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Beyond Words: A Radically Simple Solution to Unite Communities, Strengthen Businesses, and Connect Cultures Through Language Paperback – September 7, 2017
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About the Author
James Archer began thinking about The ShareLingo Project in 2012 after a great deal of work to learn Spanish. In 2013, he founded ShareLingo and began work on developing the proprietary model and methods that the company uses. In addition to the United States, James has lived in Australia and Europe, and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Latin America. While learning Spanish, James felt a strong desire to connect with native Spanish speakers for conversation practice, and to also learn about the many cultures that make up our community. Prior to developing ShareLingo, he had been a Computer Engineer, the General Manager of Australia’s largest conference and Exhibition Company, an art gallery owner, and an inventor, holding multiple patents in his name. James has served on multiple corporate and non-profit boards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.
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Archer discusses how his business Sharelingo is designed to promote and solidify language learning, and therefore good relations between Spanish and English speakers. But, he says, these techniques and methods can be used for any two languages. Based on a one-on-one approach he describes how this type of interaction not only boosts linguistic skill, but build bridges between individuals and cultures. The concept is simple, but brilliant and is particularly relevant in our increasingly multicultural world. Dr Denise A Nisbet
Not only does this book teach concepts to unite all people, it introduces the Sharelingo Method for learning (in this case Spanish).
What I really enjoyed was reading how subtle differences in culture, can create two different points of view on many common situations. Understanding other cultures, not just the language, creates huge breakthroughs in our so-called differences.
This book is a great step to creating a world of Uniters, bucking the current trend of division. Highly recommended! (and the proceeds go to charity)
Beyond Words discusses the ShareLingo Project that James founded to bring groups of two people together face to face from different cultures who speak two different languages to connect with each other and learn how to pronounce the other person’s words and phrases in their language and also to understand what they are saying.
I love how James focuses on industry specifics and covers so many sectors of the work environment with his ShareLingo Project. It only makes sense that immigrants should be able to learn the words and phrases they need to function at work first instead of just nodding and smiling like they understand what’s being said out of respect for their bosses and continue doing their job only to find out they were doing it all wrong.
Nurses use nurse lingo such as please pee in this cup and put it in the little door in the bathroom for the lab.
Construction workers use building lingo such as install the drywall on the eighth-floor room 810.
Maids use housekeeping lingo such as please take four towels and two washcloths to room 516.
Seamstresses or Tailors use sewing lingo such as take the brown slacks up an inch and a half and remove the sleeves from the white blouse.
And so on.
Language is one of my favorite subjects, which I find eternally fascinating. The author, James Archer, shows why breaking the language barrier is a good thing, how to do it, and all the lovely benefits of doing so. At heart, we are all the same and language should not create a barrier - but too often does.
The book is meant for a wide range of people and will help immensely- from those in healthcare and sales to those in non-profits, church groups or government. He shows how to create a win-win situation with concrete actions and makes the case for losing that fear or barrier in front of you!
Grab this book - it is worth it!
As someone who has lived in a foreign culture for 20 years and experienced every day the judgments and stereotypical thinking people have learned, it becomes obvious that we are making up our beliefs about one another based on faulty information. This book explores the gaps and builds a bridge that we can all walk across.
Although the book largely discusses the differences between Spanish and English diversity, this system [the SharedLingo project] can be used for any two languages. By understanding and developing a deeper level of thinking and compassion, we can overcome common misconceptions and have big breakthroughs with multiple cultures. The result is more freindship and a better quality of life for everyone.
A highly recommended book that makes a difference.