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Qomrah 2 Call for Ideas: Your Chance to Create the Media You Want to See

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Yesterday, September 30 2016, was the award ceremony for the first season of Qomrah, Ahmad Alshugairi‘s new Ramadan show, which strives to create meaningful media through a competition of short videos anyone around the world can participate in. Some of the winning videos from season one covered themes such as hope, child refugees and autism. These are just a few of the themes that fit the categories of the first season.

This year, the chance to participate-and with that, the chance to win- is open to an even wider audience. Starting today, October 1st and until the end of this month, anyone with an idea for a video can send the details and if the team likes the idea, it will then be posted on the website for the second phase, where filmmakers can choose from the ideas suggested and be financed by Qomrah to create the video. If your idea wins, you have the chance to win up to 500,000 Saudi riyals.

The idea can be about anything from a work of art, to a social experiment or volunteer work and the categories include health and fitness, history, self-development, philosophy, technology and more.

So what are you waiting for? Think of something you’re passionate about and think it’s important for more people to know about and submit!

For more information: Watch the Qomrah 2 promo video and visit the Qomrah website and you can also watch the videos from season 1.

Jury Chooses German Youth Word of the Year

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Adults probably don’t know this word-you won’t find it in dictionaries either. “Smombie”, a new word creation, was chosen by a jury this year as the Youth Word of the Year. It’s made up of two words: “Smartphone” and “Zombie”. That’s what young people call someone who doesn’t really see because they’re too busy looking at their phone.

In second place came the word “Earthporn”. A vulgar expression? No: To the youth, this is nothing more than another word for “a beautiful landscape”.

Another word that was at the top of the online poll for a long time is”merkeln” ( or “to merkel”). The verb means “to fail to come to a decision” and is a critique of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reason why the word didn’t win in the end is perhaps due to the politician’s recent engagement in the refugee crisis.

Also in the top 10 are words like “Tinderella” (a woman who does a lot of online dating, for example using apps such as Tinder) and “Augentinnitus” (or “eye tinnitus”). The latter is said when someone has or sees only unpleasant people in their environment.

The Jury is made up of 20 people- linguists, youth, educators, and media representatives. The Youth Word is chosen annually. In addition to the “Word of the Year”, a “Non-Word of the Year” is also chosen.

For the original article visit Deutsch Perfekt


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Discover Your Talents With The Talentology


There are all kinds of sciences that one can learn about: biology, geology, meteorology and also talentology.The Talentology, a training company in Jordan founded in 2008 by Ahmad Al-Assad, offers fun and practical training to different clients from companies to students and fresh graduates. With the belief that people doing the work they love and are good at eventually leads to national development and prosperity, The Talentology aims to help youth acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitude needed to excel at the workplace by discovering their talents. “Talents are basically like diamonds; they are natural, sometimes disguised as normal stones. That’s why we need to nurture them, and put effort to get beautiful results,” says Ahmad Al-Assad.

In a short web series targeted at youth, Al-Assad takes viewers on a trip to discover their talents and stand out in what they do. Here are some of his tips:

  1. Everyone has a talent; you just have to allow yourself to discover what yours is by trying out new things. You’ll know you’re good at something if before the activity you’re excited to start, while doing it you lose track of time and once it’s over you can’t wait to do it again. Of course, you should also enjoy the activity and excel at it. Finding out what you enjoy will get you one step closer to discovering your talents.
  1. Set goals to develop your talent and commit to them.
  1. Surround yourself with people who are already in the field you want to work in and who share the same enthusiasm. This is your tribe and will help you develop your talent.

For more information and a free personality test visit The Talentology’s website. You can also follow them on Facebook.

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on 21/08/2015.