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Comment: Re:Yet more English learning (Score 1) 147

If I had someone to practice with, sign language would be an interesting one to learn over Skype, provided you had decent cinematography on each end.

If you're looking for someone to learn sign language from I'd recommend visiting Conversation Exchange, Verbling or Italki. Since it's a constructed language you can become reasonably proficient in a few weeks. I taught myself to finger spell over an afternoon and could carry on an intermediate level conversation after about two weeks.

My father in law is one of those "too proud" people with regards to his hearing and having him in the house is an exercise in frustration. He doesn't have the radio too loud, when in fact it is nearly impossible to set the volume higher, we're just too sensitive. He doesn't have a hard time hearing us when we're practically yelling in his face, we're just not speaking up. Etc. In his case, however, I think the hardest part of convincing him to communicate with speakers of other languages or learn one himself is his old world belief that non-English speakers are inferior in some way.

Comment: Re:What about the ACTUAL corn? (Score 5, Insightful) 419

by Abstrackt (#42890423) Attached to: Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report

Saving seed for replanting is not standard farming practice.

I grew up on a farm and we always saved at least some portion of each year's crop to plant the following year; you're pissing your money away otherwise. I can introduce you to any number of grain, bean or vegetable farmers who will tell you they do the same. Granted, certain varieties from large scale breeders won't grow as well the second year for any number of reasons but seed saving is very much a standard practice.

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