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Hobbies 101: Feel transformed, transported with language learning

Laura Dachenbach

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So, you made it through your high school (and maybe college) foreign language requirement. So, perhaps you never visited France or Germany or Mexico or took a job in China. You were probably thinking of a language as a job skill back then.

But, believe me when I say that economic reasons should be very low on your list when you consider studying a foreign language. The cognitive benefits of language study include an increased attention span, better memory, better decision-making skills, and staving off dementia. That’s all good and well.

But mostly, you should study a language for your own, totally self-indulgent reasons. For awareness. For human contact. For more beauty in your life. If you don’t believe me, read Eat, Pray, Love

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Words are beautiful. They’re like clothes. You should try on a few different kinds and feel transformed. Or maybe transported.

The world of language learning is changing. With the increase in online learning services, your Japanese tutor doesn’t have to be from Central Ohio. Takelessons.com or thumbtack.com are cyberhubs to connect you with tutors of (almost) any language you’d like to study.

For a more traditional classroom approach, visit Ohio German Language School, Italia in Ohio, or Columbus State’s Language Institute

If you are searching for language maintenance or camaraderie, the Language and Culture section of Columbus Meetup can match you with German, French, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, or Italian-speaking groups. 

C’est tout maintenant. Enjoy your linguistic adventures.

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“Very sad week,” Franklin County considering 2nd morgue for overdoses

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The Franklin County coroner is facing unprecedented challenges in the face of the opioid overdose epidemic that continues to claim lives in Central Ohio.

According to a report from CNN, there were 23 reported overdose deaths in the county from January 31 to February 7, prompting coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz to make the following statement on Facebook:

In the day following Dr. Ortiz's heartbreaking message, five more overdoses occurred. In a separate report from ABC6, Dr. Ortiz said that Franklin County morgue techs are "constantly working [and] don't take lunch," adding that the county may be forced to consider opening a second temporary morgue if the overdose rate maintains the same pace or worsens.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is believed to be the cause of the spike in overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the deadliest drug in the US, and up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

For a list of resources that can help battle this epidemic—such as treatment options, fentanyl testing strips, and the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone—visit the City of Columbus's Overdose Crisis Information page.

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German Village property owner looking to bring new restaurant to the area

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A property owner in German Village hopes to fill a vacant storefront in the next few weeks. What do you think should go in the space at 277 E Livingston Ave.?

Edward Mershad told This Week News he is updating the structure of the property with hopes a restaurant will move in and open by early summer.

The building was formerly occupied by the Happy Dragon. It was to become a Philco Diner + Bar by restaurateurs Randy and Tina Corbin, who also own Club 185, but plans fell through.

For more information, visit This Week News.

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Video: College football player assaults Grove City cop

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Video obtained by 10TV shows a collegiate athlete employing moves worthy of the UFC octagon on an arresting Grove City Police officer.

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Michael Harris, a redshirt sophomore for the Eastern Kentucky University football program, faces a felony charge of assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business, and disorderly conduct while intoxicated following the incident with officers on Feb 10.

Officers responded to a complaint at a business on North Meadows Drive. They arrived to find Harris, who they believed to be intoxicated.

The video from the camera on a Grove City police cruiser shows Harris resisting as officers tried to restrain him. The footage then shows Harris lifting one officer completely off of the ground before placing him on his back.

Officers were finally able to cuff him.

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