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  1. If you were to ask me about blog suggestions, I would likely list the following in somewhat the same order as the blogs I like/reblog the most:

    #1 Humans of New York & Josh

    #2 UX Rave

    #3 Chris Hadfield

    #4 WTF Mobile

    #5 Food 52

    #6 Inspire My Web

    #7 NBA

    #8 Bijan Sabet

    Stories in Photography, Arabic, User Experience Design, and Basketball. Pretty much sums me up.


  2. indianajosh:


    By way of synecdoche and mexistentialist.

    I sympathize, I mispronounce every other word. Navid can vouch for me.

    Incessant and perhaps even obsessive independent reading was a primary source of my education growing up and always provided me with a very large vocabulary that I was never quite sure how to pronounce properly, because I was discovering all of these new words entirely on my own as mute and static text on a page.

    It still happens today, and I’ve had people in my life (recently, actually) who have tried correcting my pronunciation of certain words, perhaps even just jokingly, and I’ve quietly always felt really sorry for them because they’re drawing attention to what’s really one of the least important or useful aspects of these words and treating it as something critical and necessary. I’ve never understood it; it’s always sort of struck me as some form of insecure shaming or something.

    (Source: gruntledandhinged)


  3. Duolingo is my new favorite web service. It makes learning a new language accessible and the best part is that it’s free! Their iOS app is consistent with their web presence, easy to use, and has just the right number of interactive elements that let you learn without cluttering your screen. It’s also super smooth to use. No icky lagging business like most apps out there.

    You lose hearts if you make a mistake and if you lose all hearts you have to start all over again. One type of question is listening to a sentence and typing it out in your default language. Notice the appropriately designed turtle icon for playing the sentence slower.


  4. This is a hilarious article about why Arabic is a really cool language. The author is so obviously foreign, I want to sympathize with him. Some gems include:

    This idea is so cool that you’d think it came from a constructed language, and yet Arabic has actual native speakers who live completely normal lives and will not try to talk to you about Runescape.

    Several enjoyable consonants wait to greet the foreign learner. Most of these are emphatic consonants, which are just like the familiar consonants /k/, /t/, /th/, /s/ and /d/ except that as you pronounce them you must simultaneously try to swallow your tongue.

    And then there is this beast: ع a consonant pronounced so far back in the throat that you must wait two hours after eating to safely attempt it. Naturally it’s one of the most common sounds in the language.

    spoken Arabic has diverged substantially from the written language, so you can study it formally for years and not be able to understand a television commercial.