Archive for June, 2016

Of Polyglots and Multilinguals Posted by on Jun 29, 2016

You’ve heard this word “polyglot,” no doubt, being thrown around a lot. What the heck does it mean? And what’s the difference between polyglots and multilinguals? And is a “dodecalingual” really a thing? “Polyglot” is kind of a funny word. It sounds more like some kind of insect larva (“after metamorphosis, the squirming polyglot will transform into…

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Ch-ch-ch-changes on the Language and Culture Blogs Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Welcome to the new Language and Culture blogs. If you’ve perused any of our two dozen+ language and culture blogs in the past few days, you’ve probably noticed a few changes. We’ve redesigned our blog experience with you in mind. Experience it on the big screen… or the small screen. Read on your desktop, tablet…

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The Value in Learning Less Commonly Taught Languages Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

Let’s be clear about one thing: while many folks behind finance blogs and money magazines continue to debate whether or not it’s “worth it” to learn a language, the entire rest of the world knows that this question has been conclusively answered for decades. Science, government, and the good old free market all agree that…

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Whose Language Are You Learning? Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

Itchy Feet: Subjective Cartography

When learning a new language, it will at some point become important to know which language you’re learning. What? Here’s the thing. There’s no such thing as a single language; meaning, there’s no objective object we can point to as “the German language,” or any language for that matter. It’s all in our collective heads. It’s not…

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Welcome to Transparent Language Online 1.11 Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

Last year, we launched a new version of Transparent Language Online, featuring a more intuitive design, customizable learning path, and support on more mobile platforms, among other upgrades. We’ve enjoyed reviewing feedback from the many teachers, librarians, and individuals using the new system. While much of it was positive, there’s always room for improvement. In…

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Learn a Bit Before You Go Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

Itchy Feet: Identity Confusion

When I travel to a country with a culture that’s different from my own by a considerable margin, I like to learn a bit of the language before going. I should do it with everywhere I travel, but I don’t. I just got back from a week in Madrid and Lisbon, but I just didn’t feel…

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Why Modern Classrooms Should Go Paperless Posted by on Jun 8, 2016

Go paperless. It’s an option offered in nearly every service industry—banking, health care, insurance, and so on. It’s also an option we would highly recommend for classrooms, too. Massachusetts schools are paving the way toward paperless, implementing digital learning strategies throughout the state. A 2015 survey revealed at least 50% of Massachusetts received at least…

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