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What is language? 8 myths about language and linguistics

<b>What is language?</b><p>Language is an arbitrary, conventionalized association between a symbol and a meaning: there’s no necessary connection between the …


I need real people to help me learn a language

A few weeks into his attempt at learning Spanish only with a smartphone, Alan Haburchak is beginning to doubt he will succeed with tech alone • More on the Guardian's online language learning challenge • How Alan is learning Spanish with just a smartphone<p>It's been a few weeks since I started this …

Are musicians better language learners?

Today's economic environment demands that our children become the very best they can be. A lot of demands are placed upon us as parents, and whether we like it or not, we need to help our children navigate their way in today's fast-paced world and build their skills for the future. But not all …

Can Learning a Language Change Your Life?

What’s the worst excuse not to learn a new language? “I just don’t <i>need</i> to.” Okay, fair enough. Maybe your everyday life doesn’t require any knowledge …

Homework load little changed in 30 years, study says

Parental concerns about ever-expanding homework assignments for their children may be misguided, according to new research suggesting that students' homework burdens have barely changed in 30 years.<p>The share of 17-year-olds who said they had one to two hours of homework on a typical night dropped …

Can I successfully learn a language online?

Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?<p>More on this story: • I'm learning French... to be more like George Orwell • Will I be able to learn Spanish with just my smartphone? • Forget …

103 Reasons Why You Just Can't Go To The Gym Today

I swear, I would go if it weren't for this.<p>1. You have a headache.<p>2. You have a stomachache.<p>3. Your dog has a headache.<p>4. Your dog has a stomachache.<p>5. Your dog just doesn't want you to.<p>6. You might fall on the treadmill and embarrass yourself.<p>7. You might fall on the elliptical and embarrass …

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Kurt Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories in infographic form

A nice infographic by Maya Eilam. She's going to offer this as an 11 x 17 print! <i>(Via This isn't Happiness)</i>

The story behind the "Too Cool To Do Drugs" pencil

This amusing picture, of an anti-drug propaganda pencil whose message is subverted simply by sharpening it, been doing the rounds. The truth is …

The special effects firms transforming the film industry

<b>BBC Click takes a look behind the scenes at three of the latest visual effects technologies being used in films.</b><p>Gravity's digital technology<p>If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category. Despite containing the combined …

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies<p><b>The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her</b> …


The funniest way to learn English

What do you do whenever you have some waiting time ahead of you?<br>Like when waiting for the bus, for a client, at the doctor’s waiting room…<p>These …

Language Learning

The amazing endangered languages of Russia

At the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7 for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia’s self-portrait in pageant form included trippy floating onion domes, …

22 Unconventional Gifts To Show Someone You Love Them

Oh, you already got your significant other a Valentine's Day card? Cute.

Mom's Facebook page to show son he's loved goes viral

An avalanche of well-wishers is joining a Michigan mom in proving to her young son via social media that he has friends, that he is loved and that he should believe in himself.<p>A boy referred to only as Colin, 10, of Richland, Mich., suffers from Asperger's syndrome and other health problems and …

Meet the father of orange juice for breakfast

If you had orange juice with your breakfast this morning, it's probably because of this guy — Elmer McCollum, a biochemist and early advocate of …

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Wonderfully weird 1961 Russian kids book about space flight

Dreams of Space is an excellent blog that focuses on a single subject: nonfiction kids books about space flight between the years 1945 and 1975. The …

Shirley Temple, a Hollywood superstar as a child, dies at 85

Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935-1938.<p>Shirley Temple, the adorable, curly-haired child who was a top box-office film star in the 1930s, has died at her home in California. She was 85.<p>Publicist Cheryl Kagan said Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday …

27 Weird And Creepy Vintage Valentine's Day Cards

These are perfect to send to someone you hate.

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21 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Twentysomething Really Wants

Will make out for mac 'n' cheese.

The 12 Types Of Drunk People You Encounter At The Bar

Which one is you, hmm?<p>Illustrations by Adam Ellis


Snoopy hears a cookie.

Snoopy works on his column.

A Snoopy dance.

Monday with Snoopy and Linus.