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The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Here's what teachers earn around the world

If you're a teacher in Luxembourg, you're in luck.<p>Using data from a recent OECD report, the World Economic Forum put together a chart showing in which 10 countries teachers with 10 years of experience who work in public institutions at the lower secondary level earn the most.<p>Luxembourg was No. 1 on …

World Economic Forum

The maths teachers of Shanghai have the perfect formula for learning | Nick Gibb

Those who try to dismiss their methods using crude national stereotypes should instead consider what UK educators could learn<p>Earlier this month, I welcomed 68 secondary mathematics teachers from Shanghai to England. They had just touched down to spend three weeks teaching in our secondary schools. …

Education

The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory and Memorize Anything Faster

Imagine the power of being able to memorize anything faster.<p>Think about how much time you’d have, how much you could shorten the learning curve, and …

12 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They're Most Thankful For

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the books Junot Díaz, R. L. Stine, John Green, Colum McCann, Rainbow Rowell, and more of your favorite authors are grateful for.<p><i>In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked writers we love to tell us about the book they're most thankful for. Here's what they had to say:</i><p>To learn …

green bean casserole with crispy onions

One of the best food books I read last year but rudely never got around to telling you about (in my defense, this time last year was a little nuts) …

“Come for the Love Story, Stay for the War”: A Conversation with Suzanne Collins and Francis Lawrence

Francis Lawrence, director of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games Trilogy<p>With <i>The Hunger Games: Catching</i> …

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage: How Ann Patchett’s essays capture life

The success of her 2001 novel <i>Bel Canto</i> transformed Ann Patchett into the rarest of writers: one who pays her bills with fiction. Until that point, Patchett had made her living by freelance work, writing non-fiction for magazines whose ephemerality she'd counter by preserving her articles in a big …

Doris Lessing: in her own words

The memorable insights of Doris Lessing, who died today at the age of 94<p>"There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth."<p><i>From the first volume of her autobiography Under My Skin (1994)</i><p>“I think people are always looking for gurus. It’s the easiest thing in the world to become a guru. It’s …

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.<p>In a 2005 speech to the American Library Association, then-senator Obama described his view of the importance of literacy: “In this new …

Sally Gardner's top 10 fairy tales

"I have been long been fascinated by the history and psychology of fairy tales. When I suggested to my publisher that I write a story based on one, I had a wealth of material to choose from…"<p>Sally Gardner won the Carnegie medal and the Costa children's books award with her novel for teens, Maggot …

How 'Hunger Games' and YA lit are re-shaping the Hollywood blockbuster

When JK Rowling sold the film rights to her first four <i>Harry Potter</i> novels in 1999, few could have predicted the lasting impact this would have on …

11 Indispensable Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From 'Anne Of Green Gables'

Like all great children’s book heroines, Anne Shirley is just a bit odd. Okay, she’s very odd. Her crazy imagination and flowery diction differentiate her from most children you’re likely to meet, and despite a certain recent edition’s cover art, her hair is defiantly red. But somehow, her kooky …

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'Mind-Reading' Skills Boosted By Reading Literature, Study Suggests

<i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> may be a fun read, but it’s not going to help you probe the minds of others the way <i>War and Peace</i> might. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that, compared with mainstream fiction, high-brow literary works do more to improve our ability to understand the thoughts, …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

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Tina Fey Quotes: The Actress' Best Life Lessons For Teens

She does a mean Sarah Palin impression, is BFFs with Amy Poehler and made "fetch" happen in real life.<p>We're talking about Tina Fey and yes, she is seriously cool. Not only is she an entertainment industry powerhouse (she wrote, produced <i>and</i> starred in "30 Rock"), but she also created "Mean Girls" -- …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

Classic US recipes: a taste of the states

<b>Maine Lobster & Wild Mushrooms with Cider Brown Butter and Celery Root</b><p><i>Chosen by Eric Warnstedt of</i> <i>Hen of The Wood</i> <i>in Waterbury, Vermont</i><p><b>Serves 4</b><p><b>2 lobsters weighing 600g, cooked and cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces</b><p><b>225g of mushrooms, torn into small pieces</b><p><b>5 tbsp of brown butter</b><p><b>2 cups of cider</b><p><b>1 tbsp</b> …

BBC short story award: from New York to the stars

In 2005, on Radio 4's Open Book, I asked the revered short-story writer Alice Munro, then in her 70s, why so much of her writing was preoccupied with sex and death. Her answer was succinct, as befitting one of the greatest living exponents of the short form. "Why wouldn't it be?" she chuckled down …

How to Make School Better for Boys

Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.<p>I recently appeared on MSNBC’s <i>The Cycle</i> to discuss the new edition of my book <i>The War Against Boys</i>. The four hosts were having none of it. A <i>war</i> on <i>boys</i>? They countered with the wage gap and the prominence of men across the …

How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

In <i>Wonder,</i> R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.<p>Palacio tells NPR's Michele Norris that the book was inspired by a real-life encounter with her own kids six …

Book doctor: What first world war books might 10-year-olds like?

I want to give my year 6 class some background to the first world war which will obviously be a major topic this school year. Can you advise me of any titles that they might enjoy?<p>As you may imagine given the centenary, there will be very many new books coming in the next 12 months which will …

Haruki Murakami emerges as favourite for Nobel prize for literature

After years of hovering in the wings, this could be Haruki Murakami's year to clinch the Nobel prize for literature – at least if you go by the odds offered by Ladbrokes on the Japanese author, who is 3-1 favourite.<p>Other favoured contenders include US author Joyce Carol Oates (6-1), Hungarian …

Teenreads.com Ultimate Reading List | Teenreads

Our goal each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading! With that in mind, we created the Ultimate Reading List --- a list of almost …

Science fiction is no longer a boys’ club

Kick-ass heroines in “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” prove that women are taking over the male-dominated genre<p>Ghezal Hamidi<p>August 31, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on PolicyMic.<p>English novelist Mary Shelley was born exactly 216 years ago. One hundred and ninety five years ago, …

kale salad with pecorino and walnuts

As someone who has said things like “the world would be a better place if we could all stop pretending that kale tastes good” (on p. 67, in fact) and …