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Much faster way to learn new skills

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Researchers have discovered a much faster way to learn new skills:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/12/how-to-learn-new-skills-twice-as-fast/

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cleeent
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Thanks for sharing, tolunayo. I have a few friends who will be interested in that article.

Here's an article on a different topic that may be of interest to you:

¿Por qué muchas civilizaciones antiguas no reconocían el color azul?

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2016/02/160217_griegos_color_azul_finde_dv

Some background in English here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinction_of_blue_and_green_in_various_languages

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Thanks. I had read about the color blue issue a while back.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Interesting but it is about using muscle memory to learn motor skills, and language learning is more brain memory than muscle memory.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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What we call muscle memory is really your brain firing the muscles in a particular way. Muscles don't learn anything by themselves. Your brain does.

To basic idea of the research is that if you expose your brain with small variations of the activity, it will be more adept in responding to noisy input versus the reference input that you learned initially. In a language learning environment, it would be different speakers, different speeds of speech. The same sentence structure with slightly different words etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ove_sundberg
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In a language learning environment, it would be different speakers, different speeds of speech.

All of which Duolingo could technically implement. I wish they'd spend a lot more of their VC money. I guess they want to remain lean, but if they had recurring contracts with 200 language speakers, to record new vocabulary 4 times a year, rather than use the synthesized voice for everything... it would be so amazing.

The gap between what is technically possible, and what has business justification... I understand it, but it's frustrating.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaRiff
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I totally agree. Great topic, thank you for sharing with us.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackm1123

I think the equivalent for language learning is writing down words you know or writing in the language you are learning as well as speaking with variations in speed and emotion.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isoldhe
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Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing :)

2 years ago
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