Friday, March 20, 2015

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

LingQ founder Steve Kaufman has been relating the seven habits of highly effective people back to learning languages. This short video reminds us ... don't be in a hurry to communicate. Better to get more understanding under your belt.

"Spacebridge 2013" - Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner

"Spacebridge 2013" - Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner

Interesting interview between Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner regarding Russia and America. If you don't have the full half hour, make sure to fast forward to about 27 minutes before you stop watching.

How to Become Gluten Intolerant (Funny) - Ultra Spiritual Life

How to Become Gluten Intolerant (Funny) - Ultra Spiritual Life

A funny look at home some gluten intolerant people push their ideas on other people. He's making fun of he issue, but at the same time reminding people don't go overboard. His channel is about:

Helping you heal self sabotage, emotional pain, and stress while growing your authenticity! My work empowers you to live a more meaningful life as a whole individual. Please consider the premise that all healing comes from within you, your pain and suffering matter, and embracing the light and shadow sides of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual components is essential to living an authentic life!

Humor and seriousness are perhaps two important keys that open the doors of our heart and soul. If we have one and not the other, we're at least half locked out of our own self.

Psychology of the Selfie - with JP Sears

Psychology of the Selfie - with JP Sears

A humorous but mindful reminder of why some people are seemingly so enamored with taking their selfies all the time.

Star Size Comparison HD

A look at the size of celestial objects from the sun, to our star, to larger stars ... to the largest known star ... and then think of that in terms of the entire galaxy, and all the galaxies in Universe.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Learn Russian - How to learn 10000 new words in Russian language

Learn Russian - How to learn 10000 new words in Russian language per 1 minute?

A video with transcript in both English and Russian from the Easy Russian channel reminding learners to memorize that -tion and -sion endings in English are -ция and -сия in Russian ... and you will recognize 1000s of new words in Russian with no effort. A few samples below. If you search for -ция and -сия at the search engine, you'll find pages with lists of words.





My Porcelain Doll Linda - Авторская фарфоровая кукла

My Porcelain Doll Linda - Авторская фарфоровая кукла

Sometimes I find it helpful to search flickr or Google images for a Russian word such as кукла or куклы (plural) to see images and learn new vocabulary words. This word is at the end of the video in this lesson Russian Language Part 5 - Verbs.

кукла - doll
куклы - dolls

фарфоровая кукла - porcelain doll

Russian Language Part 5 - Verbs

Russian language part 5 - learning Russian

A video going over conjugations and use of the useful Russian verb хотеть ... to want.

я хочу - I want   
Я хочу спать - I want to sleep
Ты устали? Ты хочешь спать? - Are you tired? Do you want to sleep?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meerkat is legal and people are watching

CBS News Legal Analysis Rikki Klieman explains the legality of SXSW's most talked about app of 2015, Meerkat, the live streaming app that you can use to stream anything.

This episode on CBS talks about legal uses versus illegal uses of Meerkat.

Vintage Vegas - Super 8mm

Throwing it back to December 1970.
Film taken on Super 8mm camera.
Learn more about Las Vegas history at the Neon Museum:

Vintage video from 1970 in Super 8mm featuring Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Chinese Ver.) 还好遇见你 - Fortunately, I met you (ClubFriday)

(Chinese Ver.) 还好遇见你 -Fortunately, I met you (ClubFriday.ความลับของหัวใจที่ไม่มีจริง)

A new release Chinese songs with lyrics in both Chinese and pinyin included in the description.

Jewel - Standing Still (Official Video)

Watch the official video for Jewel's "Standing Still". An old favorite.

"Standing Still" is a single by female American artist Jewel. "Standing Still" was recorded in 2001, and the song was featured on the album This Way. The single reached #7 on the charts in New Zealand, and #25 on the pop charts in the United States.

Great Russian Cartoons - Чуня (Choonya)

Here's a cute cartoon of Чуня, a young pig making new friends. There is a transcript and subtitles that are fairly accurate to help teach your child some Russian words. Your kid can learn some basic words such as...

Большое спасибо! - Thank you very much!
На здоровье! - To your health!

всё на свете я узнаю.
Everything in the world, I know.

Почему ты плачешь?
Why are you crying?

Потому что я заблудился.
Because I'm lost.

Мама! Это моя мама!
Mama! It's my mommy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Responding to Compliments 哪裡哪裡!- Learn Chinese Now

In this video, they go through a few phrases for responding to compliments in Mandarin Chinese such as

Thank you

nǎlǐ nǎlǐ
Where, where?

tài kuāzhāng le
You exaggerate too much!

bù no gǎn dare dāng
to be

Here is a short article with three ways to say thank you in Chinese.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Infinity is bigger than you think - Numberphile

Sometimes infinity is even bigger than you think... Dr James Grime explains with a little help from Georg Cantor. An interesting demonstration how there are different kinds of infinity.

Mile of Pi - Numberphile

A million digits of Pi on one piece of paper (1.05 miles).
More about how and why:
More Pi videos from Numberphile:

As they unroll the million digits of Pi they point out facts such as the record point of memorization. There is another point where there is no #4 in a stretch of 157 digits. They'll also reveal, if you watch long enough ... the digit that is most common in a million digits of Pi.

China's Political Geography - Provinces, Regions etc... In Chinese

In this episode of Learn Chinese: Advanced Vocabulary, Ben takes a look at the names for the different regions of China in Mandarin Chinese. A video with some basic vocabulary regarding China such as ...


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Russian Grammar Lesson 7: Russian Pronouns Это, Кто, Что and Particle Вот

A Russian grammar video showing how to form simple questions with the pronouns это, кто, что and the particle вот.

это = this, that, it

Что это?
Это ручка.

Кто это?
Это Владимир, он русский.

вот = here, there

Где мой кот?
Вот он.
Кто? = Who?
Кто это? = Who is it?

Что? = What?
Что это? = What is it?

Russian Grammar Lesson 6: The Prepositional Case of the Russian Nouns

The prepositional case in Russian is used with a preposition for location, when you are talking about someone, or for the names of months when talking about time. This video primarily addressed answering the questions Где ты? and Где вы?.

The prepositional case of a noun is used to designate the place when answering the question "where" with the prepositions в, во and на.

Here is a table that shows you how to form the Russian prepositional case endings, as well as discusses other reasons to use the prepositional case.

Russian Grammar Lesson 5: Verb to Be in Present Tense

A Russian grammar lesson video addressing the verb "to be" in Russian.

The verb to be in Russian language is быть. You can find different conjugations for быть at CoolJugator. The present tense forms of the verb (except for есть) are archaic and rarely used in modern Russian.

This video demonstrates that "есть" is dropped from a sentence such as the sample below.

Это моя кошка.

This video also discusses how there are no articles before the noun in Russian.

Russian Grammar Lesson 4: Cases of Russian Nouns & Nominative Case

This Russian grammar video is a very basic introduction to nouns in the nominative case. Nouns in the nominative case are the version of a noun that you will find in a Russian dictionary. Nouns retain their nominative ending or case when they are used to answer the questions:

Кто? (who?)  and Что? (what?)

A few examples with very simple sentences would be...

Кто это?
Это моя сестра.

Что это?
Это книга.

Russian for Free has some grammar tables demonstrating the only time you'll change the ending in the nominative case is for plural nouns.

Russian Grammar Lesson 3: Personal Pronouns in Russian

This Russian grammar video lists the personal pronouns in Russian, giving a few sample sentences to remind us that like in English a personal pronoun can replace a noun.

Singular Personal Pronouns
я - I
ты - you (informal)
он - he
она - her
оно - it

Plural Personal Pronouns
мы - we
вы - you (formal)
они - they

When you just meet a Russian speaker, you should refer to them with the more formal "вы". Before referring to them as "ты" you should run it by them first. Below are a few sample sentences that demonstrate how to ask if you can be informal with someone in Russian.

Может перейдём на «ты»?
Перейдём на «ты»?
Можно на «ты»?

Russian Grammar Lesson 1: Gender of Nouns Part 1

A quick video going over the basic rules of gender of nouns in Russian grammar. There are three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. To determine the noun's gender it is (almost) as easy as looking at the last letter. Exceptions will be discussed in another video which you can find a link to in the description of that video on YouTube.

Masculine Nouns
end in a consonant

end in - й


Feminine Nouns
end in - a

end in - я


Neuter Nouns
end in -
оend in - е


Where Did A Million Chinese Millionaires Come From

Where Did A Million Chinese Millionaires Come From - "The Ka-Ching Dynasty! - China. From communism to capitalism, a new generation of very young, very rich people have emerged, but where did they come from?"

A film out of Australia looking at entrepreneurs in China and some of their businesses.

Время и Стекло - Так выпала карта [Lyrics]

Время и Стекло - Так выпала карта [Lyrics]

Found another video of a Russian song with lyrics on YouTube for a playlist I've started with lyrics.

Accelerated Learning: How To Get Good at Anything in 20 Hours

A video featuring an interview with author Josh Kaufman regarding his book The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! Kaufman talks about breaking goals up into smaller chunks. Regarding learning a language, he suggests set a specific goal. For instance, the goal of "I want to speak French" is too broad. The goal of "I want to be able to speak in French at a restaurant" is more specific.