Germany, welcoming migrants

Germany can sustain up to 500,000 or more new asylum-seeker every year, as we know that the people from war-torn countries across the Middle East and Africa are making their way to Europe to chase the promise of a better life. While Germany accepts many asylum-seeker, not every country would do the same. There are pros and cons on welcoming refugees to the country. The government welcomes the refugees but some anti-immigration groups argue that they are a drain on a country’s economy, as they seek to avail themselves of government services before contributing to the state themselves. Here are two benefits why Germany is welcoming migrants with open arms, first the economy growth of the country, second the amount of human resources.

First, the economy growth. The 6.6 million people living in Germany with foreign passports paid $4,127 more in taxes and social security on average than they took in social benefits in 2012–generating a surplus of 22 billion euros that year, according to one report. German officials are hopeful that, in the long run, this new flood of refugees could result in a similar economic gain. German Labour minister, Andrea Nahles, admitted that Germany will profit from this too, because Germany need immigrants.

Second, the amount of human resources. Whether or not this new wave of migrants helps or hinders Germany’s economy depends heavily on the skillsets they bring. Many of Germany’s current working foreigners are high-skilled workers from other European countries like Greece. In contrast, the migrants flooding into Germany right now may not be as well-trained. That means German policymakers have to do a very good job of taking unskilled workers and incorporating them into the German labour force in a way that makes sense for long-term growth, whether that’s by making them to take low-skilled jobs or training them to do higher-level work.

In Conclusion, As we know that the people from war-torn countries across the Middle East and Africa are making their way to Europe to chase the promise of a better life. The benefits of why Germany is welcoming migrants with open arms are for the economy and human resources they need. By welcoming the migrants, Germany hopes they could do better on their economy instead having migrants being a drain on a country’s economy. Also, the amount of human resources that come could be a cheap paid-workers, they need jobs to stay alive, with great skills. The German economy needs to attract 1.5 million skilled migrants to stabilize the state pension system as more Germans retire. That’s why they take low-skilled jobs or training them to do higher-level work as the solution of German retire.

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English common expressions

There are many English expressions for greetings, ranging from informal to formal ones. Below are some common expressions.

Informal Greetings
Hi!
Hello!
What’s up?
What’s new?
How’s it going?

Formal Greetings
Good morning. How are you today?
Good afternoon. How’s everything?
Good evening. How have you been?

Greeting Someone You Haven’t Seen for a while
I haven’t seen you in ages! How have you been?
How’re things going?
How are you getting along?
Long time no see! (Informal)

Greeting Someone You Are Surprised to See
Fancy meeting you here!
Never thought I’d see you here!
What a surprise to see you here!

 

Responding to “How have you been?”When we greet someone we know, we usually will ask the question “how are you” or “how have you been?” Below are some useful responses.

Expressing You’re Healthy and Fine
I’m fine.
Great.
Couldn’t be better.
(I) can’t complain.

Expressing You’re Busy
(I’ve) been busy.
I’m snowed under. (Meaning: I’m very busy)
Very busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day.

Expressing You Have Been Doing OK (Neutral)
So-so.
Same as always.
Same as usual.
Plugging along. (informal)

Expressing You Have Not Been Doing Well
Not too great.
Not so good.
Not too well.
Could be better.
Lousy. (Meaning: very bad)

When having a conversation with someone, we always want to make sure that we understand what each other is saying. It is a good conversational strategy to check, from time to time, if the person you are talking to understands what you are saying.

When, on the other hand, being asked if YOU understand what the other person is saying, you should respond honestly – that is, if you don’t understand, say so, and ask the person to repeat.

Below are some useful expressions which you can use.
When You Want to Make Sure Someone Understands You
(Do you) understand what I’m saying?
(Do you) know what I mean?
(Do you) know what I’m talking about?
Does that make any sense?
Do you follow me?
Are you with me?
With me so far?
You know?
You see?
Right?
When You Understand What Someone Is Saying
I see what you’re saying.
I see what you mean.
I know what you mean.
I know.
I understand what you’re saying.
I’m with you.
I hear you.
I hear what you’re saying.
When You Don’t Understand What Someone Is Saying
I don’t get it.
I don’t follow you.
I’m not sure I get your point.
I’m not sure I know what you mean.

Idiom #1

My Toe Is Killing Me!

Doctor: Sorry you waited so long, Paul; I’ve been tied up all afternoon.What seems to be the problem this time?

Paul: Doc,my toe’s killing me. I think it’s broken.

Doctor: Hmm. . . Let’s have a look.Oh, yeah, that’s a beauty. You really did a number on that toe.How’d it happen?

Paul: I was helpingmy brothermove. I dropped a desk on my foot.

Doctor: Well, that’s a surefire way to break some bones. Paul, didn’t I see you last year for some sprained fingers?

Paul: Yeah . . . I was trying to fix the toilet and got my hand stuck. I yanked it out, and hurt myself. I’mstill trying to
live that one down.

Doctor: Well,Mr. Fix-it, you’ve really outdone yourself this time. You won’t be walking with this foot for eight weeks.

Paul: That’s impossible! I have a camping trip scheduled for six weeks from now. Can’t it be healed by then?

Doctor: That’s a tall order, Paul . . . But I suppose it’s not out of the question.With a lot of rest now . . . and intensive
physical therapy, you just may be back in the saddle again in six weeks. But the therapy requires a lot of work, and time . . . and specifically, following the doctor’s orders . . . Can you handle that?

Paul: Piece of cake!

Doctor: But listen, even if you are walking by then, you’ve got to take it easy during the trip.No climbing trees or jumping across streams or anything. You really need to baby this leg for a while!

Paul: Sure thing.

Doctor: Well, Paul . . . let’s get you bandaged up.We’ll have you hobbling out of here in no time.Now . . . I want you to keep an eye on the swelling in the rest of the leg and foot. And get in touch with Dr. Phillips . . . She’s the physical therapist.

Paul: Okay,Doc. Should I drop by here another day?

Doctor: Yes.We’re going to want to follow up on this in about Two weeks.

Paul: I’ll schedule an appointment with the receptionist. Thanks. Bye,Doc.

Doctor: You’re welcome. And Paul, take it easy, would you?

Paul: Yes, I will. I promise.

1. To be tied up with something or someone. To be busy.
2. To be killing someone. To be very painful.
3. A beauty. A very good or vivid example of something; in this case, a really good example of a bad injury.
4. To do a number on something. To damage, destroy, or hurt something badly.
5. A surefire way to do something. A way that will definitely have a certain outcome or result.
6. To live something down. To be allowed to forget about an embarrassing situation. This is used in the negative—to never or not live something down. A common way you’ll hear this expression is the phrase “I’ll never live this down!”
7. To outdo yourself. To do something very well. To do better than you normally do. Note that this expression is often used in a sarcastic way.
8. A tall order. An unusually difficult request.
9. To be out of the question. To be impossible to accomplish.
10. To be back in the saddle. To return to your normal activities, especially after an illness or injury. To be back in control of your normal activities.
11. To handle something. To cope with ormanage a situation.
12. To be a piece of cake. To be very easy.
13. To take it easy. To do things slowly and carefully,without tiring yourself.
14. To baby someone or something. To treat very carefully
15. To keep an eye on. To watch carefully.
16. To get in touch with. To contact, to talk to someone.
17. To drop by. To visit someone.
18. To follow up on something. To address or check on a situation later

Taken from:
EASY AMERICAN IDIOMS
Hundreds of idiomatic expressions to give you an edge in English!
by Rachel Varra
Edited by Christopher Warnasch

How to Speak English Well

It has been said that English is an easy language to learn, but a difficult one to master. Speaking functional English is something many people take for granted, but speaking it well is a rare and powerful ability. Whether English is your native tongue or a second or third language for you, you can improve your fluency and the power of your speech

  1. Read. Powerful literature is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary and grammar, as well as giving you a good exposure to many of the idiomatic expressions and cultural references that fluent speech relies upon. Countless expressions in modern English derive from Shakespeare and the Bible.
  2. Listen. Just as written literature can be a valuable source for learning grammar and vocabulary, so too can listening to spoken English. Listening to a language helps you develop an ear for what sounds right and what doesn’t. Classic movies and famous speeches are good for this. But listening is even more important in conversational English because conversation is dialogue. You need to know what your audience is saying in order to respond appropriately and intelligently. The ability to listen is often more important in conversation than the ability to speak.
  3. Slow Down and Think. Clear thinking is fundamental to clear speaking; you must understand what it is you are trying to say before you say it. This is especially a problem for native speakers of English who might feel frustrated that they are being misunderstood when in fact the ideas themselves are not fully developed. Taking the time to consider carefully your thoughts will often make them much easier to convey.
  4. Practice. Whether you’re trying to master conversational English as a second language or trying to develop the skills of rhetoric and oratory as a native speaker, you must engage in frequent, intensive practice. Take every opportunity to converse with intelligent and articulate people and don’t be afraid to imitate them. Ask them to correct your pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary. It is also worthwhile to practice alone, in front of a mirror. Memorize a speech, or a soliloquy from a play, or a poem, and recite it frequently, varying the inflection and tone of voice to see what effect you can have. In time, the words will flow more naturally.

source: http://www.ehow.com

written by Tom Kantain

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Novel Synopsis

written and sent by Ahmad Ibnu

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After celebrating at a drinking party with his close friends, Tun  a photographer, and Jane , get into a car accident. Jane hits a young woman. With much fear and bewilderment, Tun prohibits her from getting out of the car they drive away, leaving the poor girl lying on the road. Tun begins to discover mysterious white shadows and what appear to be faces in his photographs. A suspicious Jane thinks these images may be the ghost of the girl they hit on the road. Tun, who has been experiencing severe neck pains since the accident, visits a specialist. While a nurse attempts to measure his weight, to his dismay, he weighs approximately 120 kilograms 264 pounds. While collecting his medication via the counter, he hears a woman’s voice that accuses him of being a liar and he runs away, traumatised  Unconvinced of the existence of the supernatural, Tun dismisses the idea of being haunted although his friends are also being disturbed by this mysterious girl.

Jane begins to investigate in the school’s lab and discovers that the girl was Natre , a shy young woman who had attended the same college as Tun. After confronting Tun, Tun admits that he and Natre were in a relationship, which Tun had kept secret from his friends. Natre loved Tun dearly and threatened to commit suicide when Tun abruptly broke off the relationship. Tun witnesses his friend, Tonn, committing suicide by jumping from his apartment balcony. Tun discovers that his two other close friends from college have also committed suicide. Believing that they have been coerced into doing so by Natre’s ghost, Tun becomes convinced that he will be next.

The haunting of Tun by Natre’s ghost escalates, so he and Jane visit Natre’s mother. At her house, they discover the decaying body of Natre in her bedroom. They learn that Natre had committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a hospital, but her mother could not bear to have her cremated. Tun and Jane spend the night in a hotel, where Tun wakes up and is confronted by Natre’s ghost. Tun tries to escape but is pursued; ultimately, while trying to get away, he falls off a fire escape and is injured. Natre’s funeral is held the following day, after which Jane hopes that everything will return to normal.

However, on returning to Bangkok, Jane collects some photographs. One of the films shows a series of shadowy images of Natre in Tun’s apartment. Investigating further, Jane finds a set of negatives hidden behind the bookcase. She develops the negatives to find photographs in which Tun’s friends the ones who committed suicide are sexually assaulting Natre. Utterly disgusted by her findings, a teary Jane questions Tun. Tun admits that he witnessed the rape but did nothing to stop his friends, and that he was the one who had taken those photos. He says he did it out of peer pressure and has never forgiven himself, but Jane leaves him.

Knowing that he is still haunted by Natre, Tun takes a series of Polaroid photographs in his apartment in an attempt to find her. Having no success, he throws the camera across the room in a rage, only for it to go off, taking a photograph of Tun, revealing Natre sitting on Tun’s shoulders. In the ensuing confrontation, Tun jumps from the window, trying to escape from Natre. The final scene shows a badly bandaged Tun slumping over in a hospital bed while Jane visits him. As the door swings closed behind Jane, the glass reflection shows Natre still sitting on his shoulders.

 

How to be a good leader

by Tommy Adrianto

First,What is a Leader?Leader is A person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others.The another sense is, a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal.In this academy,i have learned many way to be a good leader,like speech in the ceremony,become a head of the organization,and many things i have learned to be a good leader.

To be a good Leader,You must have the courage to perform in front of many people,That is the most important thing to be a leader,if you don’t have the courage to perform in front of many people,you can’t be a leader. Based on my experience, I have some important thing to be a good leader.

Share your vision. As a leader, you can see the bigger issues at hand, but you can also see how things could be so much better if we could just remove those obstacles. To get people to help you in changing things, you need to share that positive vision with them. Inspire them. Motivate them. Guide them. Show them how their actions are bringing everyone closer to that dream. Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts..

Be proactive. If you’ve got these ideas in your mind about what the deeper issues are, you can probably predict the problems that’ll crop up as a result. Instead of waiting for those problems to appear, take steps to prevent them. If you can’t prevent them, then you can at least prepare. That’s the core difference between a leader and a manager. A good manager responds well to a variety of situations; a good leader takes effective action to prevent and create situations before they actually happen.

Make decisions, and take responsibility for the consequences. In order to exert influence and tackle bigger problems, you’re going to need decision-making power, and those decisions will affect the people who grant you that power. This is as much a responsibility as it is an honor. Not only do you need to be able to make sound decisions, but you also need to be willing to be held accountable to them. If things go wrong, people will assume it’s your fault (whether it is or not). Think of yourself as the captain of a ship; the fate of the ship is essentially in your hands, and it’s up to you to steer everyone in the right direction. So exercise wisdom when calling the shots; hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If you’re not prepared to take responsibility for your decisions – if you struggle with hesitation and self doubt  it might be a good idea to step down. An insecure leader often becomes a tyrant.

The last is, Remember that it’s not all about you. The greatest leaders saw their role as a means to an end, and themselves as an instrument of a deeper purpose; any glory, prestige, or wealth was a side effect rather than a motivation. If you want to realize a vision, the most effective way to do it is not with an army of drones; that army will only last as long as you do. For the most long-lasting results, share your vision and let people adopt it as their own, and let it spread like wildfire. Think of yourself as the beginning of a chain reaction once it’s begun, you can step away and it’ll continue to happen without any effort on your part. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

The conclusion ,from all the things to be a good leader, You must be prepared to come under pressure, to deal with any issues, solve problems, and you also have to listen to the opinions of your subordinates. I think that is all for my article,I hope it can be useful for all people who read this.

My Cat

My Cat

funny cat,
you are really beautiful ..
makes me want to caress your fur dense ..

meow ,, meow sounds so spoiled
I know it’s a sign he was hungry,,,
teddy , cat ..
that makes my life more colorful ..

I’m very fond of him
he was always comforted by the sound spoiled ..
during holidays arrive,
I picked her up and brought joy to play,
spend time with him …

written by Sinta

Peanut butter banana sandwich by Suzanna

Peanut butter banana sandwich
The easiest recipe because i can’t cook well.. 🙂

We have to prepare
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana, mashed
2 slices of bread
2 tablespoon butter, melted
And chesse chedar
How to cook it…

First, mix the peanut butter and mashed banana together.
Then lightly toast the slice of bread
Next, spread the peanut butter and banana mixture on the toast.
After that, close the sandwich, put it in a pan with melted butter and fry the bread until it’s brown on both sides.
Finally, add the chesse chedar in bread.
Peanut butter banana sandwich ready to eat… 🙂

It’s easy and simple..everyone can make it, don’t to need much time to make it.