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International Mother Language Day seems too much like an excuse for academics to "celebrate" obscure languages while doing nothing to stop the tide of language death.

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Nobody Knows How to Learn a Language: the first in a forthcoming series of posts about a new theory of language learning. Achieving fluency is rare, existing language learning models are poor, so methods are incomplete or bad.

medium.com/@mmjukic/nobody-kno

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Children choose to live only because there are adults in the world. Adults choose to live only because there are children in the world.

Each tries to make the other into self, yet ironically each is the source of the other.

I'm watching the 1984 film Iceman about a Neanderthal resuscitated from ice, and scientists who try to communicate with him. So far, it's like Arrival but better.

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Facebook Referred to Kids as Young as Five as “Whales” for Its Monetized Games
usgamer.net/articles/facebook-

(submitted by throwaway2048)

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i have a theory that "being too smart for your own good" roughly translates to "underestimating the layered complexity of the social landscape composed of people of mostly average intelligence"

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@Elmkast by being smart enough to live and be fulfilled by thought constructs rather than reality they end up disconnected from the ground truth.

And so when they outgrow themselves and their wings and start to fall. They must flap more and more furiously...into the sun.

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"FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58." I think this shooter is a clear example of a form of suffering we as a people have forbidden the US government to try alleviate, i.e. destitution of meaning in life

ksl.com/article/46479166/fbi-f

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then again I think plain language beats fancy words every time, when possible

unless you're trying to show off or something

jargon is gatekeeping

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❄️ whooo sudden snow squall! 🌨️

(I wouldn't have known to call it a squall if not for the national weather service emergency alerts making my phone scream)

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When they targeted the veil, Fanon writes, the colonisers were in fact targeting all Algerians, regardless of age or gender. All Algerians were under attack when the veil was outlawed, as it was used to humiliate their culture as a whole.

The maxim circulating among the French authorities, Fanon writes, was "Get the women, the rest will follow."

The kalaa seem so random. Why are they all lumped together?

Skills I need to master: durvacaka-yoga: practicing language difficult to be answered by others.

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