Who Invented Track and Field? – A Short History of the Sport

Like many of today’s action sports, track and field has its origins in the first Olympics in Greece. When you begin to investigate who invented track and field, you find that, again, like soccer, track and field disappeared during the “dark” ages, and reappeared with modern organization during the 1800’s.

Since they did not have jeeps and tanks and trucks in the ancient world, soldiers took pride in their athleticism. Running was one of the very first competitive sports, and it is a favorite of today’s games as well. There is some dispute as to exactly when the Olympic Games began, with a gap in guesses from 776 BC to as early as the ninth or tenth century BC.

There was a gap in the games as well, during the Middle Ages. In 1896, they were again held in Athens, as organizers tried to bring back the ancient tradition. One feature of these games was what is now known as a “marathon race”. It was called “marathon” to honor the run made by Pheidippides in 490 BC from the Greek city of Marathon to Sparta. He ran the entire day in order to warn fellow soldiers of Persian invasions at Marathon. That distance was about 149 miles; today’s races are about 26 miles, considerably shorter. When London hosted the 1908 Olympics, their “marathon” run was 26 miles 385 yards (42,195 kilometers), from starting point to the stadium.

So, if you want to consider who invented track and field, you might want to give that honor to Pheidippides. However, bronze tripods were discovered that pre-date his run, to the tenth century BC, that some believe may have been awards for earlier games at Olympia. Or, if you want to look at the more sophisticated development of track and field, consider the year 1849, in England, when the Royal Military Academy organized their first track and field meet. Perhaps they should receive credit for who invented track and field?

Ancient games eventually expanded to include more races, boxing, wrestling, and a pentathlon with five running, throwing, and jumping events. In the US, organized track and field events date from the 1860’s. Collegiate and amateur groups were formed here in 1873 and 1888 respectively. Organized sporting events for men grew with the first NCAA national championships in 1921. Women, who had only recently received suffrage in the US, were included in the games in 1928. Making history, in 1952, the Soviet Union sent its first teams to the Olympics. The fierce competition between the USSR and the USA ran for the duration of the Cold War, over the next 30 years. In standard Olympic tradition, wars are suspended for the duration to enable all countries to participate in peace.

Today, favorite events include multiple sport competitions in the Pentathlon (5 sports), Heptathlon (7), and Decathlon (10). The Athletics Congress (US), and the International Amateur Athletics Congress determine the sporting rules. Games are limited to amateurs; professional athletes cannot participate or they are banned.

A Sneaky Way of Talking Directly To The Subconscious Mind of Your Listener

If I told you there’s a way to talk to the person’s subconscious mind directly, without her conscious mind ever critically evaluating what you say and having her immediately do what you “command” — would you be interested in learning it?

As you may know, we possess two distinct minds: The conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The first is the thinking and analytical mind that makes decisions and the second is the reactive mind that works in a “stimulus-response” fashion and is there to, without question, fulfill every task the conscious mind tells it to.

The subconscious mind also stores long-term memories, our values, beliefs and so on. It also contains emotions and through them communicates with the conscious mind.

Every new piece of relevant information (something someone says, etc.) is first analyzed by the conscious mind (it’s so called ‘critical faculty’) and this mind then determines whether this information is true or false and if it should be impressed to the subconscious mind and whether any weight should be put to it or not.

All this happens through an extremely fast and complex ‘loop’ of back-and-forth communication between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

So… If I did a magic trick and said that I was a real magician who can do real magic, this info would be (after pre-conscious processing) deemed as relevant and put in analysis to the critical faculty of the conscious mind…

This critical faculty would then ‘contact’ the ‘values and beliefs’ area of the subconscious mind and compare my statement of being a real magician with the values and beliefs stored there. The statement would then be seen as untrue and the critical faculty would then reject the proposed statement and you would still think that I’m an ordinary human being.

If, however, your beliefs were different (you believe in real magic), then you could believe the statement and see me as someone capable of doing real magic.

Now… How can we bypass the critical faculty so that EVERYTHING we say will be accepted as true and stored in the subconscious mind?

Before I reveal the secret, let me tell you an interesting quick story that will make things much more clear afterwords…

“It was a wonderful, warm June afternoon and I was in this cute French-style caffee with a few close friends of mine. We met there every day after a whole day of studying in a nearby library. It was a few days to my final exam of the year. The exam was titled “Medical physiology” and was one of the hardest exams that year.

Anyway, the four of us sat outside under one of those huge umbrellas that create a pleasant shadow and we were behind a relatively small, square wooden table. A cool breeze would come every now and then and would take away the heat for a little while. We were planning a holiday trip for after the exams were over and I was telling my friends what we should do and was giving each an individual assignment so that we’d all contribute and make the trip as pleasurable as possible.

Just as we were laughing hard at a joke my friend just told and I was about to tap him on his shoulder to congratulate him, something very strange happened…

Out of the blue came this great looking brunette that seemed familiar, but I didn’t know where to put her. She was coming to our table with a loud “Hey!” and waving her hands and with this beautiful smile that would put anyone in a deep trance.

When she came closer she obviously wanted to hug me so I stood up a bit confused by everything. She jumped on me, accidentally kicking one of the chairs, and squeezed me so hard that I had trouble breathing for a few seconds.

It turned out that she was at my female friend’s (from school) party almost a year ago and we had a long talk because she was very depressed. I remembered that we must have talked for an hour in one of the dark corners and every 5 minutes there was someone trying to get us to dance and drink. But we talked and talked and I used some covert hypnosis on her to try to help her. After that, we went to party and that’s the last time we saw each other.

So… here she was, all excited and glowing. She said she got my number from my friend and wanted to gather the courage to call me for months. But since she knew I had a girlfriend she was afraid I wouldn’t want to do anything.

She thanked me and told me that every day since then she was beginning to feel better, have nicer thoughts and managed to “trash” some things that were “haunting” her from the past.

I was floored. I love to help and do it all the time, but in her case I thought it would take a lot more than some covert hypnosis. Guess I was wrong. This was one of the best days of that year and I still think about it often. It was also a defining moment where I made a promise to myself to help as many people that want my help as I can.”

Did you read the story?

How would you describe me in a few words after reading the story? Consult your feelings!

As you might have guessed… the secret to bypassing the critical faculty so that EVERYTHING we say will be accepted as true and stored in the subconscious mind is to tell a believable, interesting and captivating story.

If I just said to you at the beginning of this article: “I am a confident man with leader characteristics. I attract beautiful women and am used to them to the point that I forget where I met them. I study medicine. I am a good person with the capability and wish to helping people. Plus, I’m humble ;)”… Would you have believed a word? Well, maybe a word, but I’d still seem obnoxious and self-centered.

But after reading the story you probably didn’t even consciously think about these traits… you just subconsciously built a very positive image of me and that’s exactly what I wanted you to do. Everything was so covert.

You see, it’s very hard to detect covert hypnosis and that’s one of the best things about it.

Hope you got a lot out of this article. Have a great time!

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Selfless

In my previous article, I looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of being a selfish person. In this article I will be taking a look at the other side of the coin, the advantages and disadvantages of being a selfless person.

The Advantages Of Being A Selfless Person

The majority of the advantages you gain from being selfless are inner benefits. It feels really good when you can help people out who are in a bad situation. Sometimes the smallest action or caring word can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Another thing to consider is that by being selfless and helping others, you are building up good karma. For those that do not like the term karma, you can look at it as simple cause and effect. If you do a lot of good, you can expect it will be returned to you. That goes the same for evil, doing a lot of evil things will catch up to you sooner or later. You reap what you sow.

Perhaps one of the nicest advantages you can enjoy from being selfless is the chance to meet and associate with other selfless people. You generally will not find selfish people volunteering their time and helping people. It is much easier to have mutually beneficial and satisfying friendships, partnerships, and relationships with people that care about you and not just themselves.

The Disadvantages Of Being A Selfless Person

Unfortunately, being altruistic is not all puppies and rainbows. You will have to deal with selfish people that take advantage of your kindness. In some cases, helping a person one time will cause that person to expect you to do anything they want, whenever they want. When you inevitably have to tell them no, they become very angry.

Even people that are not selfish may try to monopolize your time and energy, sometimes unwittingly. They just might really enjoy your company and the good feelings you give them, so they want to be around you as much as possible. Usually a gentle, yet firm reminder that there are other people and obligations in your life will take care of this issue.

Another possible disadvantage can come from being so selfless that you ONLY think of others and neglect your own needs. You must remember to take care of yourself so that you can continue to help others.

The Bottom Line

In my mind, the advantages of being a selfless person considerably outweigh the disadvantages. As long as you remember to stand up for yourself and take care of yourself, becoming a more selfless person will help to make the world a better place.

Dice Sports Games That Are Fun

This is an introduction to a world of incredibly fun games played with dice. No, I am not going to teach you how to gamble. Rather, I am going to show you how just 2 to 8 dice can allow you to play a number of sports. In this first installment I am going to teach you about playing the college version of “Dice Football”. This is probably the simplest of all my dice sports games that I’ll reveal in later articles. Anyway, in all dice football games you will need two dice, notebook paper and a pen or pencil.

The first thing you’ll need to do is draw a two inch horizontal rectangle on the paper encompassing three lines. I prefer college ruled notebook paper because the lines already create a smaller natural Visitor/Home team’s divider for the rectangle you draw. Next break your rectangle into quarters–just like in the box scores you see in the newspaper. You can write in any two college teams that you want to see play or just stick with the home/visitor set-up.

Once you’ve got your box score set up you can begin the game. The top team always goes first. Both teams will get five rolls of the two dice. You always allow the two teams to make their rolls (5) in the quarter all at once. In simpler terms, the visitor team rolls two dice five times. Then the home team does the same. You do this for each quarter of the game.

Scoring occurs when the two dice hit “doubles”. That is a touchdown and it’s worth six points. For the extra point you would roll just one dice. If the dice is anything other than a “one”, the extra point is good. Should you roll a one then the extra point was missed and you’ll have to settle on just six points for that one particular roll. Remember, you get five rolls of two dice per quarter per team.

Field goals can be attempted whenever one roll of dice results in a total of either a ten (4 & 6) or eleven (5&6). At that point you roll one dice to see if the field goal is good. When you attempt a field goal and you roll a one, two or three, the field goal is good. Roll a four, five or six and that means you missed…bummer.

This is an example of how the game can break down. The visitor team rolls the dice three times before a pair of twos result…Touchdown! The visitor rolls one dice and it results in a four…extra point is good–seven points total. The visitor makes their fifth roll and nails an eleven. A field goal attempt! He rolls a two which means that the field goal is good. The total score for the visitor in the first quarter is ten points. They got seven for the TD and the extra point plus the three points for the field goal.

The home team rolls twice before rolling a ten. He rolls a five on his field goal attempt which means he missed. Then he rolls doubles on both of his last two rolls, making the extra point both times. His final score in the first quarter is a fourteen. Thus the home team leads the game after the first quarter 14 to 10.

Keep rolling until the end of four quarters. If the score ends in a tie just alternate one roll of two dice between the two teams until someone scores. In the next article I’ll teach you about dice pro football which is a little more complicated. Till then, keep on rolling.

Does Masturbation Increase Penis Size?

It is a known fact that any adult man masturbates. As a matter of fact, very often one comes across some article that states that masturbation is good for health. Records indicate that most men masturbate at least once in a week. Of course, the frequency varies from one person to another. Some people are embarrassed about it while others are not. It is a basic thing that we have to do and it is a completely natural process. It helps to relieve stress and to relax. But what a lot of people do not know is that regular masturbation over time can increase your penis size without you even knowing about it. So, masturbation not only causes erection but it also helps to increase the size of the penis.

This is how it could be possible. Most men do some sort of pulling or stretching of the penis in order to create an erection or stimulate an erection. These pulling techniques somewhat resemble what penis exercises advice you to do. Masturbation increases the flow of blood to the penis region. This is mainly due to the friction caused during masturbation. As a result, one might experience growth in the size of their penis over a period of time.

Actually, a good exercise program will ask you to jelq the penis. In other words, you make an OK sign with your thumb and forefinger and firmly grasp the penis and slowly milk it multiple times. However, masturbation and enlargement exercises are slightly different.

Masturbation is something that you do for pleasure while penile exercises are something that you consciously do to get a bigger penis size. The other difference is that masturbation is done on an erect penis while penile exercising is done on a semi erect penis. Though they are different, it is fair to say that everyone does a little bit of penis exercising when they do their masturbating.

Some men might have been surprised to notice that their penis might have marginally improved in size after they had been masturbating regularly. This is definitely possible. Some men will masturbate more and more in an effort to get more gains.

However, this is usually where they go wrong. One might end up with abrasions in the process. So, too much friction caused by masturbating more and more to increase penis size is not an ideal solution at all. Masturbation is not designed to increase penis size. You will get a marginal size increase by masturbating regularly but the gains will saturate pretty quickly. The reason is because there is not enough stimulation during masturbation as the process usually ends pretty quickly. Most men will try to ejaculate quickly and get it over with due to privacy concerns. A lot of men also do it quickly to get a source of quick stress relief.

If one is encouraged about the gains that they got with just masturbating and want to really take penis enlargement to the next level, all they have to do is get into some penis enlargement exercises. You have to set aside about 10 minutes every day to dedicate to enlargement exercises.

They are also a little different from masturbation because they will need a warm up with a hot shower or a warm towel wrap. The warm up is an essential part of penis enlargement routine. It is also very important not to do penis exercises on a fully erect penis as mentioned earlier. Thus, it might be difficult to combine the two processes although there is no harm in masturbating after one finishes off their penis exercises.

Bean Bag Games – Fun Games for Everyone

If it is family fun that you are looking for, then bean bag games are the best. These are safe, children-friendly games that the whole family could enjoy at home. These are considered as both indoor and outdoor games, thereby giving you a great time during sunny afternoons or when the clouds turn grey.

For a long time already, bean bag games have been considered as everybody’s favorite. They eliminate the fear of getting hurt because of sharp or really tough gaming paraphernalia. Even young kids could play with these games without the need for you to constantly watch over them. If you have a toddler who puts everything in her mouth, then she must not play with these games as she might accidentally put the bean bag in her mouth. So these games come highly recommended for children who are three years old and above, and for adults too.

For children, the games would usually consist of a board that would have faces of animals, monsters, or even their favorite cartoon characters. The board would have several holes on it and there would be a couple of bean bags included. The bags are small, and the objective of the game is to get the bag to pass right into the hole. Depending on the size and height of the hole, points are given. Those difficultly positioned holes bear much higher points than the others who are deemed as easy-to-score holes. These games with scoring are very applicable to older children who already know what “score” is all about.

For really young children, like three to four year olds, there are games that would have larger 3-level holes and no points are accorded for each hole. All children has to do is to toss the bean bag right into the hole and they would feel like winners.

For adults, there are games that are designed to be played outdoors only. The game would often consist of a rectangular wooden board where a hole would be located at the top portion. Just like children’s games, the goal would be to toss the bean bag into the hole. This however, has a higher degree of difficulty since the mechanics of the game would require a certain distance from where the players could toss the bean bags. Whoever gets to toss the bag really well is the winner. This game is fun and could give the family a great afternoon together.

Planning Travel Activities for Kids and Adults

Vacations should be fun for the entire family – a fact that sometimes gets lost in the planning. Hoping to bypass potential arguments, some parents plan only kid activities. Other parents forget that children are coming on the vacation and plan only adult activities. Plan a mixture of activities that offer something for everyone to create a truly fun family vacation.

If you plan for a full day at a museum or other adult oriented site, add some fun for the kids by doing a scavenger hunt through the place. Keep behavior in check by giving the kids a small gift shop budget at the beginning of the day. Every time they misbehave, they have to return a small portion. Anything left at the end is theirs to spend. It also helps to make frequent rest stops at the snack bar and find a place for the kids to run for a little while. End the day with a swim or some time in a local park.

All vacations should include one relaxing, kid-friendly day. You can visit the local zoo, aquarium, city park or even just swim in the hotel pool. This day should have an easy schedule so it is relaxing for kids and parents.

You should also select restaurants that are a combination of child or adult focused. While an expensive, five-star restaurant may not be worth the expense and hassle of taking small children, there are many great restaurants that offer great food for adults and a good environment for kids. Select a nicer restaurant for the meal that is generally the kids best and then let the kids select the place for another meal. Alternatively, you can share the decision by letting the kids decide the type of food, while you decide the actual restaurant.

Bring small activity bags along to keep kids entertained along the way. Pull out the activity bag at mealtimes, while waiting in line or for a break while touring a museum. Small toys, stickers, tape measures and activity pads will work magic in tough situations.

A memorable family vacation includes activities that appeal to each member of the family. By including everyone in the decision making process, you can stop the whine and encourage good behavior throughout the journey.

5 Great Games to Teach Your Kids the Books of the Bible

I believe one of the main goals of every Sunday School teacher should be is that their class knows all the books of the Bible by heart. If we want our kids to grow up being scholars of God’s Word, they need to know where every book is and have an idea of its main characters. Here are 5 fun games you can play to get your kids on the road to better knowing the greatest book of all time.

To Play:

You will need to make a set of “Bible Book Cards”. You can easily do this on your computer with some colorful graphics or you can simply print the names of all the books of the Bible on some index cards. Some of the games use points. So, on the backs of the cards, in random order, you will want to print point values of 100 to 500. Kids REALLY like earning points for their teams. Finally, I suggest you laminate all the cards for long-term use.

5 Great Games

1. OT/NT Sort – Simply get 2 boxes and label one “Old Testament” and the other “New Testament”. Grab 10 or so of the Bible Book Cards and set a timer to 30 seconds. When you say, “Go”, give a child the opportunity to correctly sort the cards in their appropriate boxes. For every one he got correct, tally up the points for his team. As the children learn their books better, you will be able to give them more cards to sort.

2. Order Up! – Grab a clothesline and some clothespins. Give a child a set of Bible Book Cards that you would like him to put in order. You might want to limit it to 5 cards to begin with until he gets to know the Bible. For this game the points are tallied only on the cards that were placed out of order. The team with the least points wins. You might consider setting a time limit on this game as well.

3. Grab and Find – Grab a bucket and put in some Bible Book Cards. Have a child come up and pull out a card. Give him 15 seconds to find the book in the Bible. If he is successful, he gets the points on the card for his team.

4. Name a Character – This is played the same as #3 above, but instead of finding the book in the Bible, the child must say one main character that is in the book that he chose.

5. Guess the Book – Lay out 5 Bible Book Cards on a table. Read a Bible verse from one of the books and give a child the chance to guess which book on the table it comes from. Reward the points on the back of the card if the guess was correct. Keep reading verses for the other cards until there are 2 left. Lay out more cards to make it harder.

If points are involved in a game, I usually have a child from the class come forward and be my scorekeeper. Have fun!

Molescum – Molluscum Contagiosum

Molescum – also known as Molluscum Contagiosum, or simply Mollescum – is a viral infection of the skin. Molescum is actually pretty much harmless but poses a significant inconvenience for anybody who becomes infected with the virus. Molluscum Contagiosum in children is where it is most commonly seen. However, adults can and do become infected. Persons with compromised immune systems are most likely to be easily infected. Even healthy persons, however, are vulnerable to molescum because it is such a highly contagious virus.

Molescum spreads easily through skin to skin contact, contact with infected materials such as towels and clothing and often through sexual contact. The actual condition Molescum causes is a patch of Molluscum Contagiosum warts that are nothing more than pimples to the eye. They don’t hurt or itch but they can take very long to go away. In fact, Molescum resolves itself naturally in a healthy human but the amount of time it takes (up to a year!) causes many people to seek treatment.

Molluscum contagiosum treatment usually involves topical creams, surgical extraction of the molluscum lesions and even something as far-out as using the juice from a particular type of beetle to dissipate the warts. Surgical removal is generally quick and easy and if done well, leaves no scarring. This is a fantastic option because while creams can work in time, molescum spreads very easily to healthy skin on the same person. Molescum spreads especially well on wet skin. The main reason to get rid of Molescum is to prevent spreading it to others and also for cosmetic reasons. The molluscum warts are rather unsightly, particularly if they occur around or on the face or genitals.

Another treatment option for molescum sufferers is to have their molluscum warts frozen off. This process is only slightly painful and sees decent results. Children, in particular, should be treated as soon as a molescum diagnosis is confirmed because of their gregarious nature. Spreading mollescum to others is almost guaranteed among kids! For individual molluscum warts, you can remove them yourself at home. All you need to do is sterilize a needle and pierce the skin on top of the pimple.

Then you will need to widen the opening and squeeze out the little white ball. The white ball is actually the virus, which is hidden in this ball in such an ingenious way, that it takes the human immune system such a long time to indentify and combat it. Once you’ve removed the virus ball, apply antiseptic to the small wound and allow it to heal. Voila!

For more involved cases of molescum consulting with a dermatologist is wise.

Strange But True: Pronunciation Similarities in Spanish and Japanese

If you know anything about the history of Spain and Japan, you know that there are few similarities between their cultures and languages. Culturally, and linguistically, Spain has a major influence from ancient Rome as well as the long Moorish rule of the country.

By contrast Japan had its most powerful influences from Asia, mostly Korea and China. The different forms of Japanese writing have their roots in Chinese writing, although Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are linguistically completely different.

The Mandarin Chinese language is a good example of a language that is in a separate category than both Japanese and Spanish. Chinese uses a complex set of tones to communicate meaning. A good example is the word, “ma.” That word can mean anything from “mom” to “horse” to even a kind of “pronounced question mark” at the end of a sentence to indicate that you’re asking a question. There are 5 different ways (tones) that you can use to pronounce “ma,” and each tone would change the meaning of the word completely.

In contrast, Japanese and Spanish do not use such complex tones to change the meaning of words. Japanese and Spanish are, in that way, in a separate category than Mandarin Chinese and other tonal languages like Vietnamese and Thai.

We can also separate Japanese and Spanish from languages like English. When a person learns English as a second language, they often struggle with English pronunciation rules. English is not one of the languages where one can easily understand the pronunciation of a word just as it is written, and there are complicated rules to when things are pronounced in different ways.

By contrast, Spanish and Japanese have consistent pronunciation rules that make it possible to see the written word and know how to pronounce it. In Spanish, once you know the sounds of the Spanish alphabet and some straightforward pronunciation rules, you’re pretty much set to see and be able to pronounce Spanish words.

In Japanese, the language’s sounds are represented by a small number of Japanese characters called, Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) each of which represent a syllable in the language. If you master the sounds related to those small number of syllables, you can piece together the pronunciation of any Japanese word.

So at a high level, Japanese and Spanish share the characteristic that their written forms can be used to easily convey the pronunciation of words clearly and consistently. But even as we dig deeper into the pronunciation, we see more similarities between the two languages emerge.

The vowels in Spanish and Japanese are pronounced roughly the same. The “a” is pronounced as the “a” in father. In Spanish an example is “gracias” (thank you) and in Japanese an example is “asa” (morning). The “i” is pronounced as the “ee” in the English word “meet”. In Spanish an example is the word, “mi” (my) and the Japanese “ichi” (one). In both languages, the “u” is pronounced as the “oo” in “loot.” Examples are “umi” (sea) and “gustar” (to like) in Japanese and Spanish respectively. The “e” is pronounced as the “e” in “bed”. In Japanese it’s the initial sound of “ebi” (shrimp) and the initial sound of “el” (the) in Spanish. Finally, “o” is pronounced as the “o” in “hope”. In Spanish an example is “ocho” (eight) and in Japanese “otoko” (man).

The consonants in Spanish and Japanese are also roughly the same with some well-known exceptions like the Spanish and Japanese pronunciations of the “r”.

A Spanish word consists of a string of consonants and vowels which we can break up into syllables. The Spanish alphabet is used to piece together a word like “gustar,” which breaks up into basically two syllables, “gu-star”.

As mentioned before, Japanese pronunciation will break things up into the sounds of the Kana character syllables. Each Kana character will represent one sound in the word and can be written as such. Using one of the examples above, we could break up the Japanese pronunciation into individual Kana character sounds like this, “o-to-ko”.

So in both Spanish and Japanese, we have most consonants and vowels having basically the same pronunciation, a set of consistent pronunciation rules, and the fact that both languages are not tonal in nature. With these shared elements, we have the ingredients we need to have pronunciation intersections between the two languages.

There is at least one example where a word is pronounced roughly the same in both Spanish and Japanese. In Japanese it is a form of the verb, “kaerimasu” (to return, go home). In Spanish it’s a form of the verb, “callar” (to stop talking or to be quiet). In both languages the initial sounds of “ca” and “ka” are the same. The verbs simply have to change forms in order for them to sound the same.

In Japanese, a verb of the type “kaerimasu” changes into one the Japanese forms called the “-te form” like this, “kaette” (ka-eh-te). This verb form is used in sentences like “Chan-san wa Chuugoku ni kaette imasu” (Mr. Chan has returned to China).

In Spanish, a verb of the type “callar,” in an imperative conjugation (giving a command), results in the word, “callate” (Shut up). This can be used in a sentence like, “Callate la boca ” (Shut your mouth.)

Both of the words “kaette” and “callate” are in fact pronounced in a very similar way, owing to the effect that the “ae” combination has on “kaette” and the way some Spanish dialects pronounce the “ll”.

With stricter analysis, the similarities do start to break down, but the aim is not to prove that Spanish and Japanese share the exact same pronunciation, but only that there is a surprising amount of similarity based on the linguistic distance between the two languages.

There may even be other, better examples of this. If the reader knows of other such examples where Japanese and Spanish words share the same or very similar pronunciations of words, feel free to contact me at my website list at the end of this article.

In conclusion, it is indeed strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find similarities in spite of their linguistic roots on opposite sides of the planet.

It is strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find pronunciation similarities in spite of a completely different linguistic history. Find out why this is the case and see an example.