Archive for December, 2015

10 Most Read Language News Blog Posts of 2015 Posted by on Dec 30, 2015


Happy New Year, language learners. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or you just found our blog in 2015, I hope our posts have been informative, inspiring, and entertaining. By now we all know the importance of reviewing, so let’s review the most read posts of the year! Before we dive in, I invite…

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German and the Rules Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

Stereotypes are a funny thing: they’re always true, until they aren’t. One popular cliché of the German people, beloved even by Germans themselves, is that they adore rules, obedience to the rules, and general order. Ordnung is such a common word that the expression “it’s all good” or “all’s well” translates to “alles in Ordnung,” or…

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How to Say Merry Christmas in 30 Languages Posted by on Dec 23, 2015


Merry Christmas to all… in all languages! Here is how to say Merry Christmas in 30 languages. Do you know any others? Leave them in the comments below. Albanian Gëzuar Krishlindjet Arabic Milad Mubarak Bulgarian Vessela Koleda Croatian Sretan Bozic Dutch Zalig Kerstfeest English Merry Christmas French Joyeux Noël German Fröhliche Weihnachten Greek Kala Christougenna…

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Teach Me! Aren’t You a Native Speaker? Posted by on Dec 21, 2015

As language learners, we’ve all had the following conversation with a native speaker of our chosen learned language: You: Harbladarba harbala darbalbarada. Native speaker: Mmmm…that’s not right, actually, sorry. The right way to say it is harbladarba harbala BARbalbarada. You: …why? I thought darbalbarada is conjugated in the 4th-perspective punctual form in this case. Native speaker: Huh? I…

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Where to Find Shows in Your Language Online Posted by on Dec 16, 2015

We recently told you why using TV to boost your language learning is definitely a good idea. Since so many of you agreed, we wanted to give the rest of you some tips on where to find TV shows in your target language. If your two greatest loves are learning languages and sitting on the couch…

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We’ve Gone Platinum (in the 2016 Modern Library Awards!) Posted by on Dec 14, 2015

Aw shucks, guys. We learned that Transparent Language Online received a platinum award in LibraryWork’s second annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). You’re making us blush! The MLAs were established to recognize the top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Submitted products were sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000…

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Expats: Learn the Local Language, Or Else Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

Itchy Feet: Literally

If you’re living in a foreign country, you should really learn the language. Touring is one thing. It’s okay to be a tourist and not speak a word of the local tongue. In my experience, speaking even a little bit will get you much farther, but it’s certainly not a requirement. You’re just passing through…

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