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Why the Anti-Mistake Culture is Detrimental to Foreign Languages Posted by on Oct 18, 2017

What’s the best thing you can do to improve your language skills? Make mistakes. The Problem With Anti-Mistake Culture In an article on Medium, entrepreneur Catalin Matei describes what she calls the “anti-mistake culture”, the societal expectation that making mistakes is a bad thing, something to punish. One vivid example to which anyone can relate…

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Why Language Learning is the Best Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

There are many things to love about learning new languages. But this is undoubtedly the best one. My absolute favorite thing about language learning happens to be the exact same thing I love about travel in general: it forces you to see the world from another perspective. You might take this for granted. You might…

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Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy! Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

Feliz cumpleaños, С днем рождения, 生日快乐, and Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! In celebration of  the 242nd Navy birthday, we’d like to remind all active duty sailors (as well as anyone with a .mil or .gov email address) that they can access learning materials in 120+ languages for free via the CL-150. This is a fantastic opportunity…

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Children Can Learn a Language at the Library with KidSpeak™ Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

KidSpeak™ is now included in all Transparent Language Online library subscriptions. You’ve heard it before and it’s worth hearing again: the best time to start learning a new language is as early as possible. The cognitive benefits of bilingualism pay off into adulthood. For children whose parents do not speak another language and whose school…

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False False Friends in German Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

Germans have a habit of stealing English slang and using it incorrectly. Is that a False Friend? Or something else entirely? Germans are funny. They are proud of their language and culture, but also proud of their ability to speak other languages – mostly English, and to a lesser but still significant degree, French. Quite…

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