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King Boris I (source), who introduced Cyrillian script to Bulgaria

Wait, why are the N and R backwards?

Hmm, strange combination of letters, but it’s definitely a T, B, and an I.

Wait, why are the N and R backwards?

Oh, I think I’ve seen that before... It’s Russian isn’t it?

Yes, it’s Russian, but Russian isn’t the only language to use this script. This script is called Cyrillic, and is used in many Slavic and Turkic languages.

The most widely spoken languages that use Cyrillic script are: Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Belarusian, Czech, Kazakh, Kirghiz, and Macedonian.

Now, let’s find out why it’s so similar to the Roman alphabet we use…


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A lot of native English speakers decide to learn Spanish as a second language because they say that Spanish is rather similar to English. But when you look at the two branches of language families that they come from: English is a Germanic language, and Spanish is a Romance language.

How can this be?

The truth is, this hardly begins to uncover the series of exchanges and manipulations of the origin of the English language.


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The difference between writing of the past and writing today

If you read literature from our past, you may notice particular differences with the language of the past and the language of today. Where do those differences come from? And when did our written language change?


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How Japanese characters developed from Classical Chinese

For non Japanese or Chinese speakers, it may be hard to differentiate the two languages by their writing. Many of the characters appear to be similar, yet the two languages sound completely different!

Well, where does the Japanese writing system come from anyway?


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“The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire” was how they used to describe the British Empire at its peak. Meaning that The British Empire expanded to countries in Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas all across the world. This meant that all these territories were all using the same English language.


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“Stand By Me” (1986) Scene

Today, my best friend came to me crying. She was distressed about her brother. She tells me how ever since she was a kid, she has always compared herself to him. He always seemed to have the better grades, the more likeable personality, and more friends. Now in college, she watches as he effortlessly gets A’s left and right, the same A’s she had to work twice as hard for in high school. So you might think, how is any of this fair?

Well the truth is, it isn’t fair. Humans are imperfect, and it’s been like this since the…


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Our current world is made up by certain definite truths. These are factors created by nature that structure our universe. The way our bodies work, the way we talk to each other, and the way we act &c. are all determined and exist for a reason.

Fibonacci’s Sequence

Discovered by Leonardo Fibonacci, who first wrote about this sequence in his studies on how rabbits reproduce, the Fibonacci Sequence is found in nature and can be found in the world all around us.

Beginning with zero and one, the sequence continues with the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2…


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「Please open your books to page 177」と、英語の先生が言います。

そして、生徒が教科書を開いて読みながらノートを取り、文法や方式を覚え込んでいきます。

「この文章の主語は誰ですか?」といった問題を頭の中に叩き込んでいきます。

日本では、英語は学校や塾で習っている人達は多いでしょう。しかし、学校と塾で英語を習う方法は間違っていると思います。私が通っているアメリカの学校の言語勉強も間違っていると思います。

では、どういう習い方が正しいでしょうか?

まず、あなたがどうやって日本語を習って来たか考えましょう。

文法を覚える必要は無かったでしょう。赤ちゃんの頃からはなせるのは、日本に住んで来たせいでしょう。


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The origins of common names in America from the 3 biggest immigration waves, and how names were anglicized to adapt to American tongue

In the United States, we often take for granted the huge impact the waves of immigration and diversity have influenced our culture and world around us. Even when you walk down the street, or through the cemetery, you see all the different types of names and families that come from all different backgrounds.

In my opinion, it is so interesting to look at American history through the lens of people’s surnames. Even just through different letter combinations, you can tell the whole family history of a person’s ancestry and origin.

Most surnames can be traced back into:

  • Patronymic — based after one’s father’s name
  • Locative — based…


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ばら means Rose in Japanese ;)

So, in my previous article, we walked through how to create a basic Image Target AR App in Vuforia and Unity.

Now, we’ll walk through how to create a basic Object or Model Target AR App in Vuforia and Unity.

Say you were creating an AR app and you didn’t want the user to have to carry around some target image in order to activate the projection. Say you wanted the user to just put the camera on an object near them and be able to see the projection that way.

Easy, it’s the same simple steps as before with…

Alyssa Gould

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