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I love to learn. I want to know everything.

Using WikiHow to practice languages

I recently discovered that WikiHow articles are often available in other languages - and now they're my favorite source of dual-language practice.

I can bring up an article in the target language (Spanish, French), and read it to practice comprehension and find new vocabulary words. It's terrific for the specialized vocabulary that goes with a particular hobby or daily activity, like playing the piano or making an omelet.

Tokio Hotel ist ausgezeichnet!

I've been trying to reinvigorate my language skills, so I've started reviewing some of the languages I've studied, switching to a different one (Spanish, French, German, Italian) each week.

I thought music might help reinforce the vocabulary I was picking up, so I trawled the library for pop CDs in other languages. I had no idea what any of these bands would sound like; I figured I'd just check them out and give a few repeat listens to anything I enjoyed.

Heloise & Abelard - A New Biography

Author: 
James Burge
Started: 
August 11, 2011

I've been quite surprised to realize how much there is to this story, and how little I knew. I was delighted to learn about the newly-discovered early correspondence.

I was inspired to read this by the Teaching Company's Medieval Heroines, which I borrowed from the library.

Talent is Overrated

Author: 
Geoff Colvin
Started: 
July 15, 2011

I'm skimming most of this, but paying closer attention to the chapters defining deliberate practice.

What to Listen For in Jazz

Author: 
Barry Kernfeld
Started: 
September 27, 2010

I grew up on top 40 radio with minimal knowledge of jazz. I've come to really enjoy a lot of jazz, but I often feel like I barely speak the language. So far, this is giving me a lot of new understanding - a lot of pathways into appreciating the music more.

My Open Letter in Support of a Boycott of Nature Publishing Group

Background: "Nature Publishing Group told the University of California that next year subscription prices would increase 400 percent, with the average annual cost of a journal increasing to $17,479. UC Libraries fought back with a combative letter to UC faculty suggesting that faculty should consider boycotting the journals, and cease submitting or reviewing articles for these journals." via Metafilter

Complete Denial

936 pages.

Somebody recommended A History of the Modern World over on Ask Metafilter and I leapt over to the San Francisco library's website and requested it.

It's 936 pages. Not counting the (excellent-looking) appendices and bibliography.

I don't know what I was thinking.

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