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Proper Study Has Its Own Rewards Posted by on Feb 25, 2013

Have you ever watched people selecting fruit? Most look at its color and size. Some people smell the fruit, touch it, or even squeeze it. Still others weigh it, putting one piece in each hand to detect which is heavier with juice. What do you think they are doing? They are analyzing details, evaluating the…

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The Business of Rescuing Languages Posted by on Feb 20, 2013

Transparent Language has always supported the preservation of endangered and less commonly taught languages.  Just because some languages aren’t commercially lucrative doesn’t mean they aren’t important for other reasons; language offers a window on culture and heritage, and you can’t put a price on that.  The biggest danger is in delaying work like the digital…

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Why Learn a Language if Machines Translate for You? Posted by on Feb 11, 2013

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Computers already facilitate communication, but will they someday allow real-time conversations between speakers of different languages?  The Economist believes they might.  In an article about machine translation, the author speculates that we may see computers doing this “Star Trek” kind of work someday soon.  Still, this is a difficult feat for machines.  They struggle with…

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Top 10 Reasons to Learn a Language Posted by on Feb 6, 2013

There are actually a lot of really good reasons to learn a foreign language besides “it’s a school requirement.”  Let’s explore some of the key benefits to learning another language.  We’d love to hear your reasons in the comments. 1. Good for the Brain “Training your brain” is all the rage these days, and there are lots of…

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