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April 25, 2014, 07:32 PM
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There is nothing difficult about Spanish. You read and write it exactly the same way you pronounce it. Vowels have only one sound - their own name - in every and all situations. Grammar rules aren't too complicated. It's almost like Esperanto. By comparison English and French are nightmares. In French you have many [for example] 8 letter words, and 5 of them are silent. But at least in French, just like in Spanish, you have accented vowels and extended characters to help. There's nothing like this in English. You have words such as "appropriate" which, if pronounced "a-pro-pri-āt" means one thing, but pronounce it "ap-pro-pri-it" and it's another definition entirely. There is NO accent or extended character to tell you which is which. And as in French, you have plenty of silent letters.

January 25, 2016, 12:11 PM
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Tonight I'm going to give you a French lesson, and we have seen that the last time I taught a course, iih was very happy to attend the class. Maybe teachers are scarce in his country and internet is a good way to learn some things. At least, personally I learnt many things thanks to my computer. I wasn’t bilingual 10 years ago, but reading some newspapers and watching some movies in English have been really helpful. I stay lucid, it won't be enough to read the newspaper le Monde, but you may learn a few things. What's more, the French language is only spoken in France,Switzerland,Canada,North Africa, and less and less in Vietnam. So it is unlikely that Vasudev or iih will have to speak French in a discussion one day.

Maybe those with gaps in English are going to learn a few words, even though we are going to see some common words. Tonight's lesson will focus on false friends.
A false friend is a word that looks similar but whose meaning is different.
For example, let’s take the word Important: in French it means both significant and important:
une personne important/an important person. une somme important/a significant sum (an important sum would not really make sense).
So on the left I put the French words, and on the right the English translation.

Important             Important/significant
Librairie                Book shop           (bibliothèque=library)
Actuellement         Currently             (en fait=actually)
Éventuellement     Possibly         
Fastidieux             boring        (Méticuleux= fastidious/meticulous)
Habileté                skill (and not ability)
Réaliser                to achieve/to realize  (Achever= to complete)
Hasard                 chance     (Danger = hazard/danger)
Heurter               to hit        (Blesser= to hurt)
Prétendre              to claim   (Faire semblant=to pretend)
Raisonnable           sensible   (sensible=sensitive)
Approvisionner      to supply (supplier=to beg)
Impoli                   rude         (rude=hard/rough)
Nom de famille      surname  (surnom=nickname)
Expression            phrase (phrase=sentence)
Monnaie               change (changer=to alter/to change)
Grandiose               grand   (grand=tall)
Grue                     crane     (crane=skull)
Tissu                     fabric     (fabrique=factory)
Exiger                   to demand (demander=to ask)
« Last Edit: January 25, 2016, 05:46 PM by scarface »

August 07, 2016, 11:30 AM
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Some persons must be getting a bit bored on the forum...I was doing some accounting exercises and suddenly I was thinking “maybe shadow97 or usmangujjar are eager to do these exercises too”.
So, here are a few question about amortization. company bought a  new patent for $25,000. Because of government regulation the patent is now worth $35000. The process is only expected to be used for 5 years. The annual amortization expense associated with this patent is
A $2,000
b. $5,000
c. $7,000
d. $10,000

The estimate of the value of an asset at the time of disposal is the
a. acquisition cost.
b. residual value.
c. depreciable cost.
d. cost of living.

Depreciation expense is recorded in order to
a. ensure that the firm has adequate cash to replace the asset.
b. present assets at fair market value.
c. be able to sell the asset easily when the firm does not need it any more.
d. allocate the cost of noncurrent, nonmonetary assets to periods benefited.

You can reply and I'll tell you if your answers are right or wrong...

And here is an exercise about the declining balance method, which is a widely used form of accelerated depreciation.
You have to do an amortization table. Well you’ll find a model below, and if you want to reply you just have to fill it. Note that for the US rule, the last depreciation must take into account the residual value. It’s not the case in the French accounting system where only the linear method is taking into account the residual value.

Cost of asset = $40,000
Estimated residual value = $4,000
Estimated useful life of asset = 5 years
Depreciation rate = (1/useful life) x 2=40%

Year  Cost     Depreciation Rate   Depreciation   Accumulated Depreciation   Book Value
1      40000   40%
2      40000
3      40000
4      40000
5      40000
« Last Edit: August 07, 2016, 11:35 AM by scarface »

November 21, 2020, 03:10 PM
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Today, I'm going to suggest a philosophy test.
Test your knowledge with these 5 philosophy questions. The answers are below.

1 "Beauty is the symbol of good" according to:
- Hume
- Plato
- Kant

2 What idea was John Stuart Mill behind?
- Better to be a dissatisfied man than a dissatisfied pig "
- Stop and think about the meaning of your actions ”
- Man is neither angel nor beast, and misfortune dictates that whoever wants to be an angel plays the beast "

3 According to Hobbes, the three main causes of quarrels are: rivalry, mistrust and…
- Ignorance

4 According to Sartre, "man is condemned to ...":
- Die
- Be free
- Live

5 According to Plato, to know the real it is necessary:
- To isolate yourself in a cave
- To detach from the senses
- To look at the stars

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, in the museum Rodin, near the Invalides, in Paris.

1 "Beauty is the symbol of good" according to Kant, in the Critique of the faculty of judging. As Lamouche, Rosset and Cerqueira write, “if the beautiful interests us, says Kant, it is because it presents an analogy with the good: just as the concern for the good relegates our interest to the background, the beautiful brings us into a disinterested pleasure distinct from the pleasant ”.

2 For John Stuart Mill “Better to be a dissatisfied man than a dissatisfied pig; it is better to be a satisfied Socrates than a satisfied fool ".

3 According to Hobbes, the three main causes of quarrels are rivalry, mistrust and… pride. "It becomes clear by this that as long as men live without a common power that holds them all at bay, they are in this condition which is called war, and this war is war of each against each" (Leviathan).

4 According to Sartre, "Man is doomed to be free. Sartre writes this in Being and Nothingness. Man, who is absolutely free, "is always in a position of choice, and therefore of responsibility, which plunges him into anxiety and forbids him lightness", explain Lamouche, Rosset and Cerqueira.

5 According to Plato, to know the real one must detach oneself from the senses. "The soul of the true philosopher is kept away from pleasures, passions, sorrows, fears, as far as it is possible" (Phaedo).