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Three Idioms Across the World Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

In American English, “Joe Average” is your regular guy, “Nowhereseville” is that far-away town, and “when pigs fly” is practically never. Who knew these idioms, or similar ones, were common across the globe? Not much is more fun than transliterating idioms across languages – that is, translating them literally. By their very nature idioms are…

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Transparent Language Online Receives Platinum Award for Second Year in a Row Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

It really is a happy new year! We just found out that Transparent Language Online is receiving the Modern Library Award’s Platinum Award again this year. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using…

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Language Learning is Cultural Learning Posted by on Jan 9, 2017

Language learning is cultural learning, from the cradle to the foreign language classroom. It’s an often-repeated clichรฉ in language learning that learning about foreign cultures is just as important as learning their languages. But what does that really mean for language learners? Already as infants each and every one of us finds ourselves navigating the…

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Reducing Your Language Learning Baggage Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

It’s not easy being a beginner. You need a lot more to do a lot less – that’s as true in language learning as anywhere else. But like a seasoned traveler that packs less and less, you too will eventually need only your smarts. There’s a parable about beginners I’ve heard, and it involves cats,…

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100 Ways in 100 Days Posted by on Jan 2, 2017

Happy New Year, language lovers! This year, we will surpass the 100 language mark in Transparent Language Online! To celebrate, weโ€™ll be teaching you 100 ways to say hello in 100 days. If a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, then the journey to fluency starts with a single world: hello.…

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