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Mesopotamian Language Dictionary Completed After 90 Years Posted by on Jul 25, 2011

Scholars at the University of Chicago have completed a 21-volume dictionary of an ancient Mesopotamian language.  The team of approximately 90 people documented and translated words that were written in cuneiform and carved into clay or stone tablets between 2500 B.C. and A.D. 100. Despite originally naming The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary (CAD) after the Assyrian…

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Choosing the Best Second Language for You Posted by on Jul 20, 2011

Abroad in Madagascar

If you’re reading this, you most likely have already made the decision to learn a second language. Perhaps, though, you haven’t decided exactly which language it is that you want to learn. If this sounds like you, the question you need to ask yourself is: “Why do I want to learn another language?”  Establishing the…

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Bilinguals Do It Better Posted by on Jul 18, 2011

Dr. Ellen Bialystok, a cognitive neuroscientist and professor at York University in Toronto, has spent nearly 40 years studying bilingualism and its effects.  Bialystok presented her findings at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Annual Meeting in D.C. and, more recently, spoke with NY Times journalist, Claudia Dreifus, on the benefits of…

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Language Facts for You to Brag About Posted by on Jul 12, 2011

Transparent Connect is passionate about languages, and to showcase our love, we’re giving you some language “fun facts” to share with others throughout your day! Fact: There was no standardized punctuation until the 15th century. Fact: The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese. Fact:  At least half…

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