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Raul G.
Stanford Economics and International Relations Major
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Spanish
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Question:

What are some Spanish words that have no direct English translation?

Raul G.
Answer:

-Sobremesa: literally translates to "over the table", refers to a conversation held after a meal without leaving the table, usually lasting up to an hour. -Desvelar/desvelado: roughly translates to the act or the state of not getting any sleep. -Tocayo: refers to someone who has the same name as another person. Ex: Juan Perez and Juan Garcia are tocayos! -Empalagarse: that feeling one gets after one eats something too sweet for too long and cant continue to eat it because of the sweetness. Think of trying to finish a whole, pure milk chocolate fudge and the feeling that stops you if you don't have any water.

Writing
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Question:

What are some good persuasive writing techniques?

Raul G.
Answer:

In your introduction, be sure to hook your audience by posing a problem or question, relating to your audience emotionally, and then lay our your answer to this (your argument and thesis). From here, it's all on your style, but making sure to combine a few of these techniques: -Repetition: Psychologically speaking, the more you hear something the more you believe it. Be sure to repeat your argument in several different ways, stories, quotes, examples, etc. -Give a reason why: psychologically speaking, we tend to be more open to an idea if we have a "because" for it, even if it makes no sense. Tell your reader why he should care. -Ethos, Pathos, Logos. They're the modes of persuasion after all. -Consistency. There's plenty of more techniques Id be more than happy to talk to you about if you are interested!

Communication
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Question:

You turn on the TV and you see and ad showcasing Cristiano Ronaldo. He's visibly wearing Nike shoes as he brings school supplies to impoverished kids in rural areas of Portugal. A close up of a few kids sitting in the dirt receiving classes in a dilapidated building is shown. The ad closes by explaining that for every Nike shoe bought they will donate a percentage of the profits to an NGO providing education to impoverished kids in Portugal. Which of the three modes of persuasion are used more heavily in this ad?

Raul G.
Answer:

The two main modes being used are Ethos and Pathos. Ethos refers to the use of a respected or trustworthy and authoritative figure in an argument to open up trust from the audience. In other words, having Cristiano Ronaldo in the ad legitimizes the cause and makes the audience more receptive of the intended message, after all, if Cristiano does it, why shouldn't you? Pathos refers to the appeal to emotion in the audience. By showing the audience the terrible conditions these kids are studying in, the audience feels more inclined to contribute to the cause, as they feel bad for the kids, and thus purchase the shoes.

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