So, here is my list of favorite Italian words and phrases:
Okay, so I first learned this word from the show Master of None! “Allora” is a filler word (so, well, then, therefore, etc.). Use this word if you hate awkward silence, or if you are still thinking about what you’re going to say. In Filipino, the closest translation I could think of is “bale”.
My good friend from Torino taught me this word. It is a polite way of saying “hello” without being too formal. It is more formal than the friendly “Ciao!” but less formal than “Buongiorno”. It is interesting to note that in my native language (Filipino), there is no direct translation for “hello”. The closest expressions that I could think of is “kumusta” (“how are you”) and “mabuhay” (“may you live”).
This word literally means “to lose yourself”. Perditi anche tu, divertiti (Lose yourself, have fun). When you are traveling in a beautiful place like Italy, it is so easy to lose yourself in the moment. As a mom of two boys, I often feel like I lose myself (my identity) because I give so much of myself to them. Check out this mantra bracelet from www.perditi.com:
It is synonymous to “perche?” (“why?”). It literally means “how is it ever possible that?”. I like this expression because my Italian tutor said that I should use this phrase instead of “perche”…if I want to impress other people. Come mai?
(Keh- beh- loh)
It means “how beautiful/ handsome”. So many Italian grandmas have come up to my baby boy Lucas to say “che bello”! (Proud mamma moment.)
Does your child show interest in STEM? Is s/he naturally inclined in science, technology, engineering and math? Are you looking for ways on how to support your child’s talent and interest? Let’s learn some tips from today’s expert, Niaw de Leon! She is the author of the book, Microcopy (Discover How Tiny Bits of Text Make Tasty Apps and Websites).
Tell us about yourself and what you like to do.
Hello! I’m Niaw deLeon. I make software applications and teach other software developers how to write the right words to make apps that sell.
A lot of apps that are being developed fail miserably at communicating why they’re valuable and how they are to be used. With the skillful use of language, we can make them easier to use and more commercially successful. For example, I’m currently helping an enterprise e-commerce company serving Fortune 500 customers choose the best words to use on their website so they can boost sales and provide a rich digital experience for their clients. I’m also helping a startup build a web application that makes sustainable travel simple.
As you can probably guess from what I’ve told you so far, I’m a huge language nerd. In my spare time, I study linguistics, write puns, and learn East Asian languages. Despite my current focus on language and communication, my formal background is quite technical. I graduated with a B.S. Computer Science from UP Diliman and worked for many years as a programmer. Luckily for me, I’ve found a way to weave both my penchant for solving technical problems and my passion for communication into a fulfilling career and life mission.
How do you know whether a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career is right for your child?
While I can’t speak as a parent, I can speak from my own experience growing up. At an early age, I displayed an interest in technology by way of my cousin’s computer. I figured out how to code in a pretty early programming language called GW Basic when I was 8 years old. My parents didn’t exactly really steer me in any particular direction, so I suppose just having the freedom to explore my interests and having the room to be curious was a big factor in determining my path.
How can you support your child’s interest in STEM?
I also grew up in a household that greatly valued curiosity and knowledge. We had tons of books at home and had lively intellectual discussions at the dinner table with my dad, a humanities professor, and my mom, who’s a medical doctor and public health advocate. They made sure to nourish my mind with books and science-themed toys as I was growing up. That was great.
Can you tell us more about your advocacy in encouraging young women to pursue a STEM career?
I feel strongly that STEM competency is a way for the Philippines to become competitive on the world stage and provide a better quality of life for a lot of Filipinos. That can’t happen without developing our local talent. However, I believe there’s a lack of support from many sectors of society compared to other professions. The challenge is persuading our nation that STEM careers are something to be emphasized and celebrated for men and women alike. Fortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of groups and events to encourage young women, who, due to many factors, might be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers. I’ve spoken at some of these events, such as GDG’s Women TechMakers, to share my expertise as part of my advocacy.
Congratulations on launching your e-book, Microcopy!
Thank you! I’m truly delighted by the feedback I’ve gotten so far! Business owners, project managers, designers, programmers, and students are looking to create great apps through the skillful use of short texts in their labels. I even got word from a friend in Hong Kong that a fellow conference attendee related how “she’s a fan of the Microcopy author from Manila.”
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How did you support your child’s interest in STEM? Share your ideas in the comments section!
7 Success Tips For Mompreneurs From “Dare To Be More”
Have you read the book Dare To Be More by Kimberly A. Patrick? If you are an aspiring mompreneur, then you really should grab a copy of this book!
Dare To Be More is a Mompreneur’s Story of Risk, Resilience, and Recruiting Success.
Kimberly A. Patrick is the founder and CEO of Talent Matched and is a lead coach for aspiring six-figure moms at KimberlyAPatrick.com. She is also a partner in the real estate investment firm Two Girls and a Hammer. She has a daughter named Ashlynn.
Success Tips For Business Moms:
Look back at your earliest positive achievements from your childhood.
“The key to your unique success blueprint can be found in your earliest positive achievements.” How do you do that? By taking an inventory of your childhood successes. You can ask your family and friends what they remember about you and you will be surprised at what you will discover. When I was in second grade, I lent out books to my classmates for one peso a day. I had an entrepreneurial mindset even back then!
Trust that God is leading you where He wants you to be.
“Every struggle in our lives can take us closer to our God-given destiny.” Do you feel like you have wasted time or have had to start over in a particular area? Don’t worry because you have to trust that you are right where God wants you to be. I used to major in Biology before shifting to a different course. Shifting to early childhood education meant that I graduated a year late. But you know what? If I had not started out as a pre-med student, I would not have met my future husband! Things work out for a reason.
Whatever comes naturally to you is a clue to your calling.
Can you identify those times when you “just did something” others might consider difficult? For me, I find it easy to connect with people. I also like to share what I know by writing about it. What about you? What is your natural talent? Do you think youcan monetize that talent?
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Take time to assess whether you have a business or a hobby.
“You should check if people are willing to buy your product or to invest in your business.” Also, assess yourself if you really want your talent to be a business, or if you are okay with making it a hobby. When I decided to monetize my blog after spending a bit of time doing it as a hobby, it was because I learned that blogging can be a business.
You may have to pivot from your original idea, and that’s okay.
“Sometimes you may have to pivot from your original idea.” Look, if people are not buying your product, then you might need to change your original plan…and that is OKAY! I am still in the process of testing out my ideas. What about you? Have you experienced switching to Plan B when your original idea did not work out?
Learn to delegate tasks to the right people.
“Put the right people around you. Delegate and make things happen. Be relentless, too, and do not give up.” You may be a superwoman, but you cannot do everything! Curate your dream team, and don’t be afraid to assign tasks to people whom you trust. (This is something that I still have to work on since I tend to do everything by myself!)
Work smart, not hard.
“Balancing a family and a baby requires planning. Hire people to help you. Ask for help from family and friends.” I know the “mom-guilt” you might feel when you ask other people to help you take care of your own kids. But do not worry, you will have to hire a babysitter sometimes or maybe ask a relative to help you watch your kids while you work on your business. There is nothing wrong with that! Now, I must admit that again, this is not easy for me to do given my circumstances (I live away from my extended family since my husband and the kids moved to Italy). I am so blessed because my husband has been super supportive. At night when I get to work on my blog (after nursing Lucas), he reads Leon a bedtime story and puts him to sleep.
I hope you were encouraged by the success tips I compiled from Dare To Be More! Are you a mompreneur with some tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section!
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