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Skyrim’s Arrow in the Knee Translated Posted by on Jan 6, 2012

One of the latest memes on the internet sprouted from one of the most popular video game releases of 2011; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A casual comment spoken by various town guards is, “I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee.”  It comes up frequently…

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How to Learn 11+ Languages! Posted by on Jan 5, 2012

A newly published book, “The Gift of Tongues,” explores hyperpolyglots–people who learn 11+ languages; (an interesting review of the book is found here). It turns out that many hyperpolyglots rely on good ol’ flashcards to develop these skills: “At the end of his story, however, he finds a surprise in Mezzofanti’s archive: flashcards. Stacks of…

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