Jo Anne Cardinal

About Jo Anne Cardinal

I consider myself to be "More spanish than you... I chose this country!". I've been living in Spain more time than not, and involved with language training most of that time. I consider myself to be an extremely fortunate person. This is a place for me to share some of that experience.

PARE – How far is too far for anglicisms?

Sometimes I have to stop the person I’m speaking with and ask them “Excuse me, but what exactly did you mean to say with ___?”. It’s a bit complicated for me to follow the Spanish meaning of the English words, now used as something “cool”. I’d love to hear your opinions – I tend to remember that […]

We are getting old, and nobody is having babies!

Ok – it’s a slight exaggeration (I’ll never get old ;)), but now that I’ve got your undivided attention – what should we do about it? Whatmore, a few questions come to mind – how do we treat the elderly? What age shall we be expected to work until? How long will the younger generation be socially accepted […]

Politics and the social media: are we learning?

Everybody knows, as our dear Leonard Cohen would have said – but do they care? How much do each one of us actually appreciate how much information is collected about us and used in order to “improve our lives”? I for one, don’t mind – that much. Here’s the thing though – I don’t feel like […]

Control yourself! Help at the hour of conflict – read on!

Everyone has conflict in their lives – at some level. But – exactly how good at it are you? I mean – do you let it become conflict, or do you have a technique and actually enjoy it? Oh – and let me be clear – by conflict – I mean any sort of conversation in which […]

Beauty in sustainable energy – for real this time

First things first –
the picture is “just a pretty window” – I didn’t want to steal any images. Follow
through with the article and to her web and you will have plenty to see of her
original work.

At this stage of life, we all know that our companies must and can do their part in forging a better – more sustainable […]

Where are the limits of our personal freedom?

We know that we are controlled – and we are all quite passive about it – we even reap the benefits I’d say. There is always some sort of plus to being offered exactly what you want, when you want it.

Let me ask you this – do you even read the fine print of the agreements […]

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    Is humour for all? Apparently not – at least not for women!?!

Is humour for all? Apparently not – at least not for women!?!

Ok – we can take this with a grain of salt. I mean – we are in Spain and not the USA. I tend to see less humour involved in business here in Spain. I also see that women in business are very serious anyways. Is that even a fair statement? I hadn’t […]

Public Speaking for Beginners

Actually – I think this is an excellent video for a few reasons. ONE – if you don’t know these points – boy have you got alot of important things to learn! Now comes the interesting part – if you DO know what this is all about – EXCELLENT! Now that you’ve got the topic that […]

How far would you go to help your competition?

That is precisely the question that the CEO of Qantas airlines had to ask himself when he received this plee. He went all-out. He actually invited the head of the other airlines to visit their office, and got into detailed responses. Who was the audacious CEO who went straight out to ask him about his companies […]

Motivational Speech of the Century

This is a tear jerker and it has an effect on anybody, I’d say. So – tell the truth – how much time do you invest in listening to motivational speeches? Is a situation of “If you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all.”?

Tell me what you think after watching this video.

Link to original source on Youtube.