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how to add new dictionaries on mac osx?

Is there any way of adding new dictionaries to the system dictionary app for Mac OSX? I am learning russian and would love to be able to highlight a word and receive an english-to-russian or even just russian definition. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Trying to find a resource for an adult who wants to beef up their computer skills

Browser say what? Trying to find some learning material (online or books) for a 35 yo adult. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Basic steps to put some zoom in my Zumba?

I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 19, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I learn to play a song on guitar?

How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Sep 18, 2012 - 13 answers

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race?

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Economics for Dummies?

Looking for good resources on economic theory for the previously non-inclined? Particularly interested in New Institutional Economics (Williamson, North) and Commons Economics (Ostrom). Probably need some grounded in the orthodox stuff as well?
posted by lalalana on Sep 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Help a kid learn Spanish when you don't know yourself?

What is the best way to teach a child a foreign language that you yourself don't know very well, if immersion is not an option and you are limited to what you can do in your home? [more inside]
posted by Alexander Hatchell on Sep 5, 2012 - 18 answers

How do I go about learning Braille?

Does anyone have experience learning to read braille (using my fingers)? How difficult is it? [more inside]
posted by Struan on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

My son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Tips and advice for coping please!

My 12 year old son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Please help me to not catastrophize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 11 answers

IF: 'Are you sure you want to quit? Y/N?'

I like the idea of playing interactive fiction, but my (limited) experience so far has almost convinced me I'm too obtuse for it! How do I learn to play well, or are some minds just not IF-inclined? [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Piano substitute for a traveller?

What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Aug 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts

Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Aug 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Spanish reading for the beginner?

Recommendations for beginning Spanish reading? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Declension mode

How can I brush up my language skills, given I seem to have a difficulty with rote learning? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 3, 2012 - 21 answers

Understanding current gene therapy research

How can I learn enough about biology and genetics to understand current research into cystic fibrosis? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Aug 2, 2012 - 14 answers

How best to learn spanish for an Argentine vacation?

How best to learn Spanish for a three week vacation in Argentina? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Wie sind die Roboter.

Basic programming using C++ from the ground up, high school edition. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Web development learning

Any good recommendations for an online learning program that covers all of web development? HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL. Having to pay for it is fine. Something like this.
posted by NoMich on Jul 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Learning how to swim! As an adult.

I am 28 years old and never learned how to swim. I'm about to learn. Advice? Tips? Is it too late for me? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jul 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Cardiology for Dummies

Asking for a friend: I'm a student nurse, what resources are available to help me gain a better understanding of cardiology? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Ayudame, hablo espanol como un mono!

What would be the best way for someone to develop / re-learn Spanish in four months or so of part-time study? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username on Jul 17, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design?

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Multitasking is my forte

What things can I do in my head to entertain myself/learn something/pass time quicker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 32 answers

I think I'm learning Cantonese, I really think so.

I'm moving to Hong Kong for at least two years, starting at the end of August. Help me pick a feasible strategy for learning some Cantonese. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jul 11, 2012 - 13 answers

In a week or two, if you make the charts, the girls'll tear you apart

I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me play my cards right.

Resources for novice bridge player, please? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jul 2, 2012 - 7 answers

There may be no golden fleece, but human riches I'll release.

In my last year of college I took a seminar course at my school's "humanities center," a small interdisciplinary program that mostly focused on continental philosophy. Some of my fondest memories of college are from that course. Where and how can I recapture something of that fantastic mindstorm? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Jambo Zanzibar

I've got a few months. How can I learn the most possible Swahili in this time? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Jun 29, 2012 - 8 answers

What are some great resources on learning PMP and Project Management ?

What are some great books/resources for really learning and getting a master on Project Management? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Jun 29, 2012 - 5 answers

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of precisely what I mean below the fold

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of what I'm looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jun 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Language confidence

I was taught French through to Grade 10; however, have been far removed from it since then. I am too shy to try to converse in French with others; but would like to build the confidence to be able to. What are some good strategies for relearning a language and becoming more confident conversing in it at the same time?
posted by jamincan on Jun 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Best place to learn english.

I have spoken english fluently since I was a child but I know many people that would like to learn or are trying to learn how to speak english. In my opinion the best method is full on immersion in an english speaking country. What would be the best country or place for this to happen? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus on Jun 8, 2012 - 17 answers

learn on your own

What are the best workbooks you would advise someone to use ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Jun 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me figure out how to get my language learning videos on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

I have a subscription video language learning product - it's a popular iPhone app, and we have two languages- (Spanish and English) - about 30 hours total. We built it in-house and we would love to stream at least a few teaser episodes on Netflix and Amazon. But since we created it, we don't have a distributor who can reach out to Amazon or Netflix. Has anyone done this that could put me in touch with someone? The typical searches have yielded little and emailing support@agiantstreamingmediasite will probably not work...
posted by carlodio on Jun 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Top Tutes

Lynda.com has a very excellent video tutorial covering the essentials of Objective-C. Where else can I find tutorials of this caliber that cover the basics of Mac programming? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

I like learning things

I just moved from Brooklyn to San Francisco and was wondering if there's anything like the Brooklyn Brainery here. [more inside]
posted by vivzan on Jun 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Illustrator / Photoshop Course Recommendations

Can anyone recommend good introductory Illustrator and Photoshop classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by beisny on May 31, 2012 - 1 answer

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 29, 2012 - 14 answers

I need to learn Swedish

I need to learn Swedish, and I'm not the greatest language student. Who can point me towards the best online resources and courses?
posted by ewan on May 29, 2012 - 8 answers

My work's training is a bad joke and I'm frustrated. My bad?

New job isn't training me in a way I seem to learn in, and it's frustrating me to no end. Is it all my fault? [more inside]
posted by area.man on May 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Optimum intervals for spaced repetitions. I remember, I remember, I forget.

The science of learning: my Google Scholar-fu is failing me. Do we know the optimum intervals for super-effective spaced repetition learning? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Role and efficacy of hand "scribing" in learning

Is there any research either supporting or negating the importance of manual symbol making in learning? I'm thinking that manual symbol making, going back to diagrams in the earth, must be a well evolved capability, and that when we write something down all sorts of neural pathways are employed, and that those pathways and associations facilitate learning. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Desire for knowledge versus genuine interest in a subject

How do I differentiate between a love of learning and genuine interest in a specific subject? [more inside]
posted by constellations on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I find studyblue alternatives?

My favorite study website removed its note-taking feature. I want to find another virtual backpack service with as many options as studyblue used to have. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mekko on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Five year old green thumb

I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 9, 2012 - 38 answers

Learn Spanish while working fulltime

Have you successfully learned Spanish while working and without travel? What was your process? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on May 1, 2012 - 10 answers

I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?

I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Pass go and collect kelly forceps!

How should I plan and make a surgical instruments board game? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Do you have any favourite infographics?

What do you consider to be the best infographics that use a very simple-looking visual style? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

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