Top Tips and Tools for Learning a New Language

1. Learn While You Surf the Web

Chances are, you, Lifehacker reader, are on the net a lot. If you’re trying to understand a brand new language, turn that web browsing time into learning time as well. The Language Immersion extension for Chrome can help you build your vocabulary and language knowledge by translating parts of the web page you’re on into your target language.Top Tips and Tools for Learning a New Language.  Previously highlighted Readlang is similar, but it also creates flashcards for you personally and offers other study tools. Bonus tip: read newspaper sites written in your target language for only more practice.

2. Hack Your Home and Your Gadgets to Use the Other Language

Besides your browser, the everyday objects you come right into connection with may also be a way to obtain learning. You do not have to label your pets with Post-It notes, but switching to a language in your phone, tablet, computer, or gaming system could burn more language words into your memory.

3. Take a Free Online Class or Download a Free Language Audiobook

There are free online classes for just about every subject these days, and foreign languages are no different. Open Culture’s number of free language learning resources (audiobooks, websites, textbooks, and more) is still a treasure trove.Top Tips and Tools for Learning a New Language. It covers four dozen languages, from Amharic to Yiddish.

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Role of Technology to Change the Long Standing Tradition of Learning

Indians were the first to use the number ‘0’ in arithmetic calculations. The decimal system and trigonometry originated in India. We were also the first to estimate the value of Pi (π).

With such a rich heritage, one would believe our education system is well established and strong. The reality is a bit different though.

While India can claim to have produced some of the brightest minds in the world, it is also home to students who cannot even form a single sentence in a second language in primary school.
The roots of this system can be traced back in the past – in the method.

In the era of dynasties, people dedicated their lives to learning. Education was imparted at a Gurukula – a residential learning system where many Shishyas (students) lived with their Guru (teacher).

This paved the way for the ‘one teacher for many students’ format of teaching that is followed in schools and colleges till date.

Pitfalls of classroom learning

While the traditional learning system is time-efficient, the quality of knowledge imparted depends on the teacher’s own knowledge and ability. However, it doesn’t factor in the fact that every student is unique and learns differently. Pressed for time, teachers are largely unable to personalize their teaching to the needs of their students.

The average Pupil-Teacher Ratio in India stands at 24:1 for primary schools and 27:1 for secondary schools. In extreme cases, this ratio is as high as 100:1. The average classroom session stands at 30 to 40 minutes in schools and 50 to 60 minutes in colleges.

The disproportionate availability of resources, study material and infrastructure is another issue. Compared to their urban counterparts, teachers in rural areas are often limited in their ability to teach effectively. There is thus an imbalance in the learning of students in different areas.

Additionally, the best educational institutes that can offer all the above, are geographically concentrated. Long commutes, steep tuition fees and fierce competition are some of the reasons due to which many students can’t access them.

The advent of personalized learning with technology

Indian education is slowly embracing a tech-enabled approach to learning. There is growing focus on the need to personalize education for students. This is imperative when you consider how many we have in India.

Today, India has over 400 million children in the school-going age group. 250 of them currently go to schools across India.
At its core, personalized learning is a methodology that factors in the strengths, weaknesses and learning ability of individual students and allows them to study at their own pace.

Here’s how this works.

Every student’s individual learning ability is taken into consideration.
Students are then given a personalized learning plan; where they set goals, make plans to achieve them, learn the required knowledge and apply that knowledge at regular intervals.
Their performance is regularly analysed, based on which they are given regular feedback to facilitate improvement.

Toppr’s contribution

At Toppr, we are using technology to personalize learning for students in India. We’ve have used machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to build an adaptive platform that can analyse user inputs and predict future behavior.

We’re using this to customize vast banks of quality educational content to the needs of every single student. As a result, they are using our adaptive platform to enhance the way they study and prepare for examinations.

This also benefits students in the below ways:

It allows them to study academic curriculum at their own pace
Students get the personal attention they need to alleviate their weaknesses and enhance their strengths. They are also able to make optimal use of their time and effort to achieve the best results.
They get to measure their progress
A goal-based learning system allows students to set their own goals and achieve them in a systematic manner. Daily assessments show students the areas they need to focus on. Feedback and inputs for improvement then help them turn weaknesses into strengths.
It keeps them engaged and motivated to improve
Be setting their own academic goals and pathway, students become participants and contributors in their own learning process. This keeps them motivated to put in the hard work and learn new skills.

Today, we are personalizing learning for over 1.8 million students in India across classes 5 to 12. Be it urban areas, villages or even the hinterlands, students can access quality education at the tip of their fingertips.

Knowledge is meant to be shared. Only by doing so can we truly liberate the future generation and help them reach heights we know they’re capable of.

Even if it means altering a tradition that’s stood strong for centuries.

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Parent Involvement Enriches Learning Experience

As of late, I had a parent of a youthful tyke ask me how a parent realizes what to do to improve their tyke’s school understanding. This was a youthful, dedicated man who needed to offer his child “everything that he may require.” I was touched by this worry by a cherishing guardian, and I dove further to endeavor to see exactly what his inquiry suggested. After much discourse, I understood that he had no clue about what to offer his child or when to offer it. He simply needed to be a decent parent. I clarified that youngsters disclose to you what they require more often than not.

There are guardians who want to give their youngsters any enhancing class regarding any matter on the off chance that they think it is fascinating. While this is a decent objective, the planning of a class means the world to a youngster. A youngster who gets back home discussing music and the potential outcomes of taking in an instrument will likely not be delighted about being put on another games group. A youngster who invests his energy after school inundated in drawing and making workmanship, is most likely not going to be excited about taking Karate lessons. A kid who needs to tumble and do aerobatic is presumably not going to be cheerful about taking in another dialect.

My point, just, is to take your signals from your kid. It may be conceivable that your kid is drained in the wake of a monotonous day, and needs some tranquil time exercises. When I attempted to educate my child how to play the piano, I was looked with the problem of “however Mom, I need to go outside and take care of business!” He was not intrigued, and I felt vanquished at the time. I needed him to play the piano, yet that was about ME, not about HIM. When I saw that my little girl was getting inspired by putting on plays and moving, I found a neighborhood school that put on a melodic theater generation for youthful youngsters. That was an excite for her, and I was enchanted that she had discovered something that was intriguing for her. I was taking my prompts from her.

It is my conviction that when a kid discovers something about which they are enthusiastic, learning of assorted types happens. An energy or solid intrigue assembles confidence in the kid. It enacts diverse parts of their cerebrum that can enable them to exceed expectations in different subjects. It likewise keeps the tyke engaged with solid exercises.

I had a young man in my second grade class who was constantly despondent when he was picked keep going for a considerable lot of the games amusements. He was not very much organized, but rather his heart was in the opportune place. I talked with his folks, and he was soon a piece of a low-keyed games group that played soccer on Saturdays and had one practice seven days. Before the year’s over his extensive engine abilities had enhanced, as had his confidence, and he confronted his colleagues with recharged certainty. He was not any more the child who got picked last any longer!

It is crucial that we tune in to what our youngsters need to state. Empower discussion without judgment, and find what your youngster’s advantages and concerns are. You will some of the time be astounded at how well little youngsters realize what they require. By supporting their needs you are doing significant work in creating confide in issues between you and in addition opening up discourse. Your kid will be one of the fortunate ones!

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Tackling stress & depress by learning the art of surrender

A 2017 Wall Street Journal survey found that employers have a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite soft skills. But what if employers are looking for soft skills and are not seeing them? The vast majority of mid-size and large employers in the US, UK and Canada utilize Applicant Tracking Systems.

There are more employers that claim soft skills are hard to find than hard skills

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) make it possible for employers to post new positions online and manage the hundreds of applicants who typically respond to each opportunity. No human hiring manager reviews hundreds of applications.

Instead, the ATS produces a manageable number of viable candidates for the hiring manager to review. How does the ATS do this? It’s not magic, but rather a keyword-based filter, comparing resumes to the posted job description, and passing through candidates who appear to be a better match.

Photographing the most wonderful nature scenes

The keyword-based filter at the top of the hiring funnel of most employers has a number of interesting knock-on effects. One is the phenomenon of resume spam: candidates who literally copy the job description in white font into their resume in order to get past the screen. A second is an over-emphasis on technical skills.

Faced with the need to differentiate hundreds candidates for every online posting, employers have added many new job requirements most of which are technical.

According to Burning Glass, technical skills now dominate in terms of the sheer number of competencies demanded in job descriptions more than cognitive and soft skills combined for virtually every career.

While the dominance of technical skills in job descriptions is probably a reflection of the fact that it’s easier to come up with 10 technical requirements for a job than 10 different ways of saying problem solving or communication skills, this is the reality Millennials face in being seen by hiring managers. Because if they don’t have these technical skills, they’re not making it through the ATS filter. And if they’re not making through the ATS filter, they’re effectively invisible to employers.

The pleasure of outdoor photography

Does this mean there’s a soft skills shortage or that Millennials are all late, disorganized poor communicators? The punctual, organized and well-spoken Millennials whom employers should want have played by the rules and completed college degrees.

But because nearly all colleges and universities continue to live in a bubble, floating high above the mundane concerns of the labor market, and because they continue to believe that the job of higher education is to prepare students for their fifth job.

Colleges have not seriously undertaken to provide last mile technical training to students. So all these Millennials are missing.

The first is giving all Millennials a chance to become visible to employers through last-mile technical training

The second is that employers need to escape the tyranny of the keyword-based filter at the top of their hiring funnel. Employers need to demand that their ATS vendors like Taleo (Oracle) incorporate new technologies that allow them to screen (and search) on competencies rather than keywords.

The best full frame compatible lenses

The shift to competency-based hiring is inevitable and will broaden the top of the funnel to include candidates with great soft skills, and likely more diverse backgrounds than the current pedigree- and degree-based hiring system allows.

Gyroscope founder Anand Sharma seems pretty content when we meet up for a walk to The Mill, a hip cafe known for its $4 toast in San Francisco’s NOPA neighborhood. It’s a rare sunny day in the city and his startup is growing.

His self-tracking platform with a sleek UI has added a genetics and step tracking component and soon blood tracking. He’s also closed on a small sum of angel funding from key investors like Periscope founder Keyvon Beykpour.

Even Jack Dorsey has started using Gyroscope, he tells me. Sharma’s worked for well over two years! He called it AprilZero then but the idea grew to include friends and soon anyone who wanted to track themselves on a range of different metrics relating to health and wellness.

The plan now includes where you go, what you eat, how many times you go running in a year and how much time you spend staring at the screen in front of you.

Sharma developing his next big project

The platform seems like an outgrowth of the quantified self movement a movement pairing technology with personal data to help you improve your life in some mental or physical way. But Sharma shrugs off the suggestion.

I don’t like to place myself in that category, he says. Mainly because those guys are little weird. He’s not wrong. The movement, also known as life logging, conjures up images of folks wearing six different health tracking bands, sensors on their heads and measuring every little detail of their actions in every part of their life for what sometimes is very unclear.

But Sharma, whom we’ve written about before when he was just getting started, has shaped the platform up quite a bit since starting out. Gyroscope is in the App Store now!

He has thought about productivity components like how much time you spend surfing the internet each day and added a bit of a competitive enhancement to the platform, allowing you to compare how many steps you took compared to your friends on the platform.

He’s also launching a feature this summer called Insights, an AI component that aims to help you make connections between certain behaviors and what you log on the platform. Sharma tells me it would work by drawing these connections and then sending push notifications to motivate and remind those using Gyroscope to do something relating to their goals.

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How Learning Videos Helps Students in Self Learning

A 2017 Wall Street Journal survey found that employers have a very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite soft skills. But what if employers are looking for soft skills and are not seeing them? The vast majority of mid-size and large employers in the US, UK and Canada utilize Applicant Tracking Systems.

There are more employers that claim soft skills are hard to find than hard skills

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) make it possible for employers to post new positions online and manage the hundreds of applicants who typically respond to each opportunity. No human hiring manager reviews hundreds of applications.

Instead, the ATS produces a manageable number of viable candidates for the hiring manager to review. How does the ATS do this? It’s not magic, but rather a keyword-based filter, comparing resumes to the posted job description, and passing through candidates who appear to be a better match.

Photographing the most wonderful nature scenes

The keyword-based filter at the top of the hiring funnel of most employers has a number of interesting knock-on effects. One is the phenomenon of resume spam: candidates who literally copy the job description in white font into their resume in order to get past the screen. A second is an over-emphasis on technical skills.

Faced with the need to differentiate hundreds candidates for every online posting, employers have added many new job requirements most of which are technical.

According to Burning Glass, technical skills now dominate in terms of the sheer number of competencies demanded in job descriptions more than cognitive and soft skills combined for virtually every career.

While the dominance of technical skills in job descriptions is probably a reflection of the fact that it’s easier to come up with 10 technical requirements for a job than 10 different ways of saying problem solving or communication skills, this is the reality Millennials face in being seen by hiring managers. Because if they don’t have these technical skills, they’re not making it through the ATS filter. And if they’re not making through the ATS filter, they’re effectively invisible to employers.

The pleasure of outdoor photography

Does this mean there’s a soft skills shortage or that Millennials are all late, disorganized poor communicators? The punctual, organized and well-spoken Millennials whom employers should want have played by the rules and completed college degrees.

But because nearly all colleges and universities continue to live in a bubble, floating high above the mundane concerns of the labor market, and because they continue to believe that the job of higher education is to prepare students for their fifth job.

Colleges have not seriously undertaken to provide last mile technical training to students. So all these Millennials are missing.

The first is giving all Millennials a chance to become visible to employers through last-mile technical training

The second is that employers need to escape the tyranny of the keyword-based filter at the top of their hiring funnel. Employers need to demand that their ATS vendors like Taleo (Oracle) incorporate new technologies that allow them to screen (and search) on competencies rather than keywords.

The best full frame compatible lenses

The shift to competency-based hiring is inevitable and will broaden the top of the funnel to include candidates with great soft skills, and likely more diverse backgrounds than the current pedigree- and degree-based hiring system allows.

Gyroscope founder Anand Sharma seems pretty content when we meet up for a walk to The Mill, a hip cafe known for its $4 toast in San Francisco’s NOPA neighborhood. It’s a rare sunny day in the city and his startup is growing.

His self-tracking platform with a sleek UI has added a genetics and step tracking component and soon blood tracking. He’s also closed on a small sum of angel funding from key investors like Periscope founder Keyvon Beykpour.

Even Jack Dorsey has started using Gyroscope, he tells me. Sharma’s worked for well over two years! He called it AprilZero then but the idea grew to include friends and soon anyone who wanted to track themselves on a range of different metrics relating to health and wellness.

The plan now includes where you go, what you eat, how many times you go running in a year and how much time you spend staring at the screen in front of you.

Sharma developing his next big project

The platform seems like an outgrowth of the quantified self movement a movement pairing technology with personal data to help you improve your life in some mental or physical way. But Sharma shrugs off the suggestion.

I don’t like to place myself in that category, he says. Mainly because those guys are little weird. He’s not wrong. The movement, also known as life logging, conjures up images of folks wearing six different health tracking bands, sensors on their heads and measuring every little detail of their actions in every part of their life for what sometimes is very unclear.

But Sharma, whom we’ve written about before when he was just getting started, has shaped the platform up quite a bit since starting out. Gyroscope is in the App Store now!

He has thought about productivity components like how much time you spend surfing the internet each day and added a bit of a competitive enhancement to the platform, allowing you to compare how many steps you took compared to your friends on the platform.

He’s also launching a feature this summer called Insights, an AI component that aims to help you make connections between certain behaviors and what you log on the platform. Sharma tells me it would work by drawing these connections and then sending push notifications to motivate and remind those using Gyroscope to do something relating to their goals.

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