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Get on the fast track to accomplishing one of your bucket list items — learning another language. Chris Lonsdale’s TEDx talk offers five principles and seven actions that will help anyone learn to speak a new language fluently within just six months.
Humans often act irrationally, making decisions — sometimes important ones — that contradict our best interests. This kind of irrational behaviour is at the centre of behavioural economics, and this free, online eight-week course by TED speaker, author and Duke Professor Dan Ariely will introduce you to the topic.
There’s no dearth of resources for learning to code these days. Add to your collection Game Maven, which walks you through writing the code for three casual games (in the spirit of Asteroids, Angry Birds and Mario Bros).
There are some things in life you’ve probably resigned yourself to never learning. I never thought I would learn how to play guitar, or learn Spanish, or know how to cook anything that wasn’t on a grill. For years, I left it at that — until I realised that teaching yourself a new skill isn’t as hard as it sounds.
When you’re trying to learn something new, achieve a particular goal, or just get through your everyday routine, it’s easy to just put your head down and focus on getting things done. But if you want to really get better at something and think outside the box, The New York Times suggests a learning process called “double loop learning“.
Android: Stack Exchange, one of our favourite community-driven answer portals, has finally released an Android app. Now you can get answers to your programming, cooking, photography and science questions from your phone.