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Falling off the Horse Posted by on Feb 9, 2015

As of right now, my 2015 could use a complete reset. Anyone remember playing Atari? I was the ‘reset’ master of Atari. I wanted the perfect game. Unfortunately, no such button exists in the real world. Let me explain how this year, begun with such high expectations turned into one huge failure in execution. Last…

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Transforming the Economics of Language Learning (Part 2) Posted by on Feb 4, 2015

Software that delivers just one course in a language is virtually useless for professional purposes. It’s like a delivery van that can only go to one address. In Part 1, we talked about how combining technology with human instruction can transform the economics and logistics of professional language training and maintenance. But it needs to…

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Hacking Pronunciation in Any Language with the IPA, Part 1: Consonants Posted by on Feb 2, 2015

Jakob Gibbons writes about language and travel on his blog Globalect. He often shares his experiences with learning languages on the road, and teaching and learning new speech sounds is his specialty. One of the biggest hurdles to jump in learning a new language is getting control of new speech sounds you’ve never made before.…

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