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What’s possible in a week? If you dedicated seven days to the achievement of one goal, how ambitious could you make this goal? These were the questions that the multilingual friends Katy and Sara posed themselves when they determined to learn English in one week, to prove that it can be done and anyone can do it with the right methods.

They would attempt to liberate themselves from the distractions and responsibilities of modern-day life in order to cram eight hours of study time and I was observing some of the world’s most capable language learners at work.

The language learning expert: Sara

The friends set themselves the challenge of learning a language in a week in order to stretch themselves, and then it was a question of choosing which language to learn. English presented itself as a natural option; there are nigh on 300,000 English speakers in Germany’s capital, and the areas are dotted with stores adorned with signs in English.

“Truly understanding one’s environment requires one to first understand English”

The first operational step in the friends learning process was to decorate the entire apartment with sticky notes. This had an almost ceremonial touch to it as the friends delved into dictionaries and proceeded to label everything with its corresponding English name.

Within the space of about an hour it was impossible to carry out any menial task, be it making a coffee or flicking off a light switch, without first being presented with at least three different words related to this action.

Sara learning in the park

The importance of the other twin’s presence became immediately apparent as Katy and Sara delegated responsibilities for rooms to decorate with sticky notes. This simple task was augmented by continuous little tests that they would spring on one another, and the fact that they split up their day slightly differently and studied different topics meant that each twin became a source of knowledge for the other.

The most extraordinary moment came towards the end of the week!

The friends simply switched their everyday conversations to English, asking one another if they wanted tea or coffee, were ready to cook dinner or when they were going to leave the house.

Katy and Sara had numerous micro-challenges throughout the week. On the first day they were visited by a English friend who greeted them in English and complimented them on how quickly they’d picked up their first words and phrases.

They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market (although they refrained from purchasing nine hundred thousand kumquats). Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.

Katy playing audio lessons

On our second visit to the brother’s apartment 24 hours into the week, we found them sampling dozens of different kinds of English snacks.

Like kids staring at the backs of cereal packs before heading to school, the nutritional information and various special offers and competitions on the packaging were analysed during snack breaks.

There was no moment of complete removal from the language learning process during the eight hours that the friends had allotted to it.

They were constantly using their existing knowledge to support the ever-growing knowledge of English, this being the root of their success.

“you will likely come across words that share common origins with your native tongue”

The friends spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to be found searching busily for English radio stations and write-ups of English football games on the web.

There is no definitive method to learn a language fluently

All too often, people enter their weekly language class to converse with their teacher, but then barely have any contact with other speakers and that’s not enough.

The old saying that we can solve problems more effectively when we sleep on it may be especially true if the problem we’re trying to solve is learning a new language.

Motivated Katy out to the library

Researchers from two Swiss universities wanted to know if they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night.

To find out, they gathered two groups of study participants, all of whom were native German speakers, and gave them a series of Dutch-to-German word pairs to learn at 10 pm. One group was then instructed to get some sleep, while the other group was kept awake.For the next few hours both groups listened to an audio playback of the word pairs they’d already been exposed to and some they hadn’t yet heard.

The researchers then re-gathered both groups at 2 am and gave them a test of the Dutch words to uncover any differences in learning. And indeed there was a difference:

“The group that listened to the words during sleep did better at recalling the words they’d heard”

The simple yet potent trick the researchers employed is known as verbal cueing, and this isn’t the first claim made for its success while sleeping. But what makes this study different is that it puts a finer point on the conditions necessary for this trick to actually work namely, it only works when we’ve already been exposed to the verbal cues before we sleep.

The researchers added a techie dimension by conducting electroencephalographic (EEG)recordings of the sleeping participants brains to track neural electrical activity during the learning period.

They found that learning the foreign words overlapped with the appearance of theta brain waves, an intriguing result since theta is the brain wave state often associated with heightened learning while awake (usually we’re in either the high-frequency, high-alertness alpha or beta states while awake, but it’s thought possible to induce theta state slower in frequency than alpha and beta through concentration techniques).

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What’s possible in a week? If you dedicated seven days to the achievement of one goal, how ambitious could you make this goal? These were the questions that the multilingual friends Katy and Sara posed themselves when they determined to learn English in one week, to prove that it can be done and anyone can do it with the right methods.

They would attempt to liberate themselves from the distractions and responsibilities of modern-day life in order to cram eight hours of study time and I was observing some of the world’s most capable language learners at work.

The language learning expert: Sara

The friends set themselves the challenge of learning a language in a week in order to stretch themselves, and then it was a question of choosing which language to learn. English presented itself as a natural option; there are nigh on 300,000 English speakers in Germany’s capital, and the areas are dotted with stores adorned with signs in English.

“Truly understanding one’s environment requires one to first understand English”

The first operational step in the friends learning process was to decorate the entire apartment with sticky notes. This had an almost ceremonial touch to it as the friends delved into dictionaries and proceeded to label everything with its corresponding English name.

Within the space of about an hour it was impossible to carry out any menial task, be it making a coffee or flicking off a light switch, without first being presented with at least three different words related to this action.

Sara learning in the park

The importance of the other twin’s presence became immediately apparent as Katy and Sara delegated responsibilities for rooms to decorate with sticky notes. This simple task was augmented by continuous little tests that they would spring on one another, and the fact that they split up their day slightly differently and studied different topics meant that each twin became a source of knowledge for the other.

The most extraordinary moment came towards the end of the week!

The friends simply switched their everyday conversations to English, asking one another if they wanted tea or coffee, were ready to cook dinner or when they were going to leave the house.

Katy and Sara had numerous micro-challenges throughout the week. On the first day they were visited by a English friend who greeted them in English and complimented them on how quickly they’d picked up their first words and phrases.

They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market (although they refrained from purchasing nine hundred thousand kumquats). Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.

Katy playing audio lessons

On our second visit to the brother’s apartment 24 hours into the week, we found them sampling dozens of different kinds of English snacks.

Like kids staring at the backs of cereal packs before heading to school, the nutritional information and various special offers and competitions on the packaging were analysed during snack breaks.

There was no moment of complete removal from the language learning process during the eight hours that the friends had allotted to it.

They were constantly using their existing knowledge to support the ever-growing knowledge of English, this being the root of their success.

“you will likely come across words that share common origins with your native tongue”

The friends spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to be found searching busily for English radio stations and write-ups of English football games on the web.

There is no definitive method to learn a language fluently

All too often, people enter their weekly language class to converse with their teacher, but then barely have any contact with other speakers and that’s not enough.

The old saying that we can solve problems more effectively when we sleep on it may be especially true if the problem we’re trying to solve is learning a new language.

Motivated Katy out to the library

Researchers from two Swiss universities wanted to know if they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night.

To find out, they gathered two groups of study participants, all of whom were native German speakers, and gave them a series of Dutch-to-German word pairs to learn at 10 pm. One group was then instructed to get some sleep, while the other group was kept awake.For the next few hours both groups listened to an audio playback of the word pairs they’d already been exposed to and some they hadn’t yet heard.

The researchers then re-gathered both groups at 2 am and gave them a test of the Dutch words to uncover any differences in learning. And indeed there was a difference:

“The group that listened to the words during sleep did better at recalling the words they’d heard”

The simple yet potent trick the researchers employed is known as verbal cueing, and this isn’t the first claim made for its success while sleeping. But what makes this study different is that it puts a finer point on the conditions necessary for this trick to actually work namely, it only works when we’ve already been exposed to the verbal cues before we sleep.

The researchers added a techie dimension by conducting electroencephalographic (EEG)recordings of the sleeping participants brains to track neural electrical activity during the learning period.

They found that learning the foreign words overlapped with the appearance of theta brain waves, an intriguing result since theta is the brain wave state often associated with heightened learning while awake (usually we’re in either the high-frequency, high-alertness alpha or beta states while awake, but it’s thought possible to induce theta state slower in frequency than alpha and beta through concentration techniques).

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New York City’s Next Superstar Artist Marko Stout

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Huge crowds now rap around the block to see the latest artworks of Marko Stout and have a chance to meet the artist and his models. After his most recent sold-out solo video installation at New York’s famed Tribeca Gallery, it seems Marko Stout is all over New York City these days. He’s been seen attending many high-profile social events, and fashion shows, having serval sold-out exhibitions with his video installations, sculptures, and famous urban metal prints. He has become so active and has so many fans and celebrity collectors that many in New York society and the art world are calling Marko Stout the next Andy Warhol. In a YouTube video, the Kardashians say, “we’re very excited about Marko Stout’s Exhibition” and RuPaul said, “Marko Stout is full of charisma, nerve, uniqueness, and talent!” The artist’s other fans include Snooki, Vince Neil, and Justin Bieber. We had a chance to ask Marko Stout a few questions after his “Erotic Allure Volume 3” exhibition at the Tribeca Gallery.

Marko Stout

Many people in the art world and New York are calling you the “next Andy Warhol”. Do you like this comparison?

Marko Stout: No. I sort of do my own thing. No Campbell soup cans. But I guess if they’re going to compare me to some of Andy Warhol is a good one.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you think inspired you to be an artist?

Marko Stout: I grew up in a small working-class town on the Jersey Shore, so art was never really talked about, and certainly as a career was never an option. I remember seeing Andy Warhol on TV and thinking this guy is really different, very interesting and he hangs around with so many cool people- nothing like the people I grew up around. How did he do that? I also remember John (Lennon) and Yoko (Ono) interviews and I thought they were just the coolest people on the planet, and I would love to hang out with them- and how coincidently I actually live around the corner from Yoko and see on the street her every now and again.

Where do you usually do your work? 

Marko Stout: I live in New York City and spend most of my time here, so that’s where I draw impressions, meet my models and have my largest following of fans. There’s always something new happening here every day and it’s very reflective of our times and culture in general, so that helps me stay very relevant as a contemporary artist.

You have fans and you have favorite models. You make an accent of eyes and faces. What do the faces tell you and what do you try to show us through those faces?

Marko Stout

Marko Stout: Many of my models have a similar look or vibe, and that’s just my style. But, every model, every face is a bit different, so the story is different every time. I try to work with interesting people and that keeps my work interesting and ultimately tells a relevant narrative. I avoid ordinary uninspiring people, that would certainly make my pieces boring.

How long does it take you to take on a new idea you build the exhibition around?

Marko Stout: I’ve always embraced procrastination. I like to party and have fun, and then work intensely right before the deadline. My college years were filled with late-night cramming for tests and I suspect that habit has carried over into my professional life. It works well for me, but I’m always observing my surroundings and taking mental notes of the sort which I usually draw on when the time comes to create the actual works, so in that sense my work is continual.

What do you do when the model does not feel the character you want her to be?

Marko Stout: Usually that’s never really a problem. Most of my models tend to be on the same page as me and feel what I’m going for. Often some interesting music helps to set the mood, I like the Velvet Underground, sort of channels Warhol’s spirit and gets things going. And sometimes a little wine and weed are involved.

What are your future plans, please?

Marko Stout: I’m really very busy now and the next few years are already filled with more solo exhibitions here in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Berlin, and talking with other galleries both in the US and Europe. Also, working with a local New York designer who’s incorporating my images into limited edition jackets and his upcoming clothing line. And, I what to produce some longer art films with a bit of character development, maybe 45 minutes or so, not just the shorts I’ve done in the past. I have some very cool and interesting ideas and my models are eager to participate in the films. Also, working on some newer large-size sculpture works and installation-type projects. So, yes very busy!

Marko Stout’s work is an immortalization of pop glamour; a snapshot of those rare epiphanous vibrant moments when our realities can bleed color and juxtaposition. It stretches beyond the encapsulation of aesthetics and extends to an offering of meaning and an extension of culture. The urban landscapes and the people who find rapture in the abstraction of monotony are deftly depicted in the images which violently flip narratives of the human condition.

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The Most Incredible Article About Customized Couple Bracelets You’ll Ever Read

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Jewelry is more than just a way to look good or say something. Because men and women have been doing it for so long, it is usually used to remember the most important and meaningful things in a person’s life. Call the person you care about if you want to strengthen your relationship with them. The most common jewelry to wear to these events is a diamond ring, but this is not the only choice. Different decorations can do the same thing, making them a good choice when you want something other than the usual options. For example, a tennis bracelet could be used to remember a special event and tell a story through its design.

 

It is becoming more common to give someone a customized couple bracelets as a sign of love and commitment or just as a way to remind them of something. These occurrences have been going on for a considerable amount of time now. You’ve probably heard of friendship bands by now. These are the colorful plastic bracelets that college students trade with their friends. Promise bracelets are the same way. All they do is remind you of a promise you want to make to yourself. It’s not only pretty to look at but also has meaning because it’s a constant reminder of a promise.

 

People show how much they care about each other by giving and receiving promise bracelets. High school classmates often trade bracelets with each other, but this is quickly becoming a popular thing to do between school and college sweethearts. Even though the commitment may be big, wearing this bracelet does not always mean you are in a serious relationship. It could be given to someone in the same immediate family, a close friend, or a romantic partner. If you want to make a promise to the person you love by giving each other bracelets, the bracelets you choose should be more meaningful than simple friendship bands. And what could be more special than a tennis bracelet or a diamond-set ring? People give it to each other when they just get to know each other. They are also a great choice for Valentine’s Day presents. A lot of people like this decoration because it looks classy.

 

Chain

 

This is how bracelets have always been made. You can choose from many different chain styles, like the classic round-link rolo or wheat chain. These chains can be made of many metals, like sterling silver, 18k gold, and platinum.

 

Pearl

 

People think of pearl bracelets as classic pieces of jewelry. No matter what she’s wearing, from jeans to a party dress, it makes her look more put-together. Or, she could add a touch of sophistication by wearing pearl earrings and a necklace that matches.

 

Bangle

 

A bangle bracelet can be worn alone for a simple look or stacked with several other bangles for a more complicated look. Shiny bangles look like they are made of metal, and the sound they make when they hit each other is very pleasant.

 

Having one piece of jewelry, like a bracelet, that she will see often lets her enjoy it more often. She also likes that it makes her think of you whenever she feels it on her wrist. There are many different bracelets, and each one is a different length. So, when you buy something for her, you should measure one of her old bracelets to see if she needs a certain length. She wears bracelets when she isn’t using her hands to do something, most of the time. Bracelets are close to the hands, so even when they aren’t being worn, they get bumped and slammed. So, they need to be very tough. The people who make jewelry know this, so you can be sure that the bracelet you choose will last a long time.

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