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2 Mind Mapping freeware- a great tool for presentation, organization of thoughts and memorization.

I like mind mapping! For mind mapping to work, one has to hold a pen, draw the tree branches and nodes in a highly graphical and visually special way to help us concentrate, put the "item" in the right place in the big picture and drill into our brain leveraging the graphic presentation. Last week I have basically done two presentation on our company's strategies to several colleagues using just one simple mind map on my computer interactively (click and expand & collapse trees as I draw my audience's attention on various subjects in a highly complex set of strategies). Everybody got a very clear picture of the subject matter but I did not have to do 50 slides or so. It was great for me and my colleagues to use and view just one mind map page. It can be used as a tool to help us to memorize. In such case it's batter to use pen and paper. The actually involvement with our thoughts and fingers drawing picture synchronously together helps us to drill the subje

A Vowel Question: What word contains the five vowels (a, e, i, o,u) in the right order?

It's Saturday morning. I am home helping my daughter Nicole for her English exam. As a native Chinese 9 years who basically speak Cantonese 95% of the time, it's difficult to learn English rules while embracing all the exceptions in the language. As a father, it's really difficult to answer some simple questions like "Why are vowels limited to 'a, e, i, o, u'?" or "Why 'e' is silent 'e' at the end of the word?" or even like "Where is the 'k' and 'w' sound in the word 'know'?"..... Hm.....I just pull my hair.... cause these questions are just like "why do we exists"...... To answer her, it's almost like I have to explain to her the philosophy of life that there are always exceptions to the rules we define for ourselves because we human beings are all different from each other so the rules we create for each other never get 100% compliances..... perhaps a bit too deep for me and my l