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The Trouble With Tonals Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

Learning a tonal language is both frightening and very tempting. But which one to choose? Man, I’m so glad I haven’t learned a tonal language yet. Actually, I’m both glad and sad. I’m glad because from what I can tell (my brother Erik, who lives in Bangkok and speaks fluent Thai, and has learned some…

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Are you taking advantage of Transparent Language’s free resources? Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

Yes, we’re in the business of training languages for professionals and motivated individuals, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good freebie. As we all know, one resource won’t make you fluent, so we want to make sure you’re taking advantage of our many free language resources. Word of the Day Receive a new vocab…

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Language Learning: the Useful Art Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

What does language learning have in common with bread? More than you might think. As the Greeks (and Italians, and Spaniards, and North Africans, and really anyone from any country bordering the Mediterranean) know well, bread is the perfect combination of art and utility. It can be a work of creative genius – fluffy, salty-sweet, decorated…

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The Importance of Self-Efficacy for Language Learners Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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I believe it is President Teddy Roosevelt who is credited with saying “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” For language learners, this couldn’t be more true. One of the most powerful language learning tools is not something you can find in a book or online, it’s internal. Self-efficacy is a person’s belief about their…

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Why Being Complimented is Basically the Worst Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

People are just trying to be nice, sure. But even well-intended statements don’t always go over well. There’s nothing like a compliment to put me down in the dumps. I’ve been living in Germany for several years now, and my German is far from perfect. It’s actually far from great, even. It’s admissible. Whenever I speak…

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