Michelle R

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The Shallowness of Google Translate

The program uses state-of-the-art AI techniques, but simple tests show that it's a long way from real understanding.<p>One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest. I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had …

Language

27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Linguistics

Five success secrets we can learn from Harvard’s first female president

Drew Faust, Harvard’s first female president, announced yesterday that she will be stepping down on June 30, 2018, which will be 11 years after she …

How understanding conversation styles can make you successful

Though no two people’s conversational styles are exactly alike, there are patterns that tend to characterize styles.<p>Expecting shorter pauses between …

Reverso helps you avoid sounding like a robot dork in a foreign language

Learning a language is hard. Schools, in particular, are especially bad at teaching them. If you’re just reciting verb conjugations, and learning words and phrases that don’t interest you, you won’t make any progress.<p>Over the past few years, there’s been several interesting efforts to fix this …

Language Learning

How to learn a language in super-fast time

Last week, the war of words between the EU and Britain over Brexit took an unexpected turn – when Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, elected to deliver his in French instead of English.<p>Addressing a conference in Italy, Junker claimed that “slowly but surely English is losing …

Language Learning

Teacher writes notes to 130 students after teen's attempted suicide

Brittni Darras can still remember the shock of finding out from a parent that a student she assumed was doing fine had nearly committed suicide.<p>The English teacher from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, started crying when she heard the news at a parent-teacher conference in March. …

This Badass 9-Year-Old Girl Gives Out Care Packages to Homeless Women in Her Community

My hero.<p>Khloe Thompson isn't your average elementary school student: At only 9 years old, Khloe has already launched her own charity, called Khloe Kares, in order to help provide much-needed essentials to homeless women in her community.<p>A recent video from PopSugar Celebrity's Facebook page …

Homelessness

Teen Earns Enough Money to Pay for College by Selling Newspapers: 'Just Chase Your Dreams,' He Says

Every Sunday for the past four years, Kevuntez King woke up at 3:45 a.m. to stand on a Memphis, Tennessee, street corner selling newspapers.<p>Rain or …

College & University

Woman Abandoned in a Cardboard Box as a Baby Graduates From the University Where She Was Abandoned

In 1984, she was abandoned in a San Francisco State dormitory's laundry room. Now, she's a San Francisco State graduate.<p>Over 30 years ago, a young student gave birth to a baby girl in a San Francisco State University dorm room, then left her newborn in a cardboard box by the laundry machines before …

An inside look at how J.K. Rowling, one of the most influential people alive, turned rejection into unprecedented success

On a delayed train journey from Manchester to King's Cross station in London, the characters Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger came "fully formed" to the mind of a young temp named Joanne Rowling.<p>In the six tumultuous years following, she would imagine an entire magical world of …

Books

Inspirational writing advice from Louisa May Alcott and 26 other great women authors

Feminism

This Woman Was Selling Bread And Accidentally Became A Model

This is one amazing story.<p>Photographer Ty Bello was snapping photos of British musician Tinie Tempah in Nigeria recently when a woman selling bread happened to walk into her shot.<p>Struck by the woman's beauty, Bello took to Instagram after the shoot in an attempt to find out more about her. "I'm …

U.S. Air Force

10 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

I honestly feel quite insecure every time someone tells me that they can speak more than one language. One of the disadvantages of English being your …

Language Learning

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your College-Application Essays

Photo credit<p>As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with<p>well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection. So here are The 7 Biggest No-No's to bypass when …

Secret Teacher: private school students are great – it's their parents I worry about

Demands for times table tests on the first day of school, Yale applications for six-year-olds – pushy parents are making my students’ lives a misery<p>More from the Secret Teacher<p>As teaching goes, I have little cause for complaint. I work with sparky, engaged students in a small independent …

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Will Put All Your Other Desserts to Shame

While Valentine's Day has come and gone, we at <b>Spoon</b> appreciate a good dessert anytime of the year. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are a hybrid of three of your favorite sweets: red velvet cake, cheesecake and brownies. Whether you're craving something with chocolate or something with cream …

Powerful Portraits of Individuals Before and Directly After Their Death

<i>Jan Andersen was 19 when he discovered that he was HIV-positive. On his 27th birthday he was told that he didn’t have much time left: cancer, a rare</i> …

'Cheeky' Campaign Gives The Middle Finger (Quite Literally) To Negative Body Image

If negative body image was a person, we'd certainly flip them the bird.<p>Now, a new awareness campaign has launched which encourages people to get …

A female computer science major at Stanford: "Floored" by the sexism

<i>The treatment of women in STEM fields, especially in Silicon Valley, has been a subject of ongoing debate. Just last week, the New York Times</i> …

The Thwarted Rape and Gruesome Murder That’s Shaken Turkey

The slaying of a university student spotlights Erdogan’s contradictions, passing laws that protect women while extolling a culture that treats them …

OECD

Seven ways to appear more intelligent than other people

You don't have to know the entire works of Shakespeare or the square root of Pi to seem highly intelligent<p>There is no fast-track route to wisdom but intelligence, defined as the way that we comprehend, analyse and respond to the world, is a far more malleable concept.<p>Scientists once claimed that …

In Their Own Words: Girls On Self-Esteem

"The most important thing we can do to begin to address issues of self-esteem and body image in girls is to listen to what they have to say about it," says Jenny Williams.<p>I am fan of Williams' powerful fashion blog and Instagram project called What My Daughter Wore, which beautifully captures …

The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.<p>The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. …

Teenage girl obsessed with 'Special K' diet overcomes anorexia thanks to baby daughter

A teenager whose weight plummeted to just four stone after becoming obsessed with the ''Special K'' diet has overcome anorexia with the birth of her …

Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege: 'We’re not getting out of here'

Exclusive: As the hours dragged on and their captor became more erratic and his fury more frightening, hostages began to despair. They complied with demands they made videos, begged for release and then ran for their lives<p>• Man Haron Monis: fringe figure whose crime record and erratic behaviour …

Tell Your Subjects to Say ‘Cheeks’ Instead of ‘Cheese’ for a More Genuine Smile

The next time you’re taking a group snapshot, cut the “cheese” and tell everyone to say “cheeks” instead. This two letter change can help create more …

Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies | Recipes

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 6 with the middle of the shelf ready. Grease the 20cm square baking tin, then line with baking paper with the …

7 Foods That Clear Your Complexion

Read on—and eat up!—to get more gorgeous skin<p><i>By Natasha Burton for Beauty High</i><p>While topical solutions for pimples can keep your face acne-free, you can actually help your skin along the road to clarity through your diet. What you put in your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.<p>To …