Archive for March, 2014

Train Your Brain: 10 Memory Boosters for Language Learners Posted by on Mar 26, 2014

The chorus of naysayers who claim their “memory is too bad” to learn a language is about to be silenced forevermore. Our memories naturally decline as we age, and some of us are just pretty darn forgetful to begin with. At 24 years old, the only phone number I have memorized is 867-5309. Shameful, I…

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Don’t Let It Get Away: 6 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Foreign Language Abilities Posted by on Mar 24, 2014

We are all aware of the difficulties and challenges associated with language learning. The constant mental focus needed to learn a language can be taxing. Despite the array of techniques, methods, and tools at our disposal, the process still requires sustained effort over prolonged periods. Like any skill, a language must be practiced on a…

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The Secret to Learning French: Avoid the French Posted by on Mar 19, 2014

When I first moved to Morocco back in 2012, I had just spent a year living and working in Lyon, France. Granted, I hadn’t taken any French lessons before arriving (aside from a bit of listen-and-repeat audio training), and in fact French was never originally on my list of languages to learn, nor France on…

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Announcing: Multilingual Madness Bracket 2014 Posted by on Mar 18, 2014

It’s that time of year, bracketeers! The NCAA March Madness tournament is underway, and basketball fans and band-wagoners alike are scrambling to their computers to prepare their brackets. Some employ complex strategies based on seeds and statistics, while others may simply pick whichever mascot they prefer. But we here at Transparent Language have a more pressing…

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Conquering Non-Latin Languages with Romanization Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

Just as every language is unique, so is every language learner. While many learners wish to read, write, and speak a language, others desire only oral fluency. For that reason, Transparent Language Online provides learners the choice to learn with a Latin transcription (also known as transliteration or Romanization) in every language for which it…

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Are Some Languages Harder to Learn than Others? Posted by on Mar 10, 2014

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What’s the easiest language to learn? Why is Chinese harder to learn than Spanish?  How hard would it be to learn Icelandic? Considering that I spend most of my day lurking through the depths of the language-learning communities on various social media networks, I see a lot of questions about the relative difficulty of learning…

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Language Learning and Creative Outlets with “Itchy Feet” Posted by on Mar 5, 2014

Hello! My name is Malachi Rempen. I run a comic called Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic, and I’ve posted a couple times before here on the Transparent Language Blog. Starting now I’m going to be contributing regularly, so I thought I’d begin with one of my older comics (above), the only one I…

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