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Writing notes by hand improves recall

In the not-so-distant past, before bringing your laptop to class became current practice, there was no alternative to taking notes by hand. Because we can speak faster than we can write things down, people automatically paraphrased what they heard, processing and condensing information so that only a summarized version of the most important bits made…
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Who first translated The Epic of Gilgamesh into English?

The poem recounts the exploits of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk in Mesopotamia, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop Gilgamesh from oppressing the people of Uruk. After a long and fierce wrestling match,  Gilgamesh finally prevailed. The two men eventually became friends and set about looking for  journeys to share.…
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Happy New Year of the Rooster!

The word “zodiac” comes from the Latin word zōdiacus, which originates from the Greek word ζoδιακός, or zōdiakos, meaning “circle of animals.” It refers to the circle of twelve 30-degree divisions of the sky measured along an imaginary line on the sky: the apparent path of the Sun over the course of the year. Called…
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What are the advantages of being bilingual?

This is the first in a multi-part series on bilingualism. “You’re so lucky you speak so many languages!” All of us here at VOVF Europe and VOVF USA are multilingual, so this is a phrase that we all hear fairly often. Many of you probably do, too. But how “lucky” are we exactly? What are…
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