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Tandem is a messaging app where language learners chat

Shortly after downloading the Tandem app I’m trying to explain the finer points of using the English auxiliary verb ‘will’ in a messaging chat with Juan, 35, from the Dominican Republic.<p>I’ve already explained that the proliferation of Spanish past tenses aren’t easy for a native English speaker to …

Language Learning

7 Books That Explore the Boundaries of Language

The film “Arrival,” based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” follows a group of scientists as they attempt to determine a way to communicate with aliens who have recently made their presence known on Earth. It’s the stuff of classic science fiction, but in Chiang’s hands, it turns …

Self-improvement

27 Wise Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness

We can all use a little inspiration every once in a while.<p>Feeling down in the dumps? Or uninspired? Don't worry, the blues always come and go. Check out these 27 super inspiring quotes for the motivation you need to kick start your path back to success--and joyous well-being.<p>1. "Life is not a …

Motivation

Why I love the Arnolfini Portrait, one of art history’s greatest riddles | Hannah Gadsby

To assume that a work of art has singular meaning is arrogant – and Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini proves it<p>One of my favourite paintings in the world is the small and sombre Arnolfini Portrait painted by Jan van Eyck in 1432.<p>Rich with detail, it is a wonderful early example of the Northern Renaissance …

Letter #24: The road to success is dangerous —here are 7 traps to avoid

I’m currently on my road to success. I don’t really know where it’s going, but from what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis, I’d like to think I’m …

Letting Go of Anxiety (Video)

Life starts to slow down when the feelings of anxiety begin to creep up, and if you're faced with an important interview or a meeting, then "going in" anxious comes with the anticipation of a detrimental result. Meditation provides a fast and effective relief from emotions that are getting into the …

8 Things Successful People Do With Their Downtime

When you think about the hyper-successful people of the world -- the multi-billionaires, the CEOs, etc. -- you probably imagine them working 24/7. And while they might put in more hours than the average person, they always have at least some downtime, or time when they’re not working.<p>Downtime isn’t …