Being grateful quotes and phrases are flooding the networks this week as the holiday season approaches. I happen to think that it’s nice, albeit difficult at times, to express this Thanksgiving spirit--the attitude of gratitude--all year-round, especially as 2014 comes to a close. The opportunity for another chance presents itself for another 365 days in just a few weeks.
While we’re on the topic, I’d like to say I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity and means to be able to gather my thoughts and finds, interacting with people all over the world. I’m not a seasoned writer; I don’t pepper my posts with fancy words, but I'm ever so grateful to have a space to share with you, dear reader(s). (I'm going for the gusto thinking in plural...)
I’ll spare you with the list of what I’m thankful for because I'm doing my best to appreciate it all. The Terrible-Horrible-No Good-Very Bad days are part of why the It’s-A-Wonderful-Life days are so bright, the downs make you appreciate the ups, and even the most ornery people whose paths have crossed mine have contributed towards my knowing and growing. #Blessed
I’m far from mastering my native language of English, and, if anything, it’s taken a turn for the worse in recent years. Sometimes there’s a slip of that good ‘ole Queens dialect, though I don't say tree instead of three like my dad, or boh-ul (bottle) like my mom. With that, if you want some extra lingo lovin’, or happen to be spending the holiday on the road and/or with a foreign language at the table, the Translator With Speech App is one for you.
I wouldn’t use it as a crutch to help learn the inner workings of a language, but it’ll get you by in a pinch. I’ve found the app to be fun for practicing pronunciation: it instantly translates the inputted text and then speaks it aloud. The voice adds some pizzazz to the end of every sentence, too. Download and you’ll see.
Click through to translate between 72 languages into what looks like a chat thread, and swipe left to clear translations. There are ads that appear on the bottom, and Airplane Mode won’t help make them disappear; you need Internet connection for the free app to function.
Whether gearing up for the Thanksgiving travel deals and online specials this week, or fluttering in and out of your turkey (or tofurkey) comas, keep the attitude for gratitude! Don’t let it fade soon after Thanksgiving, and try to avoid postponing it until mañana or next year. Look at it this way:
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
• Ralph Waldo Emerson •
Remember those that can’t make it home this year, and a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying to have your tecnología at the table, just be mindful of not letting it be the only form of interaction. Though a great way to connect, it’s easy to agree that it can hinder communication. Stay present!