Learn German| 10 Absolutely Best (Free) Apps to Learn Languages

These look worth investigating further:-

Eureka Languages Bits

Apps are a great way to learn languages, they shouldn’t be the only method used, but I can definitely see the value in them.


Over the almost four past months learning two languages, I’ve experimented with many apps, and I’d like to share with you the ones that I found useful to learn languages in general and German in particular.

I’ve divided them as German and non German focused and I will update the list in case I find something better.

  1. DuoLingo

    tumblr_nfieeumaa11s2277so1_1280Although the first crush I had on Duolingo, I don’t really think this is the best app out there for learning languages, and it certainly shouldn’t be used by itself. I use Duolingo mostly to check my ability to translate between German and Spanish, but even then it gets pretty boring (if not downright irritating) after a while. It’s not unusual that I would be asked to translate…

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Nice combination of imagery!


H.G. Wells, the author of “The Time Machine”, once said that “the past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”
Look at those two astoundingly detailed aerial maps of Berlin published by a popular local newspaper, “Der Tagesspiegel”: those interactive images of city from 1928 and 2015 respectively contain both Berlin´s twilight and its dawn. Or paraphrasing Karl Scheffler and what must be the most popular Berlin quotation, in those two maps you can see Berlin´s “never being” and “forever becoming”.
Please click the image below and enjoy travelling in time!

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Russia Deploys Flagship Aircraft Carrier To Syria Coast

Another indication of an escalation-very concerning.

peoples trust toronto

Back in the summer of 2013, just around the peak of the first major escalation involving Syria and the US attempt to remove its president al-Assad, the Mediterranean briefly looked like a parking lot, with US and Russian ships on anchor just off the Syrian coast prepared for any eventuality.

Then, last year, around the time Russia announced it would deploy its air force to Syria for the first time, we predicted that sooner or later, the naval phase of the Syrian conflict would ratner and lead to a repeat of the events from the summer of 2013. So, one year later, precisely this sequence of events now appears to be in place: earlier today, Russia’s defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier would be sent to join Russia’s current…

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Austrian Election 2.0

Another election needing to be carefully watched. Thanks for posting

Lisas Blog

Hillary Clinton is all over the news, with the occurrences at the 9/11 memorial.But as I’ve mentioned I’m also following the Austrian election very interested.

Some days ago the next failure in this never ending election led to a postponement, and again the postal vote is in the center of the events. This time it happened before they even voted.

The glue that sealed the envelopes of the postal votes failed. Several voters noticed opening  envelopes and that would mean invalid votes. And a number of invalid votes because of irregular envelopes would make the whole election invalid.

Because the part of the postal voters was over 10%, a legally correct election would not be possible, and so the election was moved back two month. Alexander Van der Bellen, the candidate from the “Greens”  supported this, while his opponent Norbert Hofer was against this decision, because he believes that…

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Recreating Stefan Zweig’s Collection of Yesterday

I have seen much of this fascinating collection in the Literaturhaus in Munich. Zweig continues to fascinate and been the subject of an excellent film this year. Thanks for posting!

Golden Age Thinking

I had started my collection in an amateurish way as a boy of fifteen, and in all these years, thanks to a great deal of experience, more money than when I first began and even greater passion, I turned a mere assortment of separate items into an organic structure, transforming it, I think is fair to say, into a genuine work of art in itself.

– Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), despite being somewhat forgotten today, was in his own time one of the most widely read authors in Europe. During his short career, which tragically ended in suicide in 1942 after he had escaped his native Austria and beloved Europe to exile in South America, he authored dozens of novels, short stories, biographies, plays, and one work of memoir, The World of Yesterday. 

zweig01 Stefan Zweig. The Reed Library, State University of New York at Fredonia.  http://fredonia.libguides.com/archives/zweig


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