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These Android Apps Can Help You Learn New Languages

September 24, 2014 4:01 pm

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn romantic French or you’re going on an upcoming trip to Spain, there are a number of great reasons to learn a new language. You don’t need to enroll in an expensive class to learn to speak a foreign tongue, however; all you need is your Android smartphone. Here are two great Android apps that will teach you a new language right at home.

Duolingo
For visual learners, Duolingo is a great choice because of its bold, colorful design and a simple layout that doesn’t distract from the lessons themselves. This app offers the chance to learn French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, and a number of other languages by listening to real people speaking the language and completing fun quizzes afterward. Duolingo even keeps track of your learning progress through its attractive log features.

Babbel
Babbel is a popular language app for Android that has a minimalist look and a selection of more than 13 different languages to choose from. After spending just a few minutes each day using Babbel, users can greatly strengthen their speaking and writing skills. Complete written sentences with the correct words and repeat the proper way to pronounce foreign phrases, all on this inspiring app.

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Easy Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Memory

September 18, 2014 5:00 pm

Bombarded by a seemingly infinite amount of obligations every day, most people fall victim to memory slips every now and then. And while you likely can't cut down on your daily duties, you can implement certain tips and tricks to help boost your memory. Here are a few:

1) Create a designated catch-all spot.
Position a small bowl or tray by your front door, and use it to hold your keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses, and other easily misplaced items. The trick here is to get into the habit of always placing said items into the catch-all as soon as you walk through the door. This way, you always know where to find those oft-misplaced items!

2) Shift into a lower gear.
Allow your brain a moment or two to catch up. For instance, instead of speeding through personal introductions, really make an effort to remember the person's name. You could make a point to repeat the name throughout your conversation, or if you exchange business cards, you could jot down some of the person's identifying factors onto the back.

3) Make a note.
Rely on sticky notes to provide visual reminders. Tape a note to your front door, alarm clock—wherever you're certain to notice the reminder.

How to Remember That Thing You Always Forget [Wise Bread]
20 Memory Tricks You’ll Never Forget [Reader's Digest]
11 tricks and tips to get the most from your memory [Harvard Health Publications]

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Experience Scandinavian Cuisine at Aquavit

September 17, 2014 4:02 pm

Want a special occasion meal that’s unique yet trendy? Make reservations for Aquavit, a restaurant serving upscale, innovative Scandinavian cuisine. Although it’s been around for years, Nordic food is only now gaining in popularity in New York.

Splurge on one of the tasting menus at this Michelin rated restaurant — a seasonal five-course or eight-course chef’s tasting. In-between course samples and amuse-bouches add to the tasting experience. Although the menus change with seasonal availability and inspiration, a recent favorite is the Arctic Bird’s Nest with "eggs" made with goat cheese parfait. For those who want a taste without the expense, stop in for the traditional lunch menu with popular favorites including Swedish meatballs and Scandinavian bouillabaisse. Don’t skip out on the restaurant’s namesake; order a flight of aquavit, a traditional infused Scandinavian liquor.

Dining at Aquavit is always memorable. The elegant ambiance is consistent with the Nordic themed menu. The decor blends modern and rustic, creating a warm and inviting space. The lounge even features chairs and sofas by renowned designer Arne Jacobsen.

Aquavit
65 E 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 307-7311
www.aquavit.org/restaurant/newyork/index.asp
www.yelp.com/biz/aquavit-new-york

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