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Just because you took two years of French in high school doesn't mean you still know how to ask where the bathroom is. In fact, if you can't remember a single word of the language, it might be a good time to get your brain in gear and add some new, foreign words and phrases to your vocabulary. To get serious about learning a new language in 2018, you'll need to do a bit of prep work, especially if you've never attempted to learn how to say "You should really invest in two-ply toilet paper." We've done the legwork, and gathered the best tips to help you get started in your new language learning endeavour.

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The Ookla Speed Test Global Index has released its figures for December - and once again Australia has tumbled down the ranks. Our fixed broadband speeds are now 55th in the world; behind the likes of Slovenia, Estonia, Kazakhstan and Guam. Despite everything the NBN promised, we are floundering below the global average and continue to slip further each month.

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We all listened to Oprah's acceptance speech for the Cecil B. de Mille Award? Yes? Good. Did you notice how even though she's Oprah, and could probably make us cry by reading a takeaway menu backward, she put a ton of work into her speech? And how through that work, she took a celebration of her accomplishments, respected that premise, but turned it into a rallying cry for the forces of good? Next time you speak in public, would you like to be a little more like Oprah?

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The Lifehacker staff sifts through a ton of apps on a regular basis, but a few have stuck with us over the years. Some apps are simply nice to have, while others have become essential in our daily lives. From dealing with irate dragons to counting our mindfulness minutes, each app on this list has a special place in our hearts (and our homescreens). Best of all, they're completely free to download!

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Most of us make resolutions to improve only ourselves: We vow to cut out sugar, work out three days a week, dust off the resume and start the job hunt for real. In general, resolutions tend to be very me-focused -- willpower, weight loss, self-care.

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In the world of professional wrestling there are two major events: WWE's Wrestlemania, an annual extravaganza celebrating the biggest 'sports entertainment' brand on the planet and then there's Wrestle Kingdom 12. The crowning achievement of New Japan Pro Wrestling, Wrestle Kingdom is an annual event that takes place in early January and features some of the world's best wrestling talent. Wrestle Kingdom has come to be known as the pre-eminent display of wrestling prowess in the world, without the pomp and sass of the WWE, and has seen viewership skyrocket in recent years.

Here's how to watch one of the world's best wrestling events for the year.

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In 2017, Lifehacker readers clamoured for information about Amazon's arrival in Australia, wanted to hear all about the same-sex marriage survey and absolutely loved streaming all of the years big events. It was a huge year for sports, especially, with the Australian Open, Mayweather v McGregor and the Ashes. Of course, Lifehacker readers still wanted to know how to get around those pesky ISP blocks and which VPN to use too.

These were our most popular posts in 2017.

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Now that Apple's admitted to slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, you're probably interested in figuring out whether your battery is losing its ability to hold a charge (and whether you should replace it). There are a few ways to do this, either with an app or by waiting a few weeks, when Apple says it will provide customers with more information about their batteries. Still curious in the interim? Here's what to do.

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It's impossible to please everyone on the internet, but some times you strike an online nerve, and things can get a little heated. Here are some of the posts that made your blood boil just a bit in 2017.

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Though we grumble about it, most native English speakers have just accepted that sometimes the language doesn't make a whole lot of sense, contenting ourselves to memorise an elaborate series of tricks and sayings to help us keep things straight. But it seems one question has been plaguing people for long enough that someone had to research it: why do people add an extra "r" that doesn't exist when pronouncing the word "sherbet"?