Archive for May, 2016

How to Make More Time for Learning a Language Posted by on May 30, 2016

make time for studying

In a recent survey, we asked more than 500 of our customers to identify some of their biggest challenges when it comes to learning a language. More than 41% indicated that finding the time to learn was a major problem. Fortunately for them (and for you!), this is a problem you can solve if you’re…

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Create a Communicative Language Classroom eBook Posted by on May 25, 2016

The communicative classroom, as you may have guessed, revolves around communication. Why focus on a communicative classroom? Teachers using this approach strive to simulate real-life situations that motivate and prepare students to communicate meaningfully in a new language. But it takes time and creativity to create a successful communicative classroom, particularly to design a variety…

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Ich bin ein Hamburger (and Other Delicious German Demonyms) Posted by on May 23, 2016

Itchy Feet: Hamburgite

As you probably know, the English word “hamburger” has long caused confusion among children and the geographically impaired. After all, there’s no ham in a hamburger – it’s made of beef! How does that make sense? And what about wieners and franks? Why do hot dogs have so many odd names? The answer is both in…

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Parental Advisory: How Language Parents Help You Learn Like a Kid Again Posted by on May 18, 2016

I’m a big believer in learning a language on your own. But even learning a language independently, you can’t do it all by yourself: all of us can benefit from some on-the-fly coaching from those who’ve been in the game for years and know it well. Entrepreneur and language coach Chris Lonsdale argues that one of…

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Ain’t Not Nothing: Double Negatives Posted by on May 16, 2016

The comic above is essentially a recreation of a true story, one which occurred in the 1950s at Colombia University. Renowned philosopher J.L. Austin was giving a lecture, and explained exactly what my coffee bean-shaped friend above explains: that in many languages, double negatives create positives, and in some, double negatives create negatives; but in…

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Practice Activities in Transparent Language Online Posted by on May 11, 2016

There are four parts to the language puzzle: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All of the courses and vocabulary lists in Transparent Language Online include a mix of activities to build all four skills. But what if you’ve mastered writing (or typing) a set of words and phrases, but you want to practice saying them?…

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In Defense of Fearlessly Making Things Up Posted by on May 9, 2016

Itchy Feet: Frigid Consequences

Speaking a language is about communication, and communication is about successfully conveying a message. Ergo hence therefore (yes, I may have taken Logic 101 in college), speaking a language, foreign or not, is generally about finding the easiest way to deliver a message. Words in a language are specifically designed to be mutually comprehensible – the…

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