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The Year 2017

In it’s latest issue Forbes Magazine predicts the future of education and other important things affecting our lifestyle.
About education it’s staff reporter ” Maureen Farrell”  predicts 5 future trends in USA education
The Big Trend – the microsoft 
initiation into public schools will be a trensetter.
The Unconventional Wisdom – Top schools like( Ivies )- may also have to use innovative ways to get bright students.
The Misplaced Assumption – Testing–both in lower grades and the SATs–will become less relevant barometers of achievement.
The Watch List – Corporations will follow Microsoft example of investing in public education and gain business development
The Bold Prediction  – Teachers will be paid on merit.

What is Optional Practical Training?

From Yale University
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that gives F-1 students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. You may use some or all of the available 12 months of practical training during your course of study or save the full twelve months to use after you complete your studies . Authorization for optional practical training is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) – formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS – and can take at least 90 days and frequently up to 120 days to obtain. It is important that you apply for the authorization at the earliest possible date.


What are the Eligibility Requirements for F-1 Optional Practical Training?
To be eligible to apply for optional practical training, you must:
have been in full time student status for at least one full academic year preceding the submission of your OPT application
be maintaining valid F-1 status at the time of the application, and
intend to work in a position directly related to your major field of study.
When should I apply?
If you are a student completing the first academic year of study (or are in a one year program), the earliest you can submit the application is 90 days prior to the date you complete your first academic year.
If you are beyond the first year of study, we recommend you submit your application no earlier than 120 days prior to the start date you request for your OPT.
If you are applying for OPT based on completion of all coursework and/or completion of your academic program, you must submit an application for optional practical training prior to your completion date. Applications received at USCIS after the completion date will be denied.
Applications will be accepted by OISS at your pre-scheduled OPT appointment.
Dates of OPT Authorization. The OPT card is approved for a specific beginning and end date. You must identify those dates on the OPT Request Form. For OPT after completion of studies or graduation, the beginning date can be no later than 60 days after the date you complete your studies. If you have questions about your OPT dates, please discuss this with an OISS adviser.
How do I apply for OPT?
OPT must be recommended by the OISS before submitting the application to USCIS. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with our office. To schedule, email sarah.henderson@yale.edu or stop by the office to sign up. Time slots will be available Tuesday through Friday, from February 1st – March 31st . Appointments will be scheduled in small group format, with time for individual questions. The session will last no longer than one hour. Your OPT applications will be reviewed for completeness and accepted for processing at the close of the session.

Web Apps for Students

Software Tools being used by students today did not exist a few years back.However now a lot of help is available.Josh Catone has listed  these at Readwriteweb.com under the following groupings

1.Office Replacements
There are a large number of impressive web apps that can handle your academic needs.

2.Notetaking
The proliferation of portable computers means that note taking doesn’t have to happen with a pad and pen

3.Mind Mapping
Mind mapping/flow charting tools

4.Studying
 Online study aids that exist to help you find the answers you need.

5.Bookmarking
You need a way to keep track of what you’ve read

6.Collaboration
Get help from a friend

7.Calendars
Juggle your class schedule, extra cirricular activities, study time, and social life can be a challenge

8. Calculations
Calculator

Enjoy

Translating between Indian and American English

(If you are not viewing a table click the headline of the article above)
  

INDIAN ENGLISH AMERICAN ENGLISH
 Food Related
Coriander Cilantro
Cold drink Soda pop
Curd Yogurt
Cafe (“kayf”) Cafe (“kaf-ay'”)
Nes-coffee Instant coffee
Filter coffee Brewed coffee
Milk powder Cream
French beans Snow peas
Hotel Restaurant
Jelly Gelatin
Garam masalla Curry
Lady fingers Okra
Small pastries Lady fingers
Toffee Hard candy
Brinjal Eggplant
Biscuit Cookies/Wafers
Bun Biscuit
(Potato) Wafers (Potato) chips
Finger chips French fries
Groundnuts Peanuts

   

INDIAN ENGLISH AMERICAN ENGLISH
 Education Related
Public school Private school (tuition charged)
Private school Public school (free)
School High school
College School
University School
High school School/Junior High
Take a class Teach a class
Be a student Take a class
2nd standard 2nd grade
High marks Good grades
Invigilator Proctor
Canteen Cafeteria
 Clothes
Windcheater Windbreaker
Vest Undershirt
Waistcoat Vest
Half-pant Shorts
Purse Wallet
Swim trunks Swim suit
Swim costume Swim suit
 Transportation Related
Traffic signal Traffic light
Boot, dikky Trunk of a car
Bonnet Hood of a car
Petrol pump Gas station
Petrol Gas
Diesel Fuel
Pavement Sidewalk
Footpath Sidewalk
Zebra Crossing Crosswalk
Take a lift Get a ride
Motorcycle Motorbike
Cycle Bike


  

INDIAN ENGLISH AMERICAN ENGLISH
 Other
Football Soccer
American football (rugby?) Football
Solid Substantial
Ltd. Inc.
Transistor Radio
Two-in-One Boom box
Goggles Sunglasses
Cooling glass Sunglasses
Toilet Restroom
Guest house Motel
Current Electricity
$20 Note $20 Bill
Cell Battery
Torch Flashlight
Rubber Eraser
Snap Picture
Photograph Picture
Mixee (?sp) Mixer
Dustbin Trash can
Beggar Panhandler
IBM-Compatible IBM-Clone
Inflammable Flammable
Mess Dorm cafeteria
Hotel Restaurant
Restaurant bill Restaurant check
Picture Movie
Talkies Movies
Lift Elevator
To fix To install
To repair To fix
Pram Stroller
 Idioms
To post (a letter) To mail (a letter)
To submit To turn in
To be out of station To be out of town
A place to park Driveway
A place to drive Parkway
Straight-away Right away
Anticlockwise Counterclockwise
Bunk school Skip class
Passed out Graduated
Fainted Passed out
Ring up (someone) Call up (someone)
The line is engaged It’s busy / I got a busy tone
Push the accelerator Step on the gas
Give the car some race Speed up the car
Get down (from a bus) Get off (of a bus)
Let’s push off Let’s go
Let’s make a move Let’s go
Convince someone Talk someone into
Black money Tax free, undeclared income
Standing from a constituency Running for an election
Issue a book (from the library) Checkout a book (from the library)
How are you? How are you doing?
How is everything? How is it going?
Intimate Inform
(Very Close Relations) (Intimate Relations)
Too good Cool

 

Towards a more American Conversation

You don’t open conversation (on telephone) with a “Hello” but with a “Hi”

The telephone is never “engaged”, it’s always “busy”.

You don’t “disconnect” a phone, you simply “hang-up”.

You never “mess-up” things, you only “screw them up”.

You never have a “residence” tel. no., you have a “home” no.

You don’t stop at the “signals”, but halt at the “lights”.

You don’t “accelerate”, you “step on the gas”.

Your tire never “punctures”, you may have a “flat”.

The trains have “coaches” or “bogies” no more but “carriages” or “boxes”.

There are no “petrol bunks or pumps”, but “gas stations”.

“I don’t know nothing”, 2 negatives don’t make a positive here.

You no longer meet a “wonderful” person,  you meet a “cool” guy

You don’t pull the “switch down ” to light a bulb, rather “flick it up”.

You don’t “turn on the heat”, you “turn on the juice”.

There’s no “Business Area” only “business districts”, and no “districts” but
“counties”.

No one stays “a stone’s throw away”, might “a few blocks away”.

There’s no “Town Side”, it’s “Down Town”.

In hotel you no longer ask for “bill” and pay by “cheque”, rather  ask for
“check” and pay with (Dollar) “bills”.

There are no “soft drinks”, only “sodas”.

Life’s no longer “miserable” it “stinks”.

You don’t have a “great” time, you have a “ball”.

You  don’t “sweat it out”, you “work U’r butt off”.

Never “post” a letter, always “mail” it and “glue” the stamps, don’t “stick”
them.

You no longer live in “flats” or “blocks”, find an “apartment”.

You don’t stand in a “queue”, you are in a “line”.

You no longer “like” something, you “appreciate” it.

“#” is not “hash”, it’s “pound”.

You are  not “deaf”, you have “impaired hearing”.

You are  not “lunatic”,  you are just “mentally challenged”.

You are  not “disgusting”  you are “sick”.

You can’t get “surprised” you  get “zapped”.

You don’t “schedule” a meeting, you  “skejule” it.

You never “joke”, you  just “kid”.

You never “increase” the pressure, you always “crank” it up.

You never ask for a pencil “rubber”  you ask for an “eraser”.  A “rubber” is a
“condom”

You don’t try to find a “lift”,  you  find an “elevator”.

You no more ask for a “route” but for a “RAUT”

You don’t ask somebody “How are you  ?”, you  say “What’s up dude?”

You never go to see a “game or a match”, you go to watch a “game”.

You never go to a “theatre” (theatre is a place for dramatic presentations), you
go to the “movies”.

If  you see “World” champions (or Series), read “USA” champions (or Series).

There’s no “zero” but “o”, no “Z” but “zee”.

There’s no “FULL STOP” after a statement, there’s a “PERIOD”.

If someone gets “angry” at you ,  you  get “flamed”.

You don’t say “How do you do”, you say “How you doin”

You don’t call you are  boss “sir”, U call him by his “first name”.

In short, you don’t speak “English”,  you speak “American”.

Well you don’t say life is boring  you  say “LIFE SUCKS!!!”

Dont’s while in USA

It’s the time of year when the streets of Morningside Heights, Greenwich Village and a few other neighborhoods are filled with new, unfamiliar faces: college freshmen. Various guides on paper and on the Internet tell these students what they should see and do in their new hometown.

Here, then, is the opposite, from the staff writers of The New York Times: a list of things they should not do.

Don’t fall asleep on the subway

Don’t drink too much beer and use the street as a toilet

Don’t ask a cabbie (or anyone else) to take you to “HUGH-ston” Street

Don’t play chess for money with the hustlers in Washington Square Park

Don’t try to swim in the River

Don’t count on following the highway signs to get to Yankee Stadium.

Don’t spend money on condoms

Don’t order bottled water

Don’t light up in a bar

For an Explanation of the above GO TO

Web Apps for Students

Software Tools being used by students today did not exist a few years back.However now a lot of help is available.

Josh Catone has listed  these at Readwriteweb.com under the following groupings

1.Office Replacements
There are a large number of impressive web apps that can handle your academic needs.

2.Notetaking
The proliferation of portable computers means that note taking doesn’t have to happen with a pad and pen

3.Mind Mapping
Mind mapping/flow charting tools

4.Studying
 Online study aids that exist to help you find the answers you need.

5.Bookmarking
You need a way to keep track of what you’ve read

6.Collaboration
Get help from a friend

7.Calendars
Juggle your class schedule, extra cirricular activities, study time, and social life can be a challenge

8. Calculations
Calculator

Enjoy