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Archive for April, 2014

Ground-Apples, Glow-Pears, and Go-Wheels: Enjoying Etymology in Your New Language Posted by on Apr 30, 2014

I find words fascinating. That might be part of why I enjoy learning new languages so much: so many new words! And so many new ways of looking at the same words; that is to say, different words with the same meaning. As I detailed in another one of my comics, I felt like some sort…

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Let’s Get Physical! Using Gestures to Learn a Foreign Language Posted by on Apr 28, 2014

Woman using hand gestures in conversation

According to experts, human communication is divided into three distinct parts: 55% is attributed to body language, 38% comes from the tone of your voice, and only 7% is based on the words you speak. What this means is that over half of what we say is determined by our body language, not by our…

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9 Ways to Raise Globally-Minded Children at Home Posted by on Apr 23, 2014

Our children will inherit a far more diverse and interconnected world than the one we live in today. Globalization is rapidly deepening international connections, not just in economics and business, but also in technology, politics, fashion, scientific research, security, disaster relief, entertainment, and beyond. Without the proper preparation, our children risk falling behind, failing to…

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Let’s All Gang Up on the Multilinguals: Three Ways to Combat Language Learner’s Envy Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

When I lived in Morocco in 2012, it was in Al Hoceima, a seaside town on the Mediterranean coast. Built by the Spanish in the mid-1920s, Al Hoceima became Moroccan in the 1950s after independence, but as such a young city, it retained a lot of its international influence. The majority of locals in Al…

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7 Ways Libraries Can Reach Patrons on Social Media (Free Guide) Posted by on Apr 16, 2014

At Transparent Language, we know social media. We’ve grown our social following to over 3 million fans, and were among the top 1% viewed accounts on SlideShare for 2013. Growing our following has been easy, because we genuinely love and serve our language communities. There’s another institution that loves and serves its community: libraries. We…

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Small Talk is a Big Deal: Perceptions of Chit-chat Around the World Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

Whether you’re meeting with a business partner or just trying to fit in with the locals on vacation, how you approach small talk is an immediate indicator of your cultural knowledge. The first few sentences you exchange may set the tone for the rest of your conversation or meeting, so it’s important to start…

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2014 Multilingual Madness Bracket: And The Winner Is… Posted by on Apr 7, 2014

16 Languages, 15 Match-Ups, and 3,055 votes later, there can only be 1 winner! The votes have been tallied and the winner of the 2014 Multilingual Madness Bracket is Italian!

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