Don’t reject a positive troll

According to Wikipedia:

a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

We had started a discussion (1) (2) in Jaap’s blog about (un)happy people in a network. In which I underlined the fact that all trolls are not negative and destructive. A positive troll sends some signals (new approach, new way of doing things, “strange” plan …) that may annoy the whole network. If one troll didn’t agree with the whole group and the group “quarantines” him/her… it is safer to change the land, start a new “network life” and build whatever s/he believes in. Sometimes the group may act as the body when he rejects the pacemaker device implanted to save person’s life! Even the pacemaker is necessary, the intelligence of the body is that the immune system rejects all strange things in it.
We don’t want to live in a “Seagull community” and being banned as Jonathan Livingston who was rejected from his community because he wanted to explore, to know, to learn something new Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book written By Richard Bach:

I don’t mind being bone and feathers, mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.

The question here is how to classify trolls as negative or positive?

In my humble opinion, I think positive trolls come with solutions, propositions, ideas and negative ones find path-holes, stuck and send negative thoughts for the sake of annoying others. John Lennon stated: “There are no problems, only solutions” that means if we focus on the stimulus itself without catching the right message, we may quarantine and reject positive trolls and offend them. Sometimes, it is also a lack of communication, someone may express something that it is received and perceived as negative and annoying.

Don’t reject trolls specially if we know that they are successful people in their field, they see things differently and they express them differently because we speak different languages and we have different backgrounds … Be careful, lack of communication destroy all bridges and make networks as weak as spider’s web.

My Experience With Learning A New Language

“Each tongue is a man” (Arabic proverb)

I love traveling and I have pleasure meeting new people and exploring new landscapes and enhancing my communication skills. There are two major skills to learn a new language: 1- Active Skills and 2- Passive Skills. I think passive skills are much easier to develop than active ones, I don’t know why? May be because of their passivity but they are useful to develop active skills. To develop the active skills, learners should put more effort and engage in their learning process.

Let’s get started:

** PASSIVE SKILLS

  • Listening
  • Being digital learner is the key. I listen to audio-books on CDs on my computer or my mp3 player while exercising and cooking. I used to use playaway gadgets. I download useful podcasts from iTunes store about topics I am interested in.

    To use iTunes store, download iTunes software for free. Watch this video tutorial to get familiar with the software and learn how to subscribe to podcasts. On search field type ESL (English as Second Language) or Learn English, or Apprendre Français or Imparare Italiano or whatever your new language is and subscribe to feeds.

    Another option is to listen to your favorite podcasts using a desktop or a web-based application Reader. I use Google Reader to subscribe to RSS podcasts feeds. To know more about Google Reader and how to use it, follow this link. I used to watch subtitled videos and movies to get familiar with different accents and to improve my pronunciation. One of my favorite website is TED talks.

  • Reading
  • Being book lover is the key. I enjoy reading books. I used to read ESL books that enhanced my vocabulary. Remember that it took us long years to learn our mother language. Don’t hurry, chill out and enjoy your learning journey.
    You may consider twitter as your learning platform, people share a lot of resources on twitter by using hashtags (#). To learn more about hashtags, watch this video tutorial. In the search field, type #ESL (English as a Second Language), or #EFL (English as a Foreign Language) or #French or #Language and in each tweet, you may find other hashtags that take you to other resources.

** ACTIVE SKILLS

  • Speaking
  • Being socially present is the key. Belonging to groups and being socially present is my way of getting more envolved in the community and develop my active skills. I joined English Corner and Public English Discussion. I joined Women’s Friendship Circle and Newcomers Group Greater Moncton & Surroundings. I volunteer with many organizations and I enriched my network with new connections. Don’t be shy, go and meet native speakers… people are nice!
    I went for a linguistic trip in Halifax, NS for English Immersion program at Dalhousie University. It was very interesting learning experience because I was exploring a new place and meeting new people.

  • Writing
  • Being connected is the key. I use social media and I am “Connektd to Explore”, it’s why I created this blog and of course my friends are from different countries and they speak different languages which help me in improving my new language. I love writing and I am working on developing my writing skills to unveil the knowledge.

** YOU ACCENT IS YOUR IDENTITY
I quoted from Successful English blog:

The second thing language does is identify you as a member of a social group. Your language may identify what part of the country you come from – people from Boston sound much different than people from Dallas. It may identify your profession or level of education – people with more education often use different vocabulary than people with less education. It may identify what country you came from – Mexican-Americans sound different than Asian-Americans. Accent is part of your identification, but again, only a part. Vocabulary and other language elements also help identify the group you belong to.

Everybody has an accent, for instance Acadian French accent is different from Quebecer’s accent which is also different from French accent in France. English native speakers have different accents too. British accent is different from American Accent. I certainly have an accent When I speak English which is fine because it reflects my ability to speak other languages. After all, is to get understood and to “communicate” with people. The most important is who you are. Have a look at this funny video, just live your learning journey with a lot of fun and please don’t give up… Good luck!

The most important is: Who you are?

Our roots run deeply but is everybody able to present a timeline of his/her ancestors?

I attended a ceremony of the black community history in New Brunswick on Feb 2nd. It was hosted by The Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (Magma) at a beautiful art gallery La Teraz in Moncton, NB. This ceremony was very inspiring and the speakers presented us a timeline of the black community in NB since 1800 or so.

The most important, as says one of the speakers, is who you are and how you can contribute to your community. My contribution to the discussion was about immigration and roots and how can we go deeply to find our roots. We are all immigrants if we can go deeply to our roots. Moreover, if we consider our diversity as a wealth, we can learn from each other and make strong connections with different people regardless our religion, our skin color or our roots. This earth is so diverse and her beauty is in her diverseness. I quoted from the General Governor of Canada, Michaelle Jean, when she received her Honorable Doctorate at the Université de Moncton in 2009: “Everybody can have a place in Canada“.

Joel Kimmel said is the video bellow about Ontology: “The quality of life is determined on no so much you’re doing but who you’re being and why you are doing it that has the impact on your life…”

Margaret Young stated: ‎”Often people live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it works is actually the reverse. You must first “be who you really are” then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want”. In this inspiring video from TED talks, the speaker emphasized that there is so many things to be happy about. We do have many highs in our life but between them there are some bumps and lumps and after-all, we do have only 100 years in this life to enjoy our achievements.