March 16, 2006

Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

If you were to learn a language, wouldn't you want to learn the most widely spoken language? According to the 2005 CIA World Factbook:

1. Mandarin Chinese - 882,475,389
2. Spanish - 325,529,636
3. English - 311,992,760
4. Hindi - 181,780,905
5. Portuguese - 178,557,840
6. Bengali - 172,756,322
7. Russian - 146,327,183
8. Japanese - 128,278,015
9. German - 96,047,358
10. Wu Chinese - 77,998,190

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November 27, 2004

Leitner cardfile system

Sebastian Leitner, a German psychologist, developed the Leitner cardfile system in the 70's. It is the basis for many memory-enhancing programs. How hard would it be to implement this technology? Graunle, an open-source implementation, has a good writeup on the method.

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