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James Martin Duffy
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2 years to fluency, I'd buy it. 18 months, even. But 6 months? I think we have different definitions of what it means to be "fluent."

The #1 biggest hurdle to fluency is simply vocabulary. From Nagy and Anderson: "When we used a common definition of a distinct word in English, most of the variability in estimates of students' vocabulary size disappeared, and we were able to reach the conclusion that the average high school senior may well know about 40,000 words and that the average student in elementary school or high school probably learns 2,000 to 3,000 new words each year." 

Other researchers have reached a lower estimate, around 17,000 words. But even using the lower estimate, in order to reach a high-school level fluency in a foreign language in 6 months, one would have to learn around 90 new words per day. At a more realistic (but quite dedicated) rate of 20 new words per day, it will take a bit over two years.

Sure, learning a couple thousand words will get you a long way, and you'll be able to converse on a limited range of topics. But to call that being fluent? In my opinion if you can't turn on the TV to a random station, or pick up a random magazine article and read it for comprehension and enjoyment, I think it's pretty hard to argue that you're "fluent" in a language.

I'm all for spreading ideas about how to learn a foreign language more effectively, but I think making these ridiculous "fluent in X months" claims only goes on to hurt peoples' motivations to learn languages in the long run, because it sets up false expectations. Even if you were learning a language full-time (which most people don't have the luxury to do), it would still take 1-2 years to reach fluency. To claim anything less is just unrealistic.

In the end all that really matters is number of hours spent immersed in the language – learning words, reading, and listening. There are no shortcuts – just developing a good daily routine for putting in the hours.

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Interesting article on groups and the creative process.
Two recent articles by Jonah Lehrer and Susan Cain argue that brainstorming doesn't make people more creative. So how might we remake the brainstorming process, given what science tells us?
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With a tag named "#McDStories"... What did they expect?
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Haha awesome.
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It was only a matter of time before Eliza and Siri had a chat. Dr Sbaitso was jealous. http://jordanmechner.com/blog/2011/10/siri/
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“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
- Henry Van Dyke
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"In an as-yet-unpublished study, members of Dr Horselenberg’s group told 83 people that they were taking part in a taste test for a supermarket chain. The top taster would win a prize such as an iPad or a set of DVDs. The volunteers were asked to try ten cans of fizzy drink and guess which was which. The labels were obscured by socks pulled up to the rim of each can, so to cheat a volunteer had only to lower the sock.

During the test, which was filmed by a hidden camera, ten participants actually did cheat. Bafflingly, though, another eight falsely confessed when accused by the experimenter, despite participants having been told cheats would be fined €50 ($72)."
SINCE 1992 the Innocence Project, an American legal charity, has used DNA evidence to help exonerate 271 people who were wrongly convicted of crimes, sometimes after they had serv...
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They were psychic cheaters. Can't catch them on film.
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This is nuts! Skynet jokes aside, imagine the possibilities for public transportation.
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Bad habits multiply. If you're careless enough to allow one to enter your life, it will soon invite its friends. Small, seemingly harmless habits hold the door open for those that are larger and more detrimental to your life; in this sense, minor bad habits are like a gateway drug.

Fortunately, the same is true for good habits. Spend only five minutes each day working on something you've been putting off, and soon you'll find your resistance to it start to crumble. In time you'll even find yourself wanting to do more and more, and before you know it you'll begin to crave working on something you formerly dreaded doing.

Focus only adopting quick and simple beneficial changes to your daily life, and the amount of progress you'll make in a year will astound you.
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“I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself."
- Henry Ford
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Failure is giving up. Anything else is just progress.
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    Mathematics, 2004 - 2008
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