Learn a New Language in 6 Months

TED Video

5 Principles

attention, meaning, relevance and memory

1. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.

2. Use your language as a tool to communicate right from day one.

3. Comprehensive input: when you first understand the message, then you will acquire the language unconsciously.

4. it’s about physiological training.

5. Psycho-physiological state maters.

7 Actions

1. Brain soaking: listen a lot.

2. Get the meaning first, even before you get the words.

3. Start mixing. verb. noun. adjetive. and etc…

4. Focus on the core: 1000 words = 85%, 3000 words = 98%.

5. Get yourself a language parent. (First of all, they will work hard to understand what you mean even when you’re way off beat. Secondly, they will never correct your mistakes. Thirdly they will feedback their understanding of what you are saying so you can respond appropriately and get that feedback and then they will use words that you know.)

6. Copy the face: mimic and train the muscles.

7. Direct connect: signifiers and signified.


Chinese Restaurants in Washington DC Metropolitan Area


Great Wall
1527 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005‎
(Take Metro Greenline to U St and then walk)

Sichuan Jin RIver
410 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD
(Free Parking)

Mala Tang
3434 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA
(Hot Pot, nice decor, little bit expensive, parking available)

Pin Pang Dim Su
1 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(Great environment, little bit expensive, parking is hard to find, metro accessible)

755 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD

(Mama’s dumplings are great!)

China Garden Restaurant
1100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
(Cantonese dim sum, parking and metro both convenient)

Sichuan Pavilion
1814 K street NW  Washington, DC 20006
(Another spicy Szechuan restaurant in DC, metro and paid parking)

Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot
2972 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(Good hot pot for multiple ppl, easy parking)

Hong Kong Palace
6387 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church,
(Cheap price, great food, free parking, looks like a fast food place though)

Mui Kee
6653 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22042‎

Paul Kee Restaurant
‎11305 King George DrSilver Spring, MD 20902
(Cantonese, near Wheaton Metro)


Understanding Credit Card


Statement Cycle: 从每个月开始算钱的周期

Due Date: 该还钱的日期,否则就要收利息,每个月的Statement Cycle结束后的第25天

APR: 利息,复利,很复杂,反正不要欠钱就好

Automatic Payment: 选total amount due,这个payment一般会在due date post,但是也可以自己上网提前交付

Outstanding Balance: 上一个Statement Cycle欠的钱,还这个的话就不用交利息

Minimum Amount Due: 所欠费用的最低还款,如果破产了,或者手头没钱了,至少也得还这个,但是还了这个还是得交利息

Current Balance: 现在所欠的所有钱 (it might be greater than outstanding balance)

Current Balance = Outstanding Balance (of last month/cycle) + Recent Spending (of this month)

How to Buy a New Car in America?

关于Rebate, Dealer Invoice, Holdback, and etc

关于Dealer Cost和各个厂家Holdback的比较

10 Steps of Buying a New Car. KBB的买车10个步骤

Factory Invoice Price vs Dealer Invoice Price

How to Order a Car from Factory



Why are College Drop-outs so Successful?

Few days ago, Steve Jobs died. As one of the greatest men in the 21st century, he has never earned a bachelor’s degree!

The shocking news reminds me of the fact that many successful people, including the top billionaires in the world – founders of Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Google all dropped out of college or graduate school. This disproportionate amount of dropouts who have made great achievements vis-a-vis losers with college and graduate school degrees makes me wonder: what’s the key to successful, and what’s the meaning of education?

Here is a list of some billionaire dropouts:

  • Sir Richard Branson

Estimated net worth: 8.6 billion USD
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson

Sir Branson left school when he was only 16. Ironically, his first successful business was publishing a magazine called Student. Today, Branson is known for his brand Virgin, which includes Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and over 300 other companies. Also adding to his grandeur, Sir Branson bought his own 79-acre Caribbean island when he was just 24 and he was knighted in 1999.

  • Dean Kamen

Estimated net worth: Unclear, but thought to be in the billions USD
Billionaire Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen, a prolific and ingenious inventor, dropped out of Worcester Polytechnic Institute before graduating. Although best known for the Segway PT, Kamen holds more than 80 US patents and has created many products such as the AutoSyringe and iBOT robotic wheelchair. When Kamen travels to work, he has to decide which of his two helicopters to take. For longer trips, he pilots his own private jet. He also owns a small island near Connecticut that generates its own electricity from wind.

  • Bill Gates

Billionaire Bill Gates

Estimated net worth: 58 billion USD
Bill Gates has topped the Forbes list of “The World’s Richest People” continually since 1995. Gates took an interest in programming while attending preparatory school in Seattle. To earn time on early shared computers, Gates and his classmates offered to debug corporate software. When he was 14, Gates earned $20,000 from his first programming venture. After scoring a near-perfect 1590 on his SATs, Gates enrolled at Harvard but left, without a degree, to co-found “Micro-Soft”. Today, one of Gates’ homes in Washington has an annual property tax of about $1 million. In 2006, Gates claimed that he wished he wasn’t the world’s richest man, because he disliked the attention it brought.

  • Paul Allen

Billionaire Paul Allen

Estimated net worth: 18.0 billion USD
Paul Allen befriended Bill Gates while they were both attending a private school in Seattle. Allen went on to attend Washington State University, but dropped out after two years. He was also the one who convinced Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard in order to start Microsoft. The two co-founded the company in 1975, but Allen has distanced himself from the company since then. In addition to more than 100 million shares of Microsoft, Allen owns 12 professional sports teams, plenty of real estate, and has stakes in dozens of technology and media companies such as Dreamworks Studios.

  • Ralph Lauren

Billionaire Ralph Lauren

Estimated net worth: 3.6 billion USD
In high school, Ralph Lauren was known to sell neckties to his fellow students. In his yearbook, he stated that he wanted to be a millionaire. He studied business for two years at Baruch College but never graduated. Nonetheless, he has far surpassed his goal of becoming a millionaire. In 2006, Polo Ralph Lauren had a net income of $300 million.

  • Steve Jobs

Billionaire Steve Jobs

Estimated net worth: 5.7 billion USD
In addition to being the CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs became the largest individual shareholder of the Walt Disney Company after selling Pixar Animation Studios in 2006. In 2007, he was chosen as Fortune Magazine’s most powerful businessman. That’s quite an honor for someone who dropped out of college after just one semester. Although his yearly salary is officially just $1, Jobs has received “executive gifts” including a $46 million jet and nearly 30 million shares of restricted stock. Because capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than salary income, this is also a tax minimization strategy.

  • Larry Ellison

Billionaire Larry Ellison

Estimated net worth: 18.4 billion USD
In 1977, Larry Ellison put up $2,000 to start what would become Oracle Corporation, the world’s second-largest software company. Ellison briefly attended the University of Illinois as well as the University of Chicago, but received a degree from neither. Today he is known for his extravagant lifestyle. He owns a 450 ft, $200 million yacht, exotic cars including a McLaren F1, over a dozen multi-million dollar estates in California, and several jets, which he is licensed to pilot himself.

  • Michael Dell

Billionaire Michael Dell

Estimated net worth: 17.2 billion USD
Michael Dell started a computer company called PCs Limited while attending the University of Texas at Austin. It became successful enough that Dell dropped out of school to operate it, and the company eventually became Dell, Inc, with revenues of $57.4 billion in 2007. In 2006, Dell and his wife gave a $50 million grant to the University which he attended but never graduated from.

  • Kirk Kerkorian

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian

Estimated net worth: 18.0 billion USD
Kirk Kerkorian dropped out of school in the 8th grade. His first venture was an airline that flew from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. In 1962, he bought 80 acres of land along the Las Vegas strip for just under $1 million, and he continued making his fortune from buying and developing properties in Las Vegas. Currently, Kerkorian has a large stake in all of the following hotels: Bellagio, Excaliber, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Circus Circus, The Mirage, and more.

Source and Read More:
We Don’t Need No Education
Wikipedia List of College Dropout Billionaires
Billionaire College Dropouts
Larry Ellison’s “Loser” Commencement Speech at Yale (a parody)

Interview with Hans Breder

This is an interview of local experimental cinema in Iowa City with Professor and Intermedia Artist Hans Breder, conducted at Hans Breder’s house in April 2011.

Here are the spark notes that I took from the interview:

1. The interdisciplinary and performative notion of intermedia program; Breder’s preference of art instead of the convention of theatre.

2. Dance is about the body, the forever issue of art.

3. The intermedia program used to emphasize ideas, now it’s all about technology.

4. Participation of audiences; performer/observer relationship.

5. Video functions as documentation of performance. Example: Breder showed me a photography on his wall, and he says that it’s a documentation of the sculpturing state.

6. Breder is very critical about the educational institutions, he thinks the system is going down, and people used not to be worrying about money. He also dislikes the concept of classroom. He thinks that people learn more outside the classroom, and everywhere, even a person’s apartment can be a classroom.

7. He takes his student to travel. He criticized American history & American students’ knowledgelessness of world history vis-a-vis its European and Asian counterparts. He thinks he made the right decision to come to US to get inspired in a different culture. He also believes that an artist should work with other artists to get refreshed and updated.

8. Breder inspires me to “go beyond the concept.” He thinks art and science are one, they should not be separated. Breder has a great interest in Quantum Physics. He talked about

9. Hans Breder attended some theology seminar, but he is a non-believer.

10. Hans Breder thinks Mao is a great artist. Mao wrote poetry in classical forms and he said not to publish his poems because he didn’t want to influence young people.

11. Video Art was added to the Intermedia program because the digital time is coming and students need a degree and some techniques to find jobs. Video does the function.

12. Breder also taught his students presentation skills. He thinks “being able to talking about someone’s work for at least 50 minutes” is important.

13. Breder was very good friend with Andy Warhol and Jack Smith. He made art with alcohol and he likes party. He used to be New York based, and he goes back to New York a lot. He applied for founding to bring his artist friends from New York to Iowa City, which initiated the visiting artists program as part of the intermedia program.

14. Breder said that the MFA Intermedia program in Iowa City is the first one in the United States. He thinks the program is going down after he retired and he says he is trying to stay away from them (the program).

15. Breder thinks that artists/students used to come to Iowa City to work with him, the professor, instead of the program. He emphasized his art education background in Germany, and also the teacher/pupil method. He said he paid only 5 dollars to go to school in Germany, and everybody are paid to get education in Germany. The US scholarship system is not as good, because only a few people can get it.

16. He is unhappy about the fact that people are coming to a program for degrees. He is nostalgic about the friendly environment where people used to work and collaborate, but now it’s different. “It used to be more interesting.”

17. Breder is critical about the current politics and the cut-down of the university funding. He said he was glad that he came to United States earlier, he would not come if it’s now. He also thinks that the Europe is a better place for artists because of its socialist system.

18. There’re some Chinese artists who came to the Intermedia program as well, but they lost touch with Breder, and he has no idea what they are doing.

19. Breder said that Chinese art are becoming more and more important and visible internationally, which is partly due to the economy. He also thinks China is going to take over the current status of the United States (probably as the new art center).

20. Hans Breder thinks that people can tell from the first time they meet, a feeling about another person. He thinks that I gave him a very good impression, otherwise he would not accept my interview.

21. He said he is rude and straightforward, and he refused to show his work to me, even if his wife (a professor in Communication Studies department who saw me in the building before) brought a photo collection over to the table.  He showed me his workstation and

22. I am welcome to come back and talk to him, or watch his video art; and I should buy and read his book on Amazon: Intermedia: Enacting the Liminal.


Restaurants in Iowa City/Coralville

Iowa City/Coralville餐馆列表(按口味种类分类,含时间以及金额)

Iowa City/Coralville餐馆列表(按地位位置以及距离分类)

Iowa City/Coralville餐馆列表(按网友评分排名)

33家Iowa City/Coralville地区餐馆列表及详细介绍

Downtown Iowa City餐饮列表及地图



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