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Archive for October, 2014

“Boo!” Heard Around the World: An International Look at Halloween Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

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Take break from searching for the perfect costume and step away from the candy (or come share with us!) to see what other cultures around the world are doing this Halloween. The American way of celebrating Halloween made its way to Denmark in the late 90s, though many Danes claim it is just another example…

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7 Tips for Learning Multiple Languages Simultaneously Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

Oh, hey! Nice to meet you. I’m not from around here. My name’s Lindsay and I blog over at Lindsay Does Languages, make language videos over on my YouTube channel, and teach languages via Skype. Phew. Today, however, I’m here on the Transparent Language blog to share some tips about learning multiple languages simultaneously. Over…

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6 Ways a Foreign Language Can Further Your Career Posted by on Oct 27, 2014

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What can you do to increase your chances of landing a job in the new, globalized economy? Motivation and experience certainly help, but being bilingual can give you a clear advantage over other candidates. The ability to speak a second language has become a valuable asset as our society becomes increasingly diverse in the 21st…

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How to Determine Your Language Proficiency Level Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

You’ve heard the mantra: How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been? Cliché as it may be, this concept applies perfectly to learning a language. Knowing where you stand will help you set realistic goals, identify the resources that are best-suited for your level, and measure your progress over…

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10 More Problems Only a Language Lover Will Understand Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

I’ve got 99 problems and learning a language ain’t one… but these 10 things are. (So are these 10 things from the first post, in case you missed it.) 1. When you think of the right word… immediately after using the wrong one. One day it will just come out naturally… right? 2. When you…

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6 Tips on Learning to Love Screwing Up Posted by on Oct 15, 2014

As I argued last week, if you want to learn a language, you’re going to have to learn to love screwing it up. As someone from the comments last time pointed out, you learn by making mistakes! It’s the only way! So learn to be at ease with making a mess of things. But how?…

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Why Language Learning is a Daily Commitment Posted by on Oct 13, 2014

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Ever heard a product that claims that you can learn a language in 10 days? Ever met someone who actually truly learned a language in 10 days? Coincidence—I think not. The “secret” to language learning is just this: there is no secret! As with most things in life that are difficult to achieve (running a…

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