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Archive for September, 2013

Just Ask Alex: September 2013 Edition Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

Avid language learner Alex Rawlings believes everyone can master a language, or many languages, like he has. That’s why he’s sharing his advice and answering your questions each month in the Just Ask Alex series. Missed a previous entry? See them all here. Have a question for Alex? Leave a comment or tweet @TLILanguages using #JustAskAlex. Does…

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A Year in Review: What’s New in Transparent Language Online Posted by on Sep 25, 2013

It’s been a busy year for us here at Transparent Language. Last year we launched our online language learning system, aptly known as Transparent Language Online. We’ve spent much of the last twelve months improving Transparent Language Online with new features, capabilities, and courses. So here’s what we’ve been up to…   Adding New Features…

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My Late-Life Language Learning, Part 3: Shifting Gears – Acquiring a New Language Gets Serious Posted by on Sep 18, 2013

I’ve put myself on display as what the mathematicians call an “existence proof” that an old guy can learn a new language, even when it’s tough. That was Part 1. I’ve owned up to my own personal main motivators, three of them that drove me to start actually doing something about language learning. I mentioned…

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Very Superstitious: Concepts of Luck Around the World Posted by on Sep 11, 2013

With Friday the 13th right around the corner, we’re feeling quite superstitious! Most (though not all) of us don’t put a lot of stock in superstitions these days.  We might knock on wood when discussing something that’s gone well so far, or avoid walking under a ladder, but not because we think these actions will…

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7 Ways to Develop Good Habits in Language Learning Posted by on Sep 9, 2013

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle We’ve all heard about the importance of good habits, right? We sort of know it’s something we should be developing, working on, perhaps thinking about here and then… But we somehow forget about it, or we promise ourselves…

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More Than Funny Business: A Stand-up Comedian’s Perspective on Multilingualism Posted by on Sep 4, 2013

I never thought a cross-dressing stand-up comedian would deliver some of my favorite arguments in support of language learning, but Eddie Izzard did just that in this article: Now picture those ideas coming from this guy (caution: F-bomb warning!): Not exactly the kind of guy you’d turn to for language learning advice, right? Well, it’s not…

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