Is Learning Japanese Hard? No! And The Pros Outweigh The Cons

Did you know learning a second language makes you smarter? Research shows that bilingualism increases cognitive function as you age and delays the onset of dementia. In addition, you become more tolerant and improve your cultural intelligence. That’s a competitive edge for people who work with globally distributed teams.

Although it may be a herculean task to speak like a local, being bilingual, or even a polyglot, builds your brain muscles. An MRI scan has proven that some parts of language students’ brains have enlarged compared to those in a control group. So, if you want to develop more of your global and social skills, then why not learn Japanese? It’s not that tough as you think, and learning it has more pros than cons.

Pros of Learning Japanese

Study Learn a new language without being overwhelmed. Set a time for yourself and explore Nihonggo. Photo: Pixabay

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A Chat With Food Critics, Chefs And Restaurateurs From Asia

I gather my friends – Asian food writers, food critics, restaurateurs and chefs – asking them why they think Chinese food comes with such a bad reputation – ultimately being the poster child of ‘dirty’.

With hundreds of Chinese restaurants closed in this pandemic year, perhaps it is more timely than ever to ask the question – can Chinese food ever be seen as ‘fine-dining’ and will America lose its love/hate relationship with Chinese food with all these closures?

Let’s not forget Chinese-American cuisine is very much a part of the American culture as is BBQ to Southerners and bagels to New Yorkers Chinese Food is definitely a highly lucrative industry. 

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How Comfort Food Can Sharpen Your Mind and Support Weight Loss

Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella,” tweeted Jamie Oliver in 2016, before casually mentioning that his recipe for it included chorizo. The response from Spain was immediate – and brutal. Some compared the unconventional addition of the spiced meat to the desecration of the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco in Zaragoza; others went as far as suggesting that they’d kill him. “I had death threats,” Oliver said on The Graham Norton Show, “because of a bit of sausage.”



a pan of food on a wooden table: There's more to your bangers and mash than you think


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There’s more to your bangers and mash than you think

It was yet another manifestation of Oliver’s apparent war on the world’s traditional rice recipes, whose front lines have extended from a flagrantly inauthentic egg-fried rice to a parsley- and-coriander-loaded joll of rice that seemed closer in spirit to West Acton than to West Africa. But the anger of the purists is, perhaps, misplaced. These dishes are

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Winter Break Grab and Go Food Bags program provides students food over winter break – News

Redbirds frequently face issues with food insecurity, especially over long break periods when dining centers close.

With the help of the Food Insecurity Committee, the ISU Police Department, and the School Street Food Pantry, the Winter Break Grab and Go Food Bags program was born to help bring food to students that need it.

This past December, more than 2,000 food items were donated over three days, with Illinois State faculty and staff donating a large portion of the items. “The idea moved to action quickly, thanks to partnership with ISUPD and School Street Food Pantry,” said Associate Dean of Students Jill Benson, co-chair of the Food Insecurity Committee at Illinois State University.

“A scheduled University break is not a positive or relaxing time for all students.”

Gina Hunter, member of the Food Insecurity Committee

In coordination with the School Street Food Pantry and volunteers, the donations were received, bagged,

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