Listening Exercises How Learning a Human Language Is Like Learning a Computer Language - DZone Agile The Agile Zone is brought to you in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Discover how HP Agile enterprise solutions can help you achieve high predictability and quality in your development processes by knowing the status of your projects at any point in time. As programmers we get used to moving from one programming language to another, among language families this is relatively simple. When I refer to programming language families, for the purpose of this article I mean high level or low level languages. Between the different high level languages there are strong similarities both in structure of the statements and in vocabulary. The same applies to low level languages there are again strong similarities. In much the same way that there are families of languages in programming there are also families in natural language for example Romance, Germanic, Uralic, Slavic. So how could you use this to learn a spoken language? Topics: language learning,human language,programming languages
IDEA International Dialects of English Archive | free dialect and accent recordings for the performing arts Standardized Tests | Listen & Read | Spotlight 14 September, 2014 Photo Credit: Alberto G., via Flickr Voice 1 Welcome to Spotlight. Voice 2 And I’m Robin Basselin. Many desks fill a large school room in China. School systems are different all around the world. Many students take a major standardized test during or after secondary school. Experts developed standardized tests to be able to record how well education systems worked. Standardized tests can also be a tool for teachers, parents and students. Standardized tests can help identify these kinds of problems with an educational system. However, there are some people who think that standardized testing is not good. Voice 3 “Standardized tests used alone are not the best evidence of performance. In the United States, school systems have begun to use more standardized testing than ever before. Voice 1 In China, experts have noticed the same result. Voice 4 "The education system here concentrates heavily on memorization. China has also seen some negative effects from too much testing.
Entoptics or Doodles: Children of the Cave There was a time when Paleolithic cave paintings were construed primarily through the lens of “art,” an interpretive stance which assumes that at least some Paleolithic peoples were “artists” who painted for pleasure. Because this lens is so subjective (and creative), all manner of interpretations were offered. Whether prosaic or fanciful, this approach raised troubling questions. Aside from the usual concerns about over interpretation, some wondered whether there was any justification for assuming that Paleolithic people had an essentially modern aesthetic category which might be called “art.” Frustrated by the sense that we weren’t getting any closer to understanding Paleolithic symbols, some began searching for alternatives. What could account for this similarity of forms in rock art around the world? We know from ethnography and ethnohistory that in non-state societies, ASC is often the province of shamans. Many theories about cave art point to shamanism or ritual use. References:
Stories Summary Watch and listen as the CBeebies presenters tell a story. Often retelling traditional stories and fairytales, the presenters read aloud from a picture book. Educational benefits CBeebies Stories helps children to: learn how to follow a narrative and recognise different charactersfind out about different cultures beyond their ownlearn to identify with different characters and experience different emotions Website benefits and summary Watch the videos of the presenters telling the stories and print out bookmarks to use at home. Complex grammar of the genomic language -- ScienceDaily A new study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet shows that the 'grammar' of the human genetic code is more complex than that of even the most intricately constructed spoken languages in the world. The findings, published in the journal Nature, explain why the human genome is so difficult to decipher -- and contribute to the further understanding of how genetic differences affect the risk of developing diseases on an individual level. "The genome contains all the information needed to build and maintain an organism, but it also holds the details of an individual's risk of developing common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer," says study lead-author Arttu Jolma, doctoral student at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. "If we can improve our ability to read and understand the human genome, we will also be able to make better use of the rapidly accumulating genomic information on a large number of diseases for medical benefits."
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe Today we present the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Here is Shep O'Neal with the story. True! Nervous -- very, very nervous I had been and am! But why will you say that I am mad? Above all was the sense of hearing. It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain. Now this is the point. I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And this I did for seven long nights -- but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who was a problem for me, but his Evil Eye. On the eighth night, I was more than usually careful in opening the door. I kept still and said nothing. Then I heard a noise, and I knew it was the sound of human terror. I knew what the old man felt, and felt sorry for him, although I laughed to myself. It was open -- wide, wide open -- and I grew angry as I looked at it. But even yet I kept still. "Villains!"