How much time do I listen to languages every week?

How many hours a week do I listen to my languages? I was asked this by one of our learners at LingQ. Let’s see.

Breakfast dishes and clean up – 90 minutes
Drive to the office?? -?? 90 minutes
Occasional longer drive elsewhere in town – 90 minutes
Exercise – 240 minutes
Dinner dishes and clean up – 120 minutes
Chores, shopping, garage clean up, gardening, etc.?? – 90 minutes

90+90+90+240+120+90= 720 minutes a week = 6 hours a week * 50 = 300 hours a year.

That is probably an understatement, a significant understatement, but I do not know.

Wikipedia again

I had a discussion this evening, with a guest, about the population of Tokyo. She said the population of Tokyo was 38 million people.I said it was closer to 12 million. She triumphantly showed me the Wikipedia page which said the following.

“The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the twenty-three special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, that cover the area that was the city of Tokyo as well as 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 35 to 39 million people (depending on definition).

The wording is confusing but would lead you to believe that Tokyo prefecture has 35-39 million people. But I lived in Tokyo for 9 years. To get 39 million people you would have to include all the towns of Kanto which I have traveled in extensively. There is lots of space between these cities. They are not all Tokyo.

The information on the Tokyo?? city website makes more sense

“As of October 1, 2009, the population of Tokyo is estimated to be 12.989 million, or about 10% of Japan???s total population, and it has the largest population among all the 47 prefectures. “.

This is certainly not the first time that Wikipedia is misleading. Yet it is always the first source to come up. I prefer to avoid it if I can.

"When my blue words turn to gold" – LingQ in a nutshell.

The simplest explanation of what you have to do at LingQ is that you have to convert blue (unknown) words into gold. That?? gets you started learning them. The more you see them, as gold words in other texts, or in flash cards, the sooner you will know them, understand them and use them. And of course you can track your activity and achievements by following your gold words.

Hyper education, or Motion Based Language Learning (MBLL)

Here is an article about the educational pressure cookers in Korea, Japan and China, with the suggestion that this trend will expand elsewhere. I hope that another model will prevail where the kids are encouraged to study on their own pace, and to do things that they like, using all of the new facilities that technology is making possible.

English learning is a big part of the Asian educational pressure cooker and look at the results in terms of English fluency in these East Asian countries. Some Asian parents send their kids to live abroad in home stay families, just in the hope they will learn English. The results are sometimes not so positive, with high rates of drug abuse and other problems, according to this article.

I think that LingQ is a low cost alternative to all of this cramming and farming out your kids, at least for language learning. Teach kids how to jog and listen to language. Improve their fitness and let them learn naturally. Motion based language learning I call it, (MBLL). Then with the money you have saved, have a nice family vacation somewhere.

Do I have any takers?

iPad, still trying to figure out what it is best for.

A fragment of a clay tablet, 3400 years old, with clearly formed writing on it, has been discovered in Jerusalem.0

I own an electronic tablet called an iPad. I use it for email, for browsing the internet, for language learning, but I have not yet figured out where it fits in between my iPod Touch, Blackberry and MacBook. I certainly want to explore its potential and understand because I think this new kind of computing mobility has great application for education. This remains a hunch on my part because I have not yet proved it to myself. I will continue my investigations. Any advice or comments welcome.