Quick French Phrases When Your Mind SUddenly Goes Blank

The moment your feet touch French territory, you might suddenly realize that all the French words you memorized

earlier have escaped you, and your mind is suddenly blank. When you find your brain suddenly blank and your

tongue suddenly tied in the midst of French territory, here are a few quick phrases that will be sure to save the day.

A Quick Fix

The phrase that will definitely save the day immediately would be:

Does anyone speak English? Which, in French is: Y a-t-il qulequ’un qui parle anlais? You can also opt for the shorter version which is: Do you speak English or Parles’tu anglais? For a more formal version, say: Parlez-vous anglais?

When someone reaches out and talks suddenly to you in a barrage of French words and you don’t understand, say:

Non, je ne comprends pas. If you do understand, say: Je comprends.

Hey Let’s Talk About The Weather

Naturally while in French territory you do want to talk about something and what better topic is there than to talk about the weather?

Luckily, when the topic is the weather, it does not take too many French words to make you sound fluent. If the weather is cold, all you need to say is: il fait froid, which means exactly that. If the opposite is true and it is hot, then say: il fait chaud. When it is foggy you can say: il y a du brouillard. When it is windy, say il y a du vent. When snow is in the horizon then you can express this by saying that it’s snowing, or, il neige. Talking about the weather in just a few words is a great way to get strangers to agree with you and open up a conversation.

This is also perfect for new French-speakers that want to practice their general conversation skills. For braver souls that want to show that they know French lingo better than most, then you can go ahead and say il pleut des cordes, which is the French version of saying it’s raining cats and dogs. In French territory, however, this phrase literally means that it’s raining ropes, which is their version of cats and dogs. Naturally, you do want to match the actual weather to the right phrase.

Question Everything

Regardless of how long you plan to stay within French territory, knowing a few handy question words such as our

version of how, when or where will always come in handy. This is particularly true when you don’t have a human

translator anywhere near you. Since you will most likely be buying stuff, knowing how to ask for the price of anything is a good idea. Say: Combien ça coûte? When asking how much an item is. If you are wondering what time the train leaves, say Quand part le train? No matter what other French lessons teach you first perhaps the most important question would be to know where the toilet is and to find out all you need to say is Ou sont les toilettes? Which literally means Where are the toilets.

Baseline Releases and Data Validation

In order to measure project performances, the quality assurance department of an organization releases baselines periodically. These may be variance of actual effort over planned effort, the variance of actual schedule over-planned schedule, organizational productivity ratio, defect density, etc.,

Baselines are released every quarter or periodically. An improvement in adherence to schedule or a reduction in the defect density would imply that the organization has made improvements. For example the release may state that the organizational baseline I for schedule variance is 8.9 percent and the organizational baseline II for schedule variance is 5 percent. The conclusions may hence be that the organization has improved its schedule adherence by 3.9 percent or in other words the projects are delivering to the customers on time.

Now let us understand that such an analysis has been done on two different data sets at two different times. One data set measured the effort,schedule and other project metrics during Quarter I, the second data set measured the effort,schedule, and other project metrics during Quarter II. The mean may have significantly shifted, or the variance may have shifted or in other words, the comparison may not be being made on similar data.

For example, during Q1 the company may be executing large scale projects and during Q2 the company may be executing medium scale projects. In the case of large projects,estimates tend to have more variances and so the mean of all schedule variances hence has lowered.

Similarly, the variability between individual data points in the distribution may be significantly different due to data collection methods. During Q1 the baseline may have used a manual data collection process and during Q2 the baseline may have used data entered in the automated time management system by the employees.

When conclusions regarding baselines are derived, it is essential to see if there is a significant change to parameters which are correlated to the metric being evaluated for process improvement. More specifically, a measure such as schedule variance is correlated with many parameters such as complexity of the project, training level of the employees, work timings etc., When a result related to improvement in the performance of the process is obtained, then one should make sure that the factors on which the metric is correlated do not change significantly.

For example a mean schedule variance of 9 percent where the mean size of the projects are 20 FP should not be compared to a mean schedule variance of 5.9 percent with mean project size 10 FP or a project or a mean schedule variance of 9 percent with employees with low skill should not be compared to projects with a mean schedule variance of 5.9 percent that have employees of high skill.

In such cases one should use a statistical regression equation which expresses schedule as a function of many other variables to scale the measurements to a common base.

Introduction to Effective Communication Skills

Introduction: –

“Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.” – Les Brown.

It is derived from the Latin word “Communicare” means to share. Communication is a process of transferring signals/ messages between a sender and a receiver. It can be done through various modes / methods which can be Oral (using words), Written (using printed or digital media such as books, magazines, websites or e-mails), Visual (using logos, maps, charts or graphs) even Non Verbal (using body language, gestures, tones and pitch of voice). Communication skills doesn’t only refer to the way in which we communicate with others, in fact, it includes various other elements like our body language, gesture, facial expression, posture, listening skills, pitch and tone of voice.

In today’s highly competitive world a good communication skill (whether oral or written) is a must. According to Robert Anderson, “Communication is an interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information, through speech, writing or signs”. Written Communication means communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten).
It is a mechanism we use to establish and modify relationships not only in business world but in each and every aspect of your life. It helps the relationships to develop along good lines and helps to avoid insults, arguments and conflicts. Today, an effective communication skill has become a predominant factor even while recruiting and selecting any potential candidate. While interviewing any candidate many interviewers judge them on the basis of their communication skills.

Many experts believe that good communication skills can improve their efficiency, productivity and their interpersonal relationships not only within the department but with the entire organisation as well as with the external public. Even if you look at any job advertisement most of them mentions that candidate should have good communication skills.

In any interview a good communication skill helps to create an edge over others since technical qualifications are likely to be more or less the same for every candidate. It is often observed that promotions come easily to those who can communicate effectively irrespective of the nature of job, designation or department i.e. from senior level to lowest management level. In fact as career progresses, the importance of communication skills increases; the ability to speak, listen, question and write with clarity and conciseness are essential for every manager and leader. A good communicator identifies strengths as well as weaknesses in their communication that comes in their way of being able to convey their message effectively. They identify the reason for the same and try to find out suitable solutions for the same.

Good communication skills help any individual in not only his professional life but all aspects of their life. In modern business world the ability to be able to communicate information accurately and clearly is not only accepted by also expected in any organization and hence should not be overlooked. The ability to speak appropriately with a wide variety of people, maintaining eye contact, correct usage of vocabulary, customizing our language to suit the audience, active listening, presenting our ideas appropriately, writing concisely, being a team player are the most important criteria’s that must be considered by each and every individual for effective communication.