I wonder what Iceland would have been like if the early settlers hadn't destroyed the forests. Probably very nice.

theguardian.com/world/2020/jul

Very cool: hard DNA evidence of contact between South Americans and Polynesians around 1200 AD -- some historians have had a theory about this for a while, because such contact would explain how the sweet potato got to Polynesia.

For those of you who might need it, the Strunk and White Rules, which I prefer to so many other style and writing guides, are available for free here: bartleby.com/141/strunk.html

Hello fediverse I am I like different languages and cultures, currently learning

the rhubarb dessert thief has been apprehended

they're now in custardy

I just read that one can recall a learned poem using Anki. I'm using this add-on (ankiweb.net/shared/info/208455). Let's see if that's true! I'll try to learn and recall Ja visst gör det ont, by Karin Boye.

i wonder just how often should i look up words i don't understand in a book

Finnish on Duolingo! Happy day 🥰

#TIL that #GoldenDict has a popup feature which can read selected text from any application (for. example browser) and make a dictionary lookup.

English <-> Svenska dictionary 

Finally a comprehensive #dictionary corpus: folkets-lexikon.csc.kth.se/fol

What's more: it is actively developed, has a web application, can be downloaded in XDXF format for offline use (works with #GoldenDict) and is CC-BY-SA licensed.

Because I'm bored, here's a Swedish version. Can't vouch for correct grammar and spelling in this one, but I think it should be okay.

For kicks, here is a version in Nynorsk Norwegian.

(The version above is in Bokmål Norwegian, the predominant written norm of the language. Nynorsk is a secondary norm with official status, popular in western Norway.)

FLOSS for human language learning?

Any recommendations for Free Software to learn a language? Preferably something in debian or F-Droid repos

Need some refreshes on a couple languages

Need something for language learning rather than just vocabulary trainers like flashcard apps

Hmm, Nexcloud module would work, too

#FLOX

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