Hacking language learning

I bought a book on impulse. Now, I am reading it. This is a language learning book for the rest of us!
Fluent in 3 Months: Tips and Techniques to Help You Learn Any Language
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The author, Benny Lewis, made a TED talk.

He was also awarded "Traveler of the Year" by National Geographic.
Traveler of the Year
"There are so many interesting people on the planet, so we should all try our best to get to know them!"
As Nelson Mandela says: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

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What happens?

For decades, Go has been the one board game that computers couldn’t crack. For the first time, however, Alpha Go has beaten the European champion without a handicap. What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? Is it wonderful or terrifying?


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Encourage curiosity among students

Here is another inspiring TED talk.
I could teach the kid anything if he or she is curious about everything.

※(▼マークではなく)枠内のタイトル部分「3 rules to spark learning」

*pseudo-: not real, but pretending to be real: used with many nouns and adjectives
(ex. pseudoscience)

Rule #1 Curiosity comes first
Rule #2 Embrace the mess
Rule #3 Practice reflection
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the Goldilocks conditions

This is one of my favorite TED talks.

*the second law of thermodynamics: The Second Law of Thermodynamics is commonly known as the Law of Increased Entropy. While quantity remains the same (First Law), the quality of matter/energy deteriorates gradually over time.
*stupendous: very impressive, large, or surprising
*Goldilocks: This is derived from a children's story "The Three Bears." In the story, a little girl named Goldilocks finds a house owned by three bears. Each bear has its own preference of food and beds. After testing all three examples of both items, Goldilocks determines that one of them is always too much in one extreme (too hot or too large), one is too much in the opposite extreme (too cold or too small), and one is "just right".
*gazillion: a very large number or amount
*gravity: 重力
*electro magnetism: 電磁気
*hydrogen: 水素
*helium: ヘリウム
*electron: 電子
*proton: 陽子
*threshold: a limit at which an arrangement changes
*elements: 元素
*periodic table: (元素の)周期表
*sun: any very bright star, especially one that a planet travels round (恒星)
*cuddle: if you cuddle someone, you put your arms round them and hold them close to show that you like or love them
*entity: a separate unit that is complete and has its own character
*earth's crust: the outer hard layer of the Earth (地殻)
*molecule: 分子
*double helix: 二重らせん
*asteroid: a mass of rock that moves around in space. Most asteroids are found between the planets Jupiter and Mars, a region of space known as the asteroid belt (小惑星)
*outlast: to last longer, or to continue to be successful for longer, than someone or something else
*bonanza: a situation in which people quickly become very rich, successful, or lucky
*the biosphere: the parts of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere where plant and animal life can exist

This will help you improve your reading comprehension on Eiken or TOEFL.
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The Angry Black Man?

私も英検1級(その他の英語試験)をじっさいに受験して、みなさまに有益な情報を提供したいと思っているのですが……。現状、土日はすべて仕事がつまっていて、かなり難しいです。時間があるのは平日の午前中だけという特殊な環境です。そんなわけで、今日も英語字幕つきで TED を見ています。単語集で学んだ英検1級レベルの表現と音声も、文脈のなかで復習できると思います。

*inner city: the central section of a large city where mostly poor people live
*lousy: bad or poor
*contraption: a piece of equipment or machinery that is unusual or strange
*cripple: one that is disabled or deficient in a specified manner
*ordain: to officially establish or order (something)
*fuss: an expression of anger or complaint especially about something that has little importance
*algebra: a branch of mathematics that uses numbers and letters that represent numbers
*clairvoyance: an ability to predict future events
*PalmPilot: the first wildly popular handheld computer
*nail down: to discover or establish conclusively
*pittance: a small portion, amount, or allowance
*vulnerable: easily hurt or harmed physically, mentally, or emotionally
*mimic: to imitate closely

I'm not sure to what extent I understand his English. But I love it!
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