For class tomorrow, I compiled a 13-minute video of U.S. presidential voices from Harrison to Eisenhower—here is a sample.
Some of this audio is over 120 years old. FLIPPIN’ HISTORY PEOPLE.
- Old School Nouveau.
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- Polyglot Link
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- Open Culture: Free Language Lessons (another masterlist)Reddit Threads:
SRS (Spaced Repetition flashcards):
- Memrise (Iphone/pad app available)
- Anki (droid/i-app avail)
- Skritter (Paid: Japanese/Chinese; i-app avail.)
Chinese (Mostly/All Mandarin):
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- Reddit Resource List
- Why Chinese is so damn hard
- sugoideas, Taiwanese dramas
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- Books I own: (Far East) Illustrated 300 Chinese Character Dictionary, Reading and Writing Chinese (Tuttle), Chinese Link (favorite textbook so far), Integrated Chinese (Not as good as Chinese Link imho. Less organized/structured in a good format), Basic Spoken Chinese (Tuttle), Schaum’s Chinese GrammarGujarati:Hindi:
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- Korean Champ
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- Resource List (Also Japanese)
- Books: Integrated Korean (Common textbook, friends used/liked it for class), Learn Korean for Beginner’s (Tuttle), Basic Korean: A Grammar and Workbook.
- All Japanese All the Time (AJATT method; perhaps worth a read for other languages)
- So You Want to Learn Japanese…
- Perapera Firefox add on
- Reviewing the Kanji
- Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese / The app
- Beginner’s Guide
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- Rikaichan FF/Chrome
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- Nihongo Dekimasu
- Before Breakfast
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- The Japanese Page
- All Kana Aesop’s Fables (Practice translating)
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- How to Read Manga/Watch anime (and understand) in 2 years
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- Books I own: Japanese in Mangaland/Kanji in Mangaland, Learning Hiragana & Katakana (Tuttle), The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook, A Dictionary of Japanese Particles (Kodansha), Essential Japanese Grammar, Barron’s Japanese Grammar, DON’T buy Yookoso! I’m using it right now and I hate it, it’s frustrating and confusing and uses an uncommon Romaji system for far too long. I’ve used six different textbooks in three different languages and this is hands down the worst of any of them. Genki is probably your best bet.
- Other Books: Remembering the KanjiMalay:
- Learn Thai
- Learning Thai
- TV Method Thai (Immersion oral learning)
- Learning Thai
- Women Learn Thai
— Check the detailed Resources Page.So You Want to Learn… List:
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Taiwanese (Minnan, Southern Min, Hokkien), Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, Uyghur (Uighur), Uzbek, Vietnamese
- Tumblr tags: #learning _________
- Can I become Fluent in ______ in ______ months/weeks/days?
No. You can’t.
- Can I learn Japanese from just watching Anime/Korean from Kpop/Chinese from Wuxia films?
Not on your life. Do you only speak the english you know from Spongebob? N’SYNC? The 300? Didn’t think so.
- What about Rosetta Stone?
For $180-$399 dollars? Are you insane? The program is built to teach you the Romantic languages. If you buy Rosetta stone for $400, and pass up every free resource on this list, I doubt your desire to actually learn anything. Don’t do it to yourself. That is a lot of money you probably won’t get back.
- But I heard that Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Arabic/etc is really difficult:
Well if over a billion Chinese people can speak Chinese, why can’t you? No really, don’t let something like this bother you. No, this is not the ease of moving from a English to a Romance language or German, but hey, if you wanted to learn German (and all those ridiculous cases) you’d be doing that.
- But what about ______?
I have knowledge on resources mostly limited to JPN/CHI/KOR classes. This is a participatory list, which I am more than grateful to take submissions for.
The Saint Patrick battalion was made up mostly of Irish soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army to fight for Mexico.
In Mexico, September is known as the patriotic month, or el mes patrio which culminates on the 15th with the national…
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Pocahontas was harshly criticized by Chief Roy Crazy Horse as historically inaccurate and offensive for glossing over more negative treatment of Pocahontas and her tribe by the English. He claims that Roy Disney refused the tribe’s offers to help create a more culturally and historically accurate film.
You can read his entire statement on the subject, which includes the factual story of Matoka, or “Pocahontas” as she was nicknamed, here, on the official website of the Powhatan Renape Nation.
I recommend reading the above linked piece- it’s pretty short, but will give you a very clear understanding of the history/the accurate account v. the myth/Powhatan response to the movie.
I knew the true story but I never knew that it was made up by Smith. So in reality there is not story at all. Just a white guy with a big mouth. Big surprise. As much as I love the Disney movie, this makes me want to punch Disney in the face because they could have told an even better story of colonialism.
The spread of the black death.
Poland, tell us your secret.
Poland is the
If I remember correctly, Poland’s secret is that the jews where being blamed all over europe (as usual) as scapegoats for the black plague. Poland was the only place that accepted Jewish refugees, so pretty much all of them moved there.
Now, one of the major causes of getting the plague was poor hygiene. This proved very effective for the plague because everyone threw their poop into the streets because there were no sewers, and literally no one bathed because it was against their religion. Unless they were jewish, who actually bathed relatively often. When all the jews moved to Poland, they brought bathing with them, and so the plague had little effect there.
Milan survived by quarantining its city and burning down the house of anyone showing early symptoms, with the entire family inside it.
I reblogged this tons of times, but the Milan info is new.
Damn Italy, you scary.
Poland: “Hey, feeling a bit down? Have a quick wash! There, you see? All better”
Milan: “Aw, feeling a bit sick are we? BURN MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!!!!!”
Also, this might have something to do with it: from what I understand, O blood type is uncommonly… common in Poland. Something to do with large families in small villages and a LOT of intermarriage. The black plague was caused by a bacterium that produced, in its waste in the human body, wastes that very closely mimic the “B” marker sugars on red blood cells that keep the body from attacking its own immune system. Anyone who has a B blood type had an immune system that was naturally desensitized to the presence of the bacterium, and therefore was more prone to developing the disease. Anyone who had an O type was doubly lucky because the O blood type means the total absence of ANY markers, A or B, meaning that their bodys’ immune system would react quickly and violently against the invaders, while someone with an A may show symptoms and recover more slowly, while someone with B would have just died. Because O is a recessive blood type, it shows in higher numbers when more people who carry the recessive genes marry other people who also carry the recessive gene. Poland, which has a nearly 700 year history of being conquered by or partnering with every other nation in the surrounding area, was primarily an agricultural country, focused around smaller, farming communities where people were legally tied to, and required to work, “their” land, and so historically never “spread” their genes across a large area. The economy was, and had been, unstable for a very long period of time leading up to the plague, the government had been ineffective and had very little reach in comparison to the armies of the other countries around for a very very long time, and so its people largely remained in small communities where multiple generations of cross-familial inbreeding could have allowed for this more recessive gene to show up more frequently. Thus, there could be a higher percentage of O blood types in any region of the country, guaranteeing less spread of the illness and moving slower when it did manage to travel. Combine this with the fact that there were very few large, urban centers where the disease would thrive, and with the above facts, and you’ve got a lovely recipe for avoiding the plague.
Interestingly enough, as a result from the plague, the entirety of Europe now has a higher percentage of people with O blood type than any other region of the world.
WHY IS THIS ALL SO COOL
(Source: , via tr0tskitty)
This will never stop bing awesome. Also, if I ever end up having kids, they better act like this whenever someone says something inaccurate about Napoleon.
The Powerpuff girls schooling you in history.
Cherokee Nation Launches History Website
The Cherokee Nation launched a new educational website Wednesday to share the tribe’s true history and culture with the world.
The new site, www.CNHistoryOnline.org, is an interactive, user-friendly source of factual information about Cherokee Nation’s traditional stories, arts and past that can be linked to Twitter and Facebook.
“We now stand on the threshold of sharing our culture, history and rich traditions with everyone on the World Wide Web,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Now our stories can be told with our Cherokee voice, our history, our culture and our values.”
The site was modeled to look like a book. Visitors that are interested in learning more about Cherokee history can take online history classes, listen to Cherokee elders tell traditional stories, review historical book recommendations and download curriculum for children. It features historical timelines and maps.
Those looking to learn more about culture can find the Cherokee language, get facts about the natural resources used by Cherokees and find descriptions of traditional clothes, jewelry, body art, architecture, food and music. Visitors can also access a kids section or watch digital stories and videos of Cherokee elders and master craftsmen.
The public needs an official source of information on Cherokee history and from a Cherokee perspective, Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin said of his and Chief Bakerâ€™s idea for the site.
“We have a unique history as Cherokee citizens and I’m proud to share it with the world,” Hoskin said.
When Bill met Jack
A young Bill Clinton shaking hands with President Kennedy on July 24, 1963 in the Rose Garden of the White House. He was in Washington, D.C. as a delegate from Arkansas to the Boys Nation Convention. 7/24/63
-from the Presidential Timeline
Alexander the Great worshiping and praising Amon-Ra, from the Temple of Amon at Diospolis Megale (the Great City of Zeus, Thebes)
For the recurrence of the birth of Alexander the Great, the Divine Son of Zeus-Ammon (24 july 2012=6 Hekatombaion of the Attic Calendar)