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Make social media time worth your time. Posted by on Aug 5, 2020

hamsterkauf slang

Language “maintenance” involves more than holding on to what you already know. Languages are constantly changing, and you need to keep up to stay current and effective. In German, for example, Hamsterkauf (literally “hamster buying”) showed up recently to describe pandemic-induced panic buying, as did “Coronaspeck” as a name for the weight gained during quarantine…

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CL-150 Orientations & Training Materials Posted by on Jul 20, 2020

cl-150 orientations and training

Learning a language presents many challenges—the tools you use to learn a language should never be one of them. Ever discover something you didn’t know you could do with a device or an app that you’ve used for a long time? I’ve had lots of those “I didn’t know I could do that!” moments with…

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Only have 30 minutes? Focus on skills with “Practice” activities! Posted by on Jul 15, 2020

In the last post you learned the most effective way to spend 10 minutes engaged with your language by refreshing your CL-150 Learned Vocab. But what if you have a bit more time to commit? Hit the ground running with CL-150 Practice activities—make your own custom lessons in seconds. It’s as easy as this: Pick…

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CL-150 Cohort Lesson of the Month – June 2020 Posted by on Jun 30, 2020

CL-150 grammar Transform It

Got grammar? CL-150 Cohort lessons now include more grammar practice than ever. This month’s featured Cohort lesson, from the Russian ILR 3 lesson stream, is both a reading and listening lesson, based on an article about the state of Russian politics and an accompanying radio clip from the same journalist: ILR 3, 06/29/20: “United Russia”…

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Only have 10 minutes to spend on language today? Refresh your Learned Vocab. Posted by on Jun 24, 2020

CL-150 learned vocab

During acquisition training, you spent day after day focused solely on language. But now you’re on the job, expected to focus full-time on the mission at hand—while still maintaining proficiency. Obviously you don’t have 40+ hours a week for language anymore, but let’s say you can carve out 10 minutes each day to dedicate to…

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New CL-150 Grammar Activities: Transform It Posted by on Jun 22, 2020

CL-150 Transform and Write It learning activity

Two new grammar-focused activities are now available in CL-150 Lesson Authoring and upcoming learning materials, including weekly CL-150 Cohort lessons. Two new grammar-focused learning activities—Transform & Say It and Transform & Write It—are now available to all CL-150 lesson authors and will appear in upcoming materials created by our team. These activities challenge learners to…

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CL-150 Cohort Lesson of the Month – May 2020 Posted by on May 28, 2020

This month’s featured Cohort lesson is one of the first to include the new “Image Explorer” 360-degree image activity! The featured lesson comes from the Spanish ILR 2 lesson stream: ILR 2, 05/11/20: Buying a Car Online Becomes a Reality in Colombia (Technology/El Tiempo). As you can probably guess from the lesson title, the source…

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