Thermodynamics are the Physics discipline that studies the flow of heat. So does the name say, right?
However, it might sound way too abstract for general understanding. 😱
Let me offer you a small spark, so we all follow! 😉
Think you are in Lithuania and you feel cold in your house during winter. ❄
Time to light on the hearth, right? 🔥
Well, technically your house is getting colder and you need to compensate with equal heat flow released, as the one that is flowing out. 🤓
There you are, you already knew the 0th, 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics!
Your house gets cold, as it tends to equalize its temperature with the surroundings'. (0th Law)
To keep your home warm and cozy, you need to compensate with equal amount of energy flow leaving the house. (1st Law)
And heat only flows from hot to cold sources! (2nd Law) Pitiful, right? Well, certainly happens too during Spanish summer. But, in this case, heat comes in!!🌡☀
In either case, winter in Lithuania or summer in Spain, one needs to fight against inertia. 💪
Now you just refreshed your Thermodynamics. 🤜🤛
Today's insight is a little long but worth it.
Stop Apologising for Your "Broken" English (or any other language)
When I first moved to Italy in January 2014, I spoke no Italian. Zero. Niente. I realise now that the reason I could do this was because of the power and privilege being a white British woman afforded (and still affords) me. Basically, white British (American, Canadian, Australian) people can go anywhere in the world without a problem, even if we don't speak the language. After all, everyone speaks English, right? Wrong.
Now, I'm a linguist so I certainly didn't move to Italy and not plan on learning the language. I was working long hours into late evening most days so I was trying to teach myself Italian in between lessons where I taught English to Italians! Even though the original plan was to be here for 5 months, almost seven years later, I'm still here. When I first arrived, every place I went into, be it office or shop or train station, my introduction was always "I'm sorry, I don't speak Italian. Do you speak English?". Well, I'll tell you now that the response was always "No". Cue me using broken Italian to explain what I wanted.
This went on for several months, always the same routine. I'd apologise, ask if they spoke English, accept the inevitable, then make myself understood. Perhaps the situation would have been different if I'd moved to a big city like Rome or Milan. I probably would have met plenty of people who spoke English but then again, I'd have never learnt Italian that way either.
One day, I can't remember exactly when, I decided to stop apologising for my Italian. After all, I spoke three languages (English, French and Spanish); I had nothing to apologise for. Now, I would like to point out that during this time, only once did someone get annoyed at me for my lack of Italian - a call centre worker for an Internet company. It wasn't because I had encountered bad attitudes that I decided to stop apologising; it was because of what it was doing to my self-confidence.
Every time I apologised to someone for something that wasn't my fault, it chipped away at my self-esteem. I had nothing to apologise for. No, I didn't speak great Italian, but I did speak three other languages and I was learning. Also, every time I asked someone if they spoke English,it took a learning opportunity away from myself. If they'd said yes, I would have lost the chance to improve. It was self-sabotage at its finest.
So what am I saying? You have absolutely no reason to apologise for or feel ashamed of your bad/broken/poor English (or French/Spanish/Arabic). You are doing something that a lot of people will never have the guts to do. You are putting yourself out there and learning something new. There will be times when you feel foolish (like the time I said "penis" instead of "pity"). But that's when we learn. After all, you can't learn to juggle without dropping a few balls!