laborers and students. About 3,000 of them are students, according to CMOX.

Nearly half of all households in Mongolia have a family member residing in Korea, according to one estimate.

Sosorbaram is a household name in Mongolia; cell phone cameras immediately began clicking when he began his speech. Clad in a traditional Mongolian deel, Sosorbaram said it is most important to discover who we truly are and be proud of what we find.

“You are fortunate to be here and to have such a big responsibility to contribute to Mongolia’s development, too,” Ganbold said.



Definition List:
  • expatriate: a person living in a country that is not their own
  • clad: wearing a particular type of clothing
Pronunciation MP3:
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U

Originally posted on Lifehacker.com on Jan 3, 2014

We've put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this spring (yes, and winter) for the latest term of Lifehacker U.

Orientation: What Is Lifehacker U?

Whether you're headed to college for the first time, you're back in classes after a fun, food, and family-filled holiday break, or you're long out of school and interested in learning something new, now's the time to turn it on and increase your skills with some interesting and informative classes and seminars. Anyone with a little time and an interest for self-growth (and a computer) can audit, read, and "enroll" in these courses for their own personal benefit.

Schools like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, and many more are all offering free online classes that you can audit and participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office chair, couch, or computing chair-of-choice.

If you'll remember from our Fall 2013 semester, some of these classes are available year-round, but many of them are only available during a specific term. Because we're all about helping you improve your life at Lifehacker, we put together a list of courses available this winter that will inspire you, challenge you, open the door to something new, and give you the tools to improve your life. Grab your pen and paper and make sure your battery is charged—class is in session!

Computer Science and Technology
Finance and Economics
Science and Medicine
Mathematics
Social Sciences, Classics, and Humanities
Law
Cross-Disciplinary Courses and Seminars
Extra Credit: How To Find Your Own Online Classes
If you're looking for more or more varied course material, here are some resources to help you find great, university-level online classes that you can take from the comfort of your desk, at any time of day.
  • Academic Earth curates an amazing list of video seminars and classes from some of the world's smartest minds, innovators, and leaders on a variety of topics including science, mathematics, politics, public policy, art, history, and more.
  • TED talks are well known for being thought provoking, interesting, intelligent, and in many cases, inspiring and informative. We've featured TED talks at Lifehacker before, and if you're looking for seminars on the web worth watching, TED is worth perusing.
  • edX is a collection of free courses from leading Universities like the University of California, Berkeley, MIT, and Harvard. There aren't many, but the ones offered are free, open to the public, and they rotate often.
  • Coursera has a broad selection of courses in-session or beginning shortly that you can take for academic credit (if you're enrolled) or just a certificate of completion that shows you've learned a new skill. Topics range from science and technology to social science and humanities, and they're all free.
  • Udacity offers a slimmer selection of courses, but the ones offered are not only often for-credit, but they're instructor led and geared towards specific goals, with skilled and talented instructors walking you through everything from building a startup to programming a robotic car.
  • The Saylor Foundation offers a wide array of courses and entire course programs on topics from economics to political science and professional development. Interested in a crash course in mechanical engineering? The Saylor Foundation can help you with that.
  • Class Central aggregates some of the best courses available from open universities and programs around the web in an easy to sort and search format. Just search for what you want to learn, and if a course is available and starting soon, you'll find it.
  • Education-Portal.com has a list of universities offering free and for-credit online classes to students and the public at large.P
  • CreateLIVE features a number of interactive courses in business, photography, and self-improvement, many of which are free and available to listen in on at any time of day. 
  • Open Culture's list of free online courses is broken down by subject matter and includes classes available on YouTube, iTunes U, and direct from the University or School's website.
  • The Open Courseware Consortium is a collection of colleges and universities that have all agreed to use a similar platform to offer seminars and full classes—complete with notes, memos, examinations, and other documentation free on the web. They also maintain a great list of member schools around the world, so you can visit universities anywhere in the world and take the online classes they make available.
  • The Khan Academy offers free YouTube-based video classes in math, science, technology, the humanities, and test preparation and study skills. If you're looking to augment your education or just take a couple video classes in your spare time, it's a great place to start and has a lot of interesting topics to offer.
  • The University of Reddit is a crowd-built set of classes and seminars by Reddit users who have expertise to share. Topics range from computer science and programming to paleontology, narrative poetry, and Latin. Individuals interested in teaching classes regularly post to the University of Reddit subthread to gauge interest in future courses and announce when new modules are available.
  • The Lifehacker Night School is our own set of tutorials and classes that help you out with deep and intricate subjects like becoming a better photographer,building your own computer, or getting to know your network, among others.
The beautiful thing about taking classes online is that you can pick and choose the classes you want to attend, skip lectures and come back to them later (in some cases—some classes require your regular attendance and participation!), and do examinations and quizzes on your own time. You can load up with as many classes as you choose, or take a light course load and come back to some of the classes you meant to take at another time that's more convenient for you.
    With Lifehacker U, you're free to take as many or as few of these classes as you like.