Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Sep 2, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Four time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis has done a fascinating interview with expert language learner Gabriel Wyner. Gabriel is author of the GREAT book Fluent Forever—an invaluable guide to help you learn languages more easily and remember what you’ve learned.

If you would like to join Nelson in helping to support research on memory, please take the Extreme Memory Challenge.

Outstanding recommendations from our Learning How to Learn Italian Lead, Cristian Artoni

Cristian Artoni is an operations manager and analyst on the staff of the Chief Operating Officer for a major Italian transportation company—he has taken over 50 MOOCs and puts his MOOC and book learning to great use. He is also the Lead of the Italian platform of Learning How to Learn, which will be coming out soon. Cristian is always worth listening to—this week, he has several great recommendations:

Book of the Week

Cristian strongly recommends Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova, who received the 2015 Harvard Medical School Media Fellowship. Cristian notes: “Obviously this book is a hymn to the focused mode of the power of concentration and observation. To see does not mean to observe!”

MOOC of the Week

And Cristian also recommends an upcoming MOOC: “Introduction to Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Makes Decisions,” by Vasily Klucharev of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow through Coursera, starting September 19th. If either neuroscience or business is your thing, this MOOC is for you.

What’s Most Important? Learning about How to Learn!

Here are several recent video snippets that emphasize the importance of learning about learning. Brian Chesky (the self-made billionaire CEO and founder of Airbnb) said that the most important thing an entrepreneur can do is “to learn how to learn.” Similarly, American businessman and investor Mark Cuban notes: “If you don’t have a thirst for learning and acquiring information, you’re SOL…”

Daily Bits

If you like your learning in micro-doses, we’re fans of “Daily Bits.” Check out their micro-courses and see if there’s one that you’d like to get a bit of daily learning about.

Learning How to Learn in Arabic! تعلم كيف تتعلم

Arabic speaking volunteers are welcome to join Ghada Abdel Salam’s efforts to complete the Arabic version of Learning How to Learn. If you are up for the challenge, please read the details in this thread to apply. Ghada has just joined the translation team as Arabic Lead. She is a lecturer and HR specialist with great passion for social work, especially women empowerment. Currently she is working and studying in the US. You can contact Ghada on Facebook, Linkedin, Gmail, or directly through Transifex.

Urdu Translation of Learning How to Learn: سیکھنے کا ڈھنگ سیکھیں

Urdu speaking volunteers are welcome to join Zubair H. Shaikh’s efforts to launch the Urdu version of Learning How to Learn. Zubair is the author of a presidential award winning books series, Mera Iqbal, written in Urdu to motivate students towards Urdu poetry, develop their interest & to introduce them to Allama Iqbal’s vision & philosophy. Zubair also teaches the Urdu language at school level and conducts training workshop for Urdu teachers in Pakistan. Zubair took Learning How to Learn as his first ever online course—he’s found it immensely useful. Zubair says “The ideas that have been shared in the course are extremely beneficial for my future learning, and off course I look forward to forming a team together so that we can work to share these ideas even further amongst Urdu speakers!” To join Zubair, please post in the discussion forum, here!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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