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What’s possible in a week? If you dedicated seven days to the achievement of one goal, how ambitious could you make this goal? These were the questions that the multilingual twins Matthew and Michael Youlden posed themselves when they determined to learn Turkish in one week. They would attempt to liberate themselves from the distractions and responsibilities of modern-day life in order to cram eight hours of study time into their daily routine. Here are the seven things that I learned by observing some of the world’s most capable language learners. 1. Lesson learned: Clearly define your goal at the very beginning and then plot a route towards this goal’s achievement. The twins set themselves the challenge of learning a language in a week in order to stretch themselves, and then it was a question of choosing which language to learn. 2. Lesson learned: Map and label your immediate environment in the new language from the very first moment. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Where is the next Rainbow Gathering? Rainbow Gatherings are not festivals. They’re intentional gatherings of all kinds of people who come together for a month somewhere in nature to cook together, sing around the fires, make workshops, share experiences and generally come together as ‘a family’. Some people see the Rainbow Gatherings as a manifestation of a new consciousness as a tribe of many colours gathers to bring in a New Age upon the earth, fulfilling ancient Hopi Indian prophecies. Others see it as an opportunity to hang out in nature for a month and have a great time. Either way the Rainbow Gatherings are unique events in that there’s no commerce of any kind, no alcohol, and there’s nobody in charge. As is often heard in the Rainbow: ‘if you see a job – it’s yours!’

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The key to learning a new skill? Wanting it badly enough Imagine I gave you a book full of words, numbers and strange symbols – 150-odd pages of the stuff. Some of the things relate to each other in obvious ways, others not so much. Now suppose I’m going to test you: 50 questions about the contents of that book, how do you think you’d do? Well, if you can drive a car, chances are you’ve already done very well: those of you who passed the theory test recently will have got at least 43 out of 50 questions correct. That’s just one everyday example of the average person’s capacity to learn something that appears complex at first.

33 Life Lessons to Learn from Eleanor Roosevelt “The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Here are some of Eleanor Roosevelt’s most inspiring quotes compiled into 33 Life Lessons to Learn from Eleanor Roosevelt. Enjoy 1. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently. The behavioural differences of many individuals with autism are so apparent that it seems intuitive that the causes would also be obvious. But research over the past 70 years has indicated this isn’t so. Into this knowledge gap have come all sorts of weird and wacky ideas about the causes of autism: television, power lines, vaccines and sex position during conception. None have any credence, but have fuelled the mystery surrounding what may cause autism. In the 1950s and 1960s, there was a widely held belief that autism was caused by parental coldness towards the child.

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CLICABRASIL! Hi, I am Vivian Flanzer, the Portuguese language coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin and the creator of ClicaBrasil. I was born and raised in Brazil. I developed ClicaBrasil as a classroom tool for our Portuguese language courses here at UT-Austin.