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Archive for June, 2014

3 New Languages in Transparent Language Online: Tamil, Khmer, and Somali Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

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We are very excited to announce that we have added three new languages to  Transparent Language Online: Cambodian (Khmer), Somali, and Tamil!  Cambodian, known commonly as Khmer,  is spoken by more than 16 million people across Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Differing from a traditional alphabet, Khmer uses an abugida, a segmental writing system in which combinations of…

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Bilingualism: Laying the Groundwork for Future Language Learning Posted by on Jun 25, 2014

The title of this post may confuse you. How can being bilingual help you learn a foreign language? You’re probably thinking, “I’m still struggling to learn my first foreign language!” Let me relate a personal anecdote you might find helpful. Many years ago, I moved to France with my parents. We did not live in…

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English: That Irritating, Ubiquitous Language Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

These days, if you’re a native English speaker, or even halfway competent in English, you can travel just about anywhere in the world and get by. This is admittedly a broad generalization, but when’s the last time you returned from a trip without having once met someone who spoke even a single word of English?…

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Does “use it or lose it” apply to foreign languages? Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Did you grow up in a bilingual household without ever really learning the second language? Maybe your parents spoke to you in another language while you were little, but you switched over to English at some point and never looked back. You probably think you have absolutely no memory of that language now, and maybe…

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Cognates: A Language Learner’s Best and Worst Friends Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

Just starting to learn a new language? Well, what if you I told you that right now, you already know dozens (if not hundreds!) of words in that language? Depending on the language, it’s true! What is this sorcery I speak of? They’re called cognates, and they are your best friend right now. Cognates are…

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