International Telephone Calling Tips

Written by Raymond Klesc

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The best way to place your call is to dial “0” followed byrepparttar number you wish to call, such as 0-123-456-7890. This will help makerepparttar 107929 connection faster. This method could be less expensive depending uponrepparttar 107930 carrier.

The standard way is to dial “0” or “00” for International calls and tellrepparttar 107931 operatorrepparttar 107932 number you wish to call and any special instructions such as collect or person-to-person.

• Prepaid Calling Cards: Using a prepaid card is yet another way to save money on International calls. Prepaid calling cards are portable and provide some protection against unseemly practices byrepparttar 107933 telecoms. You need to consider if there are any extra charges forrepparttar 107934 time and place of your call such as connection fees, maintenance or monthly fee,repparttar 107935 billing increment of your call, and expiration date ofrepparttar 107936 card. If you intend to use calling cards on a regular basis then consider a rechargeable card that will not expire.

• Calling FROM a U.S. Based Cell Phone: There are countless horror stories onrepparttar 107937 Internet about how much some consumers have been “charged” (ripped off) by cellular providers for International calls. Fortunately, you can save substantial sums of money on these types of calls by planning ahead. You need to look for "stand alone" International calling plans that allow you to dialaround your cellular carrier, essentially bypassing their network forrepparttar 107938 International part ofrepparttar 107939 call. The stand alone plan provides a substantial discount offrepparttar 107940 cellular provider’s rates for International calls. The best part is that you do not need to change your cellular carrier to userepparttar 107941 system. Simply register your cell phone number withrepparttar 107942 system provider and dial their U.S. access number provided to you before making your International call.

• Placing Your Call: As mentioned above, if you are dialing direct you would dial: 011 + country code + city code + number. Onrepparttar 107943 other hand, if you are using a dialaround provider, you would dial: 10-1x-xxx + 011 + country code + city code + number. In addition, keep in mind that there are about 20-countries outside ofrepparttar 107944 U.S. where you would just dial 1+ without dialingrepparttar 107945 011.

The “10-1x-xxx” representsrepparttar 107946 specific dialing code forrepparttar 107947 provider that you have selected. Contact your selected dialaround provider forrepparttar 107948 exact dialing requirements to access their system.

• Voice over IP (VoIP): Voice over IP (VoIP) stand for Voice over Internet Protocol and can be a very inexpensive way to handle International calls. You need to have a broadband Internet connection available, such as a DSL or cable connection, and a touch tone phone. Using VoIP can also provide unlimited long distance service as well. Plans can be obtained for about $50.00 or less per month. For more information about VoIP, go to

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How to Improve Your Word Power!

Written by Royane Real

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Should you try to learn new words directly from a dictionary? It depends on your learning style and your preference. Some people will become bored very quickly while reading a dictionary, while others will find it fascinating.

All dictionaries are not alike, and you may find a certain version far more useful thanrepparttar rest. Good dictionaries will do more than just give a definition of a word. Some will show you an example ofrepparttar 107928 word used in a sentence. Often they will show you alternate spellings, and giverepparttar 107929 plural forms of nouns andrepparttar 107930 past tense of verbs. Most dictionaries will show you correct pronunciation. Some will tell yourepparttar 107931 historical derivation ofrepparttar 107932 word. Many English words have their roots in ancient Anglo-Saxon, French, or German.

Language is always evolving and new words are being created every day. New words can come from technology, from scientific discoveries, from other languages, from pop culture, and fromrepparttar 107933 streets. When learning new vocabulary, you can better integrate it into your brain if you actively involve yourself inrepparttar 107934 learning process.

When you encounter a new word, write out a definition of it in your own words, and write one or more sentences usingrepparttar 107935 new word in context. Visualizerepparttar 107936 word in its printed form. Sayrepparttar 107937 word out loud, and spell it out loud. Say a sentence out loud that usesrepparttar 107938 new word. Make up an image in your mind that will help you rememberrepparttar 107939 word. If you makerepparttar 107940 image funny or bizarre, you will probably remember it better.

To improve your use of language and your ability to think, practice summarizingrepparttar 107941 theme of an entire article or book using just one or two paragraphs. After you have read an article or book, try writing out two different versions summarizing your ideas. Do one version using very simple, everyday words. Make it as clear and simple as you possibly can while still maintaining accuracy. Do another version that uses very complex sentences and advanced vocabulary, like you imagine a university professor might write.

This will give your brain a good work-out and increase your verbal and mental flexibility.

If you are committed to expanding your vocabulary, how many new words should you try to learn in a day? It’s up to you. Just two new words a day will add up to more than 7000 words in ten years. Ten words a day would add 36,000 words in ten years.

Once you have learned a lot of new words, should you work them into your conversation every chance you get? The kind of vocabulary you use should always be appropriate torepparttar 107942 context in which you are writing or speaking. For example, if you are speaking to a group of high school dropouts you may want to use different words than if you are speaking to a group of scientists.

Don’t use an impressive vocabulary merely as a means of showing off, always using big words when small ones would do. People can often intuitively feel when you are using fancy words merely for effect, and not because you need them to communicate.

But if your new vocabulary really has become a part of you and has a useful place in your writing and conversation, by all means, go ahead and use it!

Royane Real is the author of several self improvement books. This article is taken from her new book "How To Be Smarter - Use Your Brain to Learn Faster, Remember Better and Be More Creative" Get the paperback version, or download it at

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