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Archive for January, 2016

American Football Crash Course for Football “Un-Fans” Posted by on Jan 27, 2016

Here at Transparent Language, we’re all about learning new languages, new cultures, and (considering we live in New England) new sports! With the Super Bowl fast approaching, maybe it’s time for you to brush up on your football (or should we say American football) knowledge. Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’re probably going to…

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Keep Current, Learn English in Context Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

Since 2016, we made good on our promise of free, online English lessons that were more interesting than a textbook and less intimidating than a newspaper. You can now enjoy dozens of lessons, powered by Transparent Language Online. English in Context lessons cover current events like the changing role of women in the U.S. military…

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Your Results May Vary: How Differently Your Language Learning Will Be Received Posted by on Jan 20, 2016

I know, I know; that’s not fair to the French. Not fair at all! But how’s a humorist like me supposed to make an easy joke without sweeping generalizations and broad stereotypes? Actually, it might be true for Parisians, that they look down on you for even attempting their language. I’ve had that experience more than once…

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How to Wake a Sleeping Language Posted by on Jan 18, 2016

You always hear about it happening to other people. The pain; the heartwrenching sense of loss. But surely it could never happen to you, you who has worked so diligently at mastering multiple languages, pouring so much of yourself into them and letting them pour so much of themselves into you. Surely you will never…

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Better Learning Through Visuals Posted by on Jan 13, 2016

Itchy Feet: Coincidence?

I’m a visual guy. This may not come as a surprise to you, if you know that I draw comics and illustrate books and make films and take lots of photographs when I travel. Sight is without a doubt my most precious sense. I would rather be deprived of my senses of taste, feeling, hearing and smell…

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When Your Brain Fights Back Posted by on Jan 11, 2016

Sometimes I feel that my brain is fighting back against my insistence on learning new languages. Vocabulary, for example. As far as the logical part of my brain is concerned, the only reason for the existence of words is to describe things that are. What’s this thing called? A fish. Great. File that word on the shelf…

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Introducing Transparent Inglês Posted by on Jan 6, 2016

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As readers of our blogs, you spend a lot of time listening to us. During our year-end review, we decided to listen to you! In 2015, one thing was loud and clear: there are many, many Brazilians among us who want to learn English! Despite a 6-month hiatus, the Transparent Inglês blog received 88% more views in 2015 compared to…

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