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I Love Everything About This Book! Language is one of my favorite subjects, which I find eternally fascinating. The author, James Archer, shows why breaking the language barrier is a good thing, how to do it, and all the lovely benefits of doing so. At heart, we are all the same and language should not create a barrier - but too often does.
The book is meant for a wide range of people and will help immensely- from those in healthcare and sales to those in non-profits, church groups or government. He shows how to create a win-win situation with concrete actions and makes the case for losing that fear or barrier in front of you!
WOW, Just WOW!! Touched by this book on so many levels! First, as a human trying to connect with the world around me, James' vision and simple implementation of SharedLingo creates space for understanding, inclusion, and connection. Second, as a parent of a teacher (who is already bilingual and teaches in a primarily immigrant labor community) and a sheriff deputy (who is not bilingual and works in a multicultural area in California) the possibilities seem endless. Third, as a retired law enforcement professional myself, with a passion and commitment to heal the LE culture and the communities they serve, this tool would be invaluable in helping to facilitate that change. Beyond Words is written in an easy to read format that can be read cover to cover, or broken down into specific sections to address individual communities. My mind is racing around all the possibilities, professionally and personally! Thank you, James for a simply, yet amazing vision and method ~ and yes, I could hear your voice!
‘I’m in the right place. I’m helping to connect communities and break down fear and misunderstandings. And this is what I am meant to do,’ says James Archer in ‘Beyond Words’. Archer discusses how his business Sharelingo is designed to promote and solidify language learning, and therefore good relations between Spanish and English speakers. But, he says, these techniques and methods can be used for any two languages. Based on a one-on-one approach he describes how this type of interaction not only boosts linguistic skill, but build bridges between individuals and cultures. The concept is simple, but brilliant and is particularly relevant in our increasingly multicultural world. Dr Denise A Nisbet
What I really like about this book is how it draws attention that fundamentally we are all humans but sometimes it is difficult to get to know people due to a language/cultural gap, not only internationally but domestically too. The author has developed a systematic and innovative approach to learning Spanish or English which creates an excellent environment for learning not only one of the two languages but also deepening the understanding of different cultures. Two direct results occur: learning how to speak Spanish or English and improved appreciation for other cultures which in many cases lead to new friendships.
America is a nation of immigrants. We have Chinese, Indian, Russian, Cuban, Mexican, Arabian, etc. neighborhoods in all large cities of America. I love visiting one of these neighborhoods to eat authentic foods and hear people speak their native languages. It is almost like being in another country. With Spanish being the second most spoken language in the USA and Latin America a strong trading partner for the USA, I figure it makes sense to learn Spanish, and man has doing so opened up incredible professional opportunities for me. The book talks about the many benefits of learning Spanish and English (for immigrants) and explains a unique and non-threatening way to learn.
I think people will like the writing style of James Archer and appreciate not only his personal story but also the many other stories he has witnessed while helping people learn Spanish and English. The end results often times is much more rewarding than just having improved your linguistic abilities.
This book is great for people who are afraid or don't like the idea of taking Spanish/English classes. Most have already taken a Spanish class in high school and can't remember how to even say ¨hi¨. But the innovative approach of Share Lingo offers a whole different process which is effective and fun.
Beyond Words delivers a powerful message that bridges the gap between language and culture. It teaches us that we do not have to be seperated by language but can learn to understand and communicate with each other without the complications of culture keeping us apart.
As someone who has lived in a foreign culture for 20 years and experienced every day the judgments and stereotypical thinking people have learned, it becomes obvious that we are making up our beliefs about one another based on faulty information. This book explores the gaps and builds a bridge that we can all walk across.
Although the book largely discusses the differences between Spanish and English diversity, this system [the SharedLingo project] can be used for any two languages. By understanding and developing a deeper level of thinking and compassion, we can overcome common misconceptions and have big breakthroughs with multiple cultures. The result is more freindship and a better quality of life for everyone.
A highly recommended book that makes a difference.
James Archer’s book, Beyond Words, enlightened my thinking about immigrants tenfold. As I thought about it, I realized that I wouldn’t even be on this planet if my paternal Scottish granny didn’t have the determination and wherewithal to spend ten days on a ship with her husband and infant son to settle in America. I’m sure there are many people who could say the same thing. Most of us are probably here because one or more of our ancestors immigrated to America. Beyond Words discusses the ShareLingo Project that James founded to bring groups of two people together face to face from different cultures who speak two different languages to connect with each other and learn how to pronounce the other person’s words and phrases in their language and also to understand what they are saying. I love how James focuses on industry specifics and covers so many sectors of the work environment with his ShareLingo Project. It only makes sense that immigrants should be able to learn the words and phrases they need to function at work first instead of just nodding and smiling like they understand what’s being said out of respect for their bosses and continue doing their job only to find out they were doing it all wrong. Nurses use nurse lingo such as please pee in this cup and put it in the little door in the bathroom for the lab. Construction workers use building lingo such as install the drywall on the eighth-floor room 810. Maids use housekeeping lingo such as please take four towels and two washcloths to room 516. Seamstresses or Tailors use sewing lingo such as take the brown slacks up an inch and a half and remove the sleeves from the white blouse. And so on.
This book is chock full of great information, and more importantly .....HOPE.
Not only does this book teach concepts to unite all people, it introduces the Sharelingo Method for learning (in this case Spanish).
What I really enjoyed was reading how subtle differences in culture, can create two different points of view on many common situations. Understanding other cultures, not just the language, creates huge breakthroughs in our so-called differences.
This book is a great step to creating a world of Uniters, bucking the current trend of division. Highly recommended! (and the proceeds go to charity)
What an inspirational book, what a huge contribution to making a better world! I don't think that James Archer intended his program to become a social movement, but it will. I come from South Africa, grew up in the Apartheid era and saw first hand how sitting with someone of a different culture and language broke through all the barriers. This book and the ShareLingo program is all about ordinary people learning about doing ordinary things and finding out the secret to community - by being people. If our leaders world-wide would take this concept and apply it world peace will become a reality.
This is a pretty amazing shift in thinking, to help build a new kind of connection and community crossing cultural lines. I especially appreciate that James doesn't shy away from saying what needs to be said, because we need to be able to talk about cultural divides before we can heal them.
We can see that this work is based not only on solid research, but by first hand experience as well. James has been pursuing this vision for years now, and refined tools and techniques to be quite powerful. So it's not just a philosophical "wouldn't it be nice if we all just got along" kind of message, although that's clearly what drives James personally.
Do you desire to overcome the language barrier that has been holding you back and your organization? Do you need a plan of attack that will help you to increase profits, broaden your market reach, delight your customers, and improve the lives of others? Then Beyond Words is for you! With this book, find out how to set appropriate goals and focus your practice with the brilliant ShareLingo method and break that language barrier and achieve your personal and business goals! Great resource, highly recommended!