Um super beija na boca!

beijaEu estou praticando meu português por meio deste sítio web. Alguns acontecimentos em minha vida me convenceram finalmente tomar os passos melhorar minhas habilidades nesta linguagem.

Primeiramente, desde que muitos de meus interesses de carreira envolve a américa latina, aprende português é um ativo definido para mim. Além do mais, um MBA programa apliquei ofereò especialização regional, e se posso alcançar um nível intermediário de português pelo fim de verão, eu posso especializar-me no mercado Brasileiro (economia maior 10 no mundo). Finalmente, somente isto fim de semana passado eu encontrei três brasileiros muito amigáveis quem visitavam Montreal. Ouvir aquela linguagem linda novamente cimentou minha decisão. Eu plenamente pretendo tomar cursos portugueses intensivos este verão!

Agora mesmo, uso um tradutor de teia e um dicionário português-inglês imenso, mas logo espero estar fazendo-o sem a ajuda destas ferramentas!

D.V., J.L., R.D., A.R., Are you reading?

To the people mentioned above:

You can do anything you want, if you want it badly enough. There’s nothing out there that can stop you. Set your goal, develop a strategy for reaching it, even for surpassing it. Believe in yourself. Be determined and focused. Don’t let small setbacks de-motivate you. Everything is a challenge. Every part of you should come together to form a team. Gather your energy, your will, your ambition, your intelligence, and your experience, and push forward to meet your goals.

Whatever doesn’t kill you … only makes you stronger.

Inch by Inch speech from Any Given Sunday
Vocal by Al Pacino, music by Paul Kelly with Robbie Robertson.
MP3 available here

I don’t know what to say really. * Three minutes * to the biggest battle of our professional lives * all comes down to today. * Either * we heal * as a team * or we are going to crumble. * Inch by inch * play by play * till we’re finished. * We are in hell right now, gentlemen * believe me * and * we can stay here * and get the shit kicked out of us * or * we can fight our way * back into the light. * We can climb out of hell. * One inch, at a time.

Now I can’t do it for you. * I’m too old. * I look around and I see these young faces * and I think * I mean * I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make. * I uh…. * I pissed away all my money * believe it or not. * I chased off * anyone who has ever loved me. * And lately, * I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life * things get taken from you. * That’s, that’s part of life. * But, * you only learn that when you start losing stuff. * You find out that life is just a game of inches. * So is football. * Because in either game * life or football * the margin for error is so small. * I mean * one half step too late or to early * you don’t quite make it. * One half second too slow or too fast * and you don’t quite catch it. * The inches we need are everywhere around us. * They are in ever break of the game * every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch * On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us * to pieces for that inch. * We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch. * Cause we know * when we add up all those inches * that’s going to make the fucking difference * between WINNING and LOSING * between LIVING and DYING.

I’ll tell you this * in any fight * it is the guy who is willing to die * who is going to win that inch. * And I know * if I am going to have any life anymore * it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch * because that is what LIVING is. * The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can’t make you do it. * You gotta look at the guy next to you. * Look into his eyes. * Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. * You are going to see a guy * who will sacrifice himself for this team * because he knows when it comes down to it, * you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That’s a team, gentlemen * and either we heal now, as a team, * or we will die as individuals. * That’s football guys. * That’s all it is. * Now, whattaya gonna do?


Correspondence with the Ivory Coast

ic-woman-childHello everybody, I’m Chris, a first time writer for this site. When Ryan asked me to write a piece for his site, the words witty and entertaining came to mind. However I’ve decided to take a 180º turn and tell everybody about a beautiful experience that has opened my eyes and certainly touched me. It goes a little something like this, and please bear with me while I draw you a picture…

When I was in the 6th grade at Harold Napper elementary school, my French class corresponded with another French class, this one in the Ivory Coast, on the western coast of Africa. This correspondence had each student paired up with another student from the other respective class. In my case, I was paired up with a certain Patrice Yéboua-Kouamé. We exchanged a few letters, not more than 3 I think and that was that. Though we were not in contact anymore, his name never left my mind. Every so often I would just reminisce and think of him and our correspondence, never ever forgetting his name, even though it isn’t exactly the easiest to remember like the john smiths and allen bakers that seem to be everyone’s next door neighbour!

Anyway, enter last Tuesday, a normal day at school, a normal bus ride home. I get home and believe you me that I rarely ever get mail, unless it’s a credit card bill, or an “extend your credit today!” form. But on this particular Tuesday, there was a white envelope with my name hand scribed on it. I glanced over at the issued stamp: Ivory Coast… It couldn’t be… I opened the letter and glanced the page up and down for a possible clue and there it was: “God Bless You, Your Friend, Patrice Yéboua Kouamé”. There it was folks! My African penpal from a decade ago had stepped out of the darkness and back into my life! I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel now, or the extreme high I felt receiving that letter.

In his letter Patrice talks about his education, his religion, and the atrocities that his native land have gone through under the current repressive regime led by Laurent Gbagbo. He even apologizes for not typing, saying that the poor in the Ivory Coast have no access or no knowledge of computers. The whole purpose of this segment was to point out how really fortunate we are to be in school, be able to travel, to be able to “seize the day.” Patrice kept my address for a decade, I think that speaks worlds about somebody. I was very happy to hear from him and I can only imagine how much joy a letter from the outside world of which his country has very little contact with because of the severity of the regime will bring him.

I encourage everybody to check out the Lonely Planet website and check out the “other readings” section. Patrice sent me the name of an “ami-frère” that would like a correspondence, which I will happily correspond with, but I have the feeling that there are others that would love to correspond with other Montrealers, so if anybody’s interested, contact Ryan or simply e-mail me at send_chris_stuff AT yahoo DOT ca

Chris Ascroft

Junior Team Canada

I’ve just returned from the Junior Team Canada Regional Centre in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. It took place on Friday at the University of Ottawa’s Tabaret Hall. Registering for this unique initiative was no harder than visiting a website, signing up, and sending a cheque for CDN$25.

My participation in this seminar precedes my application for participation in the Junior Team Canada mission to China and the Philippines in August 2004. My proposal for involvement must include a photo and a brief pitch for why I should be selected. I also need to choose a preferred sector of Canadian business, and prepare a marketing plan for how I will obtain a specified level of corporate support. Finally, I must outline how I would contribute to the community upon my return, using my newly developed skills.

My ultimate objective in getting involved with this program is to gain valuable professional experience in an international setting. I know this will differentiate me from my peers and enhance my competitiveness. I anticipate that participating in the Mission this summer will allow me to develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and economic & country risk analysis. I also know I’ll get the chance to make some incredible contacts in government and business, both here in Canada, and abroad.

th-MarinoPatPals Thanks to my longtime friend, Marino Francispillai, for accommodating me during the two days I was in Ottawa. He is great at keeping me supplied with food, drink, a place to crash, intelligent conversation and wise advice.

What is Junior Team Canada?

In 1991, Global Vision, a Canadian non-profit organization, launched the Junior Team Canada Program, a youth business leader training program. As the junior component of the Prime Minister’s Team Canada, the program is dedicated to providing youth, ages 16-25, with the skills, experience and knowledge on global economies in an effort to promote Canada’s overseas business development in the international marketplace.

Junior Team Canada shows these young leaders first hand the impact that trade and development have on Canada’s ability to successfully compete in the international marketplace. The program accomplishes this mandate by giving young people from every province in Canada a platform to work with small and medium sized enterprises across the country in order to promote their products and services internationally.

The Junior Team Canada Program allows these young leaders to act as consultants for export-oriented companies and organizations on our Economic Missions to Canada’s trading partners. Upon their return from the mission, each delegate must prepare a market summary and a prospect report on possible trading partners for Canadian businesses. This report is tailored to the specific interests of each delegate’s corporate sponsors.

The 2004 Junior Team Canada delegation will study the latest developments in China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Recent events that will make it even more interesting are China’s entry to the WTO, the threat of terrorist activity in Eastern Asia, and Hong Kong’s repatriation to the motherland. The delegates will become better acquainted with various industries in these countries, including agriculture, the services industry, culture and education, energy, environment and information technology. They will visit local businesses and government offices, and will attend numerous networking events and press conferences.

Source: Information compiled from the website for Global Vision [January 28, 2013: website offline]

What is a Junior Team Canada Regional Centre?

Youth aged 16-25 were invited to meet with Canadian business and government leaders to learn first hand about the future careers that exist in both the national and global economy. The full-day event combined interactive teamwork and skill-building sessions with informative speeches from invited guests. Participation at the Regional Centres is a necessary step to qualify for a position on Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada Trade Mission program to Asia (China and the Philippines) in August 2004.

Source: Information compiled from the website for Global Vision [January 28, 2013: website offline]