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Archive for July, 2015

Transparent Language Library Spotlight: Nashville Public Library Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

Never has a slogan been truer than for Nashville Public Library (NPL), where “books are only half the story.” This library goes beyond books, and beyond the walls that house them, with its extensive adult literacy program that supports immigrants and resettled refugees throughout the community. In a city as linguistically diverse as Nashville, where…

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Six Hard Mode Languages Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

Everyone’s heard about the world’s most widely-spoken languages – English, Spanish, Russian – snore. So vanilla. So mainstream. They’re so applicable and useful around the world it’s tiresome. But what about the underground scene in language learning? What about those truly challenging, extreme-sport-equivalent tongues that only the daringest of the daring attempt to master? These…

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Setting the Conditions for Language Learning – Trip Over your Task Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

setting the conditions

If you’re reading this blog, it is a pretty safe assumption that you want to learn a language, sustain a language, and/or improve a language. All of this is great. Transparent Language has created the greatest tool for language for all three objectives. Technology is a fantastic medium, but everything in life breaks down to…

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Traveling Light and Language Learning Posted by on Jul 20, 2015

Itchy Feet: Three Things

My first time traveling overseas all by myself, my mother gave her the advice that her mother gave her on her first time traveling all by herself: all you really need are tickets, your passport, and money. The Holy Trinity. The idea is that as long as you have a way to get there, your…

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Transparent Language Online Library Subscriber Receives National Innovator Award Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

A few months ago, we spoke with the wonderful folks at Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) about how they leverage Transparent Language Online in their library, and they blew us away. Clearly, we’re not the only ones impressed with their efforts. We’re ecstatic to congratulate Jacksonville Public Library for receiving the 2015 Top Innovator Award in…

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Seven Italian Hand Gestures Worth Knowing Posted by on Jul 13, 2015

Italian hand gestures - "scared?"

Many years ago, back when my wife was just my girlfriend and I was visiting her family for the first time in rural Italy, I spoke about as much Italian as a plate of spaghetti Bolognese. Unfortunately, her family spoke as much English as a chicken pot pie, so there were plenty of hilarious misunderstandings…

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Lost in Translation: Untranslatable Words and Phrases Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Let’s face it; there are some things that language simply cannot help us express. Religious experiences, travel experiences, life experiences – really any kind of personal, subjective experience is difficult to put into words that will accurately portray the experience being had. But don’t feel bad, that’s not your job; that’s why we pay poets…

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