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12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need
Preface by Tim Ferriss I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments with German, Indonesian, Arabic, Norwegian, Turkish, and perhaps a dozen others. There are only few language learners who dazzle me, and Benny Lewis is one of them. This definitive guest post by Benny will teach you: How to speak your target language today.How to reach fluency and exceed it within a few months.How to pass yourself off as a native speaker.And finally, how to tackle multiple languages to become a “polyglot”—all within a few years, perhaps as little as 1-2. It contains TONS of amazing resources I never even knew existed, including the best free apps and websites for becoming fluent in record time. This is a post you all requested, so I hope you enjoy it! Enter Benny You are either born with the language-learning gene, or you aren’t. I think you can stack the deck in your favor. So, let’s get started! Here’s what I suggest instead: Related:  karlo

People Learn To Turn On The Motivation Center In The Brain Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. The researchers stuck 73 people into an fMRI, a scanner that can detect what part of the brain is most active, and focused on that area associated with motivation. "They weren't that reliable when we said, 'Go! That changed when the participants were allowed to watch a neurofeedback meter that displayed activity in their ventral tegmental area. "Your whole mind is allowed to speak to a specific part of your brain in a way you never imagined before. Using an fMRI for this kind of brain feedback is more effective than other, older tools like placing electrodes on the skull or EEG, Gabrieli says. Two of the researchers, Kathryn Dickerson and Jeff MacInnes, tried the system out on themselves. It was also exhausting, MacInnes says.

The fantastic new ways to teach math that most schools aren’t even using This is an exciting time to be a mathematics teacher-educator. In the past two decades, we have developed a much better understanding not only of how children learn math, but also of how to teach math – and how to prepare teachers to teach math. A short (though incomplete) list of teaching practices that we know work to support student learning includes posing challenging tasks that connect to children’s prior understandings and out-of-school experiences, providing opportunities for children to make sense of and talk about mathematics, and promoting the use of mental mathematics based on patterns in our number system. Yet it is also a challenging time to be a mathematics teacher educator because these teaching practices are not being used in most classrooms and schools. Related: Stop all the testing in math and set free a generation of American mathematicians 1) Ask students “why” at least once every day. Related: Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other common core math surprises

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor) Deconstructing Arabic in 45 Minutes Conversational Russian in 60 minutes? This post is by request. How long does it take to learn Chinese or Japanese vs. Spanish or Irish Gaelic? Here’s the reasoning… Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should deconstruct it. So far, I’ve deconstructed Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Irish Gaelic, Korean, and perhaps a dozen others. How is it possible to become conversationally fluent in one of these languages in 2-12 months? Consider a new language like a new sport. There are certain physical prerequisites (height is an advantage in basketball), rules (a runner must touch the bases in baseball), and so on that determine if you can become proficient at all, and—if so—how long it will take. Languages are no different. Six Lines of Gold Here are a few questions that I apply from the outset. 2. 3. 4. It doesn’t take much to answer these questions.

Teach the Dying Art of Note Taking: When Students Take Notes, They Learn More Ten minutes into class, the PowerPoint is on the Smartboard and I’m animated as I discuss the different types of figurative language and their uses. My students are actively engaged, sure, but something is missing. Not one single student is writing anything down. Maybe they already know the material and I’m wasting their time presenting a lecture? I ask if they’re already comfortable with this material. The resounding answer is no. After conferring with several teachers over lunch that day, I came to the conclusion that teachers, fighting time constraints, short attention spans, and negative student behavior, have become enablers. It’s an art worth reviving, ASAP. I encourage all of us, all teachers across the curriculum, to teach our students how to take notes and to emphasize the importance of it. Consider teaching your students three different ways to take notes on their own: 1. 2. 3. My favorite note-taking tips for students: Focus on recording the main points of the lesson.

So What Exactly Is a Math Circle? - Time and Learning I had never heard the term, "math circle," until a few weeks ago when I stumbled across an article in The Atlantic about the growing number of American kids excelling in the highest levels of math. It mentioned the growing popularity of math circles as a driver of that trend, and I was intrigued: In New York City last fall, it was easier to get a ticket to the hit musical "Hamilton" than to enroll your child in certain math circles. Some circles in the 350-student New York Math Circle program run out of New York University filled up in about five hours. Math circles are meetings between mathematicians and K-12 students or teachers where they work on problem solving. These gatherings typically take place outside the regular school day. ...but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before. To help me make sense of this phenomena, I reached out to the two women who lead the association. Where does this term come from?

A Base Vocabulary List for Any Language Your Base Vocabulary: The first ~625 words [Author's note: Behold, the new, improved list:] Check these out at the Word Lists page! Your Base Vocabulary: Your first 625 words This is a new, improved version of an older list of 400 words. I’ve culled this list from the General Service List and - two well-made frequency lists for English. I’ve also begun a project to get this list professionally translated into a bunch of languages. How to use this list: Pronunciation (in general): Learn your pronunciation rules. The List(s) A quick note about order I’m providing this list in two formats: a thematic list and an alphabetical list. The thematic list is friendly: you’ll see lists of animals, types of clothing, professions, etc. Thematic lists are nice ways to organize words, but I’m going to suggest that you avoid them when you actually sit down to learn your words, and use an alphabetical list instead. Order is important. Your First 625 Words (in Thematic Order, with notes):

Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies Most of us are not what we could be. We are less. We have great capacity. But most of it is dormant; most is undeveloped. Improvement in thinking is like improvement in basketball, in ballet, or in playing the saxophone. Development in thinking requires a gradual process requiring plateaus of learning and just plain hard work. How, then, can we develop as critical thinkers? First, we must understand that there are stages required for development as a critical thinker: Stage One: The Unreflective Thinker (we are unaware of significant problems in our thinking) Stage Two: The Challenged Thinker (we become aware of problems in our thinking) Stage Three: The Beginning Thinker (we try to improve but without regular practice) Stage Four: The Practicing Thinker (we recognize the necessity of regular practice) Stage Five: The Advanced Thinker (we advance in accordance with our practice) Stage Six: The Master Thinker (skilled & insightful thinking become second nature to us) Go to top

10 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Critical Thinkers Put a new spin on bell ringers by asking a Question of the Day. Use a questioning stem (e.g., “Create a riddle that uses the mathematics term ‘multiply’ in one of the clues” or “Write a letter to a classmate recommending this book”) and put it on the board. Students can write answers in their critical-thinking journals. Then have a class discussion at the end of the day. 3. Make a response box. 4. 5.

Urban Dictionary 28 Reading Incentives That Really Work Keep your students motivated to hit their weekly and monthly reading goals by offering a little motivation or reward. Here are some of our favorite ideas. 1. Hand out bookmarks. Bookmarks reinforce a love for reading and you can find lots of free templates on Pinterest. SOURCE: Dawn Nicole Designs 2. 3. SOURCE: Pinterest 4. SOURCE: Moore Fun in First Grade 5. SOURCE: One Ordinary Day 6. 7. SOURCE: Marci Coombs 8. 9. SOURCE: Surfing to Success 10. 11. SOURCE: Brain Waves Instruction 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. SOURCE: Teaching With Simplicity 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. SOURCE: No Time for Flash Cards 23. SOURCE: First Grade Blue Skies 24. 25. SOURCE: Journey To Josie 26. 27. SOURCE: Inner Child Fun 28. SOURCE: I Want to Be a Super Teacher