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Brain Gyms

April 01, 2010
by Liz Colville
Challenge and strengthen your brain with simple, free games and exercises on the Web.

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Brain Gyms

Mental Workouts

Language use has a powerful effect on the brain. Memorizing a poem a day, as a HeadStrong.com specialist recommends, or returning to a foreign language you learned in college or high school, can vastly improve cognitive skills, vocabulary, and memory. Use free language resources like FriendsAbroad, which is a language-learning resource and social network rolled into one, or My Happy Planet, which lets you practice a language with native speakers for free. The site also has a lessons section and videos. If you prefer to learn by listening, try Before You Know It, which has free MP3 downloads of language lessons in more than 60 languages.

To start memorizing poems, sign up for the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day newsletter, or just browse the newsletter’s archives for poem fodder.
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