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Archive for February, 2014

The Language of Music: Using Music as a Learning Tool Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley You’ve tried every language-learning method out there: books, audiotapes, classes, immersion, computer software, but you’re still struggling. You’ve reached a point where learning a foreign language is no longer fun and you begin to lose hope that you’ll ever attain even…

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8 of the Most Translated Stories in the World Posted by on Feb 24, 2014

Looking for a good read in your target language? Chances are one of these stories will be available, considering they are among the most translated stories in the world. Here are my top 8 picks for foreign language reading materials, from children’s books to comics to full-length classics. 1. Harry Potter Series This seven-part book…

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You Know You Love Language Learning When… Posted by on Feb 19, 2014

A few weeks ago, I posted this image to our Facebook pages and asked you to fill in the blank. Here’s a few of my favorite responses: …when you stop relying on Google translate to do your homework. …your social life consists of asking others if they speak Arabic also. …you find the phrase “Il…

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Can Language-Learning Software Teach Grammar? Posted by on Feb 17, 2014

Got grammar? Here at Transparent Language, we publish a lot of information about learning vocabulary, but you don’t tend to hear us say as much about the role of grammar in language learning. Why? It’s not because grammar isn’t important – on the contrary, it’s critical to advanced language proficiency. It’s not that we as…

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue… or Red Posted by on Feb 12, 2014

A wedding is a momentous occasion in every corner of the globe, though the event itself may take vastly different forms from one country to another. From the proposal to the preparations to the ceremony, the entire nuptial process is chock-full of traditions and superstitions. Not a detail is overlooked, with cultural peculiarities influencing the…

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