Chiara Aruffo

Darmstadt, Germany

About Chiara

Languages

English, French, Italian

Areas of Expertise

Reservoir Engineering and Simulation, Geologist - Oil & Gas Exploration, Geophysics, Geomechanics, Geological Sciences, Scouts

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Comments & conversations

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Chiara Aruffo
Posted 7 months ago
Why isn't there more direct communication between citizens and our elected officials?
I can bring you an example we have in Italy (without any intention to be polemic): well, since few years we have one party that has as aim to bring "Normal citizens" at the government, where everything should be voted by the so-called basis (i.e. electors from this party) before being reported to the parliament, or the town hall etc in my opinion this experiment failed for many reasons: - I still believe that to be a politician is a job and competences and expertise are needed, nobody can just wake up one morning and begin to legislate - not everyone has the time to get informed on every single proposal that has to be presented, so I guess this is why we chose to have representative democracy where politicians are paid to do that - deputees should have freedom of conscience, therefore I found not far the fact they all have to stick with a decision made by others I presented here some reasons, I do not want to get into what I think about this party, this is not my intention. And I also know that politicians do not always do a good job, but I am happy to live in a democratic country
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Chiara Aruffo
Posted 7 months ago
I agree with Jay that thereĀ“s a worldwide English mania
Inda I totally agree with you: we need a common language and English is easy enough to be the best candidate. However, I sitll do not understand why some nationalities are almost bilingual (i.e. all scandinavian countries) and in the other hand in some countries people who can speak English as second language are a minority (i.e. italy for example, where I do come from). Is that related to the school system? Should countries make more effort to teach English to everyone?
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Chiara Aruffo
Posted 9 months ago
To all food lovers: Do we want to continue not knowing exactly how and where our food items are being grown and manufactured?
I think it should be compulsory to state where a food item has grown and manifactured (it can happen in two different countries, be aware of that) for various reasons. First, for our health, i.e. I do not buy anymore Pangasius fish as it comes from quicksilver-pollutes rivers in Asia. Second, also for import/export economic puroposes. I will explain better: I am italian, living in Germany and when I go to the supermarket I found loads of "italian sounding" products with mispelled name, italian flag etc. Now, I can recognize them immediately but I am not sure someone else would be able to (same for me when we talk about foreign food items). This has a huge impact for the italian economy in this case as the real "made in Italy" food item are not sold as much as they would be if these fake product would clearly state they are not italian. Coming back to policies and regulation, in Europe the country of production is defined as the one where the last "manipulation" of the product has been done. i.e. a tomato passata tin can be referred as italian even if tomatos come from China, but salt and water was added in Italy. That said, I prefer to buy food item (especially for fresh food such as fruit, fish etc) where the country of production is clearly stated. I am also lucky as my parents have a garden with fruit and vegetables, so when I am in Italy I am more than sure of what I am eating!
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Chiara Aruffo
Posted 9 months ago
Questions for bilingualists and trilingualists. Does being able to speak more than one language ever make you forget your mother tongue?
My mother tongue is italian, I speak everyday English at work and a bit of German as I live in Germany. At school I studied French which I almost forgot at the moment as I am not using it. I do not have particular problem with my italian, I am not losing it (I speak regularly with my parents and friends). I do have problem when I speak a foreign language which is not English (German or French): my mind set it up to "foreign language mode on" and this is English at the moment, so the first words I think of are in English and also the way how to build tences.
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Chiara Aruffo
Posted 9 months ago
How can we improve plastic recycling ?
I live in Germany since 2011 and I really can see the difference with Italy when we talk about recycling and the answer is..MONEY! When you go to the supermarket and buy a plastic bottle, you pay it the normal cost + 25 cents for "pfand" = caution. Then it's your choice: you can throw the bottle away and lose your money or bring it back to the store and get your money back. 25 cents sound like nothing, but if you add 25+25+25..at the end of the year it's quite a lot!